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An Independent Guide to Barcelona

A city-meets-beach lifestyle, Gaudí’s Sagrada Família and tapas joints on every corner all make Barcelona the perfect destination for a year-round city break. Already ticked off the headline spots? We’ve curated an independent guide to exploring the city like a local, including the best boutiques, exciting new openings and word-of-mouth favourites. Sangria at the ready…

Where to Shop:

AIXŌ
@aixobcn
Això is one of Barcelona’s many hidden gems, filled with a curated mix of unique items and vintage finds, from Bloomingville and Normann Copenhagen to Tiptoe.
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CHANDAL
@chandalstore
Chandal is a hotspot for unique and beautifully designed pieces with a nostalgic, humorous touch. Think playful favourites HAY, Baggu and &klevering.
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LUZIO
@luzioconceptstore
Part boutique, part restaurant, this concept store is on a mission to revolutionise the city’s interiors scene, curating a stellar line up featuring the likes of Pols Potten, Serax and more.
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Where to Eat:

TOPE
@tope_bcn
Tacos with a sunset view? Tope serves up fresh Mexican-inspired flavours at one of Barcelona’s best new rooftop spots.

CAL PEP
@calpepbcn
It doesn’t get more authentic than seafood and fish tapas at the counter seats of this bustling hotspot.

JULIETA’S
@julietasbcn
Great views, even better interiors and exciting rice dishes are waiting for you at Julieta’s.

Where to Drink:

BAR ALEGRIA
@baralegriabarcelona
Expect vintage decor, atmospheric outdoor seating and live music at this long-standing venue, lauded for its tapas.

PARADISO
@paradiso_barcelona
For a taste of Barcelona’s anything-goes nightlife, discover the secret bar hidden behind a fridge door in a pastrami shop in one of the city’s most fun neighbourhoods.

CÀMPING
@camping_bcn
Located just a few skips from the beach, this is where Barcelona’s cool crowd orders a sangria at sunset.

Where to Stay:

The Hoxton Hotel
@thehoxtonhotel
A stay at The Hoxton’s newest outpost - located in the creative neighbourhood of Poblenou - is sure to give you a real flavour of local Barcelona life. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, complete with checkerboard tiles, enjoy design-led rooms infused with influences from the Med, and order tacos at the in-house restaurant.

What to See:

MUSEO DEL DISSENY
@museudeldisseny
This museum is a must for design lovers, exploring the history of design through everyday objects.

MOCO MUSEUM
@mocomuseum
16th century architecture meets modern-day art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Banksy and Basquiat.

MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION
@fundaciomies
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, this impressive marble and glass pavilion celebrates the best of design.

WIN a Barcelona Mini-Break

To celebrate the opening of The Hoxton’s brand new Barcelona hotel, enter for a chance to win a two night stay, plus £500 to spend at Trouva.
Enter the competition
To celebrate the opening of The Hoxton’s brand new Barcelona hotel, enter for a chance to win a two night stay, plus £500 to spend at Trouva.
Enter the competition