• 4 April, 2017



    This name: BOCA CHICA & BOCA GRANDE has been spread around Barcelona from mouth to ear (and much more likely from mouth to mouth)…

    One of the coolest Bars in capital letters at the Eixample Dret (right across Passeig de Gracia which is the little Champs Elysees of Barcelona).

    BOCA GRANDE refers as a ground-floor restaurant which has a very chic design, hipster atmosphere and acceptable BUT AVERAGE food,  therefore it is not the protagonist of our tip…

    BOCA CHICA instead, is the COCKTAIL LOUNGE BAR just over the stairs from the restaurant.

    This place is an eclectic mixture of Africa, Europe’s Belle Époque & New York.

    The atmosphere is completely a visual surprise, worth-it a drink or two. It consists of 2 floors & a mini dance area…AND..a peculiar toilette at the basement:

    At the toilette often a DJ plays…there is also a piano, small tables for drinks, a mosaic of small mirrors, all in ONLY ONE UNISEX compartment.

    Deffinatelly a place to feel lke Jerry Lee Lewis at “The Great Balls Of Fire”…the toilette we mean..

    But yes, the Bar above is very fine too…

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  • 30 March, 2017

    Casa Bonay: Let’s have some fun


    This space is what a perfect hotel-lounge should be.
    It’s a cocktail bar, it’s a high quality tea corner and also a cute informal restaurant.

    As a part of the cosy hotel CASA BONAY, here people feel just like at home.

    At Libertine, you find the perfect place for a casual meeting; a perfect place to spend an after-work drink, or simply a perfect place for a cool “solo” read-time.

    During summer they open the roof-top, best during the sunny mornings.

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  • 30 March, 2017



    Welcome back to the Belle Époque!

    Welcome to one of the most emblematic hotels in Barcelona since 1919 (the former RITZ , today reconverted as THE HOTEL PALACE BARCELONA).

    There is absolute no need to spend a fortune per night to enjoy a handful of highlights in one single corner of Barcelona…these are 4 of the top-of-the-class experiences you shouldn’t miss if you come here as a visitor  :

    1. THE BLUESMAN COCKTAIL BAR: Arguably one of the best intimate spots in town to taste a Scotch Whisky on the rocks, sitting on a red velvet arm-chair & enjoy in a very pettite commitee a live music band, every week, from Thursday to Saturday, from 2300 hrs to 0100 hrs.
    2. THE ROOF TOP TERRACE: Arguably some of the most imposing roof tops of Barcelona…a place to indulge during the warm sunsets.
    3. THE TEA SALOON: If you think you need to visit Versailles to feel the classical luxury at its best, well, you haven’t been here. If you feel that a classical high tea is only possible at London; well you haven’t been here either. Don’t hesitate to pop in for a drink, for an enjoyable read in a relaxed atmosphere or for a laid back chat with friends or customers….There is also a cosy restaurant called THE 19, next to the green house…because yes, there is a green house too!
    4. CAELIS RESTAURANT: A 1 star Michelin Restaurant headed by the french cheff Romain Fornell.

    Belle Époque…Belle de Jour, Belle de Nuit…

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  • 30 March, 2017


    An Autograph collection:


    The Cotton House Hotel stands imposingly on the site of the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation “Fundación Textil Algodonera”, an emblematic 19th-century building in the neoclassical style which is a landmark in the city of Barcelona. Built on the orders of a family of the Catalan bourgeoisie when the textile industry was at its height, it was sold in the middle of the 20th Century to the Cotton Producers Guild which established its headquarters there with the aim of housing the highest possible number of cotton-producing bodies and services: the idea was to create a genuine Cotton House Hotel.

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  • 30 March, 2017



    This chic and exclusive boutique hotel, located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux is set in two historical and aristocratic houses, being one of them a medieval palace from the XII century. The building’s original period charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel’s sophisticated interior design. Its design blends with relaxing music and sensual aromas to create a unique setting in this ancient area of central Barcelona. Also, Hotel Neri is a hotel with terrace, perfect to enjoy the city’s weather.

    Set right beside the city’s Cathedral, the Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux lies just a short distance from the bustling Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, the Picasso museum… Is the perfect place to discover Barcelona.

    The Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux has been awarded with the distinction of Hotel Monument, a specialization of Barcelona’s Hotels Association which recognizes hotels that add value to the heritage of the city.

    Besides, Hotel Neri is the only hotel Relais & Châteaux in Barcelona, which makes it even more special and unique.

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  • 23 March, 2017




    The influence of the sun and of the Mediterranean sea make this region a privileged territory for winegrowing, halfway between Barcelona and Tarragona.

    The beautiful Estate is situated in the heart of an appealing landscape surrounded by a stretch of vineyards with a family mansion & cellar at the edge….At the far background one can indulge the views  of the unique shapes and multi-peak Montserrat mountain range, which turns pink during sunsets.

    The visit to the cellar and the vineyards is a top of the class experience. It is not touristy, as it might be expected or compared with other famous cellars of the area.

    The Estate has an official passionate enologist called Jordi who walks you inside the vineyards and gives you all kind of technical and amene introductions about the soil, curiosities about the climbing vine plants, the grape varieties, the flora and fauna of the ecosystem…including a funny “sex confusion” of the wine butterflies.

    The tour inside the cellar is also very interesting as it is well preserved and has some modernist architectural designs such as the blue tile walls. The tunnels down the cellar are also worth it.

    And the best of all: the family mansion and its rich decoration with rich oil paintings split around the various living rooms.

    And talking about the living rooms, one could “live” there foreever…They serve a truly genuine and delicious catalan breakfast (or lunch…or dinner in summer) consisiting of fresh regional products which shouldn’t be missed…and its wine…and cava, ¡of course!

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  • 8 February, 2017

    BARCELONA, check out this lovely italian vintage restaurant…


    Few places have as much charm as this little spot in Born. The food is amazing, very fresh and tasty.

    The location is tricky, a small corner in the laberinthyc area of Born, just a few steps from the modernist masterpiece “Palau de la Musica”.


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  • 8 February, 2017


    Qualified as one of the best wine bars in the world according to the Wall Street Journal.

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  • 8 February, 2017


    Here comes a recommendation from someone who lives in Barcelona…

    …(the writer of this tip).

    VINITUS is arguably one of the best choices in terms of fine quality/price & surely one of the coolest tapas-bar in Barcelona. The only (sometimes big) draw-back is that they don’t accept reservations and they might die from a rapid high demmand. Sofar they stand on very high quality for very affordable cost. So still a great spot.

    (Ps. Don’t miss the small tapa of marinated sardine,exquissite!).

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  • 7 February, 2017

    BARCELONA, ¿curious about the japanese food scene in “El Born” district?


    A high quality japanese restaurant in Barcelona with a smooth brasilian touch; (not to forget that Sao Paulo in Brasil accomodates the second largest japanese population outside Japan)…
    Intimate & trendy atmosphere in a very tiny space, Nakashita stands out from the crowd of usual sushi restaurants in Barcelona thanks to the creativity of his owner and the extremely fresh & tasty fish.
    We recommed to sit at the bar, right in front of Marcio (the owner). He is a great host, and knows very well how to treat his guests.

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