As you wind down the hazy, carousing streets of Barcelona you can’t help but be lifted by the spirit of the city. Delighting in the international elation unique to this vibrant city, and celebrating its eminent creative roots.
Barcelona is one of the most inviting cities I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The entertainments are endless and the sun-filled restaurants could keep me entertained for years. After walking an average of 28 thousands steps a day(!), I have put together a quick guide to the treasures that should be found to make any experience in Barcelona memorable.
First and foremost, tucked away on an otherwise unsuspecting street there is a rare native gem, Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria). In a tiny but most revelrous hole in the wall hides a bar specialising in shockingly affordable champagne and cured meats, naturally crowded with merrymakers.
We stayed for two bottles of champagne, at 12€ why not?! This price includes a cured meat selection that you aren’t allowed to buy champagne without, but that was just as welcome. A standing bar with little to no space, the set up is encouragingly social. We gelled with groups of stag do-ing Spanish men and lovely local women. I wouldn’t miss this treat if ever travelling through Barcelona again.
Another charming destination for affordable, local and delicious sustenance is La Candela, found in Placá de Sant Pere. This really is Catalan culinary at its best in Barcelona. To taste the food of the area, here is where you want to be. Set in one of the oldest squares, an ancient and ornate convent marks the space. While away the warm hours sitting outside sharing tapas with locals, or romance with your partner in absolute bliss. There is a relaxed but professional atmosphere here that instantly puts customers at ease.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for a nightlife kick-starter, head to the Mezcaleria Oaxaca in El Born for exquisite mezcal cocktails. They become a heady intoxicant almost immediately, but the smooth and healing taste of mezcal leaves you practically unscathed the next morning. El Born is a naturally cool area, and the people found at this bar are some the finest cats living in the city.
I could’t recommend a break in Barcelona enough, the list of exciting venues and eateries is ever growing. At any age, the city is a true treat.