A Weekend in Barcelona
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to hop over to Barcelona for 36 hours, just enough time to eat, drink and be merry in the Spanish sunshine for a minute or two. Ok, it was still only 10 degrees give or take but it still felt a whole lot sunnier than grey, miserable London. Even though it’s super close to London, I’ve only been to Barcelona once before for a pretty terrible work trip 4 years ago so I was excited to get to know it properly (aka the fun way) this time. And with a scooter and a Barcelona pro as my guide/holiday buddy, we managed to cram in pretty impressive amount in a whistle stop weekend… So, seeing as I was there for a mere moment, I thought I would give you a quick list of the places we ate, drank and saw just in case a weekend in Barcelona is in your sights and this could come in handy. I totally fell in love with this city and didn’t have a bad mouthful of food or gulp of wine all weekend so all the below come with a big, fat seal of approval from me.
So here goes…
Have a late dinner at Lolita Taperia a modern take on classic tapas. Think tuna tartare with yuzu and melt-in-the-mouth sliders. Super cool atmosphere, not expensive and insane food.
Wander round Park Guell and day dream about living in the white and green house right bang in the middle of it.
Eat delicious paella and drink cold white wine or white sangria by the beach at Xiringuito Escriba. Felt like summer in February.
Take your time over the refined tapas at the bar at Bar Mut. There’s no menu, there’ll just tell you what they have and you tell them what you want.
Brunch at Picnic to cure your hangover. Subway tiles, exposed light bulbs and mason jars of bloody marys and lemonades, not to mention ridiculously good Huevos Rancheros, pancakes and avocado toast.
Wander round the Born area for independent stores and delis. Pop into the store Clay for amazing ceramics and a great selection of Ganni and buy cinnamon buns, cookies and golden turmeric lattes at Demasie (they do vegan ones too).
Head up to Tibidabo for a mega view over the whole of Barcelona (and some print-worthy shots of the old-school ferris wheel next to the towering cathedral).
Skip breakfast and wander round La Boqueria and buy nuts, juices, pastries, meat, cheese, fruits, chocolates and pots of ridiculously bougie but very pretty Ibiza Salt. Just me? Fine. Regardless, if you’re anything like me, it will make you hate our overly-packaged British supermarkets even more so.
Go for cocktails down in the basement of Ocana on Placa Real.
Push the boat out and go for some sexy cocktails at Boca Chica; the spicy margaritas were worth every penny. Make sure you use the downstairs bathrooms too- super cool.
If you’re a member, soak up a few rays on the rooftop at Soho House.
All photos taken on the Olympus Muji II.