plane - bus - bag drop - bike
When you step off your plane & walk out of the baggage claim terminal, you feel the warm wind blowing, the sun hitting your face, and you find yourself on a short escape from reality. What a great feeling! Hop on Aerobús bus that takes you directly to the city center, which only costs 8.50 euros. Get off at Plaça Catalunya.
Take in a deep breath and realise where you are. Nowadays, we can travel so quickly to a completely different world. Enjoy your stay in this incredibly interesting, diverse, historical city which is steeped in culture.
DROP OFF YOUR BAG AT "LOCKER BARCELONA" located on Carrer D'estruc 36. For only 4 euros you can drop off your cabin sized suitcase for the whole day.
--Rent a bike right next door--it's called Budget Bikes
CHEAP & PRACTICAL
feeling lighter right? not for long ;)
Once you've dropped off your bags for the day, walk 30 meters & enter the famous shopping mall El Corte Inglés. Enter the first entrance you see once you walk up the Estruc street (because there are several entrances to this massive mall). Take a walk down the stairs into this beautiful, jaw-dropping looking donut. When I saw it, I told myself I have to have one. And my gosh, once I realised it was vegan, I just wanted it even more! This bakery has incredible gluten free desserts as well that are just too hard to resist. I am telling you now to buy one or two BUT keep it in your to-go box until you get a cup of coffee.
Where to Dip your donut in your coffee :) Check out the next step to find out where to fetch it!
Bike to your Coffee
Bike less than 5 minutes until you stumble onto Cosmo, located in the Eixample neighbourhood. It is unique, has great vibes & well, of course, it has really good coffee! My advice is to go in, check out the place, order a coffee to go and bring it outside where you can sit down on a public bench on that same street. Or if you bike 10 seconds up that street you'll find a small green space.
You can people watch, enjoy the hipster, student vibe & make everyone jealous of your food & beverage pairing ;)
bike to the beach
20 min bike ride along the beach to poblenou
for an incredible vegetarian lunch @ aguaribay
4 min bike ride to your afternoon coffee/dessert @ Espai Joliu
ALE & HOP ORGANIC VEGETaRIAN FOOD & LOCAL CRAFT BEER
WHERE LOCALS GO
it's time to see the city from above!
sunset, red wine & tapas
Skybar -- Ohla hotel -- Monument hotel -- Yurbban passage hotel
Bike to peregrina vinoteca before you put your salsa shoes on!
enjoy a lovely glass of local red wine with a complimentary small plate of tapas
a 30 second bike ride to the best salsa place in Barcelona: Antilla
antilla awaits to show off your salsa, bachata & kizomba moves
still have energy left?
go to the beach to workout under the full moon :)
BRUNCH after your niGHT OUT?
flax & kale or honest greens
a must for healthy food addicts
From matcha cheesecakes, turmeric lattes, kombucha, acai bowls, raw bars, chia puddings & more plant based goodies--you will not be disappointed!
Other great Addresses
Organic Food Shops/Markets
2) Market Cuina Fresca
1) Bohl: wholesome kitchen
2) Suís y Bowls
3) Ferment 9
4) Como Allá, Acá (Great Empanadas)
5) Mama Lina (Best Pizza) (vegan options)
6) Vinci Gelato (vegan Gelato)
7) All you eat is Love
1) Porteńo Bar (It is in a great, hip neighbourhood)
2) The Boca Chica Best Bathroom I've ever been in my life :) It's a must to check out this restaurant, bar & rooftop
Salsa Shoes & Clothes Shop
1) Danzarina: Zapatpos para el baile
Coworking/Movement Space Rentals
1) Espacio Centro de la Tierra
your short trip has come to an end
drop off your bike -- fetch your bags
& fly back to your destination
no one will ever know you took this great escape
More time than just one day & one night?
Poblenou is a must
My favourite neighbourhood
Poblenou is a northern neighbourhood in Barcelona and in the early 19th century it was an industrial zone During the industrial revolution, Poblenou had the highest concentration of industries in the whole of Spain. Today, it is becoming alive with lots of new start ups, local artists and is becoming a hub for technology & innovation.
I will give you a great plan of what to do, where to eat and where to stay :)
I find this neighbourhood very special. Very vibrant with young, local artists, startups, markets where you'll find many local crafts and incredible cafe, bars & restaurants.
Ready?? ok, lets go!
Breakfast at Little Fern
Really incredible Specialty coffee, lunch is made Fresh & using only in season & local produce. You can have breakfast or lunch there :) Very cozy vibe & a great place to start your day.
Take a walk down LA Rambla De Poblenou
Stroll through the small market & make sure to look for Origamwear
The lady who started Origamwear is a very kind and talented artist. She makes clothes that are multifunctional, and made with ecological textiles.
Check out this Optimist organic store
Hit the beach
Mar Bella or Bogatell beach
Enjoy the warm sand, tan, swim, play some volleyball & find the Beach Tennis School on Bogatell beach
p.s ashley is wearing origam clothing ;)
MinYam Bar & Restaurant is waiting for you
Minyam is a very fun bar, Latin Music, Bustling with hungry clients & very passionate owners and managers serving your table. You must try the Burrata, it just melts in your mouth, and pair it with tomato & garlic toast. WOW that crunchy toast combined with the soft creamy burrata is to die for. The Scallops are so fresh & topped with their own made reduction sauce, so incredible, thinking back I can still taste the ginger and lime notes.
Feel like getting a tattoo?
check out feos tattoos & clothes
Dinner at cata Croquet
famous for their croquets--but anything you order is so good
Sleep at ZT the Golden Hotel
wake up & start your roadtrip
Rent a car at SIXT and take a trip up the Costa Brava