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Barcelona City Guide

While I can by no means be classified as an expert, I thought it might be nice to create a guide explaining what to see/do, and where to eat/shop in Barcelona. I’m very happy with what I discovered while there, and encourage you all as well to check these places out if you are ever in town. So here you go, my Barcelona City Guide. :)

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      {Fading sunset light on the bright tiles}

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    {A shady oasis in Gràcia}

SEE

  • Parc Güell. My favorite “touristy” thing to do in Barcelona, you can’t miss it during your trip. Bright tiles, amazing city views, and amazing architecture. Lines are long, so I’d recommend preordering tickets online. We visited at sunset, and got the most amazing photos (and lower temperatures).
  • The Barrí Gotic Cathedral. Not only is this free, but the interior is stunning. For an extra 3 Euros, you can go up to the roof for a city view.
  • Sagrada Familia. While the architecture is not my piece of cake and I could not afford to go inside, it’s an impressive piece of work. Not to be missed, even if you just stop and stare up for a few moments.
  • Barceloneta. The beach might be packed full, but it’s a great way to relax for an afternoon (or day).
  • Gaudi Architecture. This is what the city is famous for, an for good reason. Coming from an industrial LA and very proper Paris, this alternative design was a real treat.

NOT TO SEE

  • La Rambla. I did not like it, at all. Leering men, thousands of people, and tourist traps all around. It’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame equivalent, and I hate both equally. I’d recommend you skip it, and instead find Spanish boutiques in the streets of Barrí Gotic.

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{Every food item I photographed, inquire below if you wish to know where something in particular is from}

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{Sangria at Oviso}

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{Quesadilla appetizer at Oviso}

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{Ice cream flavors at Xococake}

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{Our Spot!}

EAT

  • Diamant. Fun fact before I begin: we ended up eating breakfast and dinner at the same place everyday. Why? Because it was so amazing, and these two girls actually managed to find local hubs. Diamant is where we had our pastry every morning, along the “queso” and tomato baguette and coffee. All for 5 Euros might I add. And the old man working there was just wonderful. He didn’t speak a lick of English and helped us order, and by the second day recognized us and knew what we wanted. This is at the metro station Roçafort.
  • Bar Oviso. This place is the love of our lives, and where we ate four nights in a row. We made our way through the delicious and inexpensive menu and were not left disappointed (or hungry) a single night. I recommend the cheap burgers, the savory crêpes, and the 2 Euro dessert of the day (my favorite was chocolate coconut cake with fudge). Sangrias were delicious, we had them every night. Just the coolest atmosphere, nice (and very attractive) waiters, and outdoor seating in Plaça de George Orwell. Perfect!
  • Can Ganassa. Delicious and inexpensive tapas tucked away in a square right by the waterfront. I recommend the 4 cod fritters for 1.50. Yes, those prices are real. The potatoes are also delicious, served in a meat/garlic sauce.
  •  Xococake. The yummiest ice cream! Found in Gràcia, I got the white chocolate coconut strawberry gelato with sprinkles, and it was divine. Perfect for cooling off in the afternoon heat.
  • Spar. This is a Spanish supermarket chain, but I just wanted to give it a shoutout for all the yummy picnics we bought here. Spanish potato chips are amazing, and Diet Coke only costs 60 cents. I recommend a large breakfast and dinner, but only small things in between during the day.

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{Decor at Carolina Blue}

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{Hip interiors at Soul 04}

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{Amazing decor at my new favorite little boutique Claudine}

SHOP

  • Claudine. I fell in love with this fashion boutique the second I walked through the door. Not only did I find my new favorite dress there, but they have a beautiful jewelry and postcard selection as well. The clothes are perfectly chosen, and I wish I could have bought so much more!
  • Carolina Blue Decoration. This is a tucked away treasure on the Gothic quarter, and one that you should not miss. The store is so well decorated that it looks like something right out of Pinterest. Aside from selling decor, they also have some beautiful clothing.
  • Soul 04. Another Gothic Quarter treasure, this store was typical Barcelona youth fashion. Breezy fabrics, bright prints, and funky accessories. I also loved how they decorated the inside with neon lights.
  • The Spanish Chains. While I will not treasure my finds in stores such as Zara and Bershka forever, I did manage to grab  few things I had been eyeing here in Paris at lower prices. Score!

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{Street art in the Gothic quarter}

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{Architecture in Parc Güell}

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{Wandering through parks and sidestreets}

DO

  • Stroll the side streets of Barrí Gotic. This ended up being my favorite part of the trip. My travel buddy and I found cute boutiques, the place where we ate every night, and took tons of photos. Also, keep your eyes peeled for funky street art.
  • Make an effort to walk. I walked from the Sagrada Familia to Parc Güell along Avenue Diagonal and it was a great choice. We found cool Gaudi architecture, stumbled upon sites we had wanted to see (such as La Pedrera) and saved a metro ticket.
  • Check out the winding hills of Gràcia. A slightly different side to Barcelona, not to be missed though even if it’s slightly off of the beaten path.
  • As the Spanish do! By this I mean wait out the grueling midday heat by taking a siesta in the park, and enjoy your dinner after 9 PM. It makes the experience so much more special. Favorite siesta spots include Parc de Ciutadella and the beach in Barceloneta.
  • Plan your tickets. Lines are huge in this city, so be sure to preorder tickets whenever/wherever possible. This was our biggest mistake (that and tickets cost a fortune, so be aware of the prices).

And there you have it, all of my recommendations and tips for visiting Barcelona. I greatly enjoyed my time there and can only recommend it.

Have any recommendations for the city? Be sure to leave them in the comments below so that other readers can get informed through that as well!

Julia :)

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  • LOVE spain and you created a fun guide! The sangria looks fantastic and thanks for the tips, I hate the Hollywood walk of fame so I would like to avoid any similar place at all times

    xx Naomi in Wonderland

    • Julia

      Oh my god, I hate that Walk of Fame so much, I think I can for sure say that it’s my least favorite place in the whole world!!

      The Sangria was so yummy 😀 Thanks for reading girl! xxx

  • Great guide!! I love the honesty
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    • Julia

      Honesty is key when it comes to writing a blog! Thanks girl, and thanks for reading :)

  • Those food pictures look AMAZING. Great tips!

    I actually liked Las Ramblas, but I agree, it is super crowded and touristy. Ah, these photos make me want to go back to Spain.

    xo Natasja

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    • Julia

      To each their own, I’m glad that you enjoyed it :) Thanks girl, food pictures are always my fav 😀 And thanks for reading! xx Julia

  • Barcelona looks so beautiful! All those food dishes are making me hungry. Also, dinner after 9PM? What time do they sleep? I’m already in bed & dreaming by that time. LOL!

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    • Julia

      I know, I don’t get it either! They finish their meals by 11 or so, and bed by midnight. Has the whole country escaped having to get up early the next morning, ever?? 😀

      Thanks for reading :)

  • The photo of the gelato made me want some so bad! This is a great list! I especially like the suggestions of what to skip! Those are always really helpful tips!

    • Julia

      Yes, I always love reading about people’s “do nots” weirdly enough! It helps streamline the to do list 😀

      Thanks for reading! :) Julia