Category Archives: Spain

Eclipse at W hotel

Just like a real eclipse, this Barcelona hotspot is hard to miss. When the W hotel opened its doors in 2009, the stunning architecture of this high-rise building instantly changed Barcelona’s skyline. The hotel’s rooftop bar Eclipse quickly became the place-to-be for local trendsetters and global jetsetters, where they sip their cocktails and dance into the early hours. Eclipse has a lounge-style interior and offers unparalleled views of the Mediterranean sea and shoreline from the 26th floor. Depending on the line-up, Eclipse is the perfect stop before hitting the Barceloneta clubs or maybe even stay until closing time. We promise you, with these views it’s hard to get bored. If you are impressed by the mixologist’s magical cocktail making skills, try the Eclipse masterclasses the next day.

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Barcelona is a port city. And since the ocean explains the very existence of Barcelona, you should try to eat fish at the beach at least once during your visit. For this purpose, restaurant Agua is the ultimate destination. Agua is located on the fashionable Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta; you won’t find a better ocean view in a nicer neighbourhood. The swanky interior has a Hamptons-meets-tropics touch to it, with spacious, bright coloured rooms and ethnic details. Reserve a table on the outside terrace and order the catch of the day while sipping on your Spanish wine. La buena vida – Barcelona style! We recommend to come here around lunch time if you want to avoid the younger (and louder) crowds since Passeig Maritim is known for its vibrant club scene.

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Naia Bistro

Naia is an enjoyable bistro that is highly recommended by locals but fortunately not (yet) overly mentioned in tourist guides. It’s located on a charming cobblestone square in the Latin Quarter of Madrid. The outside terrace is very inviting and most groups tend to linger until late in the evening. Inside seating is just as delightful, with wooden floorboards and mismatched chairs to create a cosy, rustic ambiance. The menu boasts wonderful Mediterranean dishes such as foie shavings with Ruby port reduction, red tuna tartare with avocado ceviche and monkfish over truffle and egg risotto. Portions are generous and the food is presented beautifully – definitely not what you would expect for main courses that are all under € 20! These people definitely know their foods, which might explain the periodic table of food on the window… Make a reservation to avoid disappointment. You don’t want to miss out on that Cheesecake de “Oreo” now, do you?


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La Fonda

The expression worth waiting for definitely applies to this Barcelona classic! Since La Fonda does not accept reservations you are most likely joining the queue outside in order to get a table. For years this has been a popular place amongst locals for its cheap and tasty dishes, elegant interior and pleasant atmosphere. Even though La Fonda is located in the touristic Gothic Quarter and carries English menus, this place is far from touristy. Their specialty is Paella Mixta but all other Catalan classics they serve – all under ten euros – are worth trying too. Whether it’s because you get your money’s worth or the fact that you’re thrilled to finally get a table – an evening at La Fonda always turns out to be a success. To improve your chances, avoid the busiest times (between 9:00 and 10:00PM) to cut your waiting time.

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Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete is the perfect escape from all Rambla tourist traps. After shaking off all persistent – if not aggressive – restaurant owners you quickly flee into this quiet little street to discover tradional dishes in a great old-school decor. Most seating is directly at the bar, which forms the heart of the very long and very narrow restaurant. The lack of tourists just makes everything so much better. High quality food, the friendliest staff of all Barcelona and a perfectly organized chaos. Although at the bar you’re not able to look directly at the rest of your party, there are so many other details that catch your gaze. All dishes are tapas size and are prepared right in front of you where you have a full view of the kitchen. Their specialty is (shell)fish but the few meat dishes they serve are mouth-watering too. No wonder this place has become one of the most popular Barcelona restaurants in such a short time!


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Pan de Lujo

Although this restaurant is situated in the most famous shopping street Calle De Jorge Juan, it is a true find that rarely appears in Madrid guide books…BIG mistake. Squeezed in between a shoe store and club Egö, the entrance does not suggest the size and grandeur of this restaurant. The large dining area in the back comes with an adjoining patio garden with a (not for swimming) pool. The service is excellent, the food exquisite. A good suggestion are the truffled Albondigas (meatballs) accompanied by one of the Spanish wines from their prestigious collection. The modern interior is rich in glass, from the wine cabinets to the walls surrounding the garden to…the restrooms. Although Pan de Lujo offers lunch too, be sure to come here after sundown to fully experience the restaurant’s unique lighting that changes in colour. Book well in advance to be seated near the pool. Dress smartly, bring your friends, lover or business acquaintance and enjoy a perfect evening out in the elegant Salamanca neighbourhood of Madrid.


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