El Mama y La Papa

El Mama y La Papa

A restaurant-performance space combo, that surprisingly manages to suck at neither.

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A brunch place in Raval tailor-made for the Instagram generation.

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Green Spot


‘Veggie for non-veggies’ is an overused tag line but at this Barceloneta hotspot it actually does fit the bill.

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Boutique-slash-bookstore-slash-art space. Meh. But as a café, this Barcelona concept store excels.

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Casa Lolea


The humble sangría finally gets some respect at this charming tapas bar in Barcelona’s Sant Pere district.

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Ultramarinos Santa Mónica


Not just an escape from the tourist hell of Las Ramblas, an actual reason to dive head-first into it.

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Bitter Cocktail Bar


A wonderful, modern take on the old school coctelería in Barcelona’s foodie district.

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OMA Bistró


In the heart of Gayxample, a full breakfast and a side of people-watching.

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Can Dendê


No pretence, just a choice of yummy brunch classics at this Poblenou all-day brunch favourite.

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La Guingueta de la Barceloneta


The choice between eating well or eating by the beach is one you aren’t faced with at this chiringuito in Barceloneta.

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Two Hotel Barcelona by Axel


The second property in Barcelona from Axel Hotels. Same ‘hetero-friendly’ formula.

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Head to this poncy part of Barcelona for Xavier Pellicer’s wonderful showcase of veggies-first gastronomy.

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Tanga Party Fridays


No, not a themed sleaze night but sure to be every bit as gay as it sounds.

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Barcelona’s best beaches

Things to do

Barcelona’s city beaches sure are nice but these beaches are worth leaving town for.

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Purobeach Barcelona


It ain’t Ibiza but for a sunset drink or a (pricey) day by the pool in Barcelona, this can be perfectly nice.

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Margot House


A homely feel right on Passeig de Gràcia. A great option for somebody who prefers a small property.

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  • F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2017
  • May 12 - 14
  • F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2017
  • For boys who like the smell of burnt rubber and motor oil, it doesn’t get any better than the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • June 15 - 18
  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • Hipsters and electronica – Barcelona’s three-day advanced music and multimedia art festival in June. And OFF Sònar parties.

  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • October 5 - 15
  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • This small but well-respected festival based in Sitges runs with an emphasis on sci-fi and the mysterious, ensuring that the German leather crowd won’t be the only trolls in town.

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