Barcelona For Girls: How to Spend a Perfect Weekend with Your BFF
To keep our friendship strong and flourishing, we all should have these "girls weekends" from time to time, don't we? In case you also think so, let me tell you that Barcelona is actually a perfect place to bring such plans to life. It abounds with places and activities that will catch your fancy and make up loads of warm and joyful memories...Thus, this article does not aim to cover all these spots, yet it gathers the top places that me and my friend enjoyed so much, that I decided to share this experience :)
1. Set up a photo shoot and get pictures that will blow up your Instagram
There is a number of really amazing spots in Barcelona that are perfect for taking photos, both because of their beauty and the unique atmosphere. One of such places is the Parque del Laberint d'Horta - the oldest garden in the city that remained in such a good condition, it exists since the end of the 18th century.
There are numerous romantic ivy-covered constructions, hidden corners and pavilions perfect for taking mind-blowing pictures and simply enjoying the day and the surrounding beauty.
And, of course, the most important elements of the park - the mansion and the hedge maze, whose enormous beauty is hard to underestimate.
Directions: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona
Entrance fee: 2 euros 23 cents for adults, Sunday is free.
Open hours: 10 am - 8:30 pm daily
2. Enjoy a delicious dinner or lunch in a quirky girly restaurant
We have chosen a sushi restaurant called Miss Sushi...and never regretted our choice! To begin with, the design of the interiors is just perfect for girls, every detail is really nice and cute (you have these crystal lamps even in the toilet ;). Everything is thoroughly thought - out and literally waits for you to take hundreds of pictures :)
By the way, the prices are really acceptable for a place of this type, while the food is surprisingly good (I was struggling to find a decent Japanese food spot in Barcelona, honestly). To illustrate, I had a set of makis (6 pieces), a miso soup and a snack from noodles for 16 euros in total. On the weekdays, you can have a complete menu for these 12 euros - a starter (e.g. miso or salad), noodles, a set of makis (around 20 pieces in each) and a drink for 12,50 (and 15,50 with a dessert). Needless to say, I was shocked :)
Directions: Carrer d'Aribau, 39, Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 937 079 191
Opening hours: 1 pm - 4 pm; 8 pm - 12 am
3. Try a tropical cocktail in the most colorful bar ever
The area of Born is one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of the city, also due to the numerous unusual cool food and drinking spots that it abounds with. We have opted for a bright and joyful Bananas Club Restaurant that attracted us with its unique atmosphere that you can see even from the outside.
This place is a perfect reflection of what I love about such quirky spots - the immense amount of small details that together make up an awesome overall picture. The bar abounds with such elements, and each corner of its 3 main zones is different from the other. Also, there a bunch of cool instagramamble spots that we all (admit it!) love so much :)
As for the menu, we came to try to tropical cocktails and were absolutely satisfied with what we were offered. The assortment is pretty wide, prices - quite okay (8 euros per glass), and the drinks itself are colorful nicely designed and refreshing :)
Gin cocktail (orange) and magical spritz (the receipt is a secret;)
Directions: Carrer de la Fusina, 7, 08003 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 884 660
Opening hours: 12 pm - 4:30 pm, 8 pm - 12 am
4. Get a unique shopping experience with the local designers and artists
If you leave the main shopping streets like Diagonal, Passeig de Gracia and Portal de L'Angel, and turn to narrower streets of Gracia, Born, Gótico, and Raval, you will find loads of really unusual and interesting shops featuring the artworks of the local designers. There you can find numerous stores with apparel, jewelry, shoes, gifts, things for decor and thousands of other items. Some spots are closer to the high street fashion, some are casual, and others - vintage (check this amazing selection of vintage stores in BCN), thematic and even a little bit crazy :)
Shopping in these places is way better as you really enjoy a unique experience of observing, touching and buying things that don't exist anywhere else and are really different from what we can see in the mass market brands. Moreover, you are supporting the local producers and environment, as in many cases the goods they sell are handcrafted and manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. For instance, the Humus Clothes Store is completely operating in a green and socially responsible way (while the stuff they sell is actually very nice:)
Humus store (image: http://www.slowbcn.com/?p=1283&lang=es) and T-shirts we bought there :)
Basically, these shops are everywhere, turn left in the beginning of La Rambla (e.g. Carrer dels Tallers), or right when you are closer to Boqueria). In Gracia, these spots are more or less scattered around the entire district.
5. Watch a movie in V.O.S.E.
If you are traveling to BCN for just a couple of days, going to the cinema might not be among your priorities. However, if you are planning to stay longer, a movie night is always a good idea, isn't it?:)
I have seen many expats here in Barcelona struggling to find a cinema where they could watch films in the original versions, so, here is the answer: you need to search for the VOSE cines (Versión Original). There is no difference in terms of prices, and you can watch movies in English with Spanish subtitles.
So far, our favorite cinemas where you can watch the latest films in English are the Balmes Multicines and Yelmo Cines Icaria (this one is quite far from the touristic center). In addition, you have the Cinemes Verdi and Méliès Cinemes (they show various things, not necessarily novelties).
Blames Multicines -
Directions: Carrer de Balmes, 422-424, 08022 Barcelona
Yelmo Icaria -
Directions: Carrer de Salvador Espriu, 61, 08005 Barcelona (in a shopping mall)
Cinemes Verdi -
Directions: Carrer de Verdi, 32, 08012 Barcelona
Directions: Carrer de Villarroel, 102, 08011 Barcelona