This week’s Spotter in the spotlight is Sol Baratech from Barcelona!
Sol was born in Barcelona and after finishing her degree in International Business she was enormously curious to see the world. This passion for traveling has led her to work and live in New York, Frankfurt, and other European cities.
After traveling to these amazing cities and seeing all of their incredible culture her love and appreciation for Barcelona blossomed. That’s why she is extremely proud to call Barcelona home. Sol has been a Spotter for 2 years now and has certainly contributed a lot to the Spotted by Locals Barcelona blog with her astonishing tips!
Sol loves Barcelona because to her it’s one of the most vibrant and ”complete” cities in the entire world. According to Sol, in Barcelona “you can literally take your dog out for a morning walk through the Collserola mountains and take an afternoon dip in the Mediterranean sea”…
A small selection of Sol’s favorite spots:
This cozy spot has the most incredible atmosphere; making you feel at home as soon as you get in the door. Tibet has amazing traditional and simple Catalan cuisine: pa amb tomaquet, charcoal grilled meats and the best snails in town. This family-run restaurant has been a locals’ favorite for almost 50 years now and is located right next to Parc Güell. Certainly worth a visit when in Barcelona.
A great place to enjoy a stroll through the city would be at the fascinating Plaça de la Concordia. It’s not just filled with rich history but it is also considered a local gem. This is the perfect getaway spot from all of the crowded tourist areas in Barcelona.
According to Sol this spot has countless places to buy and eat good food, including one of the city’s best known bakeries (Foix de Sarria) and the renowned Bar Tomas, which many say makes the city’s best patatas bravas (the famous tapa consisting of fried potatoes covered in spicy sauce). In addition to this, the village feel will make you feel like a real local.
This spot has the best homemade bagels in Barcelona. It’s the perfect place to drink a cup of coffee or tea along with their delicious bagels or other delicacies. According to Sol “not only can you find all sorts of bagels here (from the more traditional plain and sesame seed varieties to those with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and onion) but you can also have them freshly prepared for you in many different ways: with hummus, bacon and fried onion, or serrano ham and melted brie”.
A local tip from Sol: Grab a bagel and coffee to go and eat it out on the public benches at the Plaza del Sol in the Gracia neighborhood.
This spot has the best Paella in Barcelona and the atmosphere is very relaxing. If that isn’t enough to grab your attention this spot is located on the beach front, so close to the water you can hear the waves crashing. In addition to this, the nice folks running this place also own one of the city’s best bakeries (so you can find their wonderful desserts on the restaurant’s menu!
A definite recommendation from Sol: Don’t leave the city without having visited Xiringuito Escriba
This hidden spot in Barcelona is definitely a must visit. The restaurant’s interior decoration is breathtaking, a mix of mosaics, mirrors and rustic chandeliers. They specialize in poultry, which you can see roasting as soon as you enter the restaurant.
A personal recommendation from Sol: Order their small herb-chicken, which they deliver whole. At € 14, you can accompany it with a couple of sides (about € 3 each), and have a delicious meal in a stunning location for less than € 25 per person.
For more tips by Sol and her fellow Spotters check the Barcelona blog!
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