1. The La Boqueria Market
This colourful market is a must whilst in Barcelona. This is the best place to try some local specialties such as cured meats, olives, cheeses and other fresh produce. Be sure to check out:
Mas (back right of market): known for its mini chorizo sampler or jamon serrano sampler.
Tocineria (stand 273): Fantastic jamon serrano
Ma Carne (stand 742): Try the olive tapenade and aioli
2. Grill House
The Grill House is the place to head for a taste of the traditional Spanish tapas, paella and to wash it down with a fantastic sangria or wine.
3. Federal Cafe
Federal Café is an Aussie style establishment perfect if you’re missing that little piece of home. They have fantastic coffee or chai latte, lamingtons and do a great Aussie style breakfast with poached eggs and avocado!
4. Euskal Etxea
Euskal Etxea is one of the city’s best pintxo bars where you can try many Basque specialities such as chicken tempura with saffron mayonnaise or mini brochette of pork.
5. La Esquinica
There are always long queues out of La Esquinica and on a busy night you may be asked to take a number and wait on the street. Being so popular surely is a testament to the high quality tapas that are on offer. Try the creamy squid rings, stuffed mussels, or patatas bravas.
Razmatazz is Barcelona’s super club pumping out the tunes in a massive warehouse style building. There are 5 different club spaces inside, so you could spend all night moving from space to space discovering each dance floor and bar. This establishment is very modern covering everything from electro to pop to dub step to disco.
Marsella is the oldest bar in town and hasn’t really changed since it first opened its doors in 1820. The décor is very rustic with wood paneling has been a home away from home for many well-known people in history, such Hemingway and most recently, George R.R Martin! Expect to be served absenta (absinthe) the proper way here.
3. Travel Bar
Just off La Ramblas, the Travel Bar is a great place to hang out and meet some fellow travellers whilst having a drink. They do drink specials each night and trivia once a week.
This cool rooftop bar located in Port Veil is worth the trip down to have a refreshing drink with a view. 1888 does cost a little bit more than other bars in town, but it’s worth it with some of the best views of the city. To go here, you need to enter through the main entrance of the Catalonian Museum, and head to level 3. If you arrive at the museum entrance and it is closed press the buzzer on the door and a security guard will escort you to the bar.
Opium is one of the best places to dance the night away in a classy establishment overlooking the beach. Make sure to dress up to impress, as Opium is one of the hottest nightclubs in town. At the start of the night the establishment starts off as restaurant and lounge bar, but after midnight it slowly transforms into party central with its nightclub.