We chanced upon this gorgeous apartment in the central Born area. Initially we were looking for the boutique hotel experience, but found this to be a much more exclusive, original and affordable option.
Very nice shopping on the Paseo de Borne, we loved Custo Barcelona, and The Mix is a great cocktail lounge bar nearby!
Medium size, you can usually get a seat although it gets quite packed.
Gritty with a good healthy crowd, DJ spinning at the back with a very good taste funky/disco/indie rock.
Film projections on the walls. Drinks are cheap. Dirtily-hip, a lot of skaters hang out here, quite like the Raval neighbourhood. Info on BCN areas:
Manolo bar is Moog's answer to pre-club bar as you can pick up the free entry fliers here. Shuts at 3am.
It's 2 minutes from Las Ramblas.
Turn onto Nou de La Rambla off Las Ramblas. Take the first street on your left, Calle Lancaster, its 20 metres down on the left.
This is a large open-air market/flea market about five minutes on the Metro from the centre. It's open Mon, Weds, Fri and Sat until about 2.30pm.
Go at lunch and scoop up some great bargains. This is the best market ever for bartering; most vendors start with stupid "tourist" prices but you can talk them down to just a couple of euros for stuff, especially near closing.
Good area guide for Barcelona:
Getting to the market: Red line to Metro Glories exit the station and walk around the roundabout with the little monument and go under the underpass.
We went as a group staying in a brilliant apartment, Vista Real, on the fifth floor, with a veranda on two levels on the roof overlooking Plaza Real.
You could see the whole city and sit up there at night. It was really well designed and had an old Victorian bath.
We found the place at www.way2stay.com who were great.
It's always busy in the square - with good rock club Sidecar and hip-hop bar 13 and Jamboree, also it's just beside Las Ramblas and completely in the central area.
We went on a good bar/club crawl on Carrer Escudeller as well, which has more locals and less tourists. Barcelona rules!
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