BarBut (Vila de Gràcia): A cozy tapas bar with light wood and plants lining the exterior and a big window inviting you in. Come for snacks and drinks in this relaxed space, try the Catalan crispy bread with tomato, the Iberian pork rib bao, the Cecina de León with mango, the sous vide asparagus with pancetta and citrus cream and their twist on the classic patatas bravas: a potato waffle filled with traditional sauces.
Sensi Tapas (Gothic Quarter): Dimly lit, red-accented intimate space, good music and hot Spanish men as your servers. The staff have some great recommendations if you're having a hard time deciding on what to order. Try the Iberian shaved ham, patatas bravas, cheese platter with wild berry dressing, warm goat cheese salad, piquillo peppers stuffed with vegetables and honey with pea cream and definitely the seafood paella. With your check comes a shot of limoncello and a wink from your waiter.
Chök (El Raval): Chocolates, cookies, brownies, cakes and doughnuts.
Niño Viejo (Sant Antoni): Taqueria style Mexican spot with creative dishes like the avocado cannelloni with crab, guacamole and fish tacos. Dine outside while people watching or snag a table inside in this casual, nonchalant space.
El Pacífico (La Barceloneta): Great beachside spot to grab a bite and a few drinks before spending the afternoon on the beach.
Brunch & Cake (Eixample): No reservations but worth the (+1 hour) wait! You won't find any authentic Spanish cuisine here but you will find a huge menu filled with glorified brunch classics like eggs, pancakes, salads, sandwiches and toasts.
La Luna (El Born): A hidden gem, La Luna has great tapas and cocktails inside a grand & rustic space. Try the chicken quesadillas, pan con tomate, patatas bravas, and sautéed vegetables.
Skye Coffee Co. (Sant Martí): Skye Coffee is a coffee truck (an old Citroën van) located inside a unique, open plan, warehouse-style space with tons of natural light and several communal tables. Closed on weekends.
Park Güell (Gràcia): The ultimate Gaudí experience. Majestic park with panoramic views. The park has two zones, first is the Monumental zone where you need to purchase advance tickets to enter, and the rest of the park is free access, however with limited views of Gaudí's work.
La Manual Alpargatera (Gothic Quarter): Espadrilles galore. Pick up a number and try on every single style/colour of these quintessential summer shoes.
Montjuïc Cemetery (Sants-Montjuïc) The most enormous, never ending cemetery you will ever see. Tours are provided but it's also nice to explore on your own. Great views overlooking both the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the city.
La Sagrada Familia (La Sagrada Familia): Gaudí's renowned 1880s unfinished Roman Catholic basilica. Best to hop on a guided tour to skip the long line of tourists.
La Condicional (El Born): Lovely concept boutique with women's clothing and accessories by local Barcelona designers.