Barcelona city guide: Montjuïc

Montjuïc is a mountain with an old military fortress on top (featured in our blog here) with several gardens and parks to get there making it one of our favorite green areas, and also usually one of our favorite photography backgrounds. The most famous building however must be the National Museum, from where you are going to have a wonderful view of our city, and then all the Olympic games stadiums (Barcelona celebrated the games on 1992, quite long ago!). We are not into sports memorabilia, thus we appreciate the mountain to go on a hike or museum hoping.

A pack-before-you-get-here picnic is in order if you are not leaving the mountain for the day, but we recommend in this guide the nearby area called Paral·lel to grab a bite. Also Paral·lel has a high gastronomy area with awarded restaurants that are a treat, thus makes also a good spot for a fancy dinner date if you have something to celebrate.


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  • Bella Napoli: Probably the best Neapolitan pizza in town. The restaurant has this very Italian atmosphere with waiters shouting in Italian and calling you "Bella!". We love their pizzas and pastas, and usually don't have antipasti as the portions are quite big. Make sure to check their website because it doesn't lack the character.
    Address: Calle Margarit, 12-14
    La Bella Napoli - The cat, you and us
  • The fish & chips shop: This is a super charming small place with the best fish and chips with fresh hake and homemade tartar sauce and mango chutney we have ever tried. Ok, we are not English so we may be cheating in this, but we can swear it is goood! You won't regret to stop by and wait the queue, maybe you can meanwhile ask them to serve you outside the tasty truffle oil fried edamame.
    Address: Carrer de Rocafort, 70 Fish and Chips shop - The cat, you and us Fish and Chips shop - The cat, you and us
  • Tickets : This is a 2 Michelin stars awarded restaurant that serve creative tapas from the most famous chefs in Spain (Adrià Brothers). Everything you can try here would be mind-blowing (their must are the olives!) and with unexpected textures and presentations. Reservations are mandatory and should be made 2 months in advance, the ticket would be around 60-70 € per person. They also have other awarded restaurants that are equally amazing and have been featured in our blog before: The Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) restaurant called Pakta or the Mexican Hoja santa.
    Address: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164
    Featured in our blog: here
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  • Niño viejo: If you are in the mood for a medium-high gastronomy treat and love Mexican food you could visit Niño viejo, a taqueria located just within Hoja Santa (mentioned above) but with a more informal atmosphere. We recommend going directly for all their tacos (mouth-watering) and margaritas (and skip the rest).
    Address: Avinguda de Mistral, 54 Niño Viejo - The cat, you and us Niño Viejo - The cat, you and us

Shop


  • El Recibidor: This is not a shopping area, although there is a mall inside what it used to be a bull fighting plaza. However the stores inside the mall are quite the regular ones you will find at any other place so instead we are recommending El Recibidor, a vintage store that is nearby and that we love to peak from time to time. If you don't live in Barcelona you probably won't be able to find a lot to bring home, but if you are a vintage furniture lover you may have a great time just browsing their items.
    Address: Carrer de Viladomat, 9

Visit


  • CaixaForum: Located in an old brick factory called Casa Ramona, this is an exhibitions gallery that hosts temporary large exhibitions that are always very interesting to check out. A part from the exhibitions it has a free access to the emblematic building including its terrace, make sure to include it in your itinerary!
    Address: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
    Featured in our blog: here Birthday girl - The cat, you and us Sebastiao Salgado Caixaforum - The cat, you and us
  • Views from MNAC: The National Museum (MNAC) is a museum that should appear in every guide of the city. The museum has one of the European's best romanic art and an impressive art noveau (our favorite of the two!) collections. If you are not in the mood for a museum visit, you should equally climb to the museum to enjoy the views of Barcelona. Don't worry, it has automatic escalators to makes things smoother.
    Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
    Featured in our blog: here MNAC views MNAC views MNAC views
  • Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera: We are including our favorite garden of the area as a representation of all the parks and gardens in the Montjuic mountain. We usually start at MNAC and then climb the mountain up crossing Joan Maragall and Laribal gardens and then Cinto Verdaguer and Joan Brossa to end at the Cactus garden. Quite the walk! The hike should always add the black cat fountain, don't miss it! The cactus garden includes 800 species of cactus & succulents and views to the Mediterranean sea. It is an irresistible combo, isn't it?
    Address: Ctra. de Miramar, 38
    Featured in our blog: here Jardins Mossen Costa i Llobera Cactus Barcelona - The cat, you and us Cactus outfit - The cat, you and us Joan Costa


Check this & more (equally cool) addresses of the area in our map:




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La Bella Napoli, MNAC, Jardí Botànic, CaixaForum
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3 Comments

  1. Kate ADDS...

    Oh I love your videos. Always so dreamy! I want to visit Barcelona again so much right now. A cactus garden you say? Right – I’m there!! :)

    9th June 2016
  2. Mariko ADDS...

    All these guides are making me want to come to Barcelona so badly!

    10th June 2016
  3. Fiona ADDS...

    you guys had me at the tasty truffle oil fried edamame! The view from the MNAC is breathtaking! love love love your video, like how you pointed to the title :) and golly gosh those pizzas are massive and such cute blue/purple tiles at the fountain and your dance moves at 1:16 – better trademark those! We have a cute italian pizza shop in our town and the pizza is okay but we pretty much go there because of all his cute italian-ness and calling me bella!! love that

    11th June 2016

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