Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Cal Pep

Grab a stool at the bar with prime position to admire and enjoy the best tapas show in town at this famed tapas institution. Staff glide across the bar shouting orders, stirring sangrias and pouring cervezas. There is a perfect method to the Cal Pep madness and the atmosphere and food here are well worth the wait.

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 View Map ... Placa de les Olles, 8 Barcelona, Spain

CDLC is an institution in Barcelona and is definitely one of the best places to spend an afternoon or night out. The innovative and delicious food is a fusion of Spanish and Thai, and the bartenders mix a potent jug of sangria. Its location adjacent to the beach gives you the option to dine on the terrace and watch the world go by, or alternatively eat inside and soak up the party atmosphere. Don’t get too comfortable inside, because at midnight your table will be moved away and you’ll find yourself in the midst of the dance floor. For true VIP style, enjoy the excellent music from one of the king size day beds which frame the room.

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 View Map ... Paseo Martim Del Port Olimpic 32, Barcelona, Spain
Comerç 24

Chef Carles Abellan playfully reinterprets traditional Catalan favourites at this minimalist treasure of luxury tapas. The menu is adventurous and every dish will excite and delight. Reservations are essential at this uber cool Born hotspot. This is innovative tapas at its very best.

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 View Map ... C/ Comerç 24, Barcelona, Spain
Lonja de Tapas

Located in the hip Born district, Lonja de Tapas serves a modern selection of tapas, combining traditional favourites with innovative new creations. The best seats are those on the street pavement where you can enjoy your tapas with a glass of sangria, and soak up the Catalan vibe.

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 View Map ... Pla Palau 7, Barcelona, Spain
Taller de Tapas

Taller de Tapas has a few outposts across Barcelona but a favourite for travel hedonists spending time in the exciting Born district is its tapas bar on Carer de l’Argenteria. Its popularity is obvious as the crowd of keen diners spill outside. Once you grab a table, enjoy the delicious tasty morsels and the house sangria. Taller de Tapas is casual enough to grab a quick bite and be on your way, which is what you may be looking for in a city bursting with things to do.

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 View Map ... Carer de l’Argenteria 51, Born, Barcelona, Spain
TapaÇ 24

The sister restaurant of the famed Comerç 24 is starting to show its maturity. Venture down to this L’Eixample hot spot for some late night tapas buzz with a true local feel. The queue is worth the wait, especially whilst sipping on a quenching cerveza, and the food is simple, authentic and an absolute treat.

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 View Map ... Diputacio 269, Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

what we think

You may recognise Gaudi’s masterpieces of La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, La Pedrera and others from the plethora of photos splashed across travel guides. These colourful images are captivating. However, photos do not evoke the same emotions as actually being in Barcelona, a city with an electric energy - morning, noon and night. Its shopping districts are diverse, combining charm and trend and the small cobblestone streets hide many undiscovered gems. Some of the world’s most imitated tapas bars were created in Barcelona and manage to combine tradition with contemporary design and a hip crowd. The beach is certainly worth discovering, either during the day to soak up the Spanish sun or at night when the marina transforms into a buzz of beach-fronted clubs with famous DJs. Add to this, the funky shopping, hip bars and the emerging luxury boutique hotels – many with rooftop sanctuaries - and you’ll agree that Barcelona is a hedonist’s paradise.