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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
El Palauet Living
All-suite stays don't get much better than El Palauet Living Barcelona, a set of six sexy apartments on Barcelona's Passaeig de Gràcia.
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.
Fantastik
Bric-a-brac from South America, Asia and Spain.
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.
Fundacio Joan Miro
The Joan Miro Foundation pays homage to another of Spain's most-loved artists. Even if you're not a fan views out over Montjuic Castle make the pilgrimage up the mountain worth it.
Gimlet
The perfect place to come for pre-club drinks before painting the rest of the town red, Gimlet has become something of a local institution among cocktail-loving locals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Banys Orientals
A classic never dies, and case in point is Hotel Banys Orientals in the chic neighbourhood of El Born.
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 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 Claris
The creative juices are well and truly flowing at Hotel Claris, a creative concept housed behind a 20th-century façade.
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.

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