Barcelona

Barcelona is such a beautiful city with so many different things to do and see. I can definitely see why Barcelona is at the top of so many people’s list of favourite places in the world. From its chill vibes to its beautiful architecture and lively night scene, Barcelona is now up there on my list too.

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TO DO:

  • Park Guell, one of Barcelona’s most widely recognized places, is a public park on Carmel Hill. The park was built officially opened in 1926, and was declared a UNESCO site in 1984 under Works of Antoni Gaudí. As a tip, book your tickets in advance because the queue can get quite long.
  • Bunkers del Carmel, is a viewpoint with free entry that offers a magnificent view over the city. It was a bit of a trek ascending the hill, but definitely well worth it. This spot was once part of the anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War, but has since been abandoned and used by both tourists and locals alike to admire the city through a panoramic viewpoint.
  • La Sagrada Familia is a stunning building to visit. It’s been in construction for over a century, and is anticipated to be completed in 2026. The inside of la Sangria Familia was breathtaking, filled with dazzling colors and lights. It’s crazy how much detail is captured in every aspect of the building.
  • Casa Batlló and Casa Milà are other famous works of Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. He considered every detail of his creations and integrated many different components in his architecture, such as ceramics, stained glass, carpentry, and ironwork. He also introduced new techniques such as trencadís, which is to use waste ceramic pieces.
  • Dow Jones is a fun themed bar in Barcelona, where the price of drinks fluctuate according to demand, and the market “crashes” every thirty minutes to bring the price or drinks back to normal. It’s fun to watch the prices go up and down, and gamble when to make your purchase. There’s a great atmosphere for a chill night out; the crowd was lively but nothing too rowdy.
  • Opium is if you want a livelier night out. We went here with our hostel and got free cover (otherwise it costs 13 euros). There were a lot of mist sprays, confetti, and even an electric glass violin player.

EATS:

I love Spanish food and in particular, tapas, which are a variety of appetizers and snacks shared at the table. I find myself often getting bored of my dish halfway through my meal, or simply wishing that I could sample more flavours. Tapas are the perfect way to experiment and try new foods with friends.

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RESTAURANTS:

  • Cerveceria Catalana is one of the best tapas restaurant in the city. We tried the assorted salads with tomato bread, jamón ibérico, and cheeses. My favourites were the crab salad and huevos rotos, a dish of fried scrambled eggs on top of crispy fried potatoes, mixed together with a creamy tomato sauce.
  • Vinitus: This restaurant has a similar menu to that of Cerveceria Catalana, such as the assorted salads plate, which looked almost identical. They also serve bread that had been rubbed with tomatoes and baked with olive oil to become crispy.
  • Haagen-Dazs: the shop in Barcelona offers exclusive flavours in-store, such as the chocolate banana bread ice cream, which I would recommend.

DISHES TO TRY:

  • Paella: As a must-try dish in Spain, paella is made of saffron rice that is cooked with seafood and/or chicken in a large shallow pan. It’s creamy and soft to taste; my favourite part is near the end, when the bottom bits of rice burns slightly and crisps against the hot pan.
  • Patatas Bravas: delicious fried potatoes served with a mildly spicy tomato cream – what more could you ask for?
  • White Sangria: Sangria can be found virtually anywhere in Spain; try the white version for a slightly sweeter taste.
  • Huevos Rotos: this was my favourite dish in Barcelona, and the best version of it that I’ve tried was at Cerveceria Catalana. Huevos Rotos is a plate of crispy potato bits topped with a fried egg, whose yolk is still runny, and a creamy tomato sauce.
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