Where Sandra Oh lost - and found - herself in Barcelona
Hotel España, moderate, 011-34-93-318-1758
Peru Playa, inexpensive, 011-34-97-126-7713
Bar Leo, Andalusian, inexpensive, 011-34-93-225-1566
Ca l'Aguilera, inexpensive, 011-34-93-319-9050
Cal Pinxo, expensive, 011-34-93-221-5028
El Vaso de Oro, tapas, inexpensive to moderate, 011-34-93-319-3098
Kaiku, inexpensive to moderate, 011-34-93-221-9082
Casa Batlló, 011-34-93-216-0306, www.casabatllo.es
Fundació Miró, 011-34-93-443-9470, www.bcn.fjmiro.es
La Pedrera, 011-34-93-484-5900, www.lapedreraeducacio.org
Parc Güell, 011-34-93-317-3974
Mas Sorrer, Gualta, www.massorrer.com
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Where we lose - and find - ourselves in Barcelona
Hotel Banys Orientals, inexpensive to moderate, 011-34-93-268-8460. This small, modern hotel is in our favorite Barcelona neighborhood - El Born. It's in our favorite price range too. We especially loved the free chilled bottles of water in the room and the meals at the adjoining restaurant.
Hotel Constanza, moderate, 011-34-93-270-1910. Looking for some urban solitude but don't want to be too far from shopping, sights, and more? Consider the Constanza, a stylish spot with bold-colored walls and white linens and situated on a shady residential street in the Eixample district.
Formatgeria La Seu, inexpensive, 011-34-93-412-6548. When you're not in the mood for a full meal, consider a wine-and-cheese tasting at this popular cheese shop. The owner may hail from Scotland, but she spent five years studying the local products and sells only the best of the bunch.
Suquet de l’Almirall, moderate, 011-34-93-221-6233. The signature item at this cozy seafood spot is the suquet, a sort of savory steamed-shellfish stew. But if you’re not a fan of fish, don’t fret; there are also lots of tasty rice dishes on the menu.
Museu de la Xocolata, 011-34-93-268-7878. You’ve toured the Picasso, Gaudí, and Miró museums, now visit a temple of another kind of art, one you can really sink your teeth into — chocolate. Exhibits at the museum, brought to you by the local confectionery guild, are strictly in Catalan, but that won’t hinder you from admiring the incredible chocolate sculptures, not to mention savoring some chocolatey nibbles in the museum’s café. Besides, food is a universal language.
Torre Agbar, located at Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer de Badajoz. We don’t often classify office buildings as attractions, but this two-year-old skyscraper, brought to our attention by Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski, is a sight to see. Its bullet-shaped edifice spears the skyline like a rocket at liftoff.