Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

Pla
Whilst Pla could be classed as a restaurant we highly recommend it for an early evening glass of wine or cleverly crafted cocktail. Gothic interiors add panache.
Piscines Picornell
There's nothing like stripping off and taking a refreshing dip when the temperatures soar, but those who don't like sand between their toes and saltwater in their hair are advised to steer clear of the beach and instead head to Piscines Picornell.
Petit Palace Opera Garden
The Petit Palace Opera Garden hotel could not be more appropriately located - right next to Boquería Market on the corner of the Les Rambles facing the Gran Teatro del Liceo.
Pasta, Paris and DJ SLOK
Electronic music genius DJ Slok, shares his thoughts on pasta, Paris and the DJ game in this quick interview.
Park Hotel
Just a short walk from Cuitadela Park and directly opposite the Estació de Franca, the Park Hotel's 1950's style façade is a recognisable landmark in the fashionable Born district.
Park Guell
Yet another of Gaudi's landmarks Park Guell offers unbeatable views out over the city and some of the strangest sculptures in existence.
Papabubble
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, Papabubble gives its many customers a delightful glimpse into the wonderful world of candy. Novelty items are almost too creative to destroy...
Papa Serra’s Culinary Adventures
If you’re after a market tour, cooking class and wine tasting all rolled into one, then Papa Serra’s Culinary Adventures is for you...
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.
Onix Liceo Raval
The Onix Liceo Raval offers feel-good, highly-affordable accommodation in central Barcelona, with a business centre and Mozarabic architecture, to boot.
Ommsession
As you'd expect of a hotel attached to the super-stylish Hotel Omm Ommsession is where club-goers will rub Carolina Herrera-clad shoulders with Barcelona's top movers and shakers. And that's before you've even hit the dance floor.
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Olivia Plaza
Its purpose is simple - to provide pampering, spiritual relief and a sense of tranquility, which, given its location, no other hotel can pull off quite so well.
Ohla Hotel
Hotel service doesn't get more personal than at this 74 room monochRome hotel in the centre of Barcelona. 
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. 
New venue reviews for April!
Every month, we strive to keep our city guides fresh, relevant, and ahead of the curve. April was no exception - here's the month's new venue reviews.
Neri Hotel
Hotel Neri is one of Barcelona's most tucked-away treasures; although small, the hotel's amenities are perfectly formed and wonderfully kept. The restaurant is stunning and leads to a pretty courtyard that is perfect for al fresco drinking.
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.
Museum of Modern Art
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.
Mrs O. Around the World – A Travel Chat
Mordisco
A neat, sweet little restaurant serving good quality fresh food that won't break the bank.
Moo
Many hotel restaurants disappoint, but that's certainly not the case at the humorously named Moo. With a recent restaurant makeover and stylish new bar under its belt, you won’t want to miss this one out.
Momo
Miscelanea
A multidisciplinary gallery space with a cute café/bar - perfect for mingling with the art crowd of Barcelona.
Mirror Hotel
As the name suggests, this modern development is covered head to toe in mirrors. Recently picking up an award for its innovative design, Mirror Hotel embodies chic and sleek.
Mercat Fire de Bellcaire
As both the oldest and largest flea market in Barcelona, Mercat Fire de Bellcaire has tourists flocking in their bargain-hunting droves for an eclectic array of goods.
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. 
ME Barcelona
Chic furnishings, stunning views and Michelin-starred cuisine abound at ME Barcelona.
Matsuri
We're not afraid to say it; Matsuri is the best place for sushi in Barcelona. Insanely reasonable prices compliment the exquisite cuisine while the wonderfully attentive service wraps things up nicely.
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.
Mandarin Oriental Suites
Found on the Passeig de Gràcia, the Mandarin Oriental Suites in Barcelona offer guests luxurious service and surrounds in its impeccably designed suites.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia
Having opened two years ago on the Passeig de Gracia, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is still on the city's hot list. And it's not difficult to see why.
Manchester Bar
With music from its namesake city in the UK and cheap beer before 10pm - the Manchester Bar is certainly unique for Barcelona...
Lomography
Lomography is one of the most beautiful ways to capture memories, which is why this store on Calle Rosic is always brimming with creative types.
Le Boudoir
Small and intimate, Le Boudoir is stacked with delicate racks of knickers, bras and other lacey unmentionables.
La Virreina
Visual arts centre housed in the stunning Baroque Palau de la Virreina.
La Vinya del Senyor
According to those in the know - that would be us - La Vinya del Senyor offers up the best wine list in the city. The rustic environment meanwhile affords diners an authentic Catalonian experience despite its shockingly shabby exterior.
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.
La Terrrazza
Amazing open-air club atop Montjuic Mountain and set in the confines of a traditional Spanish village.  

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