In the past ten years Barcelona has arguably become one of the best food cities in the world. Over 9 million visitors come here every year just to experience the culinary offer of this city, which is an epicurean paradise of field-fresh fruits and vegetables, sushi-worthy seafood, artisan sausages and farmhouse cheese, olive oil, boutique wines as well bars and cocktail lounges, innovative chefs and street food festivals.
Culinary influence in the day-to-day is from all over the world, mixing typical Catalan flavours, traditions and techniques with those of Peru, Mexico, Japan and China.
One of the jewels that the city has to offer is the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, by far the most luxurious hotel to lay your head. The hotel has retained much of its original structure even after the redesign and hosts many wonders, the first of which: the pool and the rooftop bar, where you can enjoy your champagne with views of the Tibidabo on one side and Casa Batlió to your other. On a clear day (of which there are many in Barcelona), you can even see the sea. The hotel also hosts four different restaurants to choose from, including Chef Carme Ruscalleda’s two-Michelin-starred Moments and the less-formal but no-less-delicious, BistrEau, helmed by Angel Leon.
Fitting it all in is the biggest challenge on any visitor’s list, bin this town at least, you can have the time of your life trying. Before you go, don’t forget to seek out the hotel’s hidden courtyard - the Mimosa Garden - which, happily, does exactly what it says on the tin.