It’s becoming a personal yearly tradition for me to visit my favourite city in Europe, Barcelona. As you may or may not have figured, Barcelona holds a special key to my heart. Each time I visit the city, I discover a new street to strut down, another Gaudi masterpiece to immerse myself in and take a million photos of and another reason to move myself over to the beautiful city. I left this trip quite divided and if you read my Editor’s Letter for May, you would have read about my quest to potentially move on from London. What I didn’t mention was that it was a toss up between Barcelona and Belgrade to live in next. I literally beg the Gods to give me a reason to throw all my memories of Barcelona in the bin but after each visit I’m left hungry for more.
WHERE I STAYED
Undoubtably the most magnificent hotel I have ever called home for a few nights, Hotel Arts was exceptional from the world class service (I never pressed an elevator button my entire stay), hospitality and overall experience. If Hotel Arts was in any other city, I probably never would have left the luxury resort style hotel. I stayed on the 33rd floor, conveniently located next to the Private Executive Lounge with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea and entire city of Barcelona. This is also the hotel calling home to the most expensive burger I’ve ever come across in my travels and for 30€ you can also have the Arts Burger at your disposal. A full review will be posted on the JetsetTimes website soon.
WHERE I ATE
I’m very funny about restaurants that turn into clubs afterwards but I’ve dined at Carpe Diem a couple of times and this may be the only venue in world I’ll give an exception to. Carpe Diem came highly recommended by the staff at Hotel Arts defining the “International Menu” as one to remember. For those of you like I was wondering what exactly compromises an international menu, it’s oriental and asian kitchens, combined with a Mediterranean touch. I started with the white fish ceviche that consisted of prawns the size of my ego.
I’m a sucker for a good black cod (I know exactly what that could have sounded like!) and considering Carpe Diem is renowned for it’s Asian fusion kitchen, I knew they wouldn’t let me down. I didn’t have my camera with me so the photo on my iPhone (And several berry mojitos later, I transformed into a dumber version of myself) didn’t turn out so great. The highlight of the evening was the dessert board that was a selection of desserts, fruits and ice cream. Can I just say that one mojito in Barcelona is the equivalent of 3 in London, I had 5 or 6- you do the math.
Another great recommendation from the Hotel Staff in the Executive Lounge at Hotel Arts was Botafumeiro located in the trendy Vila De Gracia area of Barcelona. The buzz in this restaurant was felt from all four corners and it only got busier and busier as the evening progressed. Indulging in a grilled seafood platter for two, my friend, a local Catalan and I tasted the Mediterranean Sea. Botafumeiro has a legendary reputation for quality and freshness, let me affirm that. The platter was filled with fresh prawns, crabs, scallops, langoustines and lobsters! I don’t know about you but lobsters don’t really do it for me, I prefer the taste of crab, that’s me though. Does anyone else prefer crab over lobster?
No report on alcohol here as I decided to stay sober for the remainder of my trip because I could still taste the Mojitos from Monday night at Carpe Diem. In terms of service (something I really look out for when I’m fine dining) Botafumeiro is unparalleled to the quality of food. For example, no matter how busy our waiter’s area started to get, he always made sure my sparkling water was topped up, now that is superb attention to detail.
WHAT I WORE
1 & 2. Camilla Kaftan 3. & Other Stories Sweater / J Brand Jeans / Russell & Bromley Flats 4. H&M Top / J Brand Jeans / Kenzo Espadrilles 5. Kenzo Sweater / J Brand Jeans 6. Fashion Disorder Jacket / Museum Shorts / Stuart Weitzman Heels / DKNY Leather Clutch
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP
Casa Batlló & I have been Twitter friends for quite some time and there was an open invite for me to visit the private residence on my next trip to my favourite city in the world. Second to La Sagrada Familia (Come on, at least I’m being honest here), Casa Batlló is nothing less than a flawless display of true genius. Read about my experience at Casa Batllo here.