Barcelona is truly a unique city, offering the perfect combination of culture, culinary delights and nightlife as well as gorgeous beaches for when the temperatures soar. It seems crazy to be able to fit this place all into one weekend, but thats exactly what I tried to do. Flying out at 6am on Saturday and returning at 10pm on Sunday night, I attempted to cram in as much as possible into a short stay.
The Mercer Hotel
Hidden in the meandering streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, The Mercer Hotel is an oasis of calm away from the busy streets, that seamlessly blends touches of historic Gothic architecture with thoroughly modern glasswork and interior design. The hotel boasts a tapas restaurant, fine dining restaurant, cocktail bar, and a beautiful roof terrace complete with an incredible little pool.The junior suite we stayed in greeted us with a mammoth bed, high ceilings, and a gorgeous muted colour palate that made it the perfect tranquil escape from the buzz of Barcelona. This trip was thoroughly spontaneous on my part, so I really appreciated how much the hotel seemed to have thought of everything. Aside from the stunning decor, the hotel also provided a complimentary mini bar, a Nespresso coffee maker, Molton Brown toiletries, including tooth brushes and face wash.After a long and busy day spent eating and drinking my way around Barcelona, I cant think of anything more relaxing than slipping into a bath. The bath at The Mercer may as well been a swimming pool: it was huge. And once again, everything was taken care of, from bath bombs, to the cosy robes and slippers waiting for you to wrap yourself up in after a dip in the tub. To make things even more perfect, along with the turn down service, little pastries were brought to the room to nibble on whilst getting ready.From the balcony that ran the length of the room, overlooking the courtyard, we were able to enjoy a beautiful breakfast. The in-room breakfast options were delicious, consisting of a continental selection of pastries and fruit, accompanied by a hot option, I opted for the eggs Benedict (€32).
Calle dels Lledó, 7, 08002 Barcelona (España)
Prices from £320 per night
I can’t help but feel that, when you’re visiting somewhere for just a weekend, you have to try your hardest to make every moment count. As such, you don’t have time to be settling for mediocre brunch spots.
Head to Alsur Café, El Borne for somewhere that’s casually cool and in a more calm location, whilst still within walking distance to all of the charming shops of the Gothic Quarter, bustling La Rambla and the foodie haven of La Boqueria market. Offering weird and wonderful offerings such as their signature waffle sandwiches, and the donut waffle burger, you certainly wont be leaving here hungry! What is brunch without a few cocktails? Order the boozy Oreo milkshake, it wont disappoint.
No, its not traditionally Spanish, but who cares when its this good?
Alsur Cafe, Plaça de Sant Cugat, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
For dinner, make the most of being in Barcelona and head to a place where the drinks are as good as the food.
Located a mere 10 minute walk from the tourist traps on La Rambla lies Agust Gastrobar. I enjoyed absolutely everything I ate here, from the zingy and generously sized salmon sashimi starter, to the perfectly cooked beef entrecôte main, accompanied by smooth, rich truffled mash potatoes. Their signature “El Cactus” dessert topped off the meal in a memorable fashion, combining a prickly pear sorbet with lemon mousse and chocolate into one of the most unique looking puddings I’ve ever tried. The food was delicious and affordable, and the service was thoroughly excellent, with our waiter recommending favourite dishes and delicious Spanish wines.
Carrer del Parlament, 54, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
From the beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine and amazing architecture to the fabulous food and cocktails, I adored my latest trip to Barcelona. I definitely managed to squeeze a lot into just a few days, and I can’t wait to return sometime soon!
What are your favourite things to see and do in Barcelona?
Love, Sophia x