October 9, 2015

Whether you’re in Barcelona for just a few months or for a lifetime, use our Barcelona Bucket List to discover the delicious secret spots in this beaut city. We won’t insult you by waffling on about Gaudi or you know, the beach, because you know all that already. As with every bucket list, it should keep growing the more you discover. So we’ve started it off for you with a couple of our favourite haunts. Get exploring!

Raïm 1886
Carrer del Progrés, 48, 08012

Unassuming by day, vibrant by night, Raim is your number one destination for the best mojito of your life. A Cuban bar, run by Cubans, the place is cluttered with antique clocks, black and white framed pictures, statues of the Virgin Mary and the walls are flaking with age. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re not big on rum, opt for a Voll Damm and keep them coming.

Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 256, 08012

Barcelona doesn’t scream number one Sushi destination, but it would be an abomination not to make at least one visit to Temaki-Ya whilst in Barcelona.

Opt for the Menu del dia (menu of the day) and watch with drooling mouth as five courses of amazing food are delivered to your table for just €15. It’s a popular restaurant with the locals on weekends, so visit during the week to avoid missing out.

Cementiri de Montjuïc (City of the Dead)
Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port, 56-58, 08038

If the idea of visiting a cemetery doesn’t appeal to your idea of a great time…we don’t blame you, but Cementiri de Montjuic is worth the trip, despite the macabre overtones. Hidden in the shadow of Montjuic hill, the cemetery is stacked with high rise graves and lavish, ornate temples. (No, really.) If you’re visiting in the summer, arm yourself with mosquito spray and take water, as there’ll be a lot of walking. But once you’re over the top of the hill you can stroll down the side of Montjuic while taking in the incredible views over the city.

The 21 bus goes from Avinguda Parellel every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.

Nou Candanchu
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, 08012

If you’re a fan of the ol’ paella, then Nou Candanchu has to be on your BCN bucket list. Serving the most delicious paella in Barcelona after 9pm, you’ll most likely have to wait to be seated as this joint is always bustling, but trust us it’s worth a little patience.

The restaurant is located in a peaceful little oasis of calm, so if you swing by during the day, you can treat yourself to a selection of tapas, grab yourself a beer and kick back.

Mercado de la Bouqueria
Les Rambles, 91, 08001

The Mercado de la Bouqeria is the largest Catalan market of its kind left in Barcelona. It might be a little touristy, but it’s managed to retain its authenticity and is worth a visit. Head on over to stock up on plenty of fresh fish, meat and vegetables.

Parc del Labrerint d’Horta
Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035

The Parc del Labrerint is the definition of a hidden gem. Nestled away in the hills that frame Barcelona, it is a slice of perfection. A looping canal threads through the park, lush foliage abounds and there’s a huge maze that leads to a statue of Eros. (Hint: The film Perfume featuring Ben Whishaw and Alan Rickman was filmed here)

The park is open from 10am-7pm for most of the year and costs €2 to get in.

Parc de la ciutadella

The city’s most popular park where you can’t help but trip over Catalans in the summer months. Located on the site of the former citadel, the park is a sanctuary of calm, boasting fountains, plant nurseries (which are semi-abandoned, but beautiful all the same) and little gardens where you can relax. The parc de la ciutadella isn’t built by Gaudi either, which, in a city full of Gaudi, is a welcome relief.

c/de Torrijos, 54, 08012

Right slap-bang in the centre of Gracia’s nightlife, Chatelet is a bustling hub of friendly staff, great cockatils and noisy punters. We think the décor is all kinds of #interiorgoals and the vibe is super chill. Head here for a casual drink after work or on the weekend.

Carrer dels Tallers, 1, 08001

One of the only places on La Rambla worth going to, and frequented by Hemingway in days gone by. Boadas claims to be the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona serving up traditional cocktails and a mean daiquiri. Its dated charm makes us feel like we’re in a Wes Anderson movie. Or a hotel lobby. Either way, it’s like stepping back in time.