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Fancy a short trip to Barcelona? Our recommendations for a weekend in the Catalan capital.

Written by Stephanie Kleinlein 15.03.2024


Shopping in Barcelona

Whether it’s glamorous fashion, intellectually stimulating literature or Generation Z outdoor markets. You can easily spend an entire weekend shopping in Barcelona. The fact that this major city is somehow different from the rest of the country is also reflected in the locals’ tastes. In many places, traditional handicraft techniques are still used, which are experiencing a revival with the latest fashion trends.

Shops in Barcelona

It’s best to start your stroll through the city well dressed. In the Bulevard Rosa Mall you will find international luxury labels as well as those with Catalan local color.

Shopping can be this ingenious. La Central is a really lovely bookshop. If you have time on your hands, you can read your new book in the discreetly concealed garden bar.

On the first weekend of every month, the Palo Alto Market attracts half the city and its visitors. Open-air culture and beautiful, creative commerce are the recipe for success.


Hotels in Barcelona

Where to go after the tapas bar? Experience the highlights of Barcelona pampered and well-rested after a night in one of these three exceptional luxury hotels in the heart of the city. All extras for Platinum Card members are inclusive here, including a late check-out, a first-class breakfast for two or an automatic room upgrade if available.

Hotels in Barcelona

Enjoy Gaudí’s neighborhood. The Mandarin Oriental is located on Passeig de Gràcia, not far from his architectural marvels and the city’s most exclusive stores.

Take a look at the website of this member of the world’s best Small Luxury Hotels first. You will quickly realize that the Wittmore is pretty different.


This gem was created when two townhouses were merged in the 18th century. The blend of history and modern design is unique, as is the rooftop oasis.


Restaurants und Bars in Barcelona

Eating and going out – nothing is more simple than that in Barcelona. Simply succumb to the temptations along the way or head purposefully towards our recommendations in the urban jungle. For example, there is an internationally renowned top restaurant, an exquisite "drink and dine" option and a bar where everything revolves around money.

Restaurants and Bars in Barcelona

The Boca Grande – meaning "big mouth" – is a trendy meeting place for the hungry and thirsty with high standards. The interior is fantastic and the Boca Chica bar can be found in the same building. 

Disfrutar is one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Over 2,500 reviews with an overall rating of 4.8 stars prove that this ranking stands up to the reality check. Bona gana!

Have another drink here to be on the safe side. The Mandarin Oriental bar is located in the vault of a former bank. Even the safe deposit boxes are still there.


Special places in Barcelona

Impressive views over the city and a historic building complex where it must have been nice to convalesce. Plus a museum from which you can take home super-sweet memories. Even if you are Belgian or Swiss. Enjoy your walks through Barcelona. It’s worth stopping off at these three locations and staying for a while.

Special places in Barcelona

Not only Switzerland and Belgium, but also Barcelona has given chocolate a place of honor. If you have a sweet tooth, you will be in your element at the Museu de la Xocolata.

If only Gaudí springs to mind when you think of Barcelona, you won’t have heard of the Sant Pau Hospital. The imposing hospital is a masterpiece of modernism and is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy the view over the whole of Barcelona! The cable car takes you up to Castell de Montjuïc, a historic building that was erected in the 17th century as a military camp.

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