Three words that I would use to describe Barcelona would be – historical, artistic and beautiful.  This indeed is the perfect city for those who dream to live by the sea without compromising city life. The city has a beat that inspires and welcomes you to take in all its beauty. Barcelona is a place that asks of us a little more than we can usually give…whether is through all the wine or the dancing…the city moves to a rhythm that encourages us to keep searching for happiness in our travels and in life. 

Here’s an insider guide of our favorite places in Barcelona but for a more in-depth tour – please email us or leave us a comment – we have a Barcelona tour in August and October. 


Casa Bonay: A creative’s haven – this hotel is beautiful! Even if you don’t stay here, you can check out the three restaurants on the property. 

Paradiso for amazing cocktails! It’s a hidden bar inside El Born’s Pastrami Bar, that you can only access behind a fridge door! How cool is that? 

El Pachuco: A favorite Mexican restaurant among locals – we recommend having the nachos “Pachuco”. This place has the heart of a true Mexican spot – a must! 

Picnic – A great brunch spot for classics! They have pancakes and eggs benedicts along with cocktail served in mason jars. ☺ 

Paella on the beach – This family-owned restaurant is the real deal! The only problem is that everyone knows it too and it’s hard to get seating. Try to visit in the afternoon – and be patient because you can’t go to Spain and not have Paella a great one.  Address: Escriba Av. del Litoral 62


Hit the beach! You can’t visit Barcelona and not stroll the beaches! The best beaches are outside the city but if you don’t want to travel just walk the Barceloneta stretch. 

The Gaudi Tour – It’s not surprising that this would make our list. The modernist architect Antoni Gaudi has left a mark in all of Barcelona. A tour of all his buildings is a must – trust us, it will inspire even those that don’t typically care about architecture. ☺ 

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art – Need some art inspo? Then head here to check-out the permanent exhibitions. 

Markets & Shops: 

Santa Caterina Market – Yes, unlike Boqueria, local Catalans actually shop in this market. It’s smaller and less congested. The perfect place to grab jamon serrano, cheese or wine. 

Palo Alto Market –  Held on the first weekend of every month – this market has a little bit of everything for everyone! Here you can find fashionable pieces, homeware, and art! 

Bimba Y Loa – If you’re looking for a special gift or a treat (for yourself! Haha) – shop the leather goods or printed scarves. The prices are reasonable if you purchase them in Spain even though the brand is available worldwide. 

About Dawn Simone

Dawn SimoneTraveling, meeting people, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures has become part of how I love to live. Join me and experience authentic cultures, traditions and hidden gems not normally known about from an off-the-shelf holiday.

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