Extract of the article from The Culture Trip
The architecture, the food, the music, there’s so much of Barcelona‘s vibrant culture to see and with just a few days to navigate the city it may seem like an impossible task. But don’t be deterred, a little careful planning and a local insider’s knowledge will enable you to get a glimpse of life in the bustling Catalan capital in no time at all.
Start your day with a Spanish almuerzo – the handy snack between breakfast and lunch – before heading and exploring the iconic Gothic Quarter. This is the oldest part of the city and is home to a number of buildings that date back to the early Middle-Ages. It’s winding streets and enchanting squares are the perfect place to get lost and soak up the majestic feel of this ancient neighbourhood.
When it comes to lunch time, one of the most economical and authentic ways to eat is to search out a good menú del día during the week– an affordable worker’s lunchtime menu generally ranging between €10-€15. The Nou Cellar in the Born is a great option for traditional Catalan cuisine, while La Esquina by Plaça Catalunya offers a more modern menu.
After lunch, wander through El Born, the bohemian part of the Old Town located between Via Laietana and the Parc de la Ciutadella. This is the best place to peruse the independent boutiques and artisan stores that give it its character, and you’ll be able to find original pieces by local designers as well as artisan-made leather, ceramics and more.
Come the evening, the city will have taken on a whole new persona and Barcelona’s bustling nightlife will be beckoning. For busy bars head to El Raval whereyou can find a number of fantastic tapas spots, from traditional Spanish food to vegetarian tapas. While over in Poble Sec, there has been a veritable foodie revival in the area and there are a number of upmarket restaurants serving top-notch food to a mostly local crowd. Finish the night with a cocktail at Bitter or La Papa on Calle Parlament, or head in to the heart of El Raval for some live jazz or flamenco at Robadors 23.
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