Well, the inevitable happened, y’all. I turned 25. Am I more mature? Considering I ate a happy meal the other day, probably not. I did have a beer with it, so maybe I’m halfway to adulthood. I should probably have a job, 401k, my own health insurance, other adult things.. but ya know, here I am, unemployed and living in my parents’ basement.
However, we celebrated my birthday in Barcelona, which significantly eased the pain of turning a quarter-of-a-century. If you’ve read our previous two posts on Barcelona, you know it is absolutely one of our favorite cities. And this trip just re-enforced why we love it so much.
We rented an apartment from AirBnB (the only way to go) in the Eixample district, and it was the absolute perfect location. We were close to a main metro stop (the metro in Barcelona is phenomenal and so easy to use – the L3 will take you to all of the main areas), as well as tons of restaurants and Passeig de Gracia, which has wonderful shopping and architecture.
We spent our days wandering the city, drinking sangria, and eating – a lot. At night, we visited our favorite bars and discotecas, and spent the wee hours of the morning on the beach. Le Cyrano and L’Ovella Negra are still some of our favorite places to grab a drink. Overall, it was a wonderful birthday trip, and we were so sad to leave, but know we will be back soon. I’ll leave a combined list of the new places we went to this trip, as well as the ones we visited last year, but to read more about why we love Barcelona so much, check out these posts: pt. 1 / pt. 2.
One thing I noticed this time while visiting, which I thought was an excellent tourism tactic, was the city was equipped with free wifi (BarcelonaWifi), which you could access at random hotspots. It was really easy to connect, and although the wifi was slow at times, it was nice if we needed to check Google Maps…or Instagram.
Bo-de-B: amazing bocadillo place near the beach. Tons of fresh protein and toppings. If you can snag a table inside then you have the opportunity to order from a more extensive menu, but getting the bocadillos to-go and eating on a park bench is also totally acceptable and just as delicious.
Bohemic: check out our full recap from a previous trip here.
Balthazar: this was right around the corner from our apartment, and while the service was lackluster, the food made up for it. We shared 6-7 plates between three of us, as well as a liter of wine, and the total bill was 38 euro. Good food at a good price, can’t be beaten.
Milk: we were told to go for brunch, but we went for dinner and chowed down on a wonderful appetizer plate with fresh hummus, mozzarella, and pesto among other things while we sipped on fresh and unique cocktails. For dinner, we had decadent burgers that boasted ingredients straight from La Boqueria. It’s a tiny place, so reservations are recommended. Go for brunch if you can and let us know what you think!
Travel & Cake (aka Brunchelona): we saw “Brunchelona” written on the door late one night and knew we had to get there the next day. I mean, a whole restaurant dedicated to brunch? Sounds good to me. The food was so good we ate there twice. If you only get one thing, get the avocado n’ feta dip – it’s like a creamy, tangy, delicious spin on guacamole.
Maur: check out our full recap from a previous trip here.
Manolete: we dined here for my birthday and so glad we did. Two words: patatas bravas. We ordered one portion for an appetizer, and then ordered a second it was so good. Unlike traditional bravas, which are served with fried potatoes, Manolete served theirs with tender new potatoes and a garlicky aioli and smoky bravas sauce. The mains were just as good, as was the lemon meringue pie.
(there are literally so. many., but here are our favorites):
Le Cyrano: check out more here, but the jist: pay 3 euro, pour your own drink, and eat free popcorn all night – please and thank you.
L’Ovella Negra: check out more here.
Opium: the most famous discoteca in Barcelona. It’s right along the beach and is serious fun. We went on my birthday to see Steve Aoki and paid 30 euro to skip the line and get in, thanks to a coupon from a promoter. However, if there isn’t a popular DJ, you can normally add your name to the guest list online and get in free until 2 am. Be prepared to take a long siesta the next day, considering you may not get home until the sun comes up, but in Barcelona, that’s completely acceptable.
Here’s to year 25!