We know a collective total of one person who hasn't been to Barcelona, and he's booked in for a May visit. Clearly this isn't an inaugural itinerary but, havingchecked in with our first foreign love a fortnight ago, this is where you want to go on your next trip. Because with Barca, there's always a next trip.
Stay // Casa Bonay
Occupying an imposing neo-classical townhouse in the upmarket Eixample district, Casa Bonay was lusciously transformed last year into vibrant terrace and courtyard rooms by the wonderful team behind Ace Hotel New York. The result has Catalan roots at its core — promoting local talent and social enterprise through the decor, staff uniforms and art shiz.
Coffee // La Esquina
La Esquina is open from breakfast to bedtime, heading up an ‘honest food revolution’ in a city where fried goods are seemingly omnipresent. They take the business of coffee seriously and offer artisanal varieties, experimenting regularly with beans from top roasters around the continent. And by all means stay for the homemade Nutella. Homemade. Nutella.
Shop // Henna Morena
Nestled in the Born district of the city, Henna Morena is a showroom, shop, laboratory and way of life using natural Mediterranean ingredients. As you might expect, henna is key to their haircare products, but lavender and jasmine are also held in high regard. Demonstrations and henna treatments are available in store, for extra holiday luxuriating.
Do // MACBA
Until the end of April at the museum of contemporary art, catch the installations of Antoni Miralda, a Catalan native that moved to the US in the seventies. The work includes a recreation of New York tapas bar El Internacional that hosted Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in its heyday — and every Friday and Saturday from 5pm, you can try a cocktail and tapas from the famed restaurant.
Eat and Drink // El Nacional
The restaurants and bars (four of each) at El Nacional offer traditional Iberian dishes all under one refurbished 19th century roof. For added theatre at La Taperia (pictured), flag down a passing waiter ‘Malaga style’, to try the latest hot tapas to come out of the kitchen.