City-guide: our best addresses in Barcelona
Day1 in Barcelona
Today, the city of Gaudí awaits you! If your child doesn't walk very well yet, don't forget the stroller or baby carrier. Start by exploring the Gothic Quarter. Admire its medieval streets. Walk past Barcelona's Holy Cross Cathedral. Take a gourmet break for ice cream or churros. And don't forget to take a look at the Church of Santa Maria de la Mare, a symbol of the humility and faith of the fishermen who built it.
You could do a little shopping and come away with some Spanish wonders at Bobo Choses or Londji (see our addresses below) in the El Born district. In this district, you'll also find the Picasso Museum and MOCO, the Museum of Contemporary Art. Reservations essential!
If you feel like it, the famous Rambla is not far away, but we'd like to warn you: it's very touristy and crowded, not necessarily our favorite street... For lunch, go to La Plata or towards Barceloneta at the restaurant El Xiringo de la Barceloneta. Arrive early to make room for your stroller. Then take a stroll around the neighborhood, while Junior naps in the stroller. Afterwards, visit the aquarium and stroll along the beach. End the day with a tapas restaurant, of course!
Day2 in Barcelona
Today, introduce your children to the works of a great architect: Gaudí. Head for the Sagrada Familia. Still under construction, its interior is magnificent. With the sun reflecting in the stained-glass windows, it's sure to take your breath away. Once again, reservations are essential and you'll need to be patient for the queue, but it's worth the trip a thousand times over. With little ones, don't bother taking the option to see the spires. After this visit, which will leave you in awe, take a break for lunch. Then it's on to Casa Batlló, another of the architect's marvels. His inspiration came from the ocean. You can play with your children to find the turtles or the fish... Don't forget to book your tickets.
Where to sleep?
The Barcelona Hotel Edition A beautiful kid-friendly hotel with a sublime terrace.
Hostal Grau Welcome to this eco-friendly guesthouse. The well-located hotel also offers comfortable rooms for the whole family. The decor is warm and inviting, a little like home - provided you live in a hotel!
Where to shop?
A stop at Bobo Choses, the pioneering brand, is a must. In this boutique, you'll find the baby, children's and women's collections, as well as small accessories.
> Bobo Choses, Carrer de la Ribera, 1, 08003 Barcelona
Little Creative Factory
If you love wispy, poetic fashion, head to Little Creative Factory.
> Little Creative Factory, Carrer Princesa 15, Pral 1a, 08003 Barcelona
Dos Cuatro Ocho
Once again, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to colorful fashion. The boutique presents The Animal Observatory, Maan, Bellerose...
> Dos Cuatro Ocho, Rosselló 248 local A, 08008 Barcelona
Spain is a creative country. As proof, there are many ethical fashion labels for children. This brand is one of them, and you'll love their collection for big girls too!
> Tiny Cottons, Via Augusta, 25, 08006 Barcelona
Spanish super-toys have their own dedicated store. We love the design, the illustrations and the range from 3 to 103 years old!
> Londji, Carrer de la Princesa, 49, 08003 Barcelona
Little Label Lovers
The little boutique offers a selection of Dutch brands, the country of origin of its founder.
> Little Label Lovers, Carrer de l'Esparteria, 5, 08003 Barcelona
Where to eat?
Generally speaking, the food in Barcelona is very good. Just think of the covered markets, and you'll find good tapas just about everywhere. Here are a few addresses:
Los Tortillez: delicious tortillas, a delightfully retro restaurant, a lovely team, low prices. Perfect!
> Los Torillez, Consell de Cent 299, Barcelona
El Petit Príncep Brunch: brunch plates. Need we say more?
> Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 677, 08013 Barcelona
Cresta Colorado: if you're tired of tapas, head for this delicious Mexican restaurant.
> C/ de Còrsega, 244, 08036 Barcelona
Parc Güell: another of Gaudi's masterpieces, with its sculptures and colorful mosaics. You'll also have a great view of the city. However, a visit to this park has to be earned... To get there, we recommend you take a bus, otherwise you'll have to push your stroller for a long time, which could be... exhausting.
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