If you have ever heard someone talk about Barcelona, it surely was something positive. Something they described as eye opening or even life changing. It is one of those cities that encourages self discovery, promotes exploration and dishes out some of the best vibes Europe has to offer. Heck, Barcelona could easily be credited for the start of this whole dang travel blog – it’s what sparked it all, the first bite from “the bug”. So, ladies and gents, check out some of the places nadaCliché loves about BCN.
BOUTIQUE HOSPITALITY | Hotel Brummell
Blended naturally into the hillside Poble Sec neighbourhood of Barcelona, is the cities latest boutique offering – Hotel Brummell. A beautifully designed, Sri Lankan inspired, urban oasis. Featuring a beautiful mix of modern furnishings and European antiques, complimented by a balance of open space and natural lighting. The hotel lobby’s concrete floors and unique art promote a gallery feel, yet the personal touches, inviting interior and comfort oriented rooms will make you feel right at home.
MERCADO DE LA BOQUERIA
The Mercato is a special place, a hustle bustle atmosphere that is almost calming in all it’s glory. Endless selections of meats and cheeses line rows and rows of colourful food stalls. Candy, chocolates, seafood, and wine OH MY! It definitely doesn’t hurt to grab some salami in a cone (or make it a triple), some sausage, cheese and bread to make your own “heavy on the meat” sandwich. While you’re at it, why don’t you trek up to Parc Guell to enjoy your sammy while marvelling Gaudi’s notorious failure. PS don’t be surprised if this market becomes one of your happy places.
SUNDOWNERS | YURBBAN TRAFALGAR
Walk up “the stairway to heaven” and reach the rooftop at the Yurbban Trafalgar hotel. Enjoy a 360º view of the city below and pin point the cities most recognizable monuments. Sit by the pool, in the tree lined lounge area or press up against the glass exterior and watch the sun disappear into the coastal horizon. Can’t really go wrong up there.
AFTER DINNER | OLD FASHIONED
A small bar with a large selection. Simple drinks with complex ingredients. It all comes smoothly together at Old Fashioned, a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated scene. A cozy speakeasy located in Barcelona’s Gracia district that pays homage to vintage cocktails and classic mixology. It’s relaxed, humble atmosphere is exactly what makes it stands out. With no flashy lights and all distractions aside the drinks can bask in the spotlight, and receive the attention they deserve.
DRINK WITH A VIEW | ECLIPSE BAR
Looking for a lil nightlife, perhaps with a stunning view to accompany your late night drinks? Head towards the beach, and up to the 26th floor of the W hotel. Here’s where you’ll find a different party every night of the week, yet the same amazing views. Grab a cocktail (or a bottle), grab a chair (or a table), and let Barcelona’s iconic windsail blow you away – BOOM!
NIGHTCAP | BITTER BAR
Meet Bitter Bar, one of the latest additions to Sant Antoni’s nightlife scene. A unique space with multiple rooms, each as eclectic and interesting as the next. Upon entering you step food inside a very personal, yet welcoming environment. Bottles line the wood panel walls and decorative plants make a rare and delightful appearance. This is a great spot to hang out, converse with the bartenders and learn all about the mixology behind their intricate menu.
Whatever you fancy you will find it in this city! Stroll Las Ramblas, hit the beach, eat tapas, drink cervezas and sangria, and stay out till the sun comes up. Marvel at the architecture, admire the street art, smile at the friendly people and attempt to speak the local tongue. Just make one promise when you visit, that you’ll say “whatup Barcelona?” from nadacliché.
Been to BCN? Where’s your go to spots? Holla in the comments…