taken from the top of the Sagrada Familia
AbroadFest is almost here, which means if you’re coming to Barcelona there’s a few things you should probably get in order before visiting! Since you’ll only be visiting for a few days it’s pertinent that you try to see as much as you can while you’re visiting. Here is a guide to the miraculous city full of things you should check out (besides the inside of a club) during your stay.
Clubs of AbroadFest
Shoko– Some of my favorite nights have been here- it’s the hub for Blackout Mondays (#NoF*cksGiven) and it’s right on the beach! It has an enclosed outside space and is filled with great vibes and good drinks. I recommend getting a pitcher of Sangria for 25 euro.
Under Club– You’ll be coming here to see Borgeous, which is perfect because the venue is perfect for shows! I saw R3hab here and it was insanely fun! There’s two bars (one in the middle and one along the wall) and the DJ booth is front and center of the club, visible for everyone!
Razzmatazz– I’m going to be completely honest- I actually haven’t been here yet. I’ve been saving my experience to go here for AbroadFest to get the full experience but my friends who have been there said it’s their favorite club (anytime I even mention the name they cry about how much they love it) plus this is where Madeon is playing so expect it to get insane.
Danzatoria– Although it’s a new club, Danzatoria is the perfect venue for shows. The dancefloor is big, the VIP section is also big and there are two bars, so what’s not to like? One of my good friends had his birthday party here and everyone swears by it being one of the best nights of abroad!
The Room– So many awesome nights have started here! It’s right next to the Casino and right down the street from Shoko and CDLC (Carpe Diem). It’s a convenient spot to pregame on nights you go to either of those places plus if you’re in the area during the day and are looking for a bite to eat they have a food menu (anything they serve with chicken on the menu is fuego). I recommend ordering a “Kike Barcelona” shot- muy delicioso!
Want to pregame somewhere?
George Payne- an American-esque bar! Usually people come here to watch American sports (like the Superbowl)
Pippermints– the drinks are HUGE here! No, seriously- go and see for yourself. Not only are they big but they’re delicious- the Sangria will give you quite the hangover though….
Chupito’s- this place offers really unusual but fun and delicious shots! This bar is like an experience so if you want to ensure a good night I recommend pregaming (or pre-pregaming) here!
IceBar- this bar is literally made of ice but for 10 euro you get a free drink plus a coat and gloves, which isn’t too bad. It’s located right on the beach by Shoko so if you want to pregame close by and The Room is too crowded I recommend coming here!
Apparently it’s common knowledge that most people who come abroad don’t have the best eating experience in Barcelona… Hopefully these restaurants and cafes I’m going to list will save you from having a sh*tty meal. I’ll start with quick and easy places to grab a bite:
Nostrum– If you’ve found yourself low on cash because of AbroadFest come here! It’s fast food but it’s good food and it’s CHEAP. You can get like 10 things for 5 euro (that’s the credit card minimum). You walk in, grab a microwaveable plate, microwave it yourself and that’s pretty much it.
Wok To Walk– this place is essentially the Chipotle of Chinese fast-food. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in class and heard someone say, “Ugh, I really want Wok To Walk.”
Now for cafe’s….
Giulietta- my mouth might actually be drooling as I write this. I used to live right above this beautiful little cafe before I moved (two blocks away so it’s still convenient) and everything I have ever ordered here as been delicious. I recommend trying the pear and ricotta ravioli with green pesto sauce- yummm.
Granja Petitbo– this place is always packed so if you can find an open seat consider yourself lucky. Everything here is locally-sourced, fresh and delicious. They also take credit cards (no American Express though)!
Pudding- if Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) were to open up a cafe, it would be Pudding. This cafe has a full menu, free WiFi and the cutest set-up you’ll ever lay your eyes on!
Da Greco- I was treated for dinner one night and was taken here- it was amazing! It’s a pretty nice place too so if you want to ball out one night I recommend coming here.
Kibuka- my roommates and I are in love with this restaurant! The sushi is fresh and amazing, the miso soup is to-die-for and it’s located on a cute little street in Gracia!
Rosa Negra- some girls in my sorority swear by this place’s Mexican food! You can check out their Facebook page here.
If you’re feeling adventurous but are too lazy to leave your hotel, download UBEREATS in the app store and if you enter in the code “PIPOEATS” you can get a free meal! It comes in under 10 minutes so there’s no need to worry about a long wait.
If you’re not too hungover and are feeling touristy or adventurous here’s some places you should check out…
Sagrada Familia- this is the Holy Grail of stuff to see Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city! I recommend getting the audio guide too so you can get the full experience.
Parc Guell- yes, this is the place everyone’s cover photos on Facebook is from! It overlooks the city and was created by Gaudi.
The Beach- grab a bottle (or two) of wine and hit the beach right around sunset.
CDLC- during the day this lounge turns into the perfect daytime spot. Order a pitcher of Sangria, some food and make yourself at home on the big couches outside. Feeling stressed? Order a massage.
Do’s and Don’t’s!
Do: keep your bag zipped and close to you at all times! Unfortunately, Barcelona has some of the best pickpocketers in the world…
Don’t: jaywalk, especially at 8-lane cross-walks!
Do: take lots of pics! And make sure to #abroadfest por favor!
Don’t: go off adventuring by yourself! If you’re going to go off on your own let people know where you’re going.
Do: ask for the WiFi everywhere you go. Most places have it!
Don’t: wear revealing clothing. People dress pretty conservatively here…
Do: make an effort to speak the language!
Here’s some other stuff you should know before coming to Barcelona…
- Water is not complimentary here and can cost anything from 1.50 euro to 4 euro at a restaurant so consider carrying around your own bottle of water (just don’t be flashy about it when you go out to eat).
- The entire city appreciates silence after 10pm and they’re strict about it! Take it from someone with a noise violation (I’m not proud of it), avoid getting the police called on you by speaking softly and turning down the music after 10pm! Also leave your heels at the door!
- Be aware of your surroundings! Yes, Barcelona is infamous for pickpocketers so keep your eyes peeled for people with coats draped over their arms. It’s easy to slip something underneath there…
- Taxi drivers will try to rip you off by taking a longer route so make sure you appear confident when telling them the address and keep your English speaking to a minimum.
- The people here don’t dress for weather, they dress for the season, even if it’s 60 degrees outside people will be bundled up!
- People speak Catalan (a language similar but older than Spanish) here. If you listen closely it will sometimes sound like they’re speaking with a lisp. They say “Gracias” as “Grathias” and they pronounce it “Barthelona.”
Barcelona is a beautiful place with so much to see! If you’re here for a limited amount of days try to fit as much into your schedule as possible, despite the jetlag! Be careful and street smart and you’ll be sure to have an amazing time while you’re here! Venture out, meet people, make new friends and don’t forget to catch a sunrise on the beach (at least once)! #AbroadFest all of your pictures and moments!