Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

El Vaso de Oro
Traditional, delicious tapas and a great selection of artesan beer
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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