A couple of weeks ago I went on a quick trip to Barcelona with my friend Allan, invited by Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments. They had arranged a lovely itinerary for us, and we also managed to squeeze in a few stops ourselves, so I thought I’d share my favorites here with you. This is my idea of a perfect day in Barcelona:
Coffee. Caffeine always comes first, right? The place to go for excellent coffee is Satan’s Corner, a part of the super stylish Casa Bonay hotel. After coffee, time for a long walk with no goal at all, just to take in the atmosphere and the beautiful architecture.
Lunch at El Cercle, a beautiful restaurant set in an old palace in the heart of the bustling shopping streets of the Barri Gòtic. If it’s sunny you can enjoy the terrace, otherwise the library was my favorite room. We had the tasting menu, seven courses that were all totally delicious, but they also have a sushi bar, and of course a regular a’la carte menu.
Shopping. We stumbled over the best sneaker shops ever! They are called Limited Editions, selling all of those super cool models you have only seen in pictures because they are sold out everywhere but here. Allan went bananas and got two pairs, since the 150 he already has obviously aren’t enough…
Snack time! Cake and coffee at the pretty Petitbo was a real treat.
Afternoon cocktails are best taken at the Cotton House Hotel. Extremely fancy palazzo settings, so dress well to blend in. The service here is as high class as the space, something not commonly found in this city. An espresso is €5 though, which is outrageous, but you can get a completely fine glass of wine here for the same amount, so pick wisely…
Dinner in Spain means tapas 99% of the time. It gets kind of old pretty quickly, in my opinion. However, I had the best tapas ever at Mont Bar. Far from the standard old garlic fried mushrooms, these dishes were interesting, experimental, pretty and very tasty. The place is small and lively, always crowded with locals. Highly recommended!
Sleep at one of Eric Vökel’s locations around the city. These are not common hotel rooms but rather small apartments, fully set with everything you need, from kitchen equipment to comfy beds. For breakfast, instead of going out, you just pick up coffee and croissants at the reception and enjoy them in the privacy of your apartment. Perfect for a grumpy morning person like me.
Other than this, you really should go the beach and rent a paddle board. Enjoy!