4 DAYS IN BARCELONA ・ WHERE I STAYED & WHERE I PLAYED

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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 

4 DAYS IN BARCELONA ・ WHERE I STAYED & WHERE I PLAYED

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.

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10 Responses
  • Alex
    May 24, 2016

    I love when you wear Camilla 😍😍😍😍🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • Adriana Kuprešak
      May 27, 2016

      SAME!!!! xxxxx

    • Makailee
      July 19, 2016

      You are so awesome! So wonderful to find somebody with unique thoughts. Really, finally…someone with some originality!

  • U KNOW WHO THIS IS
    May 26, 2016

    pleasure playing with you ak

    • Adriana Kuprešak
      May 27, 2016

      You’re dreaming buddy, only played with myself in Barca :0

      • Katia
        May 28, 2016

        Lol! Good one. 🙂

  • Katia
    May 28, 2016

    Barcelona is next on our trip list. And I can honestly say I think I’d die after eating all those fresh seafood that’s offered! Oh my. Your pictures are so worth a thousand words! I’m making my list of places to visit while there and you are a great reference! 🙂

    • Adriana Kuprešak
      May 29, 2016

      Hey Katia,
      Thanks for your comment. I don’t doubt for a second you won’t fall in love with Barcelona the way I always do. definitely check out Botafumeiro if you love your seafood! xx

  • Piper S
    May 28, 2016

    I love how you give credit to all the businesses you interact with. And to list the stores of the outfits you’ve worn. And those food pics are going to do me in….fresh seafood and desserts?!?! I would probably die of a food coma if I ever saw that setup when I get there!

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