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Marina, you are a Barcelona insider (did you grow up in Barcelona?!)! What are your 3 secret hot spots to escape the tourists in the Ramblas?
Yes! I did grow up in Barcelona, and I really know what is it like to walk within all those tourists wandering across Ramblas or Portal de l’Àngel. To escape those super crowded places, you can’t miss the surroundings of Montjuïc, which is full of different gardens that are never too full of people. You should also stop by the beach: even if it is a little crowded, the views are beautiful and the promenade is really enjoyable. As a third place, I would definitely recommend the Barri Gòtic to get lost on its little streets and explore the heart of the city.
Park around Montjuïc
Could you let us know your fav restaurants around town? Where should we go for a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner?
If you love cereal for breakfast there is a place called El Flako, which has over a hundred different types of cereal to mix. I go there once in a while and it’s really delish! If you want something more typical form here there are a lot of cafeterias near Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal, where you’ll sure find some pa amb tomàquet and other typical foods to have a snack.
About lunch/dinner, you should for sure go to Vinitus, as it has a lot of different tapas typical from here. I also love Pez Vela, where you can eat one of the best paellas from Barcelona and it’s also got fantastic views! Some other places I also love are Flax&Kale, Brunch&Cake or Alsur Café, where you can not only have some delicious brunches but also lunch or dinner, or just a little snack. Some of my favourites for sure!
Barcelona is surrounded by beautiful beaches - what is your go-to-beach off the beaten track?
There are two beautiful beaches I go to every time I can go out of Barcelona: Sitges and Castelldefels. Castelldefels has a beautiful super long beach which tends to be mostly empty, and you can see a beautiful sunset from there. Even though it’s usually kind of windy, it’s totally worth it.
Sitges has lovely beaches as well, but my favourite is the one on the pictures: it’s a little separate from the others as you have to get there passing by some rocks, so it’s never too crowded either. Moreover, Sitges is a lovely village which you can’t miss if you come here!
Last but not least - We love vintage (& sustainable fashion)! Is there a vintage shop (and/or a concept store with a focus on sustainability) in town that we shouldn’t miss out on?
Sadly, there are not a lot of vintage shops in Barcelona, or at least not ones where you can find a lot of good things, but the one I sometimes go to search for bargains is called Flamingos, in Carrer Tallers. It’s one of the biggest vintage shops here (at least that I know about) and it does have a lot of things, so I would totally recommend it if you come here sometime!