This is a very civilised restaurant in a converted wine cellar. Quiet, not flashy or pretentious, simply good service and good food. Not too lengthy or elaborate menu, but a high standard and well presented. Medium to high price.
Angels 8; tel 933 022 680
First opened in 1925, and recently renovated, this is quite simply Barcelona's finest hotel. Sitting atop Tibidabo, it rises 300m above the city, offering spectacular views, and the opportunity to walk in the surrounding hills. Wallet-emptyingly expensive, it's one of those places that, if you have to ask the price, you know you can't afford. Which is why it's popular with the likes of Harrison Ford.
Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-89; Tel: 93 259 30 00; www.hotellaflorida.com/
There are three, three-star restaurants all within easy reach of Barcelona - El Raco de Can Fabes in Sant Celoni, Sant Pau in San Pol de Mar and El Bulli near Roses. Your chances of getting into El Bulli are slim, but the other two offer some of the best food in Europe.
If your budget can't stretch to three-stars, but you're after some inventive, exciting food, then try the evening menu at OT in Gracia. The eight course tasting menu should only cost you 45 euros and the staff and restaurant itself are charming.
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