Modern Guide to Barcelona

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Barcelona is a beautiful vibrant city with a little something for everyone. I went there for 1 week in 2022. The sites were amazing, the city was beautiful and the food…oh my gosh was the food amazing. Whether you are there for a day or a month, you will be able to find something great to do. Here are a few of my favorite spots I was able to go to while I was there.

Foodie Guide to Barcelona

As I said before, the food here was amazing! They had a wide variety of cuisines and so many places with excellent quality. To start, you obviously need to go get traditional tapas. My favorite tapas places were La Pepita and La Plata.

La Pepita

C/ de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona, Spain

My favorite tapas spot. Try to get reservations if you can, it is pretty busy most nights.

La Plata

Carrer de la Mercè, 28, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Very classic tapas restaurant. There are only 6 items on the menu and they are all delicious.

La Plata in barcelona.

Bistrot Levante

Placeta de Manuel Ribé, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

A small Mediterranean restaurant located in the gothic quarter. Everything we have here was amazing. They also have a great selection of drinks and wine.

Plate of food from Bistrot Levante.

Funky Bakers Eatery

C/ de Bailèn, 61, 08009 Barcelona, Spain

Funky Bakers has 3 locations. Their eatery is the one with a full menu. All their baked items are made in house. Such a. wide selection and they had great vegetarian options.

Granja Petitbo

Pg. de Sant Joan, 82, 08009 Barcelona, Spain

Fun spot for brunch. A great stop if you are on your way to Sagrada Familia.

Inside Granja Petitbo in Barcelona.

Coffee Guide to Barcelona

One thing you need on vacation in any city is coffee. Whether you are jet lagged or just trying to fit in as much as possible, knowing the good coffee stops is a must. I have a whole post of The Best Coffee Shops in Barcelona. A couple of my favorites are Nomad Coffee and Three Marks Coffee.

Outside Nomad Coffee In Barcelona.

What to Do and See in Barcelona

Now that you know where to eat, what should you do in between all your meals? Well, luckily Barcelona is filled with amazing things to do.

Picasso Museum

Located in the El Born district, the Picasso Museum is tucked into a beautiful building. You can buy tickets there but it is easy to purchase them online beforehand so you make sure you get a spot.

Sagarada Familia

Probably the most popular thing to do in Barcelona, and for good reason. This was one of the most amazing places I have seen. Definitely take the time to go inside. I just got the basic ticket and it comes with an audio guide. We purchased tickets beforehand so it went very smoothly. Depending on what time of year you go it can get pretty busy. July and August are the busiest so make sure to buy tickets in advanced for those times.

Inside the Sagrada Familia.

Parc Guell

Another Gaudi site, the Parc Guell is a located a little north of town. You can walk there from the city center but it is a hike and it goes up hill. We walked there and then taxied home. The park is beautiful and the view of the city is spectacular. This was one of my favorite spots to go. It does take a good amount of the day so pick a nice day during your trip to explore the park.

Parc Guell.

Take a Tour

There are so many tours you can take around Barcelona. We did a Tapas and History Tour and it was so much fun! It was a great way to start our trip because the guide gave us an overview of the city and showed us how to order tapas and what to look for. It’s also fun to meet other travelers.

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona.

Go to Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the beach of Barcelona. It is right in the city and super easy to get to. I would suggest making the trip to the beach for a few hours during your time in Barcelona. There are restaurants and shops all down the beach that you can go to and enjoy a drink and the view.

Barceloneta beach.

Parc de la Ciutadella

In the city there is a huge park that is beautiful to explore. Take a stroll or bring a book and just relax in the greenery. There is even a zoo in the park.

Parc de la Ciuadella in Barcelona.

Barcelona is such a beautiful city with so much to do. Take a couple days to see the sights and another day to just wander and enjoy.

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