Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

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.
Onix Liceo Raval
The Onix Liceo Raval offers feel-good, highly-affordable accommodation in central Barcelona, with a business centre and Mozarabic architecture, to boot.
Museum of Modern Art
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. 
El Vaso de Oro
Traditional, delicious tapas and a great selection of artesan beer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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... 
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.
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.
Chic & Basic Born
This enticing former nobleman's mansion takes the concept of 'cheap chic' one step further with the sexy purple, red and green LED lighting system that permeates throughout the interiors of this imaginative design hotel. 
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.
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.
Granados 83
Granados 83 may only have four golden stars affixed to its name outside, but that doesn't mean it's any less stylish than those with five.
Chic & Basic Tallers
An even cheaper alternative to sister property Chic & Basic Born, this guest house is well located in the eclectic heart of the Gothic Quarter.
B Hotel
Design hotel conveniently located on the Grand Via. Packages and sales reduce double boutique rooms to €80 with breakfast.
Piscines Picornell
There's nothing like stripping off and taking a refreshing dip when the temperatures soar, but those who don't like sand between their toes and saltwater in their hair are advised to steer clear of the beach and instead head to Piscines Picornell.
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. 
Happy Pills
While we wouldn't recommend taking pills for every ache and pain, sometimes a little pick-me-up is all you need to lift your mood. Enter Happy Pills, a Spain-based company that sells its brilliant brand of 'Happy Pills' right here.
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.
Miscelanea
A multidisciplinary gallery space with a cute café/bar - perfect for mingling with the art crowd of Barcelona.

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