Your Pocket Guide For A Long Weekend In Barcelona
Whether you’re looking for a delicious brunch spot by the beach or a truly authentic tapas bar away from the hordes of tourists – we’ve got you covered. CSP Times has pulled together the definitive list of must-visit spots for a long weekend away in Barcelona.
For The Best Brunch:
Flax and Kale
Flax and Kale is the perfect place to balance out the rich and indulgent tapas dishes usually found in the city. If you feel like you need a break from patatas bravas then head to Flax and Kale, the flexitarian and healthy approach to brunching that somehow still feels indulgent. Alongside all of the usual dishes you would expect; eggs Royale, eggs Benedict and avocado toast, Flax and Kale offer delicious alternatives ranging from açaí bowls to coconut parfait. Not only is the food delicious but the flagship restaurant is bright and inviting with a huge rooftop terrace area full of plants and a pretty awning which overlooks the quiet street below.
For Your Must-Visit Restaurant:
New to Barcelona as of last year, Salvaje is the latest restaurant to be opened by restaurateur and head chef Fermín Azkue. The waiting list to get into this restaurant is a testament to Azkue’s innovative creations for which only the highest quality ingredients are sourced. The Japanese-style menu features a range of sushi and Asian-style salads alongside larger dishes including Wagyu beef and lamb shank. Replete with elaborate decor, an in-house DJ and a host of attentive and costume-clad waiting staff, Salvaje provides an immersive and unmissable dining experience.
For The Best Rooftop Bar:
No trip to Barcelona is complete without stopping for a pre-dinner drink at one of the many rooftop bars and Hotel Majestic is home to one of the very best. The aptly named and newly renovated; ‘La Dolce Vitae’ bar is perfectly situated on the infamous Passage de Gracia – close to the centre of Placa-Catalunya. Hotel Majestic is easy to get to and offers a respite from the bustling streets below. The combination of mellow lighting and calm music provides the backdrop and creates a serene atmosphere to enjoy the incredible view of the city and surrounding hills.
For The Best Tapas:
Ciutat Comtal is a truly elegant tapas bar. Opening in 1997, it takes its name from the historic name of the city, which embodies its authentic nature. The restaurant is best known for its extensive menu of tapas, ranging from the traditional to more new and exploratory dishes. Despite the abundant options, dishes such as codfish with honey and favourites such as beef tenderloin are delicious and have earnt Ciutat Comtal its superb reputation. Inside, the decor is smart and sophisticated and outside the terrace area is always packed and vibrant with a lively atmosphere.
The Moco Museum
Another new arrival is the Moco museum – an abbreviation of ‘modern and contemporary’, which houses an eclectic variety of art featuring Warhol, Banksy and Salvador Dalí to name a few. The picturesque entrance of Cavallo Palace is shaded by a stone staircase and courtyard offset by the enormous statue ‘Final days’ by Kaws, giving a taster of the kind of artwork found inside. If you are looking for a fresh and exciting perspective The Moco is definitely worth visiting, boasting a contrasting mix of historic architecture and diverse contemporary and digital imaging. Visit on the first Sunday of the month for free entry.
For Gaudi Architecture:
Barcelona is arguably best-known for being the birth-place of architect Antoni Gaudi. Whilst his work is scattered across the city, the best place to see the gothic-style architecture in its full force is Parc Guell. The park in itself is appealing, set high above the city in the uncultivated Carmel hillside but the multi-coloured mosaic tiling, stone columns and imposing modernist structures and sculptures make the park worthy of its world heritage status. You can easily make the short trip to Carmel Hill, just north of Gracia, from the city centre to the private and beautifully maintained park which boasts an extensive view over the entire city.