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C I T Y G U I D E // C O C O M A T H I L D E

BARCELONA
EL BORN

BARRI GOTIC

Cafs:
MANDAROSSO PASTEIS // homemade cakes and pastries, nice and cosy
atmosphere, a bit hidden and no outside seating / Carrer General Alvarez de
Castro, 5

Cafs:
SATANS COFFEE CORNER // A bit hidden but far away from the tourist
crowds in the Barri Gotic, famous for their good coffee / Carrer de l'Arc de
Sant Ramon del Call, 11

Bars:
BAR LANTIC DE TEATRE // nice and relaxed bar, great outside seating in
the backyard, many locals / alternative people / Carrer de Verdaguer i Calls,
12
THE LIME HOUSE // Mojitos for 3,50, crowded and noisy, easy to get to know
people, mix of tourists and locals / Carrer dels Carders, 31

Bars:
BAR OVISO // very cool and authentic bar at a super nice (by daytime)
square, they also have great (and cheap!!) burger, sandwiches and more,
totally recommend! / Carrer Arai, 5

Food:
LA VIETNAMITA // great Vietnamese food, not too expensive, relaxed and
casual atmosphere / Carrer Comerci, 17 (also in Gracia)
BAR CAN PAIXANO // great authentic atmosphere, always very crowded and
busy, delicious lomo-bocadillos and cheap cava but not suitet for vegetarians
/ Carrer de la Reina Cristina
GOLFO DE BIZKAIA // good Pinchos (mini-sandwiches for a fixed price of
1,90), nice atmosphere and outside standing // Carrer Vidrera, 12
LA CANDELA // mix of tapas and Asian food, really nice outside seating, not
too cheap / Plaa de Sant-Pere, 12
Shopping:
PAELLA SHOWROOM // Gallery, Vintage shop and local designer pieces all
combined in a super-cool concept store / Carrer de Sant Pere ms Alt 48
D*LIRIO // Jewelleries, bags, clothes, most of it designed and produced (!!!) in
Barcelona, and totally affordable / Carrer Vidrera, 4 (also in Gracia / Carrer
Verdi, 11)
Other:
PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA // special concert hall, representing the
style of Modernisme, great to experience Flamenco Shows / Carrer Palau de
la Msica, 4-6
EL BORN CENTRE CULTURAL // old market hall, now a cultural centre and
exhibitions, great book store for catalan history etc. / Plaa Comercial, 12
Perfect neighbourhood to go out (many alternative bars) but try to avoid
noises and show some respect! Nothing worse than acting like a tourist!!!)

Food:
PLAA DE GEORFE ORWELL // a square with all sorts of bars/
restaurants/take-aways perfectly for students (cheap menus) and
vegeterians (many different options of falafel, veggie burger etc.)
Shopping:
PORTAL DEL ANGEL // common shopping street with all the franchise
shops you probably want to have a look at (Zara, Pull & Bear, Intimissimi,
Nike (inside El Corte Ingles))
SYSTEMACTION // Local brand that produces in Barcelona (every cent well
spent!), typical Spanish style, a big gypsy, a bit boho, totally worth a visit! /
Av. Portal del ngel, 1 & 6 (also in Eixample, Gracia, Sants)
Other:
PLAA DE SANT FELIP NERI // one of my favourite spots in the Barri
Gotic, a quit, hidden square with lots of history, also very nice to find some
shadow on a hot summer day
CARRER DE PETRIXOL (and around) // beautiful at nighttime, strolling
through the (emptier!) streets feels like being in a movie (probably not in the
high season on weekend nights, you have to choose the right time)
Oldest part of the city. Try to avoid afternoons from July to September, a
lot less crowded between 5pm and dinner time though not the nicest
neighbourhood to go out (very touristic)

EL RAVAL

SANT ANTONI

Cafs:
EL COLECTIVO // nice small caf with a huge window to watch people
walking by, great homemade organic sandwiches and cakes / Carrer del
Pintor Fortuny, 22
TRPICE // caf, snack bar, restaurant and occasionally a vintage market all
in one, with the most inspiring wall decoration ever / Carrer del Marqus de
Barber, 24
CAF DE LES DELICIES // authentic and laid-back caf with one of the
nicest outside seating on the Rambla del Raval, nice service and unique
interior / Rambla del Raval, 47

Cafs:
CAF COMETA // super-cute and hip caf, very nice interior design and the
BEST chai latte! (belongs to Galeria Cosmo) / Carrer del Parlament, 20
FEDERAL CAF // hip and trendy caf with a great rooftop terrace, service
a bit slow though / Carrer del Parlament, 39
TARANN CAF // besides Federal Caf and C
af Cometa the place to be for young hip families on a sunday afternoon /
Carrer de Viladomat, 23

Bars:
ROSA DEL RAVAL // mexican restaurant serving great mojitos for 3 ,
definetely one of the best places to go before heading to the clubs / Carrer
dels ngels, 6 (also Via Laietana, 46 - La Rosa Negra)
Food:
BAR LOBO // super stylish and fancy bar with some of the best tapas in town,
great outside seating, trying the fried-honey-eggplant is a must! / Carrer del
Pintor Fortuny, 3
Shopping:
GREY STREET BARCELONA // concept store with everything that is nice
and pretty and not too cheap: notebooks, hip English tea, alternative
postcards and some unique accessories / Carrer del Peu de la Creu, 25
LA CENTRAL // bookshop of the MACBA with an impressive range of
(note-)books, magazines and more / Carrer d'Elisabets, 6
Other:
RAMBLA DEL RAVAL // many cafs, bars and kebab-shops, much calmer
and prettier than the main Ramblas and an oriental market on the weekends
MACBA // Museum of contemporary art, great and interesting building and
worth a visit
CCCB // centre of contemporary catalan culture located close to the MACBA
with great exhibitions, free entries every sunday from 3 to 8 pm, come early to
avoid queuing
A bit dodgy, especially during night-time but changing more and more to a
multi-cultural and creative neighbourhood and a lot to explore

Food:
LA DONUTERA // fancy Donut shop, a bit expensive but a paradise for
Donut lovers who just cant handle Dunkin Donut / Carrer del Parlament, 20
Other:
BOOKMARKET // next to Mercat de Sant Antoni, every sunday until approx.
3 pm
Hip and upcoming neighbourhood but very few tourists so perfect to spend
a relaxed sunday afternoon, mix of El Raval and the Eixample

EIXAMPLE

GRACIA

Cafs:
GALER COSMO // (former) gallery and caf, very cool interior design and
the same food/drinks as in Caf Cometa, service a bit slow but a really nice
outside seating / Carrer Enric Granados, 3
CUP & CAKE // cupcake shop and caf, very cosy and scandinavian interior
design, great for a rainy day or a cupcake and coffee takeaway / Carrer Enric
Granados, 145
BRUNCH & CAKE // belongs to Cup&Cake, a wider range of food/brunch
though and (surprise!) perfect for brunch or lunch, though not the nicest
outside seating / Carrer Enric Granados, 19
TRAVEL & CAKE // havent been there yet but they are supposed to have
nice international sweets and desserts / Calle Rossell, 189
MARTI // bakery and caf, cool design and choice of products, a bit more
expensive / Carrer Roger de Lluria, 51

Cafs:
CAF DEL TEATRE // cute caf (and bar) with a familiar atmosphere and
great Pan con Tomate, also very nice for an iced coffee or coctails
MAMAS CAF // alternative and clean caf and restaurant with a nice ,
shady backyard, everything they serve is organic and homemade and you
just got to try the (BEST) carrot cake

Food:
LA PEPITA // tip from my dad, really good food but always a queue so bring
some time! / Carrer de Crsega, 343
Shopping:
RAMBLA CATALUNYA// especially the upper part very nice for shopping,
less cheap franchise brands but good quality shops, a lot nicer to walk up and
down than Passeig de Gracia!
ESE O ESE // local brand (produces some products in Barcelona), mix of
boho and classical style, super cute accessoires, a bit more expensive but
good quality
HUMANA // several second hand stores throughout the whole city, high
chance of finding a perfect bargain or something you were looking for in ages
(only a lot cheaper) but bring time and patience and dont be put off by your
first impression! / Carrer de Roger de Llria, 9 and more
Fanciest and richest neighbourhood and perfect if you want to do a lot of
shopping, nicest part is the higher part of Rambla Catalunya

Bars:
CHTELET // cosy coctail bar with mixed-up furnishing showing black and
white movies, mojitos for 3 and great nacho-guacamole-cheese-snackplates
Food:
SOL SOLER // tapas bar and restaurant with a nice outside-seating on the
Placa del Sol, many locals and young families meeting to catch up, the
lasagne and quiches are the best!
Shopping:
ZOA REGALS // jewellery and accessories, mostly products from India and
Asia
CARRER VERDI // alternative and lovely shopping street, many boutiques
and restaurants and really nice to walk in the shadow on a hot summer day
Other:
PARC GELL // most famous parc in Barcelona with a great view,
characterized by the work of archtitect Gaud, always very crowded
(especially the part you have to pay entry). Tipp: Come one hour before parc
closes (around 8) and walk to the highest point (western wing of the parc) to
get the best view and nicest atmosphere. (Metro Vallcarca or Lesseps, walk
20 mins. or escalator)
PLAA DEL SOL // most famous and busiest plaza but many cafs and
bars and the clue is the name: sunniest square in the neighbourhood
PLAA DE LA VIRREINA // Hidden square in front of an old church but with
the nicest atmosphere
CINES VERDI // old cinema in the heart of Gracia, many movies in OV
The best neighbourhood if you are trying to stay away from tourists, mostly
locals, many artists, students and families, really nice atmosphere

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Food:
MAKAMAKA BURGER // Apparently on of the best burger restaurants in the
city, great location close to the beach / Passeig Don Joan Borb Comte
Barcelona, 76
BAR JAI-CA // Amazing tapas (especially seafood) in an authentic and lively
atmosphere, mix of tourists coming from the beach and locals who live in
Barceloneta,, always really busy / Carrer de Ginebra, 13

Accomodations:
THE PRAKTIK HOTELS // hotel group with different hotels in Barcelona and
Madrid, all modern, clean and unique and with a great service and really
nice staff / Hotel Praktik Bakery (enjoy delicious croissants and pastries for
breakfast), Hotel Praktik Vinoteca, Hotel Praktik Garden, Hotel Praktik
Rambla
GENERATOR HOSTEL // cheap but stylish hostel located between the
Eixample and Gracia / Carrer de Crsega, 373-377
AIR BNB & COUCHSURFING // cheapest and most authentic way to stay in
the city, many people offer a room or a whole apartment and price ranges
from 10 per night (0 on couchsurfing) up to very-very-very-exclusive

Very old neighbourhood with the maritime atmosphere of a small fisher


village, more and more taken over by the tourists which causes anger among
the locals

POBLE SEC (& MONTJUC)


CARRER BLAI // Street packed with really cheap but really good tapas bars
that serve pinchos (tapas on a pick, starting at (less than) 1 a piece), cava
or beer, famous for their tapas tours, TASQUETE is supposed to be one of
the fanciest and best ones
JARDINS DEL TEATRE GREC // Parc on the Poble Sec-side of the
mountain with a ancient greek theatre, perfect for lunch breaks and to get out
of the narrow streets of the city
JARD DACLIMATACI // Small parc right next to the olympic stadium, nice
to catch some late sunrays
FUNDACI JOAN MIR // Museum dedicated to the catalan artist, great
building and design of the exhibition
PAVELL MIES VAN DER ROHE // German pavilion of the world exhibition in
Bauhaus style, destination of architecture and design fans
CASTELL DE MONTJUC // old citadel on the top of the mountain, perfect for
a picnic and with an amazing view over the bay, also good to go for a run or
long walk through the forests around, free entry on sundays
Very few tourists and many students, perfect to combine with a walk up and
around the Mont Juc, good to go out (or to have tapas and drinks before
going to the clubs).

Metro:
Walking is the best way to get around Barcelona but still if you are tired and
just want to get somewhere really fast the metro is the best, cheapest way,
10 rides are approx. 10, weekdays until 12 pm, friday nights until 2 am and
saturdays throughout the whole night, every 2 to 10 minutes

Beaches:
BARCELONETA BEACH // the most famous (and crowded) one, mostly
(very young and often drunk) tourists, within easy reach by metro (Metro
station Barceloneta, 10 mins. walk), the closer you get to the big W-hotel the
more relaxed it gets
NOCA ICARIA & BOGATELL BEACH // a bit less crowded, more locals
(but still many tourists), great to play beach volleyball, the water is the
clearest at Bogatell, (Metro Stop Vla Olmpica, walk to the harbour and than
10 mins. along the promenade)
More:
BUNKER DEL CARME / GUINARD // secret spot with a breathtaking
view, best place in the city to watch the sunset (or -rise), mostly locals or
alternative tourists, not easy to get there (Metro Guinard, walk 20-30 up the
hill to the highest point to sit on the edge of the bunkers dangling your feet).
Dont forget your camera!!