I decided to head out town for some last minute sun. Care to join me for a short city break to catch some rays and do a bit of sightseeing. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with fantastic shopping, tourist attractions to a thriving nightlife scene. It’s unique architecture, culture and history is definitely a must see to explore all this city has to offer including its landscape and beautiful scenery. During my visit I share with you some of my favourite places in this cosmopolitan city. Here are my style insider tips on where to eat, stay and drink. If you enjoy warm weather, amazing food and cultural diversity this is the place for you to live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports and fine cuisine. Head to Barcelona’s Chiringuito bars to experience some of the best beach parties in the city.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BARCELONA
W – BARCELONA
The infamous W Hotel is situated along the citys main coastline stretch of beach and host pool parties in the evenings especially on weekends catering to an international discerning clientele is the best place for people watching and a late night rendezvous at The Eclipse Bar in the top floor of the hotel.
THINGS TO TRY EXPERIENCE
SPANISH TOMATO BREAD
This Catalonian delicacy is often used as a starter with a main meal is created with the following ingredients of garlic cloves, fresh ripened tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and extra virgin olive can be compared to Italian tomato bruschetta
DESIGNER SHOPPING IN THE GOTHIC QUARTER
For designer shopping this is your one stop destination to finding all the style you need under one neighborhood where you can find most of the mainstream stores with no shortage of designer outlets
The beach is where all the action happens similar to that of Venice Beach Los Angeles where the beautiful people flock as Barcelona has a community of working fashion models in the city working out in the beach gym. A range of leisure sports are available including paddle boarding and places to eat and drink along the promenade known as the Chiringuito Bars such as Moma and Buda Beach is a great dining experience on the sand
What I wore Featured Products:Printed Botanical Shorts, Swimwear by Topman US, Sunglasses Prada (L) and (R) Marc Jacobs
To experience the highest point of the city’s altitude in Barcelona I highly recommend taking a hike up to Park Guell and take in the views of the vast landscape. Once you reach the top expect to find allot of souvenir market stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to costume jewellery which make great gifts. The Gaudi Building is also found here and is open to the public as a Museum celebrating the Architects life and home.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
PARC DE LIBERINTO DE HORTA
The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona is the most intriguing place to visit just North of Barcelona on the Metro line which houses The Torre Soberana an old 14th century country estate with beautiful Tudor gardens and maze if you fancied taking a wonder and getting lost while taking in some historic culture. It’s Barclona’s oldest garden by Architect Elies Rogent. Although I did come across a high fashion editorial shoot which was happening during my visit to this famous historical landmark. This is where I met Model Nadeschda who is from Germany and working in town with her Spanish Model Agent.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE
This charming little restaurant found in the Old Town of Barcelona known as the EL Born quarter is within 5 mins walk of the Arc Monument where you can sample the best authentic local Spanish Cuisine including fresh Sea Bass my favourite and selection of great wine too. It’s great value for money and I visited this place quite frequently if I ever happened to drop by the neighbourhood to meet friends.
ZERO KM RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
A trendy hipster bar on the corner of EL Born with delicious food and great vibes has the most amazing selection of cocktails including the illuminated menu lights up when you open it. It has live music some nights and open til late.
WHAT TO PACK FOR BARCELONA
SHOP MY VACATION STYLE EDIT HERE
I just found out that the city host Barcelona Fashion Week known as 080 Barcelona where international designers Desigual and Custo Barcelona showcase their new fashion collections on the runway. I hope to return soon for the shows. What do you think so far?