A hip and glamorous weekend in Barcelona


Article updated 25 November, 2019. 0 comments

Creative, open-minded and inspiring, Barcelona is a very hip city. Here are our top picks for a truly glamorous weekend!

glamorous Boca Chica

Over the last few years, trendy spots of all genres have been popping up all over Barcelona. Traditionally located on the north side of the town (around Avigunda Diagonal and in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi), they’ve been spreading across the city. Here are our top tips for a truly glamourous stay.

Finding a great place to stay

High-end locations: from 90 euros/room/night

Barcelona offers plenty of great hotels. Looking for a designer on the city’s most prestigious avenue? Sixtytwo is the hotel for you.

pool ofelias glamorous weekend

If you’re looking for somewhere elegant and cosy, the Ofelias should do the trick.

  • For more options, see our selection of charming, designer and luxury hotels in the Accommodation section.

Budget travel: from €25

There are plenty of other options which are cheaper, but still charming. Try the Violeta Boutique or Hotel Market.

lounge casa gracia glamorous weekend

The Casa Gràcia youth hostel is another great option.

  • Travelling in a group of 4 or more? Consider renting an apartment, a comfortable and budget-friendly option.

Found somewhere to stay? Time to explore!

Saturday: shopping, lunch al fresco and a Vespa adventure!

Discover local designers

Barcelona is home to a whole host of young, local designers: devote your Saturday morning to discovering their work, from clothes to home décor.

There are lots of other unique boutique shops on the same street, and the whole area is a great place for window-shopping!

Lunch al fresco or at the market

terrace duquesa de cardona glamorous weekend

  • Looking for an elegant and refined terrace as your destination for lunch? Take a look at our list and pick your favourite hotel terrace.
  • If it’s a foodie experience in an unusual setting you’re after, then try the Mercat Princesa, halfway between a restaurant and a market and bursting with fresh produce!

Go for a ride on a Vespa

How about a relaxing afternoon exploring Barcelona on a Vespa? It’s like Roman Holiday, Barcelona-style!

vesping glamorous weekend

The concept of Vesping is fun and simple: the company rents out Vespas, with a GPS loaded with pre-programmed routes. You’ll discover some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights with no risk of getting lost.

Dive into Barcelona’s glamourous nightlife

  • Start out with dinner at a trendy restaurant such as Bestial (with its seafront terrace) or any of the restaurants on the Passatge de la Concepció: there’s plenty of choice! Note that prices are fairly steep: a main course will set you back between 20 and 30 euros.

dry-martini glamorous wekend

  • Next, onto the Bocachica cocktail bar, which is also on the Passatge de la Concepció, a little hidden street which links the Passeig de Gràcia to the Rambla Catalunya. The bar offers a pretty special experience, as the barmen will make you something tailored specially to your tastes. The same concept is on offer at Dry Martini, a quasi-mythical institution. Budget-wise, allow around 15 euros for a cocktail.
  • To finish the evening on the right note, head to Carrer Tuset for a big night out at Sutton or Bling Bling. If you’re looking for something more atmospheric, head for Opium.

Sunday: late breakfast, beaches and sea-side entertainment

Breakfast/lunch on the sea front

surf house glamorous weekend

Start your Sunday right at Surf House Barcelona (NB: it only opens at noon), for waffles, burgers or fresh juices.

A quiet afternoon at the beach

You won’t need to go far for the rest of the day – just choose a spot of beach! The most “classy” area is Sant Sebastià, in front of Hotel W.

Evening entertainment

Stay on the same beach for dinner at El Gallito, a restaurant which specialises in rice in all its forms (arroç caldoso, paella etc.) and offers spectacular views across the bay.

wet deck glamorous weekend

From June to September, the atmosphere at El Gallito heats up from 6pm, with live DJ sets. Hotel W also plays host to the Wet Deck Summer Series during the summer months, from 8pm on Sunday evenings. Get in free by joining the guest list on Facebook, getting there on time and dressing appropriately.

Weather permitting…

If the weather doesn’t want to cooperate with your beach plans, try Barceló Raval or Brunch&Cake, two fabulous brunch spots. Later, visit some of Barcelona’s iconic attractions, open on Sundays, including Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera… Not bad for a Plan B!

Note that museums offer free entry on Sundays from 3pm. If that’s not really your thing, how about a spot of shopping? The chic la Roca outlet or the Maremagnum shopping centre are both open almost every Sunday (something of a rarity in Barcelona).

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?