lola&grace are on tour! They’ve packed their suitcases, headed out of London and said hello to the open road in Europe as they set out to discover top European destinations. They’ve enlisted the help of bit city insiders to show them what’s hot and what’s not while in residence. Not only that but they’ve turned their big road trip into a competition for loyal followers. By sharing hints on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook , lola&grace have been asking followers to guess what city their off to next. So what’s the prize for participating? How about winning a trip for two to one of the cities they’ve visited with a complete run down of what you absolutely must visit, sourced straight from industry insiders? Now that’s a good competition. They’ve already visited Prague, Milan and Berlin and most recently they stopped into Barcelona, and this is where we come in!
As FFG is headed to Barcelona over the Bank Holiday weekend, I asked lola&grace to share with us and our readers some top tips on where to go and what to do over a 48 hour window! What they came back with is truly a treasure trove of knowledge and as I’m not one to keep these things to myself, I thought I’d give you a complete rundown on what they shared. So enjoy the ride… here’s what’s worth doing/seeing/eating in Barcelona from the people that know it best…
1. Where to eat in Barcelona:
Fabrica Moritz Barcelona
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39
Moritz 19th century brewery restored by Jean Nouvel is now converted
in a bar & restaurant and entertainment center. Artisanal beer, excellent
tapas, wine bar in an amazing atmosphere and surprising architecture.
Laid back cafe perfect for a Sunday brunch. This two storey corner
building with a pretty rooftop and a cosmopolitan atmosphere is located in a
new up and coming area, Poble Sec.
2. Where to absorb local culture in Barcelona:
Rambla del Raval
Situated in the popular neighborhood called Raval, the Rambla del
Raval is a lively and multicultural avenue with plenty of street art, quirky
bars and restaurants of all kind.
Newly opened café-restaurant-cocktail bar-club in Barcelona’s most
emblematic square, Plaza Real. The building has been restored but conserves
many of the original features like the parquet floors and beautiful gilded
pillars. Try the Bloody Mary infusion!
3. Party hard in Barcelona…the nightlife!
Calle San Pau, 128
This former sweetshop is like a trip into the 19th century. Rather
peaceful, it’s perfect to kick of a night smoothly or to end it in a cosy way.
One of Barcelona’s most famous nightclubs situated right by the beach.
You can also have dinner on the beach terrace before heading out on the dance floor.
Nasty Mondays at Apolo Club
It’s probably one the the best parties held in Barcelona. It takes
place every Monday at Apollo Club. If you want to dance, sing and shout widely,
this is the place to be!
4. Enjoying Barcelona’s great outdoors:
It’s the most popular and easily accessible beach of Barcelona, at a
walking distance from the city center. The emblematic rusting stack of cubes is
a sculpture by Rebecca Horn.
The Ciutadella Park is perfect for a Sunday afternoon nap under the
trees! It’s the greenest oasis of the city.
It’s the lower section of La Ribera
district and one of the trendiest and most fashionable districts in the
old city. You’ll find many boutiques, bars and cafés, especially in Rec street
and all the small streets surrounding the Paseo del Borne.
5. Culture shock:
Plaza del Angels, 1
Impressive building located in one of the most vibrant area of
Barcelona, the MACBA is the contemporary art museum of Barcelona. Its
minimalist aesthetic allows art pieces to take center stage.
Design Hub Barcelona
Calle Montcada, 12
Dedicated to the promotion of understanding, knowledge and use of the
world of design. DHUB is a few steps for another great museum, Picasso Museum.
You can also enjoy a coffee break in the romantic
Gothic-style courtyard of the building.
Riera Baixa Vintage Street
An entire pedestrian avenue of retro clothing stores in the Raval
multicultural area. Saturday afternoon, from 5:00pm might be the perfect time
to pop by Riera Baixa.
Calle Joaquim Costa
Vintage sunglasses reference boutique of Barcelona. Hip and cosy
atmosphere, don’t miss it!
Calle Comerç, 17
New concept shop in Borne neighborhood (C/Comerç, 17).
Apart from selling exclusive, stylish and cool products, this amazing space
also promotes culture, art and creativity.
Casa Camper Hotel
Calle Elisabets, 11
One of Barcelona’s premier boutique hotel in the city center, a few
steps from the MACBA museum and Plaza Catalunya. High budget hotel (200 €/room)
but its design and architecture are worth a visit.
Melon District Hostel
Avinguda del Paral·lel, 101
New concept of accommodation for young travelers who are looking for a place to stay
in Barcelona. There’s a pool and solarium on the roof, perfect to enjoy the
warm weather of Barcelona!