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Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia

Story by Karolina Szczur October 12th, 2015

Every single year I visit Barcelona for Primavera Sound Festival and this year was no different (if curious about previous years check out the Exposure story from 2014).

Architecture

Despite buildings designed by Gaudi it’s fun to get lost in small alleyways to find amazing architecture.

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My favorite farmers market in the world.
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Nighttime

Barcelona is pretty charming and definitely very lively during the evening. You can find a few neons here and there too.

An alley restaurant next to my AirBnB
Today is a good day
Kiosko—a burger place.
Nighttime neons
Proxima estació: Barceloneta.

Satan's Coffee corner

One of my favorite coffee places in Barcelona—delicious coffee, authentic, delicious Japanese food and booze infused cold brew. Great for chatting with strangers or friendly owner.

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Serving coffee and booze.
English magazines available to read.
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Booze-infused cold brew.
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Enjoying a cold brew while reading The Happy Reader and an interview with Kim Gordon.
Japanese breakfast. Delicious feast.

Nømad coffee

Hands down best coffee in town and first place serving specialty. Also, as weird as it may sound, cold drip with cucumber-infused sparkling water. Yummy.

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skye coffee

A man in a cute van in a spacious, large room filled with light. Good for popping in as well as doing some work.
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Even more coffee

There are quite a few other specialty coffee spots such as SlowMov or True Artisanal Cafe worth visiting too. Third wave is definitely kicking in in Catalonia.

SlowMov
True Artisan Café
True Artisan Café

Granja la petitbo

Granja La Petitbo is one of my absolute favorites for a small bite. Cute interior, simple, clean eating.

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st. josep la boqueria

Amongs all the goodness one absolutely has to try one of the €1 fruit juices—and beware, there are so many flavors.

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More food

While I enjoy the concept of small plates quite a lot and tapas are the thing to get in Spain I much preferred different style of eating, maybe more familiar and less rich in oil. Caravelle is a very cozy, somehow American-inspired brunch spot with delicious (and very indulgent fried chicken). As a huge fan of Asian cousine I was delighted to find an authentic bento place—Una mica de Japó (ウナミカデジャポ). Most of the cafes offer delicious breakfasts; such as Federal Cafe or Brunch and Cake.

Una Mica de Japó
Home made Cava at Xampanyet
Tapas at Xampanyet
Fried chicken at Caravelle
Caravelle
Federal Café Gòtic
Breakfast at Federal Café Gòtic
Breakfast at Brunch & Cake

Barceloneta

The beach gets pretty crowded but it’s possible to find a spot to yourself and relax to the sound of the waves (and people shouting “cerveza”).

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Ciutadella

There are couple of reasons why Ciutadella is my favorite park in the city—it’s quite central, has a zoo, museums and lets you find some relaxation almost immediately, just by laying down on the grass and watching parrots flying by.

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Time to say goodbye.

Departing Barcelona
Footnote: Shot with Fuji XT-1 and 35mm F1.4R.
Barcelona, Spain