Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in Europe. Australian founder of the Spanish Federal Cafés, Tommy Tang, who made the Catalan capital his home more than 20 years ago, knows this too. Meanwhile he is an expert on the city and reveals his insider tips in this article. Vamos!
BEST TRAVEL TIME FOR BARCELONA
Barcelona is a fantastic city when spring is just around the corner: the rooftop bars open one after the other, and it’s a great time to take walks on the beach and enjoy the sun.
SAGRADA FAMILIA AND SURROUNDINGS
Definitely pre-book your tickets for the Sagrada Familia online. Right near the Sagrada is the Hospital Sant Pau, a magnificent complex with wonderful gardens and a small café. Following that, continue on to Passeig de Sant Joan. Simply breathtaking!
BEST LUNCH IN BARCELONA
Insider tip for a perfect lunch: El Viti Taberna. They have a huge selection of outstanding preserved seafoods; these are very popular and generally of very high quality in Spain. And I love their "pan de cristal" bread with tomatoes and garlic.
MUST-SEES IN BARCELONA
The Joan Miró Museum at the foot of Montjuïc: it’s home to Alexander Calder’s Mercury Fountain, a truly deadly work of art. Then there’s the CaixaForum with exhibitions by international contemporary artists, as well as the more locally focussed La Virreina Centre de la Imatge.
BARCELONA'S SECRET HOTSPOT
At Montjuïc, near the edge of town – I love the dense vegetation. And on top, you have a gorgeous view across the city all the way to the sea and the mountains from the wonderful Plaça d’Europa, which is virtually deserted in the morning.
BEST TAPAS IN BARCELONA
The best tapas in town can definitely be found at Lolita Taperia. It was made famous by Albert Adrià and now serves modern interpretations of classic Catalan tapas.
BEST RESTAURANT IN BARCELONA
Gorría, a very nice classic place with Basque cuisine that leaves you feeling very happy.
BEST VIEW ACROSS BARCELONA
From the very cool rooftop terrace of the hotel The Barcelona Edition. Java, a Catalan champagne, is especially recommended there and should not be missed while enjoying the view.
BEST HOTEL IN BARCELONA
Hotel Brummell by Christian Schallert, a quiet retreat between the city centre and Montjuïc. And Casa Camper, run by the synonymous Mallorcan footwear company - it’s urban, sexy, and right in the thick of things.
Walk along the famous La Rambla, enjoy the sweet smell of churros and end your day with a beautiful sunset at the sea. Sounds good? Then book your flight with Austrian Airlines right now and discover the Catalan capital soon: