Barcelona is at the top of our travel bucket list—its vibrant streets and tasty tapas are the stuff of our daydreams! Happily, Haya Tetruashvili is here today to give us a closer look at everything this city has to offer. Her mini-tour, below, is full of hidden gems and locals-approved spots that we can’t wait to (hopefully) explore in person someday.
Barcelona is a city that shows its colors in many enchanting ways, from gorgeously blue skies to Antoni Gaudí’s breathtaking architecture. Every corner of this city has a unique magic all its own, and I’m delighted to show you some of that magic from my perspective.
I love finding hidden spots wherever I visit or live—but from time to time, I also love being a tourist in my own city. I’m an avid walker, and almost every day I try to pass by a Gaudí monument, such as La Pedrera or Casa Batlló. Both are located on Passeig de Gràcia (Paseo de Gracia). Everything about this street is magical and majestic (and frankly, it doesn’t hurt that some of the best stores —like Santa Eulalia and Saint Laurent—are right there, too). During a mini-break from shopping, I love to sip a cortado at El Café de La Pedrera. Not too shabby, right?
People visit Barcelona for many reasons; the food is definitely one of them! (As you can imagine, there are endless options, but today I’m sharing some of my favorite hidden gems.) Enjoy delicious, authentic tapas among locals at Bar Mut. And be sure to go down to Segafredo Espresso Barcelona for splendid sushi, amazing cocktails and stunning ocean views!
For drinks, there are amazing rooftops to explore throughout the city, like the ones above Hotel Majestic or Alaire (which is part of Hotel Condes de Barcelona!). Both are on Passeig de Gràcia (Paseo de Gracia). If you’re looking for an ultra-cool spot, try Martinez—which is in Montjuïc—and/or Boca Chica. Both are hot spots known mostly by locals.
To get away from the craziness of the city, I make my way downtown to El Born, where I always find charming little cafés, terrazas (terraces) and restaurants. El Born is the kind of place where your evenings can unintentionally turn into long nights!
If you’ve never been to Barcelona, know that it’s just as beautiful and charming as you imagine it to be. There’s always so much to see (and too little time). After you do visit, you’ll probably want to come right back and get to know the city on an even deeper level. For now, I hope you’ve learned something useful from my mini-tour. You can see more on my Instagram account, where I share about new places and local hot spots on a daily basis!
Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg