Last week I spent four days in Barcelona. It wasn’t my first time, I’ve been to Barcelona two times before. To be very honest, I haven’t been too excited about Barcelona before. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the city and especially the weather – but I’ve been to a lot of places that I found more interesting than this city specifically. I never really got why people were so hyped about Barcelona, but to be fair I didn’t spend that much of time there as well.
Well… This trip truly proved me WRONG! Wow. I’ve seen a whole other side of Barcelona, that I haven’t seen before and I must eat my words and say wow. This city has so many amazing places and I really came to love it!
Reason why? Like every other city in the world, you need to know where to go. I constantly meet people who been to the most magical cities as I have, and they completely hated it. And almost always, It’s because they didn’t know where to go. A girl here from Rotterdam was going to Copenhagen this summer and I was so excited for her to enjoy (as she really likes good food and there you have a lot of nice places). I probably talked it up, but I was so sure Copenhagen could deliver anyway. Well… She came back and was very disappointed in the places she went. I really couldn’t understand, as we have quite similar taste in things – but then she told me which places she went and everything made sense. She visited all the “wrong”, very touristic places and I really understand she is quite disappointed now.
My point is, you can go to the same city and have totally different experiences. That is was what had happened to my perspective of Barcelona. And that’s why I believe that in almost every city there will be something that you’ll love, you just need to know where to go. That’s also why I love to share my favorite spots with you always, and hopefully give my readers the best experiences when they go!
This Barcelona trip was hosted by CAVA GROUP, which is a company that provides many of services around the world – one of them is being a host when you travel. Different from other travel agencies who also plan your trip and books everything, CAVA GROUP has a 24-hour host service that you always can reach out to and they can fix ANYTHING. And by anything, I really mean anything and very last minute! Besides that, the hosts that provide the service for you are experts in the city they are in.
This is the reason, I got to see a whole other Barcelona than before and why traveling with a company like CAVA GROUP, adds so much value to your time on vacation. Them fixing everything and taking care of everything, really made my short trip SO relaxing and perfect. I used all my time and energy on just enjoying some girl time with my old and dear friend from Denmark that I don’t get to see so much, because we are both busy girls and all around the world.
I will of course share with you some of my best tips now!
As you might already know from my previous hot spots, I really love Cecconi’s. I actually didn’t know that they just opened in Barcelona, it was our CAVA GROUP host who told us and made a reservation in two seconds on a Friday night! Really impressing. She read my blog and read that I love pasta and Cecconi’s, so she told me as one of the first things when she picked us up at the airport – how cute is that! Her name was Olga, and she was such a nice girl.
Anyway! It’s an Italian restaurant and the food is SO yummy! You need to try if you like Italian food. And just to let you know, it’s located at SOHO house Barcelona where you have to be a member, but you do not have to be for visiting the restaurant as a lot of people think. Bon appétit!
This was the only restaurant in Barcelona that I’ve been to before and I really, really like this place. Or house, because it’s actually a house. You have the main restaurant and two different bars inside. They serve the most wonderful seafood and tapas, along with some of the best cocktails I’ve had. The cocktail called “The Killer” might be my favorite cocktail ever!! Go there for dinner or just a drink, but make sure to book in good time because it is very difficult to get a table! Or book through CAVA GROUP, they fixed the reservation in 5 minutes!
Another really fun feature is the bathrooms there. I will not say too much, just go there and you will know what I mean 😉
This place I have no words for. Once again, our host from CAVA GROUP advised us to go there and from the outside, it really doesn’t look like much. I was a bit skeptic and also when we came in. It was a really small place and this guy comes to welcome us with dreadlocks. Nothing bad about dreadlocks – but I mean, we are at an Asian Fusion restaurant? This is not what you expect to see right? 😉 Anyway, this guy I later find out is actually the owner haha! (Never judge a person by the looks! Lesson learned)
He started out by keeping the menu cards in his hands and asking if he could just bring us food and see if we liked it. I’m always the annoying type who never takes the set menu but likes to pick out the dishes myself. He kept saying we should give him a chance and if we didn’t like it – he would take it back and take it off the bill. I honestly still wanted to pick out myself, but I didn’t want to be rude haha! So we said okay.
Ohhh. My. God.
I never tried so good Japanese food and sushi. Not one single dish was sent back but reordered many times. One dish we ordered three times haha! This place was something else and NOT something I would ever have found without our host. If you read this Olga, THANK YOU so so much for this experience <3
If you like Asian food and sushi, you have to go here! I’m very sure, you will love me after.
Flex & Kale
To something very different – Flex & Kale. This very trendy vegetarian place is something there is a big chance you’ve already seen on some other bloggers Instagram. Because this is like glue for every blogger and Instagrammer and I must say that the hype is deserved. The menu card is so big and offers the most delicious vegetarian food. We choose the taco’s, mini-burgers and kale chips. So if you are into really healthy food, this is a nice place to go for you! And if you are bringing your boyfriend who doesn’t like to eat only plant-based, tell him there is also seafood! 😉
I once wanted to bring Nico to a place like this and he said it wasn’t really for him this plant-based-only food and I said OK, let’s just go get a burger. We went to the vegan place and I bought him the burger without telling him it was vegan and contained no meat or real cheese at all – he said “Oh, it tastes a little different this burger but I really like it” hahaha. I waited till he was done and told him it was actually the vegan place and the burger was vegan, he didn’t believe me 😉 So apparently if they make the vegan food good, it’s not that bad! And that they sure do at Flex & Kale.
This was some of the places we went for our little girl trip and I hope this information can benefit you if you go to Barcelona. My whole view of the city Barcelona changed a lot after this trip and I’m definitely a fan now!
Thank you for showing me Barcelona’s best sides, CAVA GROUP. I will be back very soon!
This trip was made in collaboration with CAVA GROUP.