An Insider's tips to where to go and what to do in Barcelona

I do this a lot for friends, compile a quick list of my favorite places in Barcelona, with the hope that they too love it. It's part tourisic part practical... but as things change quickly, you never know if it's out of date. But here they are. I hope you enjoy!

Pla del Palau, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Do the lunch menu here or cheap dinner. The pizza is to die for. The lunch menu exceptional value and they have a terrace so you can enjoy the sunshine.
For the BESt sandwiches ever cheap and cheerful (right next to the big post office)


Santa Maria (no website)
Carrer del Comerç, 17, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
You MUST try this place it's AMAZING. It's my exclusive bcn insider tip. You will not be disapointed.

Salamanca (not salamanca II which is not on the beach)
For traditional Pallea to to Salamaca on the beach
Calle L'almirall Cervera, 34


El Xampanyet

Carrer de Montcada, 22
This is right across the street from my old flat. It's so charming and lovely. Don't eat there as they'll charge you an arm and a leg for tapas... but do go there and try the cava they make themselves. It's under 10e for a whole bottle and it's so amazing. Always busy. But if you see Juan Carlos tell him Sarah (la madre de Sienna) who used to live across the street sent you...
Night life...

Carpe Diem Lounge
there are so many fab places you'll just stuble upon... but if you're down at the beach check out Carpe Diem and reserve a lounge sofa outside.
Just head down Portal de L'angel towards Plaza cataluna and you'll find everything. Zara, Mango, the usual suspects.
Avoid the ramblas... (tourist hell and pick pocket central) avoid Raval as well as it's quite dodgy there at night!

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