The sun shines over Barcelona even in the winter months and there are endless reasons to love this incredible city. Here are some of our favorite spots to explore, stay, eat, drink, photograph and more.
We just discovered the H10 Hotels brand and we are in love. located in the heart of Barcelona, just a few feet away from the cathedral and the city’s historic center, while also maintaining a modern aesthetic, housed in a modern building. The views are stunning from both the comfortable and super clean rooms and their gorgeous rooftop, Attik Terrace rooftop. The vibe felt young and fresh here and not stuffy. I highly recommend a room with a balcony facing the city.
H10 Casa Mimosa
For a more mature vibe, H10 Casa Mimosa is refined luxury but also inviting and not stuffy as well. Housed in a listed 19th-century Modernist building and located on the same block as the La Pedrera building (also, with epic views of it from their rooftop and pool!). We stayed in the Deluxe Garden room which also had majestic views of the garden and La Pedrera.
Eat / Drink
- Mercat Santa Caterina: My favorite market as it’s Less chaotic than La Boquería, and still lively and vibrant
- La Boqueria is the best-known market in Barcelona and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction thanks to its location on the bustling La Rambla
- Mercat de Sant Antoni: Aside from the food and fresh produce, this market also has a book market on Sundays
- Mercat de la Concepció: Go here for the flower market in the back
Coffee Shops and Sweets
- Espai Joliu: pretty plant and coffee shop
- Skye coffee co: Coffee served from a cute silver, Instagrammable truck
- Nomad Coffee: The aesthetic coffee shop lover dream located in the prettiest alley and some of the best coffee beans you’ll find in the city
- chök: This famous doughnut shop is a must visit. They also have vegan options. There are a few locations.
- Churrería Laietana: for the best churros in town
- Épicerie: Cute little French cafe for a coffee break and or snack
- Boca Chica: Gorgeous bar for cocktails
- Restaurante Feroz: While this is a restaurant, the food isn’t the greatest but the ambiance and drinks are
- Betty Ford’s: great music and drinks
- Ocaña: gorgeous spot for a cocktail break and great jazz music
- Dry Martini by Javier De Las Muelas: One of the most iconic places to grab a cocktail in Barcelona
- Bobby’s Free: Great speakeasy
- Tapeo Born: One of the best Tapas for dinner in the city
- Bar Del Pla: Tapas
- The Box: for when you’re tired of tapas, try this Mexican spot with great cocktails
- Flax & Kale: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian Plant-Based Near Plaza Catalunya
- Caravelle: great for brunch
- Citizen Café: Brunch
- Cecconi’s Barcelona: chic dinner, italian
- Gats: Gorgeous decor and great dinner spot
- Surf House Barcelona: light and healthy lunch or brunch
- Bistrot Levante: Delicious Lebanese food
- Arcano: enjoy tapas in a stone-walled 17th-century space
- El Nacional: Think of it as a gorgeous and fancy food hall with tons of choices
- Can Dendê: brunch
- Pepito Restaurante: Lovely steakhouse
- Bro: great for a quick bite
- Dora Tapas: Great tapas, lovely vibe
- Day trip to Montserrat: travel to Montserrat by train from España rail station and then take the cable car up to the monastery. It’s stunning and there are many hiking trails.
- Cathedral of Barcelona
- Palau de la Música Catalana: This is my favorite place in Barcelona. It’s one of the most beautiful musical theaters I’ve ever seen. A must visit.
- Casa Milà – La Pedrera: a gorgeous architectural structure built in 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudí
- Montjuic Castle: The stunning fort has stunning views of the port
- Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo: for the kids at heart, this magical amusement park is a blast and it also has incredible views and a stunning church
- Bunker del Carmel: Watch the sunset from here
- Pont del Bisbe: A gorgeous walkway and perfect photo op
- Museu Picasso: I love the one in Paris and this one is just as beautiful, showcasing the whole of Picasso’s life through all his different eras
- Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau: This museum is glorious for the art nouveau lovers. It’s an old hospital built in the art nouveau style in the early 20th century
- Park Güell: One of the largest green spaces in Barcelona filled with architectural art and beautiful views