Barcelona · Spain

Barcelona, me encantas! – Part 1

Dear K,

The food you had at Kabuki looks delicious, I’m really excited to go to Madrid soon to visit you and try all these places you’ve been telling me about!

Recently, I got the chance of spending a long weekend in Barcelona. I had a friend coming from the US and I was also meeting another friend from High School who lives in Spain now. I had been in the city before, so most of the tourist spots were covered. I used these days to enjoy the city more as a local, which means a lot of tapas, wine and relaxing.

I arrived around lunch time and was starving, so I went to this hole in the wall, family-owned Chilean restaurant. Barbecue chicken with rice and beans never disappoint. The portion was huge and the dish was quite tasty!

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After lunch I went for a walk around La Boqueria market, which is super colorful and everything looks really tasty. The only con is its location in Las Ramblas, meaning large and noisy crowds.

Later that evening, I met with my friend L at Palosanto, in El Raval area. We ordered some tapas, drank some sangria and headed to the next place, a tu bola. We tried a few more tapas and drinks,  but the first place was definitely better for food, drinks and even the vibe.

We then moved towards the Gothic quarter, where we hopped in and out a few bars. We had a great time, even though some of the places were a bit weird. We particularly enjoyed Tasca El Corral.

The following day I went for brunch at Caravelle with my friend L and her family. I ordered huevos rancheros that were quite tasty and filling, as expected. Also, everything else that came to the table looked pretty delicious and they vouched for it.

After this delightful meal, we headed to Park Güell. We all know how touristy it is, but it’s always a must go. Therefore, we walked around for a while and enjoyed the views over Barcelona.

Afterwards, we walked around Vila de Gràcia. It is a residential neighborhood and we found some local fairs and markets. From time to time, we also stopped for some more tapas. I can never get enough of them!

I got back to the hostel for a nap and later than evening I ran into this super trendy and hipster place, La Monroe. There was a buzzing vibe in the air, I loved it as soon as I walked in. It is noisy but in a way that transmits good energy! I went ahead and ordered huevos de oro (rotos) that were quite appetizing. Next time I’m in town, I’d like to go back with a group of people so that I can try several dishes.

My friend B was had just arrived to Barcelona, so he met me there for a couple of drinks. Afterwards, we walked to the Lime House. It is a dark but nice bar!

Perfect ending to our night!

But there’s more coming! I will let you know what happened from Saturday to Monday on my next letter.

It was great seeing you for your birthday!

– C

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