Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

Vesping
Vespa rental service, Vesping, offers visitors to Barcelona a memorable way to explore and experience the city with unique and guided tours.
Hotel Soho Barcelona
Sleek and pared back, Hotel Soho Barcelona is a trendy yet affordable design hotel located on the bustle of Barcelona’s Gran Via.
Hotel Market Barcelona
Hotel Market Barcelona, found near the Sant Antoni Market, is a chic boutique hotel with upmarket style credentials.
Els Pescadors
Set on a charming tree-filled square, Els Pescadors serves perfectly cooked fish, seafood and rice dishes in Barcelona’s Sant Marti district.
The Serras
Part of the renovation of Barcelona's waterfront district, The Serras is a chic design hotel with views of the port and sea beyond.
Ginger
Sala Apolo
With something different on the agenda every night, Sala Apolo is a clubber’s dream. Sing and dance like nobody’s watching in this renovated 1940s ballroom.
Hotel Banys Orientals
A classic never dies, and case in point is Hotel Banys Orientals in the chic neighbourhood of El Born.
Fantastico
Live music loving, shot drinking hedonists, look no further…
La Fonda
Large in size, cosy in feel, La Fonda is always buzzing with locals and tourists alike looking for traditional Catalan food at prices that won’t break the bank. 
ABAC
Abac’s light and airy pavilion setting, leading onto spectacular gardens, exudes a calm and elegance not often found in upbeat Barcelona. Everything served to diners here draws inspiration from Spain’s natural larder.
Kling
This clothing shop is a popular choice for well-groomed Barcelona women, with two stores now ready and waiting to fill your wardrobe…
Barcelona Football Club
As Spain's national sport, you'd be a fool to miss out on a game of football at Barcelona Football Club.
Sitges
Sometimes it's good to get away, even when you're in a beautiful city such as Barcelona. And when such a desire beckons, head to the seaside town of Sitges, found just 35 kilometres away and renowned for its beaches and vibrant gay community.
Big Bang Bar
Big Bang does what it says on the tin – big tunes from live bands that will make your hair stand on end.
Ra Bar
A café with real energy and charm, Ra is perfect for a lazy afternoon, or alternatively, to kick-start a wild night out…
Barceloneta Beach
As one of the most famous urban beaches in the world, Barceloneta Beach is a hugely popular place to come and sprawl on the sand.
Neri Hotel
Hotel Neri is one of Barcelona's most tucked-away treasures; although small, the hotel's amenities are perfectly formed and wonderfully kept. The restaurant is stunning and leads to a pretty courtyard that is perfect for al fresco drinking.
Taller de Tapas
The incredible amount of press which surrounds Taller de Tapas serves as a testimony to its success; come here for lunch rather than supper to get a romantic table overlooking the the square.
Lomography
Lomography is one of the most beautiful ways to capture memories, which is why this store on Calle Rosic is always brimming with creative types.
Coquette
Born to be beautiful' is the tagline at Coquette, an industrial-inspired space in the trendy shopping district of El Born.
Hotel Bagués
A recent addition to Barcelona's ever-growing choice of awe-inspiring accommodations, Hotel Bagués is another Derby-owned property in a super-central location on Las Ramblas.
Caelum
Although tucked away in a corner of the Gothic district we recommend you make the effort to find Caelum. Known as the most exquisite cafe and bakery in the city Caelum serves the best pastries and coffee in Barcelona. And we've tried a lot.
Bilbao Berria
Bilboa Berria challenges the traditional view of tapas and is extremely successful for doing so. Located by the cathedral this eternally-popular eatery benefits from a constant passing trade of sightseers.
Salero
Although you could slink into Salero for a sumptuous supper we prefer it as a fabulous place for late-night cocktails. Its romantic atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for date night.
Xix Bar
A mighty selection of gins in a tiny former milk shop. Who would've thought?
Manchester Bar
With music from its namesake city in the UK and cheap beer before 10pm - the Manchester Bar is certainly unique for Barcelona...
La Vinya del Senyor
According to those in the know - that would be us - La Vinya del Senyor offers up the best wine list in the city. The rustic environment meanwhile affords diners an authentic Catalonian experience despite its shockingly shabby exterior.
Bar Pepino
Eccentric décor and an eclectic mix of clientele - Bar Pepino is the perfect spot for a slightly more unusual night out in Barcelona... 
Bar Lobo
Drinking and eating is more a full-time job in Barcelona than a casual pastime, which is why we love Bar Lobo, which does it oh-so well.
Andu
Still relatively unknown with tourists Andu provides a real taste of Catalonian lifestyle with lethal cocktails served up in atmospheric surroundings. The perfect place to escape the pretension of the more tourist-crammed bars in the city.
Tickets
Albert and Ferran Adrià's new eatery and cocktail bar in Barcelona is much more casual than their famed El Bulli, but no less spectacular.
Santa Caterina Cuines
Falling away from the tourist trail on the Mercat Santa Caterina Santa Caterina Cuines serves up wonderfully fresh ingredients and a buzzing atmosphere.
Mordisco
A neat, sweet little restaurant serving good quality fresh food that won't break the bank.
La Bodegueta
Appearances can be deceptive and this is no more true than at La Bodegueta; although not the most sophisticated design-wise the authentic cuisine makes it one of Barcelona's must-eats.
Matsuri
We're not afraid to say it; Matsuri is the best place for sushi in Barcelona. Insanely reasonable prices compliment the exquisite cuisine while the wonderfully attentive service wraps things up nicely.
Cata 181
As one of Barcelona's best kept secrets - until now that is - Cata 181 is where boisterous locals dine until the small hours away from the city's tourist traps. Tell only your best friends.
Cafe de L’Academia
A good sign when dining in a different city is whether the locals enjoy it - and this is certainly the case at Cafe de L'Academia, where insiders jostle against tourists for mouthwatering tapas.
Arola
Following on from the success of Madrid-based restaurant La Broche, chef Sergi Arola's eponymous Barcelona debut is housed (rather fittingly) within the super stylish Hotel Arts and has become a hip hangout in its own right.
Ciutat Barcelona
Just 50 metres away from the Picasso museum, this is the ideal place to base yourself in the heart of the 'Ciutat Vella' right on the border between the Barri Gòtic and El Born. 

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