A MINI GUIDE TO BARCELONA: MY BEST TIPS

Nå føler jeg endelig at jeg har trasket nok rundt i denne byen til å smelle sammen en liten guide til dere! Ettersom broren min har flyttet ned hit blir det flere turer fremover og med det fører det med seg mengder med lokale tips og godbiter. Men jeg vil likevel begynne guiden med de tipsene jeg allerede sitter inne med. Resten av innlegget blir på engelsk, regner med at det går greit for dere! Gi gjerne et lite pip hvis du har noen tips eller steder jeg bør sjekke ut på min neste tur til Barcelona!

I finally feel that I know this city well enough to give you guys some tips and recommendations. As you know by now my brother just moved down here, which gives me plenty of reasons to travel more and therefore discover more goodies to include in this guide. But I feel like starting already with the things I already know! Enjoy! Let me know if you have any tips or recommendations for my next visit to Barcelona.

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WHERE TO EAT IN BARCELONA?

Ciudad Condal

A very popular place for cheap and delicious tapas. Be aware of the line, you will have to wait at least 15-20 minutes to be seated. (Especially if you are more than two people) But no worries, put your name on the list and have a drink in the bar. On the menu you will find the typical tapas food such as jamon serrano, manchego, pimientos padron, patatas bravas etc. If you have special dietary needs, let them know! I had a super delicious dish of grilled veggies in an asian sauce! Yum!

La Bona Sort

A cosy restaurant with wonderful ambience and great food in El Born, my brother recommend this if you like eating mussels and I loved the plate of grilled vegetables.

Loft El Born

Good tapas in the cool and trendy area of El Born. The perfect spot to sit outside and share a pitcher of sangria and a few tapas dishes. Fresh, quality food! I loved the quinoa salad and the patatas bravas at this place.

Teresas Juicery

One of my favourite places to eat in Barcelona, obviously because they have a vegan and gluten free burger to die for and plenty of juices, cakes, acai bowls, salads, chia pudding etc. Perfect place for breakfast and brunch especially if you are vegan and gluten free.

Vegetalia

A vegetarian restaurant in the Gothic area, with a cute outdoor space to enjoy your meal or some people watching. Here they have gluten free lasagna, sweet potatoes with tomato sauce, vegan pizza, quinoa salad, hummus and pita etc. Also delicious coffee with plant based milk.

Piccolo Focone

One of the best gluten free pizzas Ive ever had! You will find this Italian restaurant in Gracia, its not in a very busy street, but the restaurant is still popular especially among locals. Definitely one of my fav meals from my last trip to Barcelona! 

 

Veggie Garden

Right behind La Rambla you will find this 100% vegan restaurant called Veggie Garden. If you like Indian food I can recommend the dish Thali, which consist of papadam, chutney, rice, hummus, different salads and curries. So so delicious and filling! They also have plenty of other things on the menu such as salads and burgers.

Rosa Negra

A super chill and cool Mexican restaurant with delicious 3,90 euro drinks! I can recommend the frozen margarita and the passion fruit margarita! This is the perfect place to start a night out with friends, share a few Mexican plates and tropical drinks before you head out. The veggie tacos are delicious!

Surf house

A laid back and colourful restaurant by the boardwalk next to the beach in Barceloneta. Perfect spot for lunch when you are at the beach or for dinner and drinks with friends. They have acai bowls, tacos, smoothies, avocado toasts, salads, burgers, fries etc. I can recommend the pink lemonade, the lentil salad with mango and the rice paper rolls. Both vegan and gluten free!

Palau

Palau is an ice cream shop in El Born with homemade vegan ice cream. I loved the one made of coconut milk and chia seeds and the dark chocolate one. So delicious, especially together, yum!

Flax & Kale

A trendy and healthy flexitarian restaurant where they have cold-pressed juices, eggs benedict, acai bowls, raw pizzas, avocado toasts, coffee, ice cream etc.

Brunch & Cake

Fancy, healthy, overbooked and colourful are a few words that can be used to describe this Instagram-friendly place called Brunch & Cake. Their dishes are art looking and also very tasty! I can recommend the beetroot latte with coconut milk and the salad full of lentils, sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa. So so good! You can find Brunch & Cake on various locations throughout the city.

Federal Cafe

Federal Cafe in the Gothic area is the perfect spot for a quiet and minimalistic breakfast. They have everything from egg and bacon to croissants, chia pudding, toasts, juice and coffee.

Cervezeria Catalana

I haven't been here but I heard from a taxi driver that this is one of the best local tapas spots in Barcelona and its also the sister restaurant to Ciudad Condal, which sounds promising.

Other things worth checking out:

VV

VV is a very cool vintage shop in a narrow street right next to La Rambla, they have so many cute vintage dresses in every shape and size for only 15 euro. They also have beautiful silk scarfs and vintage 501 shorts!

Flamingo Vintage Kilo

Another cool vintage shop next to VV vintage, where you pay for the weight of what you buy. They have super cool sequin jackets and dresses and Levis pants and shorts. The shorts are cheaper than in the VV store, but you might have to cut them off yourself.

Flax & Kale x H&M

I mentioned this the other day but I have to include it here as well. On the top floor of the Passage Gracia H&M store they have a little Flax & Kale cafe which is the perfect place for a pit stop between your shopping! I can recommend their vegan chocolate cake and the acai bowl with gluten free granola!

Museu d'Història de Catalunya

Visit this museums rooftop for a post dinner drink, you will have the view of the whole marina, boardwalk and Gothic area of Barcelona. If you dont want to stay there you can still walk in and take the elevator up just to get a glimpse of the city views.

Going to the beach?

If you plan on swimming or spending the day at the beach I would recommend you to avoid the beach right outside of Barceloneta and Surf House and move further north for a quiet and less crowded beach.

La Boqueria

Obviously a touristy place, but at the same time a must see! A food market in La Rambla where you can walk around for hours eating your way through the stalls filled with everything from meat, sea food, fruits, nuts, sweets, juices, cheese and other tapas dishes. I love buying a papaya smoothie and a cup of fresh coconut bites here.

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