Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

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.
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.
Santa Caterina Cuines
Falling away from the tourist trail on the Mercat Santa Caterina Santa Caterina Cuines serves up wonderfully fresh ingredients and a buzzing atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
Suites Avenue
An increasing number of discerning travellers are opting for luxury serviced apartments instead of traditional hotels, and if Suites Avenue is anything to go by it's not hard to see why.
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.
Ohla Hotel
Hotel service doesn't get more personal than at this 74 room monochRome hotel in the centre of Barcelona. 
ME Barcelona
Chic furnishings, stunning views and Michelin-starred cuisine abound at ME Barcelona.
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.
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina is a four-starred wonder perfectly positioned for shopping and sightseeing beside Plaza Cataluña.
Hotel CRAM
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Hotel CRAM - the upper-case letters in its name aren't making up for any shortcomings, we assure you - is one of Barcelona' best boutique beauties.
Hotel Majestic
The Hotel Majestic certainly lives up to the promise of its prestigious address with jaw-dropping views, more amenities than you can shake a stick at and an infinite number of choices when it comes to within-walking-distance venues.
Hotel Claris
The creative juices are well and truly flowing at Hotel Claris, a creative concept housed behind a 20th-century façade.
Hotel Casa Fuster
Representative of Catalan modernism, Hotel Casa Fuster is popular with aesthetes and architecture lovers looking for something to please the eye. The rooftop pool adds to its cachet.
Hotel Barcelona Catedral
Set opposite Barcelona Cathedral a few doors down from the Dalí Escultor Museum, the Barcelona Catedral enjoys one of the most central locations of any of our choice of hotels.
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 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.
Grand Hotel Central
The Grand Hotel Central boasts the most central location in the city but still provides its guests with peace and quiet within extremely well-appointed rooms. Meanwhile, the rooftop terrace with infinity pool offers one of the best views in the city.
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.
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.
Duquesa De Cardona
Still retaining the spirit and the style of the original building, this converted 18th-century Palacette overlooks Barcelona's Port Vell in the heart of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic and is only three blocks from La Rambla.
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.
Observatori Fabra
Set atop Tibidabo, the Observatori Fabra is Barcelona's astronomic, meteorologic and seismic observatory. It is here that Josep Comas Solá famously spotted the 32P/Comas Solá comet back in 1926. 
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. 
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. 
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.
Fantastik
Bric-a-brac from South America, Asia and Spain.
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.
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.
La Virreina
Visual arts centre housed in the stunning Baroque Palau de la Virreina.

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