Except from our trip to Disneyland, there was no vacation planned for this summer. However I always have this urge to see the beach at least once a year and so I knew I wouldn't be able to make it through winter without a little getaway to a sunny place. Barcelona seemed like the ideal last minute destination as it unites beach and culture.My boyfriend and I arrived at the Hotel Jazz in the evening and the only thing we did that night in Barcelona was have dinner at a lovely place called Ginos. The next morning after breakfast we immediately went to explore the rooftop pool area of the hotel which is just as modern and pretty as the hotel rooms.
We started our cultural exploration with a walk through El Raval, which turned out to be a rather boring district of the city. The only highlight was the food market La Boqueria, which is so colourful and definitely worth the visit, even if you aren't a foodie.
Afterwards we decided to go see the famous Casa Batlló, which was heaven for a tile lover like me.
Scroll down for my Barcelona food guide.
Eating out in Barcelona
Barcelona has the most unique mixture of food blogger worthy hipster restaurants and depressing tourist trap snack bars I've ever seen. Therefor it is really important to know in which areas of the city to eat. If you stick to streets around the university you can't go wrong. If you want to have lunch around the port area, you should go to the beach and eat at a beach bar. At the port you will only find overpriced plush restaurants and the alley down to the beach is full of tourist trap restaurants. Another place where it's hard to find a good restaurant is around the Sagrada Familia basilica, but apart from that Barcelona is a foodie paradise where you'll find plenty of fruit, smoothies, yummy Italian food, and endless sorts of paella and tapas. Here is a list of the places we liked best:
Ronda Universitat, 27
Go there for a modern and charming interior, fresh Italian food including homemade pasta, and an atmosphere that doesn't make you feel like a tourist.
Celler de Tapas
Plaça de la Universitat, 5
Go there for a super friendly service, a good choice of tapas and yummy food in general.
Makamaka Beach Burger Café
Passeig Juan de Borbó, 76
Go there for the best burgers and fries and to feel like a cool beach boy or surfer girl.
Platja de Sant Miquel
Go there for the beach bar feeling and for a variety of healthy smoothies and cocktails, made in front of your eyes at a colorful fruit bar.
Eyescream and Friends
Passeig Joan de Borbó, 30
Go there for the coolest ice cream concept you'll ever see: a huge portion of ice cream that looks like a little monster with eyes and two yummy toppings!
Carrer dels Tallers, 74
Go there for vegan, raw and whatsoever healthy food and to buy juices from Teresa's Juicery.
Les Rambles, 91
Go there to buy fresh food, lunch to go and foodie souvenirs.