The best thing about visiting a city for the second time is that you are free of classic sightseeing obligations and can enjoy the city taking in it’s very own and unique vibe. You become part of a whole new society of visitors that already know how to get around and can stroll through the city discovering places you haven’t revognized on your first time. This is what it felt like in Barcelona last weekend and I’m now sharing my hotspots with you!
1. El Born
I’m starting this little Barcelona Guide with one of it’s cutest neighbourhoods – El Born – because it’s definitly this area you have to explore when visiting the city for the first time to get a great first impression and a feeling for how the city “works”. Skip the famous Barri Gotić and head straight for the calleja of El Born and La Ribera for cute boutiques (selling local brands, some even produced in Catalonia) and great Café and Bars – for example have ice cream at Farggi!
Visit the El Born Centre Cultural – it doesn’t look like much but it’s really worth a visit as you learn a lot about Barcelonas rich history and the entry is free on Sundays (at least when we went there 🙂 ).
El Born CC: Plaça Comercial, 12
Farggi Café: Passeig del Born, 32
2. La Pedrera
3. Ocaña – Café, Restaurant and (amazing) Bar
Food! This Café, Restaurant and Bar has it all – a great openminded atmosphere, super delicious tapas and cocktails to die for (especially the Rose Garden cocktail). I don’t think that there’s anything more to add – this place is perfect within itself. Ah, just one thing – hop in the Photo Booth for a souvenir 🙂
4. Eyescream and Friends
In need of a refreshment? What about frozen Yoghurt? Take a stroll to the harbour and have the most fun frozen yoghurt ever at the Eyescream and Friends shop in Barceloneta. It’s a small ice cream concept store offering you 6 basic yoghurt flavors and 2 toppings of your choose – served in the most cutest way – smiling at you 😃 Hanni and I had so much fun with our sweet treat and straight headed to the beach to enjoy it! Only keep your eyes open because it’s easily missed and kind of hidden in between two ‘tourist traps’!
5. La case de cousin Paul – Interior Shopping
Okay, if your looking for interior highlights (literally) than La Case de cousin Paul is where you need to go. It’s a small concept store where you can create your very own “chain of lights” with lovely fairy lights in 3 different lengths. As you might know, Hanni and I are always on the hunt for amazing interior gadgets for our new flat so we just couldn’t resist and bought a medium one with lights in different rosé shades – absolutely beautiful!
Le Case de Cousin Paul: Carrer Avinyó, 22
6. Surf House
This is hands down the best beach bar I’ve ever been to. Situated directly at the beach of Barcelona with a great view over the crowed beach where locals as well as tourists are enjoying the last evening sun while you are having the best Sangria and delicious burger as well as super healthy ensaladas – but I’m on the “real food” team so I went for a burger with Guacamole 🙂 Hanni and I really enjoyed the evening there and didn’t want to go home at all, because of it’s laid back atmosphere and it’s fun people. You gonna love it, that’s for sure!
Just one hint: as the Surf House is always crowded I would recommend making a reservation if you are a group bigger than 2-3.
Surf House: Carrer l’Almirall Aixada, 22
7. Rent a Bike in Barceloneta
As last point of my Barcelona Guide I just have to mention the best way to get around at the beach: a bike. We rented two at one of those car/motorbike/e-bike/sagway/etc. rentings for two hours and just cruised the beach of Barcelona – visiting places where no tourist ever passed through and had a great time cycling unter endless palm trees alleys and exploring the harbor.
where we rented our bikes for 6€/2h each at Bike Rental in Carrer l’Almirall Aixada, 14