Lucas Fox co-founder Alex Vaughan shares his Insider Guide to living like a local in beautiful Barcelona

Zoo Barcelona

BCN - Zoo 1

“A great place to take the kids for a few hours. I’m not normally in favour of zoos but they are working hard to improve conditions for the animals and have a big focus on conservation of endangered species. The annual family pass is amazing value!”

Parc de la Ciutadella s/n
08003 Barcelona
+34 902 457 545

Eclipse Bar (W Hotel)

BCN - Eclipse 1

“A swanky collaboration with one of London’s top nightclubs, Boujis. Great for lively late night cocktails with amazing nighttime city views.”

Plaça de la Rosa del Vents 1
08039 Barcelona
+34 93 295 28 00

Hotel Alma Barcelona

BCA-Alma 6

“A very stylish new hotel on the Barcelona scene. A great courtyard restaurant and very large, comfortable New York style rooms.”

C/Mallorca 271
08008 Barcelona
+34 93 216 44 90

Luzia Restaurante Tragaluz

BCA-Luzia 3

“A new restaurant from the very consistent Tragaluz group. Pizzas, burgers and great guacamole. Cool location at the top of the Ramblas.”

Pintor Fortuny 1
08001 Barcelona
+34 93 342 96 28

Xiringuito Escribà

BCN - XiringuitoEscriba-7

“In my opinion the best paella in town. Great location on Marbella beach, call if you want a table on the terrace at weekends!”

Ronda Litoral 42
08005 Barcelona
+34 932 210 729


BCA-Toto 1

“Another new Barcelona restaurant with stunning interior design from top interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan. Great cocktails and a really innovative seasonal menu.”

C/ Valencia 246
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 467 67 29

Blanc Mandarin Oriental

BCA-Blanc 1

“The Mandarin hotel really changed the face of Barcelona’s hotel scene and Blanc is definitely the most impressive hotel dining space in the city. Great service and an interesting menu in a beautiful, spacious and calm setting.”

Passeig de Gràcia 38-40
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 318 23 40


BCN - XiringuitoEscriba-2

“A Barcelona classic. A great more formal seafood restaurant with a superb terrace with views across the new superyacht marina to the city’s old town.”

C/Escar 22
Moll dels Pescadors (Port Vell)
08039 Barcelona
+34 93 221 21 11

Suquet de L’Amirall

BCA-Suquet del Amirall 1

“A hidden gem amongst the fairly ordinary seafood restaurants that crowd Joan de Borbo. Their tasting menu is great value and if it’s a nice day the terrace has lunchtime sun through the year.”

Passeig de Joan de Borbó 65
08003  Barcelona
+34 932-21-62-33


BCN - Lostia 1

“A new addition to the Barceloneta scene. Very good tapas, a great spot for a Sunday lunchtime vermut. Lovely interiors and a large child friendly terrace in a plaza.”

Plaça de la Barceloneta 1
08003 Barcelona
+34 932 21 47 58


BCN-MakaMaka 2

“One of the big success stories from 2013 from the creators of Foc. Cocktails and Burgers next to the beach. A winning combination!”

Passeig de Joan de Borbó 76
08039 Barcelona
+34 93 221 35 20

La Guingeta de Bogatell

BCA - Guingueta bogatell 2

“Part of the new wave of beach restaurants that are gradually making the old style chiringuitos obsolete. As you would expect from Carles Abellan the food is a high standard, great juice bar and proper tables and chairs in the beach!”

Playa Bogatell
08001 Barcelona
+34 93 310 02 86


BCN - Arola 3

“Probably my favourite restaurant in Barcelona for a special occasion. A great room, large tables, superb service, interesting wine list and consistently good food.”

C/Marina 19
08005 Barcelona
+34 93 211 000


BCA - Bacoa 4 hi res

“It’s official burgers are big news in Barcelona. Bacoa is one of the best restaurants. A guilty pleasure!”

Ronda de la Universitat 31
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 250 72 90

Woki Organic


“A market style restaurant / shop full of tasty healthy options. Great for vegetarians.”

Ronda Universitat 20
08007  Barcelona
+34 93 302 52 06

Big Fish

BCN - Big Fish 2

“Great location in the Borne. Fabulous interior design. Superb fish and sushi.”

C/Comercial 9
+34 93 268 17 28

Boca Grande

BCN-Boca Grande 5

“New York style fish restaurant next to Paseo de Gracia. One of the partners is a fishmonger which means that it’s fresh and tasty. A fun option for a lively dinner with friends.”

Passatge de la Concepció 12
08008 Barcelona
+34 93 467 51 49



“Max is one of the friendliest hosts in Barcelona. Great cocktails and sushi in a very cool setting.”

Passeig de Gràcia 119
08008 Barcelona
+34 93 238 78 22


BCA - Cachitos 3

“Classic Catalan / Spanish cuisine in a super stylish setting on Rambla Cataluñya.”

Rambla de Catalunya 33
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 215 27 18

Tapas 24

tapas 24

“The size of the lunchtime queue is normally a good indication of how good a place is and if you want to get a table at Tapas 24 you should arrive at 13h30. The bikini with jamon, manchego and truffle is the best in the city.”

C/Diputació 269
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 488 09 77

W Hotel

BCA - W 1

“Super slick beachfront hotel. Their Sunday night wetdeck parties through the summer are the best way to close a long Barcelona weekend.”

Plaça de la Rosa del Vents 1
08039 Barcelona
+34 93 295 28 00

Hotel Arts Barcelona

BCA - Hotel Arts 1

“Still the top hotel pick for many international visitors to Barcelona. Beachfront location next to the casino. Great pool area and restaurants.”

C/Marina 19–21
08005 Barcelona
+34 93 221 10 00

La Cuina d’en Garriga

BCA - Cuina den Garriga 1

“Imagine a fusion of Cataluñya, Paris and New York and you’re coming close. Its all about the quality of the ingredients at this café / restaurant. Great for afternoon tea.”

C/Consell de Cent 308
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 215 72 15

Brunch & Cake Barcelona

BCA - Brunch Cake 1

“A few years ago there was nowhere like this in Barcelona. Superb for breakfast / brunch or afternoon tea. The giant bagel with scrambled eggs will feed a small family.”

C/Enric Granados 19
08007 Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona


“Super stylish, great central location, the exceptional service you expect from a Mandarin hotel. Fab cocktails at the Bankers’s bar.”

Passeig de Gràcia 38-40
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 151 88 88

Café Royale

BCA - Cafe Royale 2

“One of Barcelona’s best live music venues for jazz and funk. It can get packed but it is always fun!”

Nou de Zurbano 3
08002 Barcelona
+34 93 318 89 56

Café Emma

BCA - Cafe Emma 1

“A little piece of Paris in the centre of Barcelona. Superb French bread and entrecote with frites.”

C/Pau Claris 142
08009 Barcelona
+34 93 215 12 16

Alba Granados

BCA - Alba Granados 2

“Another Barcelona institution, great dining space, their speciality is chuleton cooked on a hot stone. They do half portions of everything on the menu so great for sharing.”

C/Enric Granados 34
08008 Barcelona
+34 93 454 61 16

Roca Moo Restaurante

BCA - Roca Moo 2

“The Roca brothers own and run the world’s no 1 restaurant, Celler Can Roca in Girona. The menu degustation at the Moo restaurant in the Hotel Omm doesn’t disappoint and there are excellent wine pairings. Oh, also a great space!”

C/Rosselló 265
08008 Barcelona


BCA - Ocaña 2

“One of Barcelona’s best late night drinking / dancing venues, the club is in a fantastic uber cool basement. Open until 3am.”

Plaça Reial 13 14 15
08002 Barcelona
+34 93 676 48 14

Bankers Bar

BCA - Bankers Bar 1

“Great cocktails and service. The piquante Devil’s Horn is legendary.”

Passeig de Gràcia 38-40
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 151 87 82

Bestial Restaurante


“Great terrace next to the beach. Italian influenced menu. Super cool nights with DJs throughout the summer.”

Ramon Trias Fargas 2-4
08005 Barcelona
+34 93 224 04 07


BCA - Monvinic 3

“Voted one of the best wine bars in the world by the New York Times. A great selection of wines by the glass, brilliant tapas, and a swanky fine dining restaurant if you’re feeling flush.”

C/Diputació 249
08007 Barcelona
+34 93 272 61 87