Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

987 Barcelona
Fitting like a glove within one of the world's most sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities, this oasis of attitude opened its doors in 2007 close to Gaudi's spectacular La Pedrera building.
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.
Albert and Ferran Adria open new haunts in Barcelona
Brothers and culinary masters Albert and Ferran Adria will open a new eatery and cocktail bar in Barcelona. Tickets and 41 Degrees are on Av. del Parallel.
All-suite stays at El Palauet Living Barcelona
A set of six apartments on Barcelona's Passaeig de Gracia, El Palauet Living is the ultimate home-away-from-home. Personal assistant included, obviously.
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.
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.
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.
Artevistas Gallery
Contemporary art gallery that focuses on the discovery and development of emerging artists.
Avantgarde Limousine
B Hotel
Design hotel conveniently located on the Grand Via. Packages and sales reduce double boutique rooms to €80 with breakfast.
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.
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... 
Barceló Raval
The reservations book at Barceló Raval is jam-packed with fashion types thanks to its location in one of the city's trendiest districts.
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.
Barcelona with Children: Five Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels
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.
Beautiful Barcelona – Sunshine in the Cinema
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.
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.
Bliss Spa
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.
Blogger Julia Pearson Visits Barcelona’s El Palace
Julia Pearson pays Barcelona's El Palace a visit and discovers it lives up to its five stars.
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.
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.
Ca L’Isidre
An impressive wine list, excellent food and super-friendly service ensure the continued popularity of Ca L'Isidre. The art crowd can't get enough.
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.
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.
Café Kafka
Pop in for a drink, or stay for lunch or dinner, either way and for however long, Café Kafka is the ideal spot for a charming and completely unique pit stop while wandering the streets of Barcelona. 
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.
Cars Deluxe
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
Comerc 24
With El Bulli acolyte Carles Abellan at the helm Comerc 24's menu is as much the work of an artist as it is a chef. Sit savour and enjoy.
Coquette
Born to be beautiful' is the tagline at Coquette, an industrial-inspired space in the trendy shopping district of El Born.

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