Barcelona : where to dine…and sleep

Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia principality, is served by myriad fantastic cafes, hotels and restaurants.  It’s a city which doesn’t sleep―ever.  Here is a list of noteworthy places you should include on your itinerary there.


― For fantastic and quick meals on a whim, stop by Bites at the Hotel Arts Barcelona at Calle Marina, 19-21.  You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel in order to dine here.

― Try Chic and Basic’s very hip and very affordable Barcelona Ramblas property.  The parent company, Chic and Basic, offers a collection of hostels, hotels and apartments throughout Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid.  Located in the heart of the city center and featuring great rates, their Ramblas hotel is ideal for those who want something unique and offering great value.

Club Boulevard (BLVD,) located at Las Ramblas near the Drassanes station on the metro green line, features an impressive range of music styles.  The club’s guests range from locals, to Euro travelers to Central and South Americans.  Ensure you’ve enjoyed a siesta first as leaving the club at sunrise is the not uncommon.

― Located in the sprawling Mercat De Santa Caterine you will find Cuines Santa Caterina, a great informal restaurant specializing in local ingredients, tapas and farm-to-table dining.

― Barcelona’s streets were widened in the district of Ribera in Ciutat Vellato to accommodate the newly renovated Mercat De Santa Caterina, or Market of Holy Catherine, a food market with nearly 70 stalls nears the Francesc Cambó-Gral Alvarez de Castro Metro station.  Inside, you will find vendors selling cheeses, fish, fresh flowers, fruits, jamon, olives and pastries.

― Located at Carrer dels Lledó 7, the Mercer Hotel has fewer than 30 rooms which are not cheap.  If your budget allows it, don’t hesitate to stay there as their service is impeccable and easily on par with the Four Seasons or the Ritz.  If nothing else, make it a point to visit the rooftop terrace where the views of the city’s Gothic and historic neighborhoods are incredible and the pool side tapas menu and bar service will easily win you over.

© Hotel Arts Barcelona

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