Posted 11 September 2005 - 02:16 AM
i'm off to barcelona in two weeks for my honeymoon.
we're staying @ the banys oriental (in the gothic quarter).
anyone have a list of must sees (shopping, beaches, restaurants...)?
miuzi weighs a ton
Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:04 PM
For modern creative tapas:
Commerc 24 (Carrer del Commerc, 24)
Estrella de Plata (Pla de Palau, 13)
For traditionnal tapas:
Cervecería Catalana (Carrer Majorca, 236)
Ciudad Condal (Rambla de Catalunya, 18)
Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:52 PM
Check out Fone Fone(nice club, small nice minimal house), Blinc Bar and Loft is great...Can't remember the location pf them as was to wasted!!!!There also great bars everywhere, most have a nice atmosphere, keep away from the modern shopping complex on the water...Full of young tourist and bad music!!Try head to martini beach aswell!!!!
Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:23 PM
if you're honeymooning, you can do actually quite well in BCN, especially in El Born where you're staying.
As for restaurants you have the culinary institution Cal Pep for classic catalan tapas, modern classics like Taira, Santa Maria and Bestial on C/Comerc right on your doorstep.
Bars offering tapas Vascas (Basque tapas), or Pintxos, are literally everywhere now but I've always considered Irati on Placa del Pi as the best. You should also try one of Grupo Tragaluz restaurants, which I guess is the equivalent of Conran restaurants. The oldest, Tragaluz has an interior designed by Mariscal and introduced the fusion food to Catalonia. Agua (by the sea in Villa Olimpic) and the upmarket El Principal on C/Provenca off the main street Pg de Gracia are the most conveniently located and better choices.
The gentrified Raval had its renaissance the last few years with new clubs and small but ambitious restaurants opening every weekend. Restaurants like Silenus, Biblioteca, Dos Trece etc are well worth visiting and also have cheap and good menu lunches with menu del dia. If you ever get tired of the clubs, try La Paloma which is a 200 year old classic dancehall cum house club in Raval with the evenings kicking off with elderly dancing salsa and slowly turning into a club in the evening. Only place in the world where you'll see 70-year olds dancing to Royksopp.
There are literally hundred of restaurants worth mentioning, eclectic places like Ot or cool hotels like Neri - and i haven't even started to mention cool bars like Cafe Royal or great shopping places for the newlyweds like Vincon....
Posted 21 September 2005 - 08:46 AM
Some cracking places to go - La Bouqeria Market - amazing food market Old Style
Hotel Om with Restaurant MOO - amazing Molecular Gastronomy
Camper FoodBALL and Camper Hotel - both cool
Custo - for bags and stuff
What a city!
Posted 21 September 2005 - 05:57 PM
There's a very popular specialty shop/caterer in Ganduxer named "Semon" and right next to it is a very small, intimate restaurant run by them called "L'Indret" ( I think in Catalan it means "little corner"). Excellent food, fantastic wine cellar, elegant contemporary interior, the creme of Barcelona eats there for lunch, what more can I say...