Barcelona really does have everything, so deciding what to do on just one day is not an easy task. While we hope that you will have more than one day to explore the city, we have you covered in case you don’t.
Morning & Noon
Even though traditionally brunch is not a big part of the Catalán culture, it has started to become increasingly popular with locals in recent years. One of the most well-known spots are Picnic and Brunch & Cake, with several locations throughout the city. However, be prepared to wait in line, as those spots are very popular and don’t take reservations (don’t go hungry!). Another option is heading to the now up-and-coming Raval neighborhood where more and more hip restaurants and bars are opening. For brunch, Flax & Kale or Federal Cafe are both great options.
City Stroll through the historical part
From Raval it’s just a short walk to the famous Boqueria Market and Las Ramblas. Then make your way to the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, and get lost in a maze of narrow medieval streets. This part of town usually has a high density of tourists, so after an obligatory stop at the iconic Plaza Mayor, make your way to the probably most historically relevant neighborhoods of the city, El Born. There are many delightful designer boutiques to be found in the century old buildings and little restaurants in case you get hungry from all the walking.
Architecture and Art
You can’t visit Barcelona without getting a glimpse of the breathtaking modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The most iconic building is without a doubt the Sagrada Familia, still not finished after over 100 years, this church is definitely worth a visit. Make sure to book your tickets online in advance to avoid queuing.
If you have time afterwards, you can head to one of the many art museums, displaying works by the likes of Picasso and Miró, or visit one of the other famous modernist buildings such as Casa Mila and Casa Battllo.
One of our favorite spots to enjoy a stunning view over the city are the hilltop ruins of former anti-aircraft fortifications called the Bunkers del Carmel. They gained popularity in recent years and are not the hidden gem they once were, but the breathtaking 360-degree views overlooking Barcelona still make them the best spot in town to enjoy the sunset (bring a beer or a bottle of wine and make it your pre-dinner sundowner drink).
The options for dining out in Barcelona are endless. El Nacional offers an impressive dinner venue that used to be an automobile warehouse. It hosts several different restaurants and is one of the city's hottest spots. Other great options are Boca Grande, Suculent, Cervecería Catalana, Llamber and Lolita Taperia.
Barcelona offers endless possibilities when it comes to spending a night out. Enjoy a drink at one of the many rooftop bars, such as the Skybar at Grand Central Hotel offering amazing views or the Pulitzer Terrace, a calm and green spot right in the center of the buzzling city. A great cocktail bar is Boca Chica, especially if you had dinner at Boca Grande before. Another more laid-back option is heading to the hip Gracia neighborhood and having a drink sitting outside at the lively Placa del Sol or Placa de la Virreina.