A while back, I went to Barcelona with Junes ( the fianceé) for a couple of days. That’s the great thing about living in Europe, some of the best cities are just a 2 hour flight away. Whenever I go on a vacation or a city trip, I usually don’t prepare anything. I do basically zero research, don’t know where I want to go, what I want to see. The only thing I do know, is where I want to eat. It sounds culturally barbaric, but hear me out, you might actually relate to me. On vacation I want to experience the city in a natural way, meaning not setting a schedule or tours or anything. I just go where my feet (or the subway) take me. Wandering in Bari Gotica and getting lost in the zillion tiny streets is exhilarating. No perfectly planned schedule can make you feel the same as discovering little gems on your own, or with a little help of some local blogs.
The one thing Junes does search for in advance are some good, local places to eat. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I suffer from hangryness. Hi, my name is Van and I get angry when I’m hungry. Junes knows this by now and prepared a list of places we could get a good meal whenever things got bad.
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One of those places was the ‘Mercat Princesa’ which is actually a tapas market. It is truly a hidden gem located in a tiny street in Born. It’s basically a courtyard surrounded by tapas stalls. We tried a couple of them and they were all amazing including the cocktails. If you ever visit Barcelona, this should definitely be on your go-to list.
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Besides our common passion for food Junes and I also share a big love for coffee. Lorenzo, a friend of ours recommended the coffee place Nømad to us, saying it was the best coffee ever. Obviously we couldn’t leave Barcelona without trying it. We found Nømad seemingly hidden in a small alley in Born. It’s a minimalistic café with just a handful of seats, which adds to the charm of the place. I drank an espresso and a cold brew, both too good to describe. But then again, they are quite famous for their coffee and their own roast.
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While being lost in the tiny streets of Bari Gotica, we stumbled upon a little perfume shop that immediately got our attention. Everything looked so vintage and old Hollywood glam. Please don’t ask me how to get there because I wouldn’t be able to find it again, even if my life depended on it. But thankfully I took a picture of the street sign and with a little help of our friend google maps, I’m sure you’ll get there. A little note though, it’s definitely not the cheapest perfume shop. When we saw the price tags we continued to smell some perfumes and slowly walked out again, trying to look as if we’re considering to buy stuff but we’re not quite sure. Don’t give me the judgy look , we’ve all been in that situation. Nevertheless, it’s still a very charming shop and if you’re willing to pay the price, the scents seemed quite unique and smelled divine.
Let me know in the comment section if you know other great places in Barcelona, since it probably won’t be the last time I’ll visit 🙂