Barcelona was our second stop in Spain. The wide streets and towering trees were reminiscent of Paris, and the culture was incredibly vibrant. We spent time in the Mercado de la Boquería, which of course I could not get enough of. Such a feast for the senses. I don't have many photos of the El Born neighborhood, which was probably my favorite spot. A bit like the Soho of Barcelona, there were tons of little alleyways filled with shops carrying all sorts of goods... many of the makers and artisans working right on site. I'd love to spend more time in El Born the next time. Until then...

If you plan to visit, a few spots worth checking out:

Brunch & Cake | Fantastic spot for breakfast, very welcoming staff. Worth the short wait. Snag an outside table at the window if you can. | 19, Carrer Enric Granados, 19

Ocaña | (first photo above) Beautiful spot for coffee or a drink, with an interesting scene on the plaza. | Plaça Reial, 13-15

Vaso de Oro | We received this recommendation from a few different sources. a must, with a small group. Long and narrow space filled with only locals and lots of beer. | Calle de Balboa, 6

La Guingueta | Beach bar in La Barceloneta, perfect for people watching! | Carrer del Comerç, 24

Boca Chica / Boca Grande | Highly recommend this spot. A must for cocktails (upstairs at Boca Chica) - the best Gin & Tonic. Dinner in the restaurant is also delicious. Incredible design throughout. We were not able to check out The Apartment upstairs, but do, if you can! | Passatge de la Concepció, 12

El Chiringuito Las Sardinitas | Open air, paella by the beach. | Av. de Litoral, 36

Monvinic Wine Bar | Beautiful place for a glass of wine and/or dinner. A bit rainy when we were there, but the terrace behind the bar may be the best spot. | Carrer de la Diputació, 249