On November 18th and 19th, our colleagues Shanna and Eva will fly to Barcelona to visit EIBTM, one of the largest international events for the MICE industry. Three days long, they meet with interesting people and gather fresh ideas and know-how. Lots of new inspiration for our next meetings, events and incentives! Since we asked them so nicely, they agreed to reveal their top places to stay, eat, drink and shop. Here they are, especially for you.

1. Stay: Biggest Breakfast Ever

H1898 is always a good idea, especially when you’re travelling with a large group. The highlight of your stay is the breakfast buffet. It is several meters long and consists of literally everything you can think of. Order a freshly squeezed juice and you will have to make a choice from over ten options, which can be quite stressful. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you …

Do you prefer a somewhat more intimate setting, then Brummell is a great alternative. It's a cool boutique hotel with modern furniture and art by young European designers. All the rooms offer the same luxury and are very reasonably priced. If you have anything special to celebrate or if you want to wake up with a stunning view of the city, do book the penthouse with the private terrace.

2. Nightlife: Cava at Can Paixano

Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) is easy to miss when you stroll down the street during daytime. The bar is located in an old warehouse in a neighbourhood where sailors and seamen used to hang out. At night, it comes to live and it is often packed with people. They come here to have a cava and some tapas in a unique and cosy atmosphere.

3. eating: Tapas, Lots of Them!

You can eat tapas everywhere in Barcelona, but according to our specialists the best ones can be found at El Bitxo: delicious cuisine, authentic atmosphere. Talking about atmosphere, for a unique dining experience in a historical building in the Gothic neighbourhood you should visit El Cercle. This restaurant serves Catalan and Japanese dishes at a very decent price. You will also love the food at Suculent, a Catalan restaurant at the Rambla del Rava. And before you leave, do taste the vegetarian delicacies at Les Tres a la Cuina and the super healthy food at Flax & Cale, and pay a visit to the Mercat de Santa Caterina, where you won’t be overrun by herds of tourists. If you fancy a somewhat experimental but tasty brunch, then try the waffles with poached eggs and sauce hollandaise at Brunch & Cake.

4. Shopping: From Hip to Charming 

At El Born & La Ribera, you will find one trendy shop next to the other. Each of them is an independent store selling the coolest (local) brands. If you love women's clothes with a casual chic look, you should certainly visit Dr. Bloom. Jaime Beriestain, the Chilean interior designer also opened a concept store here. It consists of a trendy café, a restaurant and a shop. At Be The Store you can buy all sorts of things, from shoes and clothing to books, music and gourmet products. Fans of the minimalistic chic style should drop by at Auka and if you like little charming shops you should pay a visit to Blended and browse through the jewellery, the cute accessories and the clothes. 

5. Culture: What a View

We know it's in all the tourist guides, but Montjuïc, with its impressive castle and the wonderful view on the city, is definitely a must-see. Another cultural highlight is the Plaza de Sant Josep Oriol: a lovely square with a beautiful church, cosy bars and nice little shops.

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