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Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide

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Ever since we moved to Barcelona, we have received tons of questions about our favorite travel recommendations around the city for those of you (and your friends) who happen to be planning trips this way. So today, I’m happy to finally present to you our official Gimme Some Oven Travel Guide!

Get ready because there is muchísima information below, including a running list of all of our favorite places to eat, visit and stay in Barcelona. We’ve also created a list of Barcelona-specific pro travel tips for how to navigate the city like a local. And we have also created a Google Map that you can have easy access to all of our recommendations while you’re out and about.

We promise to keep updating this guide as often as possible as we continue to discover more great places around the city. But please — if you have your own Barcelona travel recommendations, be sure to share any of your favorites in the comment section below too. And pretty please (2021 edit) — if you use this guide in any way, would you mind leaving a comment below just to let us know what you enjoyed? I have received hundreds of emails and DMs from readers over the years who have used and loved this guide, but very few people leave comments here and I would love for you to be able to read one another’s feedback and recs too. Gracias!

For more travel guides and general travel tips, feel free to also check out the archives in our Travel section on the blog. And if you would like to follow along with our adventures behind the scenes living in Barcelona, you’re always welcome to check out my personal Instagram. Alright, without any further ado, here are our favorite Barcelona travel recommendations including:

  • Our Barcelona Travel Tips
  • Barcelona Travel Map
  • Where To Eat
  • What To Do
  • Where To Stay

La Colmena Panellets in Barcelona Spain

We would really encourage you to download our (free!) Gimme Some Barcelona Google Map, which includes all of the recommended places listed in this guide. It’s a great way to navigate around the city and can also give you the option to make an impromptu stop somewhere nearby if a place on the list catches your eye. Be sure to also click through to read the notes for each restaurant pin, where we have included our recommendations for what to order.

Best Paella In Barcelona at Barraca | Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide

Our favorite paella in Barcelona — the “bomba” paella at Barraca.

Naturally, my favorite subject. ♡  And also the #1 question we’ve received from friends, family and all of you readers coming to Barcelona — where to eat!

There are literally thousands upon thousands of places to eat here in Barcelona, with new great spots popping up literally every week. And as someone who tends to plan my vacations — and, let’s be real, everyday life — around food, it’s critically important to me that each of your meals here be home runs. So here is our current list of places we love and recommend. There should hopefully be something for everyone here!

Brunch

Bakeries

  • Baluard (Croissants, bread, and more / Multiple locations)
  • Brunells (Croissants and pastries) / El Born
  • Chök (Cronuts, donuts, chocolate / Gothic)
  • Demasié (Cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, desserts / El Born)
  • Eric & Benjamin (French breads and pastries / Eixample)
  • Hofmann Pastelería (Croissants and pastries / El Born)
  • Origo (Breads and pastries / Gràcia)

Tapas, Spanish & Catalan Food

Vegetarian & Healthy Food

Pizza & Italian Food

Mexican Food

Southeast Asian Food

Fine Dining

Desserts / Sweets

Coffee

Drinks

Sagrada Familia | Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide

In a city that offers so many great things to do, choosing places to visit isn’t always an easy decision! But whether you like to see a place through its sights, sounds or flavors, we’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to experience Barcelona. The two things that we would say that you can’t miss here — visiting La Sagrada Familia (trust us, it’s not like any cathedral you’ve ever seen!) and taking a food tour (always our favorite way to get to know a new city).

Museums / Cathedrals / Top Sights

Our Favorite Parks

Live Music Venues

More Fun Stuff To Do

Day Trips

Recommended Guides / Tours

A Few Of Ali’s Favorite Places To Shop

  • Be (fun gift shop, multiple locations)
  • Biscuit (favorite boutique)
  • Charly Therapy (cute and fun sunglasses)
  • Hema (gifts, home goods)
  • La Nostra Ciutat (art, apparel, gifts, all made in Barcelona)
  • Natura (apparel, home goods, gifts)
  • Oysho (yoga apparel, leisureware and more)
  • Boutique-ing around El Born or Gràcia in general. There are so many great local shops in these neighborhoods!

Alma Hotel Barcelona Spain

We still have yet to do much research on where to stay in Barcelona, but we promise to report back with some updates on great places to stay soon! A few great places we have stayed and loved so far include:

Also, for more boutique/luxury hotels, we recommend looking here. For discount hotels, check out this list. For hostels, we recommend looking here.

Cocktails In Barcelona at Dr Stravinsky

Questions? Requests? Recommendations to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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63 comments on “Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide”

  1. Hi Ali! I’ve enjoyed your recipes for years, but recently stumbled upon your Barcelona Travel info just days before our family trip there in March. It was THE BEST INFO! We were in Barcelona for nearly two weeks as my son was invited to a youth Barcelona FC futbol camp. We stayed at an AirBNB right near Syra coffee between Gothic district and El Born, so the restaurants you recommended were almost all within walking distance. I cannot thank you enough for all the great recommendations. It truly transformed our trip. My kids (10 & 12) are adventurous eaters and had a fabulous time exploring new foods and experiences. The Secret Garden Paella class and DeVour market and food tour through AirBNB experiences were highlights of our trip. Even on a rainy day it was FABULOUS. We got to meet folks from all over the globe in our paella class. Thanks again! We even have a few restaurants for you to check out. I’ll try and find the names.