|Coffee at Brunch and Cake in L'Eixample|
|La Ramblas, Barcelona|
With a light jacket, the weather is wonderful for walking and the abundant sightseeing Barcelona offers. We walked about 8 hours every day covering all of Barcelona's different neighborhoods and sites during our stay. Barcelona also has a fantastic public transportation system with stops at all major attractions. After all the walking, I didn't feel guilty indulging in all the wonderful local Spanish culinary delights and wines.
|Rooftop view from The Arenas de Barcelona|
|Montjuïc Cactus Park|
My husband and I wanted to experience a local flavor, therefore we rented a lovely, affordable 2 bedroom apartment in Poble Sec. Only a 20 minute walk to La Ramblas, the area, once known as a semi-seedy watering hole, is now transforming itself into an up and coming neighborhood and is a favorite with locals. My husband was able to test his Spanish / Catalan at the nearby restaurants, coffee shops and experience local life. However for my next trip, I plan to stay in the Eixample area. Eixample has excellent restaurants and a lot closer to most attractions. We ended up walking there almost everyday for breakfast or dinner.You can find English spoken in most restaurants and shops located in Eixample.
We read that Barcelona has public WiFi so we didn't get the phone plan. It was a mistake. The WiFi was only available in parts of La Ramblas and it would've been useful to have a translator. We had an app we used off line but it wasn't as good.
Things we found useful on our trip
Now, let's talk about coffee. First, we walked into what looks like a local chain coffee and bread place (365.café in Poble Sec). Prices for coffee are amazingly cheap. You can get a small latte for 1 euro. The girl behind the counter only spoke Spanish / Catalan. We asked for coffee with leche, but I guess she couldn't understand our accent. Finally my husband asked for cappuccino and she understood that. Coffee was great. You can drink it without sugar, but with one sugar it was the best! We finally figured out to ask for Café con leche. It is the most popular form of coffee in Spain.
Here is a cool guide on How to Order Coffee in Barcelona
Next day we ended up in the Arenas de Barcelona and had coffee and gelato downstairs at Farggi.
The Arenas de Barcelona
Arenas was designed for bullfighting, but now its a giant mall with cool views from the rooftop terrace.
We spend the rest of the day exploring Montjuïc mountain. It is well known for the Joan Miró Foundation, Castle of Montjuïc, Botanic Gardens, Poble Espanyol and the Olympic Stadium. It requires a lot of climbing but provides amazing views of Barcelona.
|Magic Fountain of Montjuïc|
My husband had seafood Paella and he absolute loved it. We ate there few times during the trip and it was always good. They have menu in English, but don't expect them to speak English. Few times my husband got wrong dessert, but it was good, so no big deal.
Stay tuned to more details on our Favorite Breakfast, where to go for New Year's and more.
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