Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

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.
Hotel Do Placa Reial
Small and intimate boutique hotel with impeccable service and treats left in your room daily. Need we say more.
Hotel Mercer
Old merges with new in stunning fashion at Hotel Mercer, whilst it’s almost secret location heightens its lure and charm.
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.
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.
Hotel Arts
Hotel Arts is arguably Barcelona's most famous hotel, and is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, world-class spa and star-studded clientele.
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.
Reial Cercle Artístic
This permanent show is dedicated to Salvador Dali one of Spain's most famous artists and is appropriately set in the gorgeous Gothic District.
Momo
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.
Pla
Whilst Pla could be classed as a restaurant we highly recommend it for an early evening glass of wine or cleverly crafted cocktail. Gothic interiors add panache.
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.
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.
Park Hotel
Just a short walk from Cuitadela Park and directly opposite the Estació de Franca, the Park Hotel's 1950's style façade is a recognisable landmark in the fashionable Born district.
Market Hotel
The Market Hotel is a truly rare find, and such a secret gem that it is tempting not to include, but here goes.
Hotel Majestic
The Hotel Majestic certainly lives up to the promise of its prestigious address with jaw-dropping views, more amenities than you can shake a stick at and an infinite number of choices when it comes to within-walking-distance venues.
Hotel Claris
The creative juices are well and truly flowing at Hotel Claris, a creative concept housed behind a 20th-century façade.
Hotel Casa Fuster
Representative of Catalan modernism, Hotel Casa Fuster is popular with aesthetes and architecture lovers looking for something to please the eye. The rooftop pool adds to its cachet.
Hotel Barcelona Catedral
Set opposite Barcelona Cathedral a few doors down from the Dalí Escultor Museum, the Barcelona Catedral enjoys one of the most central locations of any of our choice of hotels.
Hotel 1898
Hotel 1898 is the perfect stay for those who enjoy the finer things in life without paying through the nose for it. Suites with private Jacuzzis add a hint of rock star appeal.
Duquesa De Cardona
Still retaining the spirit and the style of the original building, this converted 18th-century Palacette overlooks Barcelona's Port Vell in the heart of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic and is only three blocks from La Rambla.
Zen Zone Spa
Zen Zone Spa is housed at Gran Hotel La Florida, perched 1,000 feet above Barcelona on Mount Tibidabo, and is one of the best in-house spas in the city.
Observatori Fabra
Set atop Tibidabo, the Observatori Fabra is Barcelona's astronomic, meteorologic and seismic observatory. It is here that Josep Comas Solá famously spotted the 32P/Comas Solá comet back in 1926. 
Mercat Fire de Bellcaire
As both the oldest and largest flea market in Barcelona, Mercat Fire de Bellcaire has tourists flocking in their bargain-hunting droves for an eclectic array of goods.
La Central
La Central provides an extensive collection of humanities books, ranging from anthropology to architecture, photography to philosophy. There's also a cafe upstairs with wifi which is perfect for settling in with a good book. 
Ciclic
Magazine emporiums are a dying breed, but the concept is given a new lease of life at Ciclic, where the printed word is still hugely popular.
Park Guell
Yet another of Gaudi's landmarks Park Guell offers unbeatable views out over the city and some of the strangest sculptures in existence.
Palau Musica Catalana
Even if you're not an avid lover of live music the Palau Musica a sensational venue to take in a concert; ornate lighting huge gold horses and gilded seating adorn the central hall and the acoustics are exceptional.
Museu Picasso
Housing arguably Barcelona's most famous exhibition the Museu Picasso doesn't struggle to get culture vultures flocking through its doors; the building is almost as awe-inspiring as the artworks on display.
Fundacio Joan Miro
The Joan Miro Foundation pays homage to another of Spain's most-loved artists. Even if you're not a fan views out over Montjuic Castle make the pilgrimage up the mountain worth it.
Casa Batllo
Restored by Barcelona's much-loved artist Antonio Gaudi Casa Battlo - found along the shopping street of Passeig de Gracia - is testament to his seemingly never-ending architectural talents.
Razzmatazz
As Barcelona's biggest club Razzmatazz has something for everyone with five massive rooms to choose from. Try not to get lost after one too many martinis.
Boulevard Culture Club
Nothing on Barcelona's busiest boulevard is going to be subtle, which is why the Boulevard Culture Club - opened in 2009 - is big, brash and all the more brilliant for it.
Navarra
As one of Barcelona's landmarks locals have been coming to Navarra since 1939 and they show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Although not a peaceful lunch spot it's still a welcome break from the newer sleeker coffee shops that have opened nearby.
Petit Palace Opera Garden
The Petit Palace Opera Garden hotel could not be more appropriately located - right next to Boquería Market on the corner of the Les Rambles facing the Gran Teatro del Liceo.
Huston Apartment
One of the superior properties offered by Chic-Rentals.com, the Huston Apartment, located near Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona’s city centre, allows visitors to the bustling city to experience an exclusive taste of local living.
Six Senses Spa
There's nothing quite like a spa session after a day or two pounding Barcelona's many pavements. Arguably one of the best is the Six Senses Spa at the Ritz-Carlton-owned Hotel Arts, which boasts some of the best views in the city.

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