8 Apr 2019

24 Hours in Barcelona | City Guide

walden7 apartment block in barcelona designed by Ricardo Bofill, Joseph menswear spring summer 2019 collection

In partnership with Joseph

Blocking three days out of our week to visit Barcelona for the first time sounded pretty ace. With my case packed with a selection of my favourite pieces from the SS19 collection by Joseph, and some cheap fights booked, we were all set to see the city with fresh eyes.

Sometimes those cheap flights have you arriving into a city quite late and force you to leave wayyyyy too early - but hey, that's what we signed up for. Our "three days" ended up really just being one, but you can really shift pavement when you're under a tight time restriction.

Armed with a handy list of recommendations from folks on Instagram + Twitter, we launched into our 24 hours exploring a new city with an early rise and a solid planned mapped out. The early bird catches the siesta, or something like that...

On our agenda; architecture, coffee, food and craft beer:
 
walden7 apartment block in barcelona designed by Ricardo Bofill, Joseph menswear spring summer 2019 collection
 Breton Top by Joseph | Perfect T Shirt by Joseph | Trousers by Arket | Sneakers by Converse | Sunglasses by Moscot
breton stripe long sleeve shirt by joseph fashion, worn with moscot lemtosh sunglasses at walden7 barcelona
cornflower yellow converse 70s worn with cuff off beige arket work chinos at walden7 in barcelona
 Maxime Twill Bicoloured Jacket by Joseph | Socks by Margaret Howell
walden7 apartment block in barcelona designed by Ricardo Bofill, Joseph menswear spring summer 2019 collection
Walden7
Ctra. Reial, 106, 08960 Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona

What a way to start the day! This mind-bender of a building was suggested by our mate Jordan Bunker. Created from the genius mind of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, Walden 7 is a super surreal looking housing development on the west side of the city, which has become a much-loved icon of the city. The otherworldly labyrinth-like passageways, stairwells and jutting balconies of this place made for a slightly off-balancing yet unforgettable experience

It's the kind of place you see on the internet but never have a clue as to where it actually is. Being a private housing development means access isn't easy to come by - I'm told that there are regular tours, but we made our way inside behind some happy looking locals who had no qualms with us being there when we showed them our cameras. Worth the risk!

syra speciality coffee shop design store in barcelona, city guide
syra speciality coffee shop design store in barcelona, city guide
syra speciality coffee shop design store in barcelona, city guide, wearing joseph pleated shorts and vans red suede slip ons

Syra Coffee
Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, 8, 08012 Barcelona

Ain't it amazing what you can do when you're under restriction. I'm constantly impressed with the design solutions people come up with when coming up against issues such as space, money and time. Syra Coffee is a perfectly example of this how to create a inviting and wholesome place inside a tiny unit, located in the middle of the city's vibrant Vila de Gracia district.

I didn't realise how affordable good coffee and very good cakes can be in Barcelona - 4 Euros for a tasty flat white + a locally made ginger and white chocolate cookie is a 10/10 every day of the week. Syra was definitely a highlight from my day. I just loved how this place looked, the geezer making the brews was really friendly and there was even room for a small Japanese photography exhibition at the back.

parking pizza parking pita in barcelona, 24 hour city guide
parking pizza parking pita in barcelona, 24 hour city guide

Parking Pizza - Parking Pita
Passeig de Sant Joan, 56, 08009 Barcelona

Food - the heart and soul of every city visit. Torn between a list of 10 cafes and restaurants to decide from, we ended up choosing a place that served more than one speciality. Mega looking pizzas and absolutely packed pitas. Communal benches promote sharing and unexpected conversation, and the open-plan setting allowed the midday sun light to flood in via well placed skylights. As for the food, the falafel pita takes the winnings // Parking Pizza - Pita

skye speciality coffee shop in barcelona at Espacio 88, wearing breton top, beige pleated shorts and poplin blue shirt by joseph spring summer 2019
 Mer Parachute Shirt by Joseph | Breton Top by Joseph | Plage Linen Shorts by Joseph | Vans OG Slip
skye speciality coffee shop in barcelona, converted citroen van into coffee cart, at Espacio 88
skye speciality coffee shop in barcelona at Espacio 88, wearing breton top, beige pleated shorts and poplin blue shirt by joseph spring summer 2019


Skye Coffee at Espacio88
Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona

Just look at this place! I don't associate converted industrial warehouse spaces with Barcelona at all, in fact, Jake commented that the whole El Poblenou district of the city felt similar to San Francisco. Agreed. Along with Cloudstreet Bakery, Skye Coffee's resident coffee truck can be found inside Espacio88; a multi-faceted architectural space used for experiential events, workshops, creative talks and home to one of the city's most striking coffee outposts. Serving speciality coffee from a restored 1972 Citoën HY to locals and visitors looking for a truly unique experience. For more about Barcelona's coffee culture see Kaffeine Kick.

mikkeller craft beer bar interior in barcelona
mikkeller craft beer bar interior in barcelona ipa

Mikkeller Bar 
Carrer de València, 202, 08011 Barcelona

It's become a tradition of ours to end a city break with a beer at a local Mikkeller bar. With 40+ locations now, these guys are becoming easier to find as the years go by, and while they're not Barcelona-local they have found their place within the city's booming craft beer scene. Natty doodles anywhere you put your eyes are wrestling against vertical wood panelling (a theme through their bars), marmalade orange pendant lights, a sea blue hi-shine floor which could throw up some issues after a few IPAs, and tap list covering all bases from 2.5% easy goers to face-melting 12% imperial stouts. Sounds over the top, but it works so well.
yellow on the street details in barcelona
tradional archiecture in barcelona
mat buckets wearing spring summer trends by Joseph Fashion, blue stripe breton top with beige pleated shorts, blue poplin shirt and off white baseball cap
My favourite piece from the Joseph collection, the Plage Linen Shorts. Photography by Jake Millers

Thanks for reading,
Mat.

This post is a paid partnership with Joseph, but all travel + activities above was paid for by me. Your support of the brands + businesses we work with helps make this blog happen.

4 comments:

  1. That Walden building looks amazing! Barcelona is such an awesome city, sounds like you guys really made the most of it!

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  2. Barcelona is magical!!
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  3. What a great trip! Makes me want to visit!

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  4. Arlon Joys14:35

    alison Saying,


    Barcelona is such an amazing city and not just because of its iconic attractions and buildings, but also because of the weather, the friendly people and the overall relaxed atmosphere. No Spain vacation is complete without trying some authentic Catalan cuisine, paella, sangria, a big plate of different tapas, churros and other traditional foods!

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