Barcelona Recap

I’m so excited to share my Barcelona trip with you! This was our second stop on our 30-day European vacation, and I wanted to highlight some of our favorite moments including a guide on where to eat and what to do.

Barcelona is by far one of my favorite cities because of the food, architecture and high energy of the streets. I packed extremely light on this trip and knew I would have to do a lot of shopping for the entire family. I headed straight to my go-to shops such near the street of Las Ramblas to score a few duds and possibly find something one-of-a-kind. Since I was traveling overseas, I wanted to make sure I could shop without worrying about fraud which is why I used my American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card. As a Card Member, I never have to worry as all my purchases are backed by the protection and security of American Express. It’s by far my favorite card to travel with. I also booked all of our hotel stays, flights and train rides on this Card so I could continue to earn cash back even while traveling.

Of course, my first stop was Zara to grab the basics since they have pieces for the entire family before we stopped to soak up the sun and grab some lunch. Here is a roundup of some of the places where we ate and shopped.


Barcelona is a city that eats fairly late. If you’re an early bird then you will find that the streets are fairly quiet as most people don’t go out to eat until later in the day. Dinners are all eaten around 10 pm at night (with children). We were still on Eastern Time so we would have dinner at 7 pm, so most of the restaurants were easy to get into since people come later in the evening. Here is a list of some of my favorite spots;

Bar Cañete: Half tapas bar and half restaurant this little gem offers fresh market seafood and traditional Tapas. They take reservations but not the same day. They’re open from 1pm-12am.

Bar Toma: Located in a quiet neighborhood of Sarria, this bar whips up the classic patata bravas. It’s typically crowded but You can get lucky and grab a table.

Bodega 1900: They serve up a twist on classic tapas. Think Bright white tiles and an at-home vibe. Open from 1:30 pm-10:30pm.


Shopping here is amazing! They have your favorite staples such as Zara and H&M at a cheaper price and of course, you can shop tax-free so don’t forget to mention that to the cashier at checkout. Stop by Mango for contemporary Spanish fashion and stroll through side streets for handmade Spanish kids clothing. You can always shop for designer goods but on this particular trip, I waited until we got to Italy.

If there are any other questions about our Barcelona round up then don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below and don’t forget to travel with you American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card.





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1 Comment

  1. Lily Glay
    October 28, 2017 / 7:04 PM

    This is all great info. Thank you! Can you provide the names of the hotels you stayed in? I’m planning a trip next summer and the booking is all overwhelming.

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