Boasting extraordinary architecture, pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a fabulous food scene, Barcelona might just be the perfect city for a girl’s trip. My best friend and I decided to trade New York City with Barcelona for a week of sunshine and good eats. We made sure to hit all the trending spots before our time was up. Check out some of our favorite spots in the city below.
If you and your bestie are looking to treat yourselves, be sure to stay at Serras Boutique Hotel. This was one of the cutest boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed in, and they treated us like VIP queens.
The location is perfect – plopped right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Serras looks out over Port Vell and is within walking distance to all of Barcelona’s must-sees, including the beach. Serras knows how to perfect modern minimalism, but it was sure to go all out with the amenities, with Diptyque bath products to your own personal cheesecake to the turn-down service at night. And, of course, the food was divine. Michelin-star Chef Marc Gascons serves only the freshest Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine. We couldn't have asked for a better spot for a besties trip.
While each region of Spain offers different, unique foods, the Catalan cuisine of Barcelona might just triumph. You can walk around the city and stumble into tons of amazing restaurants and bars, but a few of these spots take some planning, like Disfrutar. Disfrutar, which translates to “enjoy,” is rated the number five restaurant in the world and boasts two Michelin Stars. We put our name in a month in advance to ensure we could get a seat. Disfrutar is known for their playful and innovative dishes, serving 28-course meals. This might have been the most amazing meal of our lives, and it was surely our favorite part of the trip. I promise you that Disfrutar is worth the splurge – just remember to book far in advance!
If you’re looking for some classic tapas, head to Bar Cañete. It feels like the equivalent to Carbone in NYC. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the chefs make their mouth-watering tapas. This place is always overflowing with people, so put your name on the list at 8pm and you can usually get a seat around 10pm for two at the bar. Bar Mut is another great spot for food and wine. It’s a snug spot that doesn't have a traditional menu – you just tell them what you like, and voila, you have an amazing meal to drool over!
After dinner, we headed to Feroz, which is the local “it” bar in Barcelona. The ambiance and setting was super cool, with delicate chandeliers and a jungle of plants. Feroz describes itself as “quiet by day, we roar at night” as it bumps music late into the night.
While you could spend your whole trip eating your way through Barcelona, there are also plenty of non-food related activities to get up to. Here are five must-see tourist attractions:
Make your way to Park Güell, which is one of Barcelona’s largest green spaces. Channel your inner Vicky Cristina Barcelona and visit this park for unlimited photo ops and views! Wander through the Gothic Quarter, which is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods you'll ever see. We could have roamed around for hours to shop, eat, and snap pics. Mercado de la Boqueria is another must. This market brims with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish, and it’s the perfect place to try all the local cuisine, like Spain's famous Iberico ham that melts in your mouth. And of course, you can’t miss the massive Barcelona basilica, Sagrada Familia. Seriously, you can’t miss it – it’s huge, soaring almost 600 feet into the sky. Finally, experience a flamenco performance at Palau Dalmases. The space itself is a work of art, but it’s also an amazing place to experience one of Spain’s most classic and dazzling cultural heritages, Flamenco dancing.
So if you’re looking for a getaway (aren’t we always?), grab your best friend and book your ticket to Barelona! You’ll come home feeling inspired by the city, relaxed by the lifestyle, and full from the tapas.