Barcelona · Spain

Barcelona, me encantas! – part 2

Dear K,

I haven’t been to Paris since I was 17! Your short description was enough to make me want to go back! Hopefully, soon enough. For now, I will read and reread your words about your weekend.

Going back to my weekend in Barcelona… On Saturday, my friend B was in charge of the plans. He took me to one of the best tapas in town, Paco Meralgo, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! The neighborhood is great, the venue is quite nice and then food…. OMG, the food is really something! You MUST go there if you get the chance to go to Barcelona.

For dessert, we crossed the street and had Italian ice-cream at the well-known Cremeria Toscana.

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After lunch it was time to visit Parc de Monjuïc. The views are absolutely stunning, even though the day sky was mostly grey. From the top, we walked down through the gardens, all the way to the Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya. Again, the overview of the city is mesmerizing.

My friend B then drove us all the way up to Tibidado and showed me the highest viewpoints I’ve been to in Barcelona. I felt ridiculously small!

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Later on we went to El Japonés for dinner and shared six dishes (chasoba setas, corvina ceviche, rainbow, dokku maki dragon roll, salmon tataki and spicy tuna roll) and a dessert. In general, I enjoyed the meal a lot and would definitely go back. It is ideal for a date, but it’s also nice to go with friends.

After dinner we walked by Passeig de Gràcia and headed to El Nacional. As I walked in I realized it is a popular place among locals, a mix of hipster and classy both in terms of people and decoration. It has three restaurants (meat, seafood and tapas) and a few bars spread out. We had a great time and some nice red wine.

On Sunday it was brunch time! Brunch & Cake is a must in town. I went with B and we ordered so much food I cannot even remember, but among the items there were eggs benedict, pancakes, a smoothie and a mimosa. Super colorful and yummy!

We went for a small walk in the neighborhood and then it was time to say goodbye to him as he was going back to Madrid. I still had one more day to go.

After the walk, I went to Pulitzer’s rooftop bar. The hotel is gorgeous, but the rooftop is incredible. I loved the decoration, as it sets a super quiet vibe right in the heart of Barcelona. It was the perfect scenario to read a book and enjoy a glass of red wine.

Later in the evening I decided to go back to El Nacional, as I was hoping to try their tapas. The concept is quite fun, as the waiters come out of the kitchen singing the tapas’ names and I had to stop them in case I wanted that. The prosciutto was mouthwatering, but what really surprised me was the arroz negro that was quite savory.

Monday was my last day in Barcelona, which meant last opportunity for a brunch. I opted to go to Milk Bar & Bistro. Big lines for a Monday, but being by myself got me an immediate seat at the counter. The eggs benedict were to die for and the staff was quite friendly.

My afternoon was spent in Barceloneta. I walked by the beach for about two hours and then sat at one of the Chiringuitos for my last glasses of red wine. I finished my book and my stomach promptly asked for something, so I ordered a cheese platter.

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Perfect ending, don’t you think? And then it was time to come back to Lisbon. I met some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, had delicious food and wine… it was such a pleasant weekend!

Miss you,

– C

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