BallinEurope’s editor Emmet Ryan is no stranger to Barcelona but he has still called in some help from his friends to give anyone in town the best advice to enjoy their time away from the Palau Sant Jordi.
There’s going to be a lot of free time for everyone in Barcelona. Just going to get right to the point here and list off great places and what they are good for.
El Vaso de Oro
A roughly 2 minute walk from Barceloneta metro stop, this is a brilliant tapas bar. It’s often packed and no surprise why, literally everything here tastes good. Definitely one of the better spots to take in. Here’s their website.
This one is a little trickier to fine but if you want good coffee and cake, you won’t find a nicer spot in the city. Best way to get there is via the Liceu metro stop and have Google Maps at the ready to find it.
Those of you have been in Spain a week will likely be tired of the standard fare of beer, this spot comes recommended by the crew at Espiga, one of the best microbrewers in Spain. Good but not broad selection of beers. Definitely an improvement on the wall-to-wall Estrella and San Miguel. You will find it near the Rocafort metro stop.
Another one recommended by Espiga, this is near Joanic on L4 metro but most of you will probably find it easier to get there from Fontana on the green line, which is a little further away. Another bar with a decent selection of beers on tap.
La Bona Pinta
Always trust a bar that has Mikeller’s products in stock. Near the Monumental stop you’ll be fine here.
Time-out, Freddie give us some intermission fun please
An Asian food restaurant with decent beer, that’s a rare combination in this town. It’s a short walk from the Jaume I metro stop.
If you want more local fare and good beer to go with it, this spot near Poble Sec metro stop will do the job nicely.
For the total rookies…
Sagrada Familia is a must see here in town along with Parc Guel, in the case of Sagrada Familia be sure to go up if it’s open. The Camp Nou tours are reasonably priced according to friends of mine who have taken it (I plan to this week). Stadium tours can go either way but word is this is more Amsterdam Arena (the gold standard) than San Siro (best avoided).
If you want to see the city the best route I’ve found it to start at Parc Guel and take a straight line towards the port. That walk will give you a feel for the city and leave you within easy reach of public transport links to the high profile tourist attractions.
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