Ilse de Ridder

Barcelona

Spotter since 2013

My spots (44)

Parallelo – Artisanal street gelato!

"Parallelo" gelato is my absolute favourite in Barcelona. Totally worth the 2.5-km walk there. My favorite is the cream-peanut-dulce de leche ice cream!

snacks
Snacks

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Ilse

de Ridder

El Tigre – Bar with tropical vibes

"El Tigre" is a lovely terrace with tropical vibes in Barcelona! It got me hooked from the 1st time! My favorite here is the pomada, a refreshing gin-lemonade...

bars
Bars

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Ilse

de Ridder

Bun Bo – Vietnamese flavours

"Bun Bo" Barcelona is one of the restaurants I keep going back to. Here I spoil myself with Asian delights when I am too lazy to cook. Very cheap too!

restaurants
Restaurants

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Ilse

de Ridder

Tacos Tacos – Taco Tuesday on a budget!

"Tacos Tacos" is a small Mexican bar in Poble Sec in Barcelona that is very popular with the local crowd. My friends didn't want me to share it with you...

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

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Ilse

de Ridder

La Poderosa – Venezuelan street food

"La Poderosa" in Barcelona makes amazing arepas, empanadas and more comfort food. Their empanadas aren't like the Argentinian ones you can find everywhere.

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

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Ilse

de Ridder

Nau Bostik – Edgy events space

"Nau Bostik" is an open art & event space and an awesome example of how Barcelona is converting industrial leftovers into contemporary cultural centres.

arts&culture
Art & culture

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Ilse

de Ridder

Shop Local – Discover Mirallers & Banys Vells

Want to shop local in El Born, Barcelona? Follow my lead and visit Carrer dels Mirallers and Carrer dels Banys Vells!

shopping
Shopping

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Ilse

de Ridder

Bormuth – Born & vermouth

"Bormuth" Barcelona is my favorite no-nonense spot for good, affordable incredibly tasty tapas in Born. You get a proper amount for a very good price...

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Ilse

de Ridder

About me

About me
After getting a degree in communication and working in television for a few years in Holland, I was up for a little adventure. I decided to move to one of my favourite cities; Barcelona. I arrived with no plan and no expectations, but got stuck on the sunny city life here.

I love design, photography, going out for dinner or drinks with friends and of course traveling! My favourite travel destinations are big cities! Give me a map and a few days and I’ll wander off into the vibrant city culture. I like to go and explore the local places and inhale culture on the streets or in museums. I love to just walk around and discover an original small boutique, a bar with stunning interior design or a good restaurant with delicious local food. And to share those discoveries with you on the blog!

Why Barcelona?
Barcelona gets under your skin. You arrive for a holiday, a short stay, a few months maybe… and you might end up staying for years! That also happened to me.

As a Dutch girl, I am smitten with the climate. Almost daily blue skies; summer or winter. A welcome change to the grey skies in Holland. But Barcelona has so much more to offer than sun. It has beaches, hills, lovely food, colourful people and music is always in the air.

I just love the combination of a cosmopolitan and laid back vibe; hipster design bars go hand in hand with simply hanging out on a square with skaters all around you. It is vibrant, modern, drenched with culture and always changing. And it so happens that every day when I walk through the city, I will find something that puts a smile on my face…

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