One day in Barcelona
By Natascha Shah
I drove around the Volvo XC40 (launching in India, this year) and explored the charming city of Barcelona, here are my top picksâ€¦
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013
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GaudĂâ€™s magnificent cathedral, a true masterpiece, should be on top of the list when visiting Barcelona. Despite still being under construction, it stuns with its intricate work, the building is due for completion in 2026 â€” 100 years after the architectâ€™s death. Tip: Book the tickets for the 9 am slot, when it is least crowded.
Av. del ParaĹ€lel, 164, 08015
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A quirky 90-seat restaurant offering five small-plates bars and open kitchens in a playful atmosphere. It serves traditional tapas with an imaginative spin. Do try the liquid olive.
Liquid Olive at Tickets
Hidden Factory Barcelona
Carrer de JoaquĂn Costa, 24, 08001
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Located in the eclectic neighbourhood of El Raval, in the last textile factory from the 19th century, the Hidden Factory is a creative studio specialising in gastronomical events, art and design. A cool place for intimate events and generally hanging out!
Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain 7pm - 2:30 am
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Open the door, you will find Paradise! This bar hides behind a door in a Pastrami Bar. You might not even realise there is something special about the door, but once you open it, an elegant barserving edgy cocktails and great snacks awaits you.
Cocktails and Snacks at Paradiso
La Boqueria Food Market
Rambla, 91, 08001
Monday - Saturday: 08:00 - 20:30
One of Europe's largest and most famous food markets, it is a carnival of sights, sounds and smells, offering a feast for the senses. Head there to shop for some great quality olive oil, JamĂłn ibĂ©rico or Iberian Ham and some cheese-my pick being the Manchego,made in the La Mancha region of Spain. While doing all the shopping one can also enjoy some tapas and a drink from the various tiny stalls that dot the market. Tip: Go their on an empty stomach!
Tapas at the Food Market
buying Meet and Cheese at La Boquria
Extends 1.2 kilometres between Port Vell (near the cruise port terminal) and PlaĂ§a Cata-lunya
One of the busiest, liveliest streets in Barcelona. Head there to shop, dine or to simply soak in the vibes. Itâ€™s lined with street artists, tiny boutiques selling some great local handicrafts, bags and more. One can also catch a
Flamenco show here (Head to Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, Ramblas 35). Tip: Beware of pickpockets
Located on the beachfront along the famous Barceloneta boardwalk. This chic hotel offers 473 well appointed guestrooms and suites offering panoramic views over the Mediterranean and the city of Barcelona. Dine in style at chef Carlos AbellĂˇnâ€™s BRAVO24. Let your hair down on the 26th-floor hotspot, at ECLIPSE rooftop bar, or make your way down to the signature Living Room to find WAVE& the W LOUNGE.