Barcelona has so many amazing tourist attractions it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed, especially if you only have a limited amount of time in the city.
My advice before going to Barcelona, or anywhere really, is to plan.
I’m not talking about military precision. But it helps to have a list of things you really want to do, with gaps left in so you can pop into the places you happen to stumble upon on your travels. Barcelona is a city I love and you’ll find so much by just walking around. In case you have a set amount of time there, or you are just looking for some tips on things to do in the city, I’ve rounded up my favourite things to do into a 24hour plan.
If you are after something filling, with great vegan options in the mix then Caravelle is the breakfast place for you. Located in Barri Gòtic it’s the perfect place to start your day. I had the vegan huevos rancheros and I would go back just for that reason alone. Their Chai lattes are perfect and if you are in full holiday mode then grab a bloody mary, just don’t eat the chilli! Be prepared to wait for a table, it’s worth it.
The Modern Art Museum, or the MACBA, is a short walk from Caravelle. Also known as Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona it’s a must-see. The building itself is a work of art and it’s a breath of modernist air when walking around Barcelona. Prepare to lose an hour or two here, from spoken word to sculpture, illustration and light installations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Passeig de Gràcia is a massive tree-lined street in Barcelona. It’s full of high end and high street stores, start at the Sephora flagship which is just a short walk from the main street. You get into the store via a giant slide, or you know you can use the escalators and miss the fun. The store had loads of hi-tech gadgets and is perfect for the beauty lover. Wander up the tree-lined street, doing some shopping until you get to Gaudi’s Casa Batlló.
Patisserie Mauri is basically cake heaven. HEAVEN. The fruit tarts are amazing, and there was some sort of jam pie that tasted like it was created by angels. There are also chocolates on sale so there are some vegan options. But none on the cake front as far as I could tell. There is a cafe area but grab a take out and enjoy in one of the parks or take a seat on a bench and watch the world go by.
Take a walk to Casa Milà, Gaudi’s art nouveau. Pop inside for a look at some of the exhibitions but be prepared for crowds. All of Gaudi’s art brings a legion of tourists. I definitely think it’s a must-see if you haven’t gotten round to it, but if you are nervous of crowds then aim to go first thing in the morning.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona houses one of the most extensive collections of his work. A must visit for an art lover, it was the only museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s work and the only one created during his lifetime. The building itself is beautiful, with the museum made up of connected medieval rooms.
Oh, how I adore Flax & Kale. Their original restaurant is on Carrer dels Tallers and is a must visit. Especially if you are after some amazing food with loads of veggie and vegan options. The green power raviolo is always amazing and the roast carrot and avocado salad is perfect for when you want to keep things a bit lighter. If you are after some things to share I’d go for the mezze platter with a salad and some greens. Oh and all the wine. You are in Barcelona after all!
I love the Gòtic area for vintage shopping and cute indie stores. There are plenty of vintage kilo stores, in fact, you could legitimately spend a whole say vintage shopping. So if you are into that then make sure you allocate enough time. There are no specific stores that I fell in love with, more the entire area with all its cute indie stores and bars.
Vegatalia is a vegetarian dream. There are a couple of locations but I’ve only ever been to the one in Raval as it’s right beside my friends flat. There are loads of options but the tofu green curry is amazing, as is the veggie mezze sharing platter. Grab a bottle of wine and talk the night away.
I love a theme bar and Betty Fords ticks all the boxes. It’ll be packed with locals but that just adds to the atmosphere. There are loads of cute bars in the area so it’s a great place to start.
If you aren’t going to a night market or a gig then I would take a walk, or the metro, to the Magic Fountain. It’s a water and light show that’s set to music and it’s totally captivating. Make sure you check show times as it is closed certain days and these change depending on the season.
Have fun in Barcelona & if you would like more suggestions then head over to my first Barcelona guide.