Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

Xix Bar
A mighty selection of gins in a tiny former milk shop. Who would've thought?
Vildsvin
Although Vilsvin could just as easily have been rated as a bar we have found (through extensive experience) that lunchtime is the most enjoyable time of day here so a boozy lunch is a better option that late-night drinks. Seafood is the highlight her
Vesping
Vespa rental service, Vesping, offers visitors to Barcelona a memorable way to explore and experience the city with unique and guided tours.
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.
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.
The One
The 5 Rooms
If you are looking for an intimate hideaway close to Paseo de Gracia shopping with maximum privacy, then this glorified B&B - with just five rooms - is the perfect match.
Suites Avenue
An increasing number of discerning travellers are opting for luxury serviced apartments instead of traditional hotels, and if Suites Avenue is anything to go by it's not hard to see why.
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.
Santa Maria
One of the Borne district's most renowned restaurants Santa Maria is frequented by a loyal following of foodies who lap up the consistently excellent food and always-reasonable prices.
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.
Roca Moo
Hotel Omm’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Roca Moo, serves up wonderful Catalan cuisine with the theatrical open kitchen providing the perfect backdrop...
Roca Barcelona Gallery
As something of an architectural masterpiece on Calle Joan Guell, you'd never guess that this gleaming, angular building was the headquarters of a bathroom company. But then again, renowned Roca does things a little differently.
Restaurant Fonda España
Historical features meet modern design at Restaurant Fonda España, a must for culture vultures and foodies alike, with delicate dishes and fine wine in abundance.
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.
RAS Gallery
It's easy to let time slip away browsing through coffeetable books, soaking in exhibitions or catching a book launch at this experimental gallery.
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…
Papa Serra’s Culinary Adventures
If you’re after a market tour, cooking class and wine tasting all rolled into one, then Papa Serra’s Culinary Adventures is for you...
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.
Olivia Plaza
Its purpose is simple - to provide pampering, spiritual relief and a sense of tranquility, which, given its location, no other hotel can pull off quite so well.
Ohla Hotel
Hotel service doesn't get more personal than at this 74 room monochRome hotel in the centre of Barcelona. 
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. 
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.
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.
Museum of Modern Art
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.
Moo
Many hotel restaurants disappoint, but that's certainly not the case at the humorously named Moo. With a recent restaurant makeover and stylish new bar under its belt, you won’t want to miss this one out.
Momo
Mercabarna-Flor
Looking like something Brit designer Paul Smith might put together, this architectural wonder is, in fact, a flower market. Called Mercabarna-Flor, the market sells flowers across two-tiers of wonderfully-designed space. 
ME Barcelona
Chic furnishings, stunning views and Michelin-starred cuisine abound at ME Barcelona.
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.
Le Boudoir
Small and intimate, Le Boudoir is stacked with delicate racks of knickers, bras and other lacey unmentionables.
La Virreina
Visual arts centre housed in the stunning Baroque Palau de la Virreina.
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.
La Tramoia
A breath of fresh air among the tourist-crammed joints of Place de Catalunya La Tramoia offers fantastic food at decent prices. Coffee and cake are particularly good here.
La Terrrazza
Amazing open-air club atop Montjuic Mountain and set in the confines of a traditional Spanish village.  
La França
Ooh la la! Catering exclusively to kinky couples, La França brings sex back to the city with moody interiors and naughty behaviour positively encouraged inside. Perfect for affairs of the heart - or just plain affairs.
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. 
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.
L’Antic Teatre
One of the only beer gardens in Barcelona, L'Antic Teatre is the perfect place to escape from the fast pace of the city, catch some sun and feel like a local. 

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