Fathom Favorites : Barcelona

1. Fàbrica Moritz

Fàbrica Moritz

The cleverly marketed three-story microbrewery offers snacks, unpasteurized beer, well-designed posters, and other name brand swag.

Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39
Barcelona, 08011

2. Cervecería Catalana

A jam-packed beer bar with serious grilled specialties. This place has a great vibe even late into the weeknight (we've even seen the kitchen firing up new tapas at 1:30 a.m.)

Carrer de Mallorca, 236
Barcelona, 08008

3. Quimet y Quimet

Quimet y Quimet

A local favorite offering big pours, heaps of fried stuff, and a boys' club camaraderie. Also open for lunch. 

Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25
Barcelona, 08004 

4. Galeria Joan Prats

Galeria Joan Prats

One of Barcelona's most important gallerists and a pioneer in the international contemporary world since 1976. Also drop by ADN Galeria, an excellent emerging art gallery nearby.

Carrer de Balmes, 54
Barcelona, 08007

5. Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Jardí Botànic at Parc de Monjuïc feature more than a thousand varieties (and counting) of plants that flourish in Mediterrenean climates around the world. They also host an extensive schedule of kids programs and activities.

Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer, 2
Barcelona, 08038

6. Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

One of the city's biggest parks, with a lovely fountain, the Castle of the Three Dragons (designed for the 1888 World's Fair), and the Barcelona Zoo.

Passeig de Picasso, 21
Barcelona, 08003

7. Parc de Montjuïc

You could spend an afternoon exploring the hillside area that has hosted some of Barcelona's most important events, most notably the 1929 International Expo and the 1992 Olympics. See the stadium, Arata Izosaki's sports palace, the Palau Sant Jordi, and the Santiago Calatrava telecom tower at the Olympic Ring

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Passeig Olímpic, 15-17
Barcelona, 08038 

8. Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

A prime shopping artery in Barcelona (with the city's most expensive residential real estate). There are incredible historic buildings, including many examples of Modernisme, the Catalan version of Art Nouveau. Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (a real treasure), along with Casa de les Punxes by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch are all here.

Passeig de Gràcia
Barcelona, 08007

9. Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The UNESCO site has been a work in progress since 1882 (with the scaffolding to prove it). The Roman Catholic Church is a spectacularly grotesque, compelling, and utterly fascinating building filled with light, color, undulating walls, and fantastical features designed by Gaudi. Note that small children are not allowed into the higher areas of the church.

Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, 08013

10. Park Güell

Park Güell

Gaudi's failed posh housing project became a sprawling public park with beautiful landscaping, iconic Gaudi design, and unrivaled views of the city. Along with the Sagrada Familia, this is a quintessential Barcelona experience that's not to be missed. It's highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance online, as park entrance is based on allocated time slots.  

Park Güell
Barcelona, 08024

11. Museu d'Art Contemporani di Barcelona (MACBA)

Museu d'Art Contemporani di Barcelona (MACBA)

A Richard Meier-designed museum featuring modern Spanish and Catalan artists. 

Plaça dels Àngels, 1
Barcelona, 08001

12. Foment de les Arts Decortives (FAD)

Foment de les Arts Decortives (FAD)

The city's oldest design association housed in a converted Gothic convent. Continuous exhibitions — didactic shows, young artist exhibitions/sales, workshops — are held in the exposed brick nave.

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37
Barcelona, 08018

13. Cal Pep

Cal Pep

Pay homage to the old-fashioned, well-worn, and much-loved tapas joint. Cal Pep is casual and traditional, run by gregarious gentlemen who give out tastes and top off beers for the gastronomically curious (do engage them at the bar).

Plaça de les olles, 8
Barcelona, 08003

14. Oval


Customize your own burger via a list that asks favorite meat, sauce, bread, and other toppings. Then enjoy it in the very decorated, Instagram-worthy space. Muy delicioso!

Carrer de Valencia, 199
Barcelona, 08011

15. Toto


The decor is glamorous and festive; the food is very good (don't forget dessert). In the evening, start with a gin and tonic at the bar and after that, at around 10 p.m., go to your table and dine with the Spaniards. Lunch impresses with a very good menu del dia.

Carrer Valencia 246
Barcelona, 08007

16. Gallito


There's nothing better than having lunch or dinner on the beach. Gallito, located underneath the W hotel, is a local favorite not only because the stuffed chicken and the gazpacho (for hot summer days) are so good, but because there are incredible views of palm trees, surfers, the beach, and the sea.

Passeig del Mare, Nostrum 19-21
Barcelona, 08039

17. La Boqueira

La Boqueira

The celebrated daily market where you can and should sit down at a stall for a bite of tapas and a glass of cava. Go early to avoid crowds (the market opens at 8 a.m.) and stop by local favorites El Quim de la Boqueria and Bar Pinotxo for double breakfast.

La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, 08001

18. Sagàs


The sandwiches at Sagas — pork-heavy with fresh ingredients from the family farm of the Michelin-starred chef who put together said sandwiches — might be some of the best you'll ever get your hands on. A fantastic second dinner in the hand. 

Pla de Palau, 13
Barcelona, 08003

19. El Nacional

El Nacional

In a city of strict dining rituals, the new El Nacional is an aberration, as it is one of only a few great options open early morning to late at night including Sunday and siesta hours. Reminiscent of a Spanish Eataly, the beautifully designed space (soaring ceilings, mosaic tiles, open-air marketplace feel) offers multiple dining and drinking experiences under one roof where you can sample traditional Spanish dishes made with excellent ingredients and products. 

Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis
Barcelona, 08007

20. Dos Palillos

Dos Palillos

A high-end, hot-ticket, tiny Asian-inspired tapas bar from a former chef de cuisine at El Bulli. His wife is the Japanese sommelier. Though the food is quite serious, the scene is very laid-back (and a little rock-and-roll). You’ll need a reservation ahead of time.

Carrer d' Elisabets, 9
Barcelona, 08001

21. Tickets


Make reservations ahead of time for Albert (and Ferran) Adria's avant-garde, one-Michelin-starred tapas bar, where nothing on the menu is as it seems. In a league of its own.

Avinguda del Paraŀlel, 164
Barcelona, 08015

22. La Pepita

La Pepita

A charming neighborhood restaurant serving globally influenced tapas and sandwiches.

Carrer de Corsega, 343
Barcelona, 08037

23. Bar Pinotxo

Bar Pinotxo

A Spanish tapas bar in the Boqueria market that is always crowded and a crowd-pleaser.

La Rambla, 89
Barcelona, 08001

24. El Palauet

El Palauet

Baroque meets modern architecture in the 1906 Art Nouveau building right off Passeig de Gràcia. Each of the six suites have two bedrooms, two baths, and come with a personal assistant (ask about El Paulauet Recommends for VIP access to social events about town). Make sure to head up to the terrace for a soak in the waterbeds with views of Tibidabo Mountain.

Passeig de Gràcia, 113
Barcelona, 08008

25. DestinationBCN


Before there was Airbnb, there was DestinationBCN. Choose from fourteen stylish one- or two-bedroom apartment suites. Rooms are bright and spacious for a proper siesta. Kitchens are fitted with top-notch appliances (though with La Boqueria ten minutes away, you might not be doing much cooking), and bathrooms are stocked with Malin+Goetz products. 

Multiple locations
Office located at Ronda de la Universitat, 11
08007 Barcelona

26. Murmuri


Right on Rambla de Catalunya, rooms somehow remain quiet and understated despite being on the city’s busiest street. Opt for the Murmuri suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and a stand-alone tub.

Rambla de Catalunya, 104
Barcelona, 08008

27. Oasis Barcelona

Oasis Barcelona

Right by the beach, the Gothic Quarter, and Parc de la Ciutadella, the tiny downtown hotel scores big on location and friendly reception staff.

Plà de Palau, 17
Barcelona, 08003

28. Alma Barcelona

Alma Barcelona

A stylish address in Eixample, the 72-room boutique hotel has chic, pared-down rooms, daybeds by the heated pool, and a romantic rooftop bar. Request a room with a view of Gaudi's iconic La Pedrera building.

Carrer de Mallorca, 271
Barcelona, 08008

29. Casa Camper Barcelona

Casa Camper Barcelona

A design hotel by the Spanish footwear designer Camper. It's accessible and minimalist, but the rooms are akin to suites, the location is great, and it's terrific for young people (like a group of guys who don't want anything too grown up). 

Carrer d'Elisabets 11
Barcelona, 08001

30. Hotel Omm

Hotel Omm

A Design Hotel right on Passeig de Gràcia, the most expensive shopping street in Barcelona. Rooms are sleek and flooded with light from angled windows that cover the limestone facade. There's a Michelin-star restaurant, serenely minimalist rooms, and a rooftop pool overlooking Gaudi's curvy architectural details.

Carrer del Rosselló, 265
Barcelona, 08008

31. Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona

A luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel with great service, a fantastic spa, and the Arola restaurant, which does a fun Sunday brunch.

Carrer de la Marina 19-21
Barcelona, 08005

32. Hotel Casa Fuster

Hotel Casa Fuster

A historic modernist landmark on Passeig de Gràcia designed as a private home. Have a drink or a coffee on the terrace Mirador del Paseo for great views of Sagrada Familia.

Passeig de Gràcia, 132
Barcelona, 08008

33. Cotton House Hotel

Cotton House Hotel

This is the hot new hotel in the former headquarters of the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers. The rooftop pool is lovely.

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 670
Barcelona, 08010

34. Carmina


The artisan of choice for custom and ready-to-wear shoes for men and women since 1886.

Passeig de Gràcia, 110
Barcelona, 08008

35. Bagues


The 175-year-old jewelry boutique offers Art Nouveau beauties and 20th-century replicas.

Passeig de Gràcia, 41
Barcelona, 08007

36. Jaime Beriestain

Jaime Beriestain

The Eixample concept store off Passeig de Gràcia, the prime shopping artery in Barcelona, sells everything from olive oil to furniture curated by the renown interior designer of the same name.

Carrer Pau Claris, 167
Barcelona, 08037

37. Cristina Castaner

Cristina Castaner

The Castaner family shop just off Passeig de Gràcia is where Yves Saint Laurent had espadrilles made for his models.

Carrer del Rosselló, 230
Barcelona, 08008

38. La Manual Alpargatera

La Manual Alpargatera

An old-school espadrille shop in charming disarray. Score handmade flats and wedges in multiple colors on the cheap.

Carrer d'Avinyó, 7
Barcelona, 08002

39. Vila Viniteca

Vila Viniteca

A beautiful place to pick up edible souvenirs (top-of-the-line cured meats, teas, spices, and wine) to smuggle back home. No declarations!

Carrer dels Agullers, 7 and 9
Barcelona, 08003

40. La Clinque

La Clinque

A neat shop where you can pick up deadstock cameras, vinyl, limited-edition kicks, and vintage shades.

Carrer dels Mirallers, 7
Barcelona, 08003