Back in the gregarious center of the city – albeit clutching your handbag – admire the buzz of Las Ramblas on your journey towards locally sourced market dishes at El Quim de la Boqueria in the eponymous market (Mercat de la Boqueria). If you require a more spacious and relaxed vibe with young expat servers, and hip coffee, walk further into El Raval for home cuisine at Caravelle. Vintage and home decor shoppers will also find this neighborhood to be full of goodies to riffle through.
A few more turns and you’ll meet the charming mod delicatessen known as La Granja Viader, a summer and winter classic snack shop for milk aficionados; horchata (tigernut milk), hot chocolate, and a made-in-house whipped cream to make you swoon.
Now feeling sugar rushed and bouncing off the stone city walls, will leave you with a few local cultural options – the CCCB or contemporary art museum of the city, the less trafficked Gaudi house ‘Palau Güell’ at Nou de la Rambla 3, or the Maritime Museum housing the city’s port history in an incredibly gorgeous restored royal shipyard.
Before tucking back into your Barcelona apartment a humble but stylish abode, you’ll want to join the rest of the city celebrating the longer hours of sunlight and languid afternoons gifted by the meridian lines on street side terraces; once seated, toast to exceptional weather and company. A good place to do so is surely around the corner from your medieval portico, with charming cathedral views in toe, at La Vinya del Senyor wine bar. If you’re going with the when in Rome mentality, cozy up to a glass of cava and a Catalan cheese plate; some of the finest goat’s and sheep’s milk varieties available.
Author's note: This creative writing piece was crafted under the wishes of an advertiser for those desiring to spend time in Barcelona, living as locals, in rented holiday homes. The itinerary and shops listed are indeed my favorites and I make frequent visits to these establishments when I find myself in the Ciudad Condal. As always, the photos are my own.