Summer in Barcelona
Our marvellous Barcelona resident curators Lisa Richardson and Niki Robinson are the dynamic stylistas behind personal shopping and bespoke private guide biz Antiques & Boutiques. Here they share their tips for making the most of the summer in Barca. Chica bonita.
Tucked away in the backstreets of Barcelona’s wonderful Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter, is the idyllic, stone-walled boutique Mercer Hotel, complete with a lovely orange blossom-filled courtyard that’s perfect for refreshing G&Ts.; If you’re in the city for an extended stay and fancy living in a traditional modernist building, Luxury Apartments Barcelona has some seriously swanky pads, ideal for DIY catering and making the most of visiting the city’s incredible food markets and discovering local produce.
Head to the beautiful Montjuic, a hill overlooking the harbour, and visit Fundacio Joan Miro, a perennial fave for its impressive display of the Catalan artist’s masterpieces. Enjoy a leisurely paella and cava lunch (rice is traditionally a lunchtime dish) on the terrace of Martinez with a view of the industrial port, followed by a gentle saunter back down the hill through little-known but beautiful and overgrown cactus gardens.
EAT & DRINK
Boca Chica in Eixample lets you rub shoulders with the uptown set over elaborate cocktails; check out its pretty patio. Or nip down town to the trendy El Born neighbourhood where Paradiso is the clandestine hot spot for cocktails and a cool mix of locals and Euro jet setters.
Disfrutar, in a local barrio off the tourist trail, is Barcelona’s new foodie spot for those who love a tasting menu and touch of gastro trickery. Tip: ask for a table in the airy back room.
For something more relaxed, Can Cisa is a bustling old bodega (wine shop) in the Born area that serves delicious sharing plates and tapas alongside organic local wines, and there’s always a lively mix of locals and visitors.
Our friends at Rooftop Smokehouse host weekly intimate private dinners in a cool, former factory and the food is incredible – it's a set menu with ingredients sourced from local producers and prepared in the open kitchen.
One of our favourite shopping streets in Barcelona is the sleepy Carrer d’Enric Granados. You’ll find some wonderful art galleries, ateliers, antiques stores and design studios from top to bottom. Head to Fins de Siecles for covetable Art Deco and Mid-Century furniture; Ailanto for a taste of beautiful, botanical-inspired fashion; or order a pair of bespoke shoes at Norman Jose Vilalta. There are also plenty of cafes and bars to stop at en route.
This article was updated from the original version published in 2015.
Chloe Jessica Payne
After spells spent in Mexico, Madrid, Lyon, São Paulo and Hong Kong, Chloe now lives in London with her husband and two muddy mongrels and is currently planning trips to Bruges, Paris, Alaska, SoCal, Romania and Reykjavik.
- Chloe LOVES... Baking, old movies, Graham Greene novels
- Chloe LOATHES... 4x4’s in London, visor-toting tourists, airport queuing
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