The Three Kings Day 2018 in Barcelona

The Three Kings Day 2018 is one of the highlights of the Barcelona Christmas Season.  Its name in Catalan is Dia dels Tres Reis d’Orient, and is also known as The Epiphany in religious terms, and happens on the sixth day of January.

It is a major event in the Catholic Church’s Nativity agenda. Three Kings Day marks the arrival of the Three Wise Men of the Orient to the birthplace of Jesus at his stable in Bethlehem.  They came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newborn messiah, but in Barcelona, they arrive to give gifts to the city’s inhabitants.

For local kids here in Barcelona, Three Kings Day is even more special, as the focus of the day is on them and not really the grown-ups.  Rather like the traditional Father Christmas character in Northern Europe, children only receive gifts if they have been good all year long!  The city’s children also have to write a letter to the King’s Pages ahead of the Three Kings arrival to ensure they get the gifts they desire.

On the 5th of January, the Three Kings arrive in Barcelona with a spectacular street parade called La Cavalcada dels Reis d’Orient – which is a procession to symbolise the arrival of the Three Kings into Bethlehem mounted on their camels, each bearing their gifts for the baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day 2018

This year, they will arrive by boat at 4:30pm at the Moll de la Fusta.  After a welcome statement by city officials, the Three Kings begin a parade along the city streets.  This year, the Three Kings parade starts on Via Laietana at 6pm, snaking its way through the city, finishing at the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc at around 9:30pm.

The Three Kings parade features the Three Kings in their carnival style float among a whole collection of other floats and musical attractions, where the performers are laden with candy and sweets to throw at the children who catch them, normally in umbrellas that are held upside down.


After the parade has finished and before the children go to bed, they have to prepare some food and water for the Three Kings and their camels to take refreshment.  Normally unable to sleep with excitement, contemplating the next morning, the children will eventually settle to sleep and wake early the following morning, when they can see and open their gifts on Three Kings Day.

After the morning’s activities are over, the whole family will settle down for a very special lunch.  It is normally a four course sitting and traditional menus will begin with a buffet of tapas followed by a special soup and then a third course of meat or freshly cooked fish.

Then the pièce de résistance is served – Tortell de Reis (King’s Cake) – a puffy, circular, marzipan sponge cake filled with cream, resembling a King’s crown.  In fact there will be a crown in the centre and the cake is topped off with dried fruits symbolizing a crown’s jewels.

But the King’s Day tradition doesn’t stop there, because inserted into the cake are two objects – a bean and a figurine of the baby Jesus.  Whoever recovers the figurine gets to wear the crown and is called King for the day (also signaling that that person will have a very lucky year) and whoever gets the bean unfortunately has to pay for the cake!

As you can see, Three King’s Day 2018 will be a very special day indeed for the city’s children. So why not make your stay in Barcelona just as special by renting a luxury apartment during your stay.  We have a wide selection of apartments to rent all over the city, so why not opt for one on the Three Kings parade route?  See here for our selection of beautiful places to rent during these unique celebrations.

Barcelona New years Eve: Ready for the party?

Barcelona New years eve is around the corner. Where are you planning to go? Apart from the official events, like the gigantic New Year celebration at Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, there are some other great events on offer during the Barcelona New Year’s Eve festivities. 

Barcelona New years Eve: Best parties in town

Poble Espanyol Complex

A fine end of year party always takes place at the Poble Espanyol complex.  This year sees the  29th edition of the best Barcelona New Year’s Eve party.  Start the night bringing in the new year with the 12 chimes, grapes and cava in hand, ready to start a night of fun with new musical hits and some of the songs from the past.  Three spaces are prepared for the party and include Plaza Mayor, the Carpa and the VIP area, located in one of the most renowned nightclubs in the city – La Terrazzza.

Barcelona New Years Eve - Poble Espanyol

Sutton Club

For some special VIP treatment and nightlife elegance, then one of the best parties in Barcelona for New Years Eve has to be the Sutton Club’s 2018 celebrations.  There are 50 VIP tables and on this night, they maybe reserved from €1000 and have for the best views of the dance floors and the finest service for you and your friends.  DJs on the night are Albert Martin and Carlos Ramos in the main room.

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OneOcean Club & Bar

This place is a new private members club and restaurant built on the water alongside the super yachts in the heart of Barcelona’s Port Vell.  It is the place to be seen for Barcelona’s social elite.  It has fast become known for its fine service and marina views.  Seeing in the New Year here will be nothing short of spectacular.  Your ticket will include a gala dinner, live music performances, dance floor, delicious cocktails and many more surprises.  You can book your place and reserve your place at  €195 and celebrate your Barcelona New Year’s Eve in style.

Barcelona New Years Eve - One Ocean Bar

Sala Apolo

This is one the city’s finest venues, and is more than just a dancehall.  The complex located on Avinguda del Parallel, has music halls, a hotel, theatre, bars, gaming facilities, and offers an enviable and mixed billing every week.  The site has always been a centre for entertainment for more than 80 years, and today Sala Apolo is popular with big music names as well as with emerging local and international artists.  While the line-up for its end of year extravaganza is top secret, this will be one of the best Barcelona New Year’s Eve events.Barcelona New Years Eve

Harlem Jazz Club

 Credited as one of the top 10 Jazz clubs in the world by Forbes Magazine, Harlem Jazz, nestled in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, plays host to jazz, blues and swing bands from or touring in the city.  Regular bands include The Big Beat Swing Band & Sax Attack, Big Mama & Tota, JV & 2 Moons and Son de la Rambla.  The venue’s stage can easily house a large band and there is plenty of room to groove, with drinking tables situated close to the action.  But arrive early as spaces fill quickly over Barcelona New Year’s Eve.

Aurora at Velòdrom d’Horta

If you are partying through to the first day of the year, then Barcelona New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t stop in the early hours.  On the 1st of January, a new event featuring some of the best DJs on the planet will take place for the first time and is set to be an extravaganza at the old Olympic Cycling Racing Venue situated at Velòdrom d’Horta.  Superstars include US House DJ sensation Seth Troxler and rising Belgian Techno star, Amelie Lens.  Gates open at 16:00 hours, so you may have some time to catch up on some much needed sleep before the party starts again!

Barcelona New Years Eve - Velodrom D'horta

All in all, Barcelona is a city of fiesta, and whichever Barcelona New Years Eve event takes your fancy, make sure your stay is complete by choosing one of our beautiful apartments located throughout the city.  See our selection here.

 

Today Casa Vicens open its doors to the public

Today Casa Vicens open its doors to the public for the first time in its 130-year history.  The opening is one year over schedule due to some painstaking restoration work, but definitely worth the wait.

Casa Vicens, the first home designed by Gaudí

The building is the first home designed by the great Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.  The house was finished in 1885 and has always been a family home or summer house.  It was commissioned for a local merchant Manel Vicens i Montaner.  After he passed away, his widow sold it to the Jover family in 1899 and they resided in it, handing it down the family through the years.

In 2014 Casa Vicens was bought by MoraBanc & Amura Capital investing €4 million to bring the building back to its former glory.  The restoration process began in 2015 and fully conserves all the original features and rooms. The figure for the actual purchase of the building is undisclosed.

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Discover Casa Vicens

The new museum will pay homage to the famed architect and visitors will also learn more about Gaudí’s background; his life before designing Casa Vicens, his intellectual influences and his inspiration both during and after his studies.
The ceramic glaze brickwork on the exterior is influenced by Arabic and Medieval styles, also incorporating Gaudí’s personal decorative and symbolic themes. These were only discovered after removing a layer of white paint used to cover some of the original decoration and papiermache artwork.

The house retains a gallery, dining room and a smoking room which adjoin the gardens and newly installed side entrance all on the ground floor. The main façade features the reconstruction of the original fountain with its circular base for collecting the water, a main body and metal structure. As a result of various works over the years, the whole piece had disappeared, so the reconstruction of the fountain is based on photographs.

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The first floor of Casa Vicens is home to a permanent collection of Gaudí’s papers where visitors can discover several original pieces of his thoughts on architecture.  Anyone who knows Gaudí’s work will be aware that he rarely wrote about his opinions on architecture and design, so these are special treats for enthusiasts indeed.

There is also a live audiovisual projection about the architect, and depending on what time of year, there will be temporary exhibtions and other activities dedicated to different parts of Gaudí’s life and work.  Apart from Gaudí’s social, cultural and artistic context, visitors will be able to find out more about his projects prior to building this house – such as school projects, his city projects, religious projects and his first building and furniture designs.

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is a Unesco World Heritage Site, named among other works he designed such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Palau Güell, Palau de la Música and Hospital de Sant Pau.  It is located in the western part Gràcia and it is expected that approximately 150,000 people will visit the museum every year.

Here you can find all the information to get the tickets and prepear your visit: https://casavicens.org/

In fact, we have a wide selection of rental apartments located very close by, Check them out here

La Castanyada 2017 in Barcelona, The Chestnut Festival

La Castanyada 2017 is here! La Castanyada is a custom of eating roasted chestnuts and panellets (traditional Catalan sweets) during the 1st and 2nd of November.

This is a custom held deep in the hearts of Catalans since we are children. We observe this day in school years, not falling foul to the Halloween pageant and its pumpkin lanterns.  This tradition has been going for much longer and is hosted by the Castanyera – a kind of mythical good lady witch – who would sit behind her charcoal fire roasting chestnuts for everybody in her peasant rags.  Some of the traditions have also been borrowed from traditional funeral offerings that have long been forgotten in the passage of time.

Eat Roasted Chestnuts in La Castanyada 2017

La Castanyada 2017 is the survival of those traditions in a more modern form that pays homage to all of the Catalan Saints (1st November) and the Day of the Dead (2nd November).

La Castanyada 2017

The first day of La Castanyada would begin with the churches beginning a non-stop ringing of bells to warn the citizens on the arrival of the time to pray for their deceased.  The chestnuts are said to have been roasted for the bell-ringers who would be working all day, and that the chestnuts and sweet pieces were to replenish their strength and stave off the cold while they took turns to rest.

According to some sources, the tradition became more widespread across Catalunya and other regions of Spain and Portugal during the Eighteenth Century.  So if you are visiting Barcelona during this time, La Castanyada 2017 will be right on your doorstep, as virtually every street corner in the city will host a stall roasting chestnuts and sweet potatoes (moniato) for you to buy and eat right away in hot portions.

Try the Delicious Panellets in La Castanyada 2017

The best ones are almond-flavoured, candied fruit that are coated in pine nuts and are a typical meal for the La Castanyada 2017 celebration.  The origins of this part of the tradition are somewhat lost in history, but some ideas hint that this custom is linked to the blessing of loaves, which were deposited as an offering to family tombs in honour of the memory of the ancestors and also as food in their journey to the beyond.

Eat panallets in La Castanyada 2017

La Castanyada 2017 with all its beautiful tasting chestnuts and sweets is actually a communion celebration to worship deceased relatives.  Traditionally, while there will be many roasted chestnut vendors on the streets, it is not really a street-style festival.  It’s actually a very private moment for the Catalan family as they spend time together and pay respect to their lost ones.  In fact during La Castanyada, families would normally go to the cemetery and put flowers on the graves of their deceased family members and then spend the rest of the day at home, together.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be things going on the city.  Barcelona is one of the most vibrant places in Europe.  If you are looking to stay here during this time, or anytime even, we have a fantastic choice of holiday rental apartments to ensure that your trip is pleasant and comfortable.  Check our selection here.

One day in Montjuïc – Barcelona Travel Guide

One day in Montjuïc is time well spent if you have a few days to visit Barcelona.  There are many attractions on this historic site, including its castle sitting just over 180m above the city.
The castle served as the main protection for the old city harbour since circa 1640.  Apart from the castle, most of the other attractions in this area were created for Barcelona’s International Exposition in 1929 with more buildings added for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, including the main stadium.  2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Games.

Joan Miró Foundation (Museu Miró) – One day in Montjuïc

This space was completed in 1975 and was commissioned by Joan Miró i Ferrà, a Surrealist painter, sculptor and ceramicist from Barcelona who won international acclaim for his works.  He was originally a student of business, but after a nervous breakdown, he turned to being an artist and was one of the leaders of the Catalan Fauvist Period.  He wanted to create a space to encourage younger artists to create modern art – Espai 13.  A good way to get to the Miró is by using the Montjuïc Funicular Railway, which leaves from Paral.lel Metro station.

Poble Espanyol – One day in Montjuïc 

The complex is an array of 117 buildings themed on the “Spanish Town” and the whole area is classed as a museum that pays homage to the whole country’s architecture. It was due to be demolished after the great 1929 exposition, but after its success, the city decided to preserve it.  Poble Espanyol is a magical area of Montjuïc, where you can switch between the different styles of Spain’s rich heritage of construction design.  There are also exhibitions of craft, contemporary art and shops with gourmet products, concert venues, theatres and activities for children.  It is a maze of small streets and squares, with the grand entrance Porta d’Àvila, located just a short walk above the Montjuïc Fountains

Palau Sant Jordi – One day in Montjuïc

Completed in 1990, this was the indoor arena for Barcelona’s Olympic Games.  It is still used today for sports events and concerts, such as basketball, indoor tennis, swimming and indoor athletics.  It can comfortably fit 18,000 spectators for most events depending on use of the giant floor space.

Open air Greek Amphitheatre (Teatre Grec) – One day in Montjuïc 

This is a stunning recreation of a traditional Greek-style theatre, nestled in the woods on Montjuïc. It opened for performances during the 1929 exposition and hosts performances and shows during the summer months.  It is a major component of the city’s annual Greek Festival, but you may visit it outside of these months.

National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) – One day in Montjuïc 

This is located in the National Palace, just above the fountains and Plaça Espanya, which was built for the 1929 exposition.  It is an Italian-styled design and has some the finest displays of Romanesque and Gothic art collections in the world.  Everybody can experience their favorite art here, as the museum exhibits historic pieces of Catalan sculpture, portraits, mural paintings, carvings and metalworks. There is also a modern art collection and a photography display.

Montjuïc really has a lot going on with a wonderful mix of must-see attractions both old and new.  To really enjoy your stay more in Barcelona why not rent an apartment?  We have an excellent choice of apartments all over the city to suit your needs.

Festa Major de Gràcia, the bicentennial anniversary

Festa Major de Gràcia is around the corner! If you haven’t been to Gràcia, then the best time to go is during the annual Festa Major, which Gràcia celebrates every August 15-21.  Especially this year, as Gràcia celebrates its bi-centennial anniversary with over 1 million revelers expected to visit the celebrations this year.  Spain is famous for fiesta… it’s a way of life here, and Gràcia hosts a stunning event.

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The planning for Festa Major de Gràcia is delegated to around 20 different street or neighbourhood associations.  They are tasked with preparing the district to hold over 600 performances and many other activities, which include children’s workshops, puppet shows and kid’s fun fair rides among many other things to see and do which are great family options.

The agenda is actually a very guarded secret, but there are programmes available to buy that have all the information from the first day.  A good place to start is Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia as it is right in the centre of the all action.  It’s very lively all year round with bars surrounding the square and a beautiful clock tower in the middle.  Most of the main traditional events will take place there and the processions normally finish there too.  Two are worthy of particular mention, the Castellers and the Correfoc.

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Castellers – the creators of human towers – compete with each other all around the country to build the highest towers.  With determination triumphing over brute strength, participants climb on top of each other, interlocked into a delicate balancing act to get people to the highest point possible.  The Catalans are very good at building human structures.  The last few world records – 10 persons high – have been held firmly in the region.  These normally take place where Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia meets Plaça Rius i Taulet.

The traditional Correfoc is fiery dance spectacular on the last night with dracs (dragons), diables (devils), pyrotechnics and loud rhythmic marching percussion, all together  representing hell.  It’s an age-old tradition of devils dancing in a long procession through the Festa Major de Gràcia with groups of diables hoisting their pitchforks, or forques, with spinning fireworks that spray in all directions.  Unless you’e part of the procession, stay well back, as all the devils wear protective clothing and you might not.

correfoc

What sets Festa Major de Gràcia apart from others is the scenery and artwork.  The work begins many months before the event, even as soon as the previous year’s event finishes.  Local tradesmen and volunteers band into the associations, each representing a street or square in the neighbourhood, to become set-designers, together creating all the elaborate  décor that festoons streets and squares.

There is a competition between each association – which also includes a sports contest – so local pride is at stake as each association battles it out for the best-decorated street, the most coveted prize. Over the years there have been some fantastic pieces, yet this year the standard is expected to be even higher for the Bicentennial.

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Expect themed streets with huge papier maché displays suspended along the street above the heads of all passersby.  The residents don’t have to be in an association to compete either, as neighbours may also enter to win the contest for best-dressed balcony.  There will be street bars, local gastronomic delights, traditional dancing, as well as the live music concerts on most of the area’s squares and streets.

There are a great number of performers, mostly local to the neighbourhood.  The live music really takes off when the night draws in.  In the past, Festa Major de Gràcia has even hosted guest performers like Tom Jones in Plaça del Sol, which is one of the largest squares and is famous for musical performances which will entertain you with Catalan and international sounds.

Most importantly, the Fest Major de Gràcia is about community and tradition.  The people are very welcoming… the best thing to do is just take your time and take a walk through the neighbourhood, as Gràcia is easily navigable and the festival lasts for an entire week.

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Barcelona nightlife

Where does one go to explore the best in Barcelona nightlife? Here we give you some cool tips!

Barceloneta – Platja de Sant Sebastià

One of the most bustling areas for Barcelona nightlife has to be the Barceloneta beach.  A nice, easy stroll down Passeig de Joan de Borbó, and you reach the intersection with carrer de l’Escar where a long stretch of beach crosses your horizon.

Look right, and just through a palm tree formation, your gaze will fall on the Barcelona Beach Garden (operated by the Nass Group) on Platja de Sant Sebastià. It’s very welcoming, with both a terrace and a secluded garden area and serves wonderful cocktails, all at great prices.  There is also an extensive food menu if you feel peckish and the place is well known for its fresh seafood specials, mighty burgers or your favourite tapas tit-bits.

Further down the promenade, one of hottest Barcelona nightlife venues rises up in front of you at the end of Platja de Sant Sebastià – the W-Hotel.  The sail-shaped, reflective building is unmissable, dominating the city’s skyline.  It boasts a selection of venues and restaurants, drinks and music.  Try the Salt Deck bar, or the Wet Deck bar, or for the more adventurous, try the Eclipse Bar on the 26th floor and dance the night away in a discothèque with a brid’s-eye view of the city.

Barcelona nightlife - Hotel W

Dreta de L’Eixample

If the beach is not your thing, then Dreta de L’Eixample and Sarrià – Sant Gervasi have great places to try out.  By following the famous Carrer de Muntaner until it meets Avinguda Diagonal, you will find a true Barcelona nightlife favourite – Café Berlin.  If you sit on the terrace, you will literally see the world go by!

Another idea after this, would be to head down Avinguda Diagonal a couple of blocks to discover one of the most fabulous clubs in Barcelona nightlifeThe Sutton Club on carrer Tusset.  It’s a deluxe nightclub that hosts world class DJs such as Roger Sanchez or David Guetta on a regular basis.  Book your VIP table early and dress to impress to ensure entry.  In this area there are a whole host of venues, and from (t)here is it easy to head to Carrer Lincoln for Otto Zutz Club, or even into the Gràcia district, famous for its grand festival every August.  This year Festa Major de Gracia is from 15th to 21st of August. From

Barcelona nightlife - Otto Zutz

Barcelona City Centre

Of course, no visit to the city is complete without a walk down La Rambla.  You won’t be alone either, as this is the busiest street in the city, which hustles and bustles twenty-four-seven.  Located near the bottom of it – just past the McDonald’s, but not as far as Burger King – you will see two very famous clubs on your right-hand side… Boulevard (No 27) with 3 rooms of music ranging from pop, hip-hop, reggaeton and commercial electronic vibes.  Or, for more underground house and techno then it has to be R33 (No33). It hosts some the hottest DJs such as Sasha or Nick Curly.

Opposite these venues is the first ever Gaudí construction in Barcelona – Plaça Reialtransporting you back to an early era with a Cuban styled square.  You could say this a central hub for Barcelona nightlife where you will find some the city’s oldest surviving concert venues and underground clubs on every corner of the square… Jamboree (R&B and Jazz) and Sidecar (Indie Rock and live bands) are great examples.  But there are more venues scattered on each side of the square and even more, situated down the back streets, that lead away from it.

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This is certainly not all the Barcelona nightlife on offer, but these selections are extremely popular spots, both with locals and visitors alike.

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Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona: restaurants with one star

The Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona with one star range from superb local cuisine to the avant-garde. There is exquisite dining no matter where you are or what your taste. Here are the Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona with one star to whet your appetite.

 

Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona with one star:

Alkimia

Alkimia caters both for diners looking for modern gastronomy without the exclusivity, and those after the haute Catalan cuisine that the name is known for such as green beans and a salt cod brandade with wasabi. Famously a ‘chef’s chef’, Jordi Vilà’s receives visitors from visiting chefs and dedicated foodies, however it’s only open during the week.

Alkimia michelin starred restaurant in barcelona

Angle

Angle’s dining area sweeps up 3 stories to the skylight, offering the best views of any Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona. Their red chairs are perfectly offset against the white linen tablecloths and their menu features some elements of the near (cured egg yolk with Iberian meats) and the far (Thai style roast market fish with small Norway lobster and young leek).

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Caelis

Featuring an elegant black and gold dining room, Caelis boasts an extensive wine selection and will help you pair them with innovative dishes such as Black squid ravioli with emulsion of coconut milk and citrus.

Caelis Barcelona restaurant with one michelin star

Cèleri

If you find Spanish cuisine to be a bit too centred around meat and fish, you can still enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona. Without being strictly vegetarian nor vegan, Céleri places organic, seasonal vegetables at center stage, using organic meat or seafood as an embellishment. The dishes are named simply; spinach, green beans and potatoes.

Celeri Restaurant barcelona

Cinc Sentits

Cinc Sentits means ‘5 senses’ and this Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona aims to stimulate all five senses, visually with their stunning, gold-fringed dining room and gastronomically with their distinctive version of classics such as surf and turf (crispy pork cheeks, saffron aioli and grilled squid) and paella with scorpion fish.

Cinc sentits barcelona michelin starred restaurant

 

Disfrutar

For one of the most innovative Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona, head to the modernist district of Eixample, where you can find Disfrutar. The name means ‘enjoy’ and the first delight is the building itself; an impressive space that captures the spirit of the Mediterranean with clay, ceramics and wrought iron. El Bulli’s former chefs continue the techno-emotional cooking with mind-bending innovations such as macaroni à la carbonara with ham jelly.

Disfrutar Barcelona restaurant one michelin star

Dos Palillos

Another example of Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona run by El Bulli alumni; Dos Palillos in Raval. The restaurant reflects the neighborhood’s mix of inner city urban edge and trendy modernism. The El Bulli ethos continues with an emphasis on the raw material and a delicate balance between simplicity and complexity. Its selection includes recognizable dishes such as spring rolls and dumplings, as well as the more daring anglerfish liver marinated in sake, steamed and served with ponzu sauce.

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Hisop

The décor at Hisop is minimalist blonde wood and white linen, letting the dishes take center stage. Their selection centres around meat (pork cheek with chanterelles and green curry) and seafood (red mullet with molluscs mayonnaise), presented in innovative ways. This is Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine at its finest.

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Hofmann

Such is Hofmann‘s dedication to fine dining and hospitality that it has its own school, setting the standard for Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona. The Hofmann brand also includes bakeries and bistros. The Hofmann restaurant is where it all comes together, be wowed by their strawberry soup with avocado tartare, anchovies and spicy ice cream.

Restaurant Hofmann

Hoja Santa

For something spicier, Hoja Santa serves Mexican cuisine of the highest standard, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona serving Mexican cuisine. The dishes are traditional; mole, tacos, prawns and pork ribs, arranged on the plate like miniature abstract sculptures.

Hoja Santa Restaurant barcelona

Nectari

For more distinctive Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona; a hummingbird and a hibiscus are Nectari‘s motif, and their inspired versions of traditional dishes such as butifarra (Catalan sausage) are adorned with flowers. Dining in Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona needn’t cost a fortune: their lunch special is just 35€ per person (plus tax).

REstaurant Nectari Barcelona michelin star

Pakta

One of the most exotic Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona is Pakta in Poble Sec. Ferran’s brother Albert Adrià mixes Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. The space is like a Japanese tavern (izakaya) embellished with colorful Peruvian rugs, and the menu features ceviche and sushi amongst other emblematic dishes of Nikkei (Japanese Peruvian) cuisine.

Restaurant pakta barcelona

Restaurant Gaig

Restaurant Gaig’s minimalist wooden dining room epitomizes Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona, it’s both creative and classic. Don’t miss its signature cannelloni with truffle cream and charcoal grilled foie-gras on brioche.

Restaurant Gaig Barcelona

Roca Moo

Roca Moo has a unique feel; bare trees line the walls, much like you are sitting on a terrace on a very classy Barcelona street. It aims to break down the barriers between chef and diner by putting the finishing touches on their spectacular dishes (suckling lamb with Idiazábal mozzarella) right at the table.

Roca Moo restaurant

Tickets

Probably the most famous Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona. El Bulli’s spirit lives on in Tickets, Sant Antoni. Tickets serves its own version of tapas from all over Spain, offering the choice of dishes to eat with your fingers (air waffle with basil, scamorza cheese and pine nuts), a spoon (saffron sponge with red mullet broth) or to share (crunchy octopus with kimchi mayonnaise and pickled cucumber). Such is its popularity however, bookings need to be made months in advance.

Tickets restaurant barcelona

Via Veneto

Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona don’t have to mean minimalism; Via Veneto‘s opulent décor speaks of its 50 years of expertise; it recently celebrated it’s 50th birthday and offers a tasting menu that is a culinary journey through their history, from 1960 (lobster with cardinal sauce) to 2017 (grilled asparagus with parmesan chantilly and Tahitian vanilla).

Via Veneto restaurant barcelona

Xerta

Xerta brings you the flavors of the Delta d’Ebre, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona to do so. Relax in their zen-like cream and grey dining room and treat yourself to slow-cooked Delta eel with aubergine, miso and black garlic.

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These are a unique mix, that reflects the cosmopolitan diversity of the city itself. Enjoy the fine dining that the city has to offer!

Have you ever been in any of these exquisite Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona?