We came to Barcelona equipped with t-shirts and sunglasses, ready to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine. The weather, however, seemed to have other plans, so our second day in Barcelona started with a bit of rain.
Putting on the warmest clothes we brought from Amsterdam, we left the apartment determined to enjoy our time in the city no matter what. Just as the day before.
We had our morning coffee in El Born, a hip neighbourhood in the heart of Barcelona, the number one choice in terms of food and drinks. Its central location and artsy atmosphere make it an ideal place to hang out:
For lunch, my boyfriend suggested Teresa Carles, a renown vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona. I was blown away by how tasty and healthy (raw, vegan, whole grain, gluten free) everything there was. By the time we finished lunch, we decided to come back for breakfast the next day:
El Raval was on the list of places to explore in Barcelona even before we arrived in the city. I was intrigued by the idea of a multicultural neighbourhood, a former red light district. Seeing its colourful streets, an interesting mix of art and attitude, made it clear why this place attracts the cosmopolitan crowds:
Satisfied by the edgy aesthetics of El Raval and by the few shots we took, we put our cameras aside the moment we stepped out of it. Aimlessly walking, little did we know that we would need them again soon. We eventually reached Sant Antoni – that`s what the metro stop sign was saying – and yes, it was definitely getting our attention: an approachable, down-to-earth neighbourhood, with a relaxed, residential feel. Now I understand why locals love it so much:
Our destination was La Barceloneta, the former fishermen village at the Mediterranean sea, nowadays part of Barcelona. Walking down the streets of Barceloneta was a unique experience, different than everything we had seen before in the city. We loved this quaint, sunkissed, seaside neighbourhood so much that I got my only souvenir of this trip – a porcelain paper boat – from The Only Fish in the Sea, a shop in Barceloneta, entirely dedicated to marine lifestyle:
When hunger hit us again, we went for tapas at Cafè Godot, in Gràcia. It was way past lunch time and way ahead dinner time, so the place was almost empty and felt even more relaxing than the first time. That is, until the families with children started to appear. It was only toddlers and us who ate in between meals in Barcelona. 🙂
Impossible to leave Gràcia without one last stop at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. We sat on a bench again, gazing at the children playing in the square, and we made a promise to return to Barcelona one day just to rent a studio with a balcony and pretend to be living in this perfect neighbourhood:
The night found us drinking wine in our little balcony facing Passage del credit, in Barri Gòtic, an oasis of peace in the middle of an otherwise extremely busy and lively area. We then had a late dinner (once again, long live the late Mediterranean meals!) at Orio, the pintxos bar downstairs:
Hard to admit, at the end of the day, that we would leave Barcelona in a few hours…