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Tips for Barcelona?

I’m sneaking off tomorrow for a week in Barcelona. I haven’t been there in a long while, so if anyone has any tips in terms of where to eat, where to find the best hot chocolate, best ice cream, or best anything, I’d love to hear them!

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11 Responses to “Tips for Barcelona?”

  1. May 20th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Deborah says:

    Suppose it’s about a year too late to get a reservation at El Bulli? :) Hope you have a lovely time Kieran!

  2. May 20th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Kieran says:

    True, and since I’m renting, I don’t have a house to mortgage!

  3. May 20th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    jen says:

    I picked up your book at the weekend! All I can say is – fantastic! Looking forward to lots of icecream-making over the coming months…

    Barcelona-wise… Erm, is this the wrong time to plug the alternative guide my cousin edited?

    Have fun!

  4. May 20th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    flyingthud says:

    Coffee wise, check out Il Magnifico and chocolate wise check out Xocoa, both located near Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. A google search should give you the exact address.

    Centra Cafe is also kind of good but a little bit out.

    My personal favourite tapas bar is called Bar Jaica located on Carrer de Ginebra, 13. The staff are rude, its kind of loud, but theres no tourists, and the pimientas alla padrone are great, if you don’t mind the occasional spicy one.

  5. May 21st, 2008 at 11:29 am

    tulanian says:

    Favorite place to eat is Bar Central in the Mercat de la Boqueria. Fantastic grilled seafood. Also Bilbao-Berria in the Placa Nova for pintxos.

  6. May 21st, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    manuel says:

    bring water……they haven’t got any

  7. May 21st, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Kate says:

    That’s funny – my Dad and sister are just back from a trip there. They are going to guest on my blog about it. My Dad has spent a lot of time there with work over the years. Here are some of my favourites, most of which he introduced me to.

    Boqueria – just off Las Ramblas and a proper working market. This is the place to stock up on your cheeses, Spanish hams and chorizo. I love looking at the fishmongers at work, they have such a huge selection.

    Cacoa Sampaka – there are two Cacoa Sampaka stores in Barcelona. They have a good selection of chocolate tablets as well as cocoa powder, chocolate covered coffee beans and lemon peel. The one in the Gothic quarter is just a shop while the one off Passeig de Gracia is bigger with a café also. Try the spicy Aztec hot chocolate – it’s so thick your spoon will stand up.

    flyingthud – I used to love Xocoa too, but the last time I was in Barcelona (Spetember) it had closed down.

    Of course Barcelona also has an entire museum devoted to chocolate – I’ve never been but anything with lots of chocolate must be good!!

    In terms of food the Tragaluz Group has a number of restaurants including Agua down on the seafront. My personal favourite is the main Tragaluz restaurant itself. Think modern European food with definite Catalan influences. I’m also fond of its young hip sister across the road which serves a good selection of Japanese food.

    Not a sophisticated (nor as expensive) as Tragaluz is Senor Parellada. Located near the Jaume I metro stop it also opens on a Sunday night when many other restaurants close.

    Enjoy your trip, we expect some lovely pictures from that nice new camera of yours also.

  8. June 18th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Mila says:

    What a pity I didn´t check your blog before your visit to Barcelona!!! I would have advised you to go to “Espai Sucre”. It is a dessert restaurant (my dream come true!!!!) I mean a restaurant where you can have only desserts. They only serve meals at dinner time (Spanish dinner time) and during the day they give courses on different types of desserts. It is very interesting. I’m sure you would have enjoyed it. They have a website: so you can have a look at their menus and their courses and get an idea of what it is like.
    Maybe next time…

  9. September 12th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Jose says:

    My favourite is Bar Jaica too, and with this discount Card you can have tapas 2!!! x 1

  10. April 7th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    José Dinis says:

    Hey! Barcelona its a wonderfull city, and to fully make the best of it I found this card that’s called the Connect Club Card. It offers more than 150 discounts in places such as Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, Leisure and many more. Check it ou at

  11. March 18th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Harriet Freeman says:

    For the best ice creams in Barcelona you can check out my article titled:
    The best places for ice cream in Barcelona

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