Barcelona, birthday trip!
It’s been the fourth time already visiting Barcelona. First time being sick. But since it’s such a vivid city I enjoyed anyways.
It was my birthday trip (since you know, I dislike my own birthday and every year the same story: I try to flee). Last year we flew to Los Angeles, this year Barcelona it was.
I did not take many pictures, since my phone had a little issue and a lot of the taken ones are a little blurry. But I don’t want to miss sharing our favourite places with you!
Spoiled ourselves with a stay at the 4* design hotel Yurbban Passage. Located only 7 minutes (walking distance) to Placa Catalunya, where you can conveniently hop onto the bus to the airport. Great location for exploring the whole city.
My husband and I like to walk a lot and the hotel provides you with free bicycles, portable wifi devices and water. We enjoyed a glass of Cava upon arrival and every night the hotel treated us with a different kind of bedtime snack.
Every evening from 6:30-7:30 you get to enjoy a free wine tasting and a selection of tapas at the restaurant d’apron
There’s a 24 hour gym at the hotel next door (which you also get to use) and a Spa. We loved the rooftop, from where you can oversee a big part of the city.
Also recommending this place: Barcelona Catedral (we stayed here last time).
Coffee, Breakfast / Brunch
Roast Club Coffee
They just celebrated their 2 year anniversary! We came here twice (within 4 days). Because when we like something, we could probably go there daily and don’t want to risk waisting our time with bad stuff. A cute little coffee shop, also serving a selection of food, freshly squeezed orange juice and kick-asss coffee!! The baristi were incredible, very attentive and friendly! This place would be our “to go” place if living in Barcelona!
It was the best coffee we enjoyed in Barcelona!
Been wanting to try this place for a long time. We were lucky to be quite early on Sunday morning, so we quickly got a table (after it got busy). Ordered a selection of food (bomb granola and poached eggs on beans). Very delicious coffee!!
Cute little neighbourhood joint in the neighbourhood of Poblenou. Recently opened and still all new. A place where you can easily bring your laptop and work at the big community table.
Enjoyed the most delicious granola served with yogurt and fruit. My husband got an epic slice of gluten free chocolate cake.
Plan B! We were actually on our way to Onna coffee (which was supposed to be open, but we ended up standing in front of a closed door). Too bad, I was excited about trying this place, but had to realise (ones again), that the Spanish clocks tick differently to our Swiss ones :)
Luckily there was another place on our list, only a few blocks up the street. And we got to explore Vila of Gracia a little bit, which ended up as a super nice visit (which made me want to see more of “the coolest suburb”).
Also my husband got the most delicious chocolate croissant ever (because we forgot what we bought at the other bakery) ;)
Second time being here and facing a closed shop - next time we’ll make it. Heard that their coffee is excellent and the location already looked stunning (a coffee truck parked in a gigantic industrial building). we had a look when strolling through Poblenou.
tapas / dinner
always: our favourite tapas place>> Centric Bar (best place after walking through the alleys, where you can enjoy good food and watch the people walking by outside).
A quick dinner before heading to church at: Alsur Cafè
Also tried this the Vietnamese place called Bun Bo - it’s located next to the hotel we stayed last time and I wanted to try it for a long time already. The interior was cute (all the lamps etc), the food was slightly disappointing though (topped with rather unfriendly servants). But surely a cute place to enjoy something small - give it a try yourselves.
Mercat Santa Caterina a well ordered, less crowded market in Barcelona (definitely preferring this one over the one right next to La Rambla).
amazing cronuts (other beautiful sweets) at CHÖK (the chocolate kitchen)
Right next to another great coffee place Dalston Coffee
On the list for our next visit:
Fundacio Mies van der Rohe Pavilion