From Gaudí’s surreal, awe-inspiring architecture to the tiny tapas bars nestled within a labyrinth of streets, Barcelona’s energy and charm is undeniable—and completely irresistible. Here’s where to stay, eat and shop.
Soho House Barcelona
Bypass the members-only exclusivity of Soho House by booking a stay at its Barcelona outpost. The fabulously eccentric interiors feel just right in the artsy Gothic Quarter neighborhood, and the rooftop pool is the perfect way to soak up that gorgeous Spanish sunlight and take in the views.
It’s the most exclusive table in town, but this whimsically-themed restaurant with sensational tapas is worth booking in advance. If you can’t get a reservation, try Bodega 1900—it’s across the street, owned by the same chef and has a more laid back vibe than Tickets. Still hungry? La Taverna del Suculent and Quimet & Quimet are beloved stand-only options for a bustling and authentically Spanish tapas experience.
La Boqueria Market
No Barcelona trip is complete without a visit to La Rambla Boulevard’s famous street market, which has been a destination since 13th century. Take a break from your Gaudí sightseeing (another must-do) to explore the vibrant offerings, from beautiful fresh produce to fish, cheese and cured meats. There’s plenty of excellent little places to eat—most notably Bar Pinotxo and El Quim—within the market once the stalls have your stomach grumbling.