Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

Discos Paradiso
Clean, white record store that's a hipster's paradise (pun intended).
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.
BSB
While there's generally not much need for warm rugs underfoot in sunny Spain, other parts of Europe are not so lucky. Which is why shoppers come to BSB Contemporary Rugs for fabulous floor coverings.
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.
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.
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.
Miscelanea
A multidisciplinary gallery space with a cute café/bar - perfect for mingling with the art crowd of Barcelona.
La Virreina
Visual arts centre housed in the stunning Baroque Palau de la Virreina.
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.
CCCB
The Centre of Contemporaty Culture of Barcelona has an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions, festivals, concerts, lectures and debates within the old Casa de la Caritat building.
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.
Artevistas Gallery
Contemporary art gallery that focuses on the discovery and development of emerging artists.
Antoni Gaudi La Sagrada Familia
Culturally Antoni Gaudi's work has had a huge impact on the city of Barcelona. The pièce de résistance however is La Sagrada de Familia.
Sidecar Factory Club
Centrally located, open until late, massive crowds - there's a reason Sidecar is one of the most well known clubs in Barcelona...
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.
Ommsession
As you'd expect of a hotel attached to the super-stylish Hotel Omm Ommsession is where club-goers will rub Carolina Herrera-clad shoulders with Barcelona's top movers and shakers. And that's before you've even hit the dance floor.
La Terrrazza
Amazing open-air club atop Montjuic Mountain and set in the confines of a traditional Spanish village.  
Icebarcelona
Ice Bars are a little passé, admittedly, but somehow the one on Barceloneta Beach (of all places) hangs on to its cool factor. And not just because it's a chilly -8°C inside.
Club Catwalk
Joining many other late-night spots in Port Olimpico Club Catwalk is one of the best clubs in Barcelona. With chic interiors and DJs flown in from across the globe it's not hard to see why it attracts the city's highest fliers.
Carpe Diem
If your idea of a good night out is sipping on cool cocktails in suitably stylish surroundings then Carpe Diem is the hotspot for you. Rather unsurprisingly this venue is incredibly popular with Barcelona's high society.
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.
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
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.
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.
Federal Cafe
Known for its eco-friendly, locally sourced bistro dishes and fabulous breakfasts, the Federal is the perfect little neighbourhood corner café to sit back, enjoy the free Wi-Fi and watch the crowds go by.
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.
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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.
Bliss Spa
With outposts in the UK and the US, Bliss has finally thrown open the doors to a spa in Spain. And at W Barcelona, no less, arguably the city's most hotly anticipated hotel opening.
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