Brunch in Barcelona : our favourite 3 restaurants

The best 3 brunches in Barcelona

Brunch is a mixture between breakfast and lunch = brunch ( obvious, isn’t it ? ) . It became very popular as a mea after the sunday masses  in Harlem , New York , becoming afterword very popular world over, in between those too trendies to have a breakfast on a sunday, after 11 …

Spanish people, in general, are not great paying attention to breakfast ( the most important meal of the day ), but the option of a brunch ( maybe because it is mean to be eaten later than breakfast ), seems a quite good option.

These are our favourite 3 brunch restaurants.

Cup & Cake Brunch

Enric Granados 19. Telf: 93 267 8765. Grandma’s philosophy : do everything yourself, slow, and with best ingredients. A philosophy for living and for eating. Sounds great ! Particulary, we are in love with the serrano and focaccia eggs and the detox juices . Open from monday to sunday, 08.30 to 22.00 h

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Cup & Cake brunch Barcelona: make is as your grandmother

Milk

Carrer Gignàs 21 ( righ behind our hotel, Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona ). Telf : 932680922
This irish couple call it “Recovery Brunch”, and it is served between 9.00 to 16.30 h. A trendy place in a very trendy area, where local designers are happy to open their business.

Granja Petit Bo

Granja Petit Bo Barcelona

Granja Petit Bo Barcelona

Passeig de Sant Joan 82, Telf: 93 2656503

A remarkable hispter cafe, with tables to share in case of being full. They do not make reservations, and the milk is particulary amazing ( actually , the origin of this place is a “lecheria” ( milkshop ??? ). Brunch are Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 15.30 h and the do not make reservations

 

Nightlife in Barcelona

4 Nightclubs in Barcelona you cannot miss

You may sacrifice a morning tourist visit in Barcelona, in order to make sure you spend at least one of your nights in town breathing what’s going on after 1 a.m.

Let us recommend you 3 different options , and remember that locals show up at the clubs, not before 1.30 a.m. ( it is compulsory to start the night in any bar or bars, before being ready to dance ! )

BARTS CLUB BARCELONA

BARTS CLUB BARCELONA: recovering a theatre of the 30?s

BARTS CLUB BARCELONA: recovering a theatre of the 30?s

In Avinguda Paral.lel 62, Barts Club reminds decoration and atmosphere reminds you the theatre club cabaret style back to the 30’s in Barcelona. A new concept of cultural centre based in a project promoted by locals, the recovery of this building has been trasnformed in a “house of music”. The Barts club has a little “cabaret” stage, a piano bar, and an eclectic atmosphere. Make sure you pay a visit

SALA APOLO

It is located in a popular quarter called Poble Sec ( left part of the Rambla, sea on  your back ) , in C/ Nou de la Rambla 113.
Old-time ballroom turned hip concert venue with gigs on two stages ( local acts to big names ) and an eclectic series of club nights, from punk or Catalan rumba sounds to the weekend’s long-running Nitsa Club.

LA TERRAZZA

La Terrazza Barcelona is an open-air club of techno, house and dance to see the sunsire

La Terrazza Barcelona is an open-air club of techno, house and dance to see the sunsire

La Terrazza Barcelona opens only in summer, and it is an open-air club for nonstop house, techno and dance. In this case, make sure you show up after 3.00 a.m and be ready for the style police. It is located in the popular Poble Espanyol, a closed “castle” area where you will find many restaurants, squares and building which are copies of famous building all over Spain. Make sure you dance until sun rises !

RAZZMATAZZ

 

Razzmatazz Barcelona is famous for hosting the biggest in-town rock gigs, and at weekends , it turns into “5 clubs in one ” with mixing sounds. The name honours one of the famous hits of the british band Pulp ( this club has been always a big icon for british pop bands lovers in the past 2 decades ) . Located in C/ Pamplona 88

Romantic places to propose in Barcelona

3 Romantic places where you will get a “yes” as an inmediate answer

There is only one city like Barcelona. Multiple faces in few walking kilometers: the Mediterranean sea, the restaurants overlooking the beach, the atmosphere in the streets, history, amazing architecture and lots of life in every single corner downtownn. Barcelona  has  fantastic spots for such unique event in everyones lifes. On this post, we want to propose you our favourite ones

1. HOTEL DUQUESA DE CARDONA

At the roof terrace located on the sixth floor, with unique views over the port of Barcelona : Cocktail and Restaurant “La Terrassa del Duquesa”

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Perfect place to propose in Barcelona Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

2. MAGIC FOUNTAINS OF MONTJUICH

Let the music, the colours and the water do the rest

Magic fountains of Montjuich, in Barcelona, an audiovisual show to remember

Magic fountains of Montjuich, in Barcelona, an audiovisual show to remember

3. BARCELONA’S PORT CABLE CAR

Whether is a yes or a no, there is scapatory

This cable car connects the beach of Barceloneta with Montjuich Mountain

This cable car connects the beach of Barceloneta with Montjuich Mountain

 

Barcelona in 2 days

Barcelona in 2 days : are you ready ?

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona is one of the front door to the Gothic quarter , the Born Quarter, and also to the Barceloneta neighbourhood.

DAY 1 : THE HISTORIC CENTER: Gothic, Born, Barceloneta

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Map from the Gothic quarter and Born quarter of Barcelona

Gothic quarter in the morning

Have a wonderful breakfast at the Duquesa de Cardona, and then depart  from the front door of the hotel, and taking the first on the righ, street Simó Oller, we iniciate our route.

Simó Oller st  – Avinyó Street – Ferran street – plaça Sant Jaume – Call Jueu – plaça Sant Felip Neri – plaça del Rei – Cathedral and closter . To discover these streets may take you a couple of hours, not only because of the historical monuments, but also because of the bunch of shops , tea shops and craftwork you may find.
It is also worth it to stop at Petrítxol Street and enjoy some “churros con chocolates”, one of the most popular things to do for locals.

Boqueria market or Santa Caterina market for lunch

Delicious spots to discover and to eat! At the Boqueria market you have the option of taking small tapas sold in some of the food shops, meanwhile you sneak around the alleys ; or you try one of our favourite restaurants , specially for fresh fish: “El cochinillo loco ” or El Quim de la Boqueria.
In Santa Caterina market, less visited by tourists, the bars of tapas at the front door may size your day. Remember: better to eat at the bar than in a table. That’s how we do it !

Born quarter in the afternoon 

We start with a visit to Picasso Museum and his early days paintures. Located on Montcada street, we may continue our visit to the neogothic church Santa Maria del Mar, amazing piece of art, and famous because of the book writen by Ildefons Falcones about the construction of the building.
Shopping victims will be also lucky to visit this area: local designers for shoes and clothes are overall the little streets. Vintage decoration and style have a lot of presence on these little alleys. One of the shops to recommend is www.mrandmisscolors.com

 First an arabian spa, and then diner

 

Aire Barcelona arabian baths

Arabian baths Aire Barcelona

 

In front of Ciudadela parc, the arabian spa Aire will be the perfect spot for recovering youself of the several kilometers you may have walked so far since the day started. Cold pool, salty pool, extra warm pool, finish sauna, arabian sauna, massages, and many other skin and relaxing treatments for your body. A real pleasure to be reserved from your home country! Do not expect to find a gap if you just show up at Aire.

Fridays and saturdays are the big days for locals to go out for diner. We recommend you for that reason, to make a reservation in advance. Our suggestions are as follows:
CAN SOLÉ, at Barceloneta neighbourhood. It is a about 5 minutes walk from hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona. Excellent because of the tradition, the product in general, but specially for the fresh fish and of course, the experience of the service
LA CARASSA , at Born quarter, Hidden gem, original, specialized on fondues. Excellent option for winter
LA TERRASSA DEL DUQUESA ,  with amazing views over the harbour, opened all year, but take note that on high season, from may to september, you are able to enjoy excellent barbeque plates ( fish, shellfish and meat ), to end with a fantastic cocktail or gin & tonic

Day 2 : THE MODERNIST QUARTER

 

Casa Ballo

Casa Batlló , one of the masterpieces of Gaudi

 

Morning: Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell

Both of them can be booked in advance, and that’s probably the best idea , since queus in high season are for more than an hour.
The Sagrada Familia it is mean to be seen in the inside, and in the outside. Do not miss to visit one of the two towers, since you will have a closer view to the details of the towers.
From the Sagrada Familia take a taxi to Parc Güell, and enjoy a little aperitiv at the bar on the higher floor.

Lunch in Passeig de Gràcia
Take the metro from Lesseps at Parc Güell and stop in Diagonal, or take a taxi. Theser are our restaurant recommendation on this area:
BOCA GRANDE ( www.bocagrande.cat )  , a fine decorated hotel with a wonderful selection of tapas and overqualifed fishes and meat. Our favourite: eggs with truffle and “iberian panceta” and the selection of cheeses

Modernist building highlights in the afternoon

After Boca Grande, go back to Passeig de Gràcia and walk on the most stylishly fashionable  street of the city, admiring monuments  like La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller and visit at least one of them if you have the time. Difficult just to choose one. Take note that La Pedrera is algo possible to visit at night between 20.30 and 23.30 h and enjoy www.lapedrera.com/en/home

Before diner, the Palau de la Música Catalana , masterpiece of the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, offers shows such spanish guitar, flamenco, classic music and different artistic activities. Visit their website and choose your favourite show www.palaumusica.cat

Enjoying your last night in town

Go for some tapas to Blai street , at Poble Sec. It is about 15 minutes walk from Hotel Duquesa de Cardona . The ancient quarter of the barcelonian theatres and moulin rouge shows offers a great variarity of  tapas bars and great street atmosphere. You can even walk to Plaça Espanya and see the magic coloured fountains dancing with music ( check timetable , it changes from high season to low season ) 

 

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