Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

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.
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.
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.
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... 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casa Bonay
A boutique hotel in the Eixample district, Casa Bonay appeals to locals and visitors alike with its sleek amenities and popular drinking and dining spots.
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 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.
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.
Coquette
Born to be beautiful' is the tagline at Coquette, an industrial-inspired space in the trendy shopping district of El Born.
Discos Paradiso
Clean, white record store that's a hipster's paradise (pun intended).
Els Pescadors
Set on a charming tree-filled square, Els Pescadors serves perfectly cooked fish, seafood and rice dishes in Barcelona’s Sant Marti district.
Fantastico
Live music loving, shot drinking hedonists, look no further…
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.
Ginger
Gran Hotel La Florida
If you've a head for heights then check out Gran Hotel La Florida, perched 1,000 feet above Barcelona on Mount Tibidabo.
Hotel 1898
Hotel 1898 is the perfect stay for those who enjoy the finer things in life without paying through the nose for it. Suites with private Jacuzzis add a hint of rock star appeal.
Hotel 54
Just a stone's throw from the beach, this Barceloneta hotel is a beach bum's paradise but they wont let you over the threshold without the necessary cool attire, good looks and charm.
Hotel Bagués
A recent addition to Barcelona's ever-growing choice of awe-inspiring accommodations, Hotel Bagués is another Derby-owned property in a super-central location on Las Ramblas.
Hotel Banys Orientals
A classic never dies, and case in point is Hotel Banys Orientals in the chic neighbourhood of El Born.
Hotel Casanova
The very definition of a design hotel, Hotel Casanova deserves every single one of its four golden stars.
Hotel Market Barcelona
Hotel Market Barcelona, found near the Sant Antoni Market, is a chic boutique hotel with upmarket style credentials.
Hotel Murmuri
Thanks to its super-central location on Rambla de Catalyunya, Black AmEx-wielding retail queens love nothing more than resting their weary, high-heeled feet at Hotel Murmuri.
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.
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.
Kling
This clothing shop is a popular choice for well-groomed Barcelona women, with two stores now ready and waiting to fill your wardrobe…
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.
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 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. 
La Terrrazza
Amazing open-air club atop Montjuic Mountain and set in the confines of a traditional Spanish village.  

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