The best farewell
There’s only one way to finish the night on a high note: a glass of cava on one of the most exclusive rooftops of the city. The chill-out terrace of the Ohla Hotel, in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, offers you the finest views in a relaxed atmosphere.
Meander down one of the side streets to discover the Gothic Quarter. This is the oldest part of the city and its narrow streets contain memories from all its ages: from Roman to Modernism, including, of course, the Gothic. Barcelona Cathedral and the church of Santa María del Pi are two of the best-known temples but we want to take you to another one, this time a gastronomic temple. Els Quatre Gats opened at the beginning of the 20th century, inspired by Le Chat Noir in Paris, and where Rubén Darío, Picasso and the favourite son of Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí, used to sit and “set the world to rights”.
Next to the Gothic Quarter is the Born Quarter, the most alternative part of Barcelona. Its medieval streets are now a labyrinth of exclusive shops and trendy cafés. People have dinner late in Spain and an afternoon snack is the perfect excuse to try the take-away “churros” (fluted doughnuts) from La Xocolateria, made by chef Oriol Balaguer. Or the healthy option, a fruit fondue. Once you have recharged your batteries, have a look in Studiostore: 300 square metres of design (we’re fans of the rainbow pillows). And for dinner: tapas. Tapas, but haute cuisine tapas. Very close to Ciutadella park is Restaurant Ten’s, owned by the 4-Michelin star chef Jordi Cruz, which combines innovation and tradition. The Born Quarter is the ideal place to experience the nightlife of this virbant Spanish city.
Recover from your partying with a ‘retro’ brunch at Timeline Bar and a walk through Park Guell designed by Gaudí. Along el Paseo de Gracia you’ll find other jewels that are the fruits of this architect’s imagination: Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. And talking of creativity, you have to try the “rocadillos” (baguettes) made by the Roca brothers in the bar of the Omm Hotel. They also offer ice creams at ‘Rocambolesc’, including a mojito flavour. This is the best companion for a walk towards the Sagrada Familia church, an icon of the city despite remaining unfinished.