friday finds.
by victoria comment


friday finds. / sfgirlbybay

happy friday, everyone! what a busy week!! but that’s partly because i am headed to barcelona on monday and will be there for the week. we will be publishing content while i’m away, so never fear — even though it will feel as though i’m working here, i’ll really be soaking up the sites of spain with coast to costa (the wonderful tour group i went to cuba with). i’m glad they’re guiding us because i’ve been so busy i’ve had zero time to research the trip like i usually do, so any insights you’d like to share, i’m all ears. do tell — what are your favorite places to eat, see, and shop in barcelona? xo, victoria

  1. i found a great number of tips from this journal — including gaudi’s park güell.
  2. i love the photography of salva lópez who’s based in barcelona, so i’ve been ogling his imagery to excite me for the trip.
  3. i’m really looking forward to seeing the colorful architecture — any tips on what we shouldn’t miss?
  4. dare we attempt the barcelona’s Swings at Tibidabo Mountain? i’m game for it!
  5. i went hunting for inspiration on a couple of other favorite photographers from the area — these shots are from Philippe LEJEANVRE and adriaan louw but not certain where they are — so if you recognize any of these cool spots, let me know!
  6. petite passport has some excellent travel guides and you can download them for a small fee on her site. i’ve grabbed a copy of the Barcelona guide and it looks excellent.
  7. tile for days! i cannot wait to see all the tile. i may go a little instagram crazy. forgive me in advance.

tall tan and blue apartment building. / sfgirlbybaypotted plants photographed on while shelf. / sfgirlbybaybarcelona's Swings at Tibidabo Mountain. / sfgirlbybaytravel photography inspiration. / sfgirlbybayinspiring european restaurant decor. / sfgirlbybayeuropean home exterior with planters. / sfgirlbybay outdoor market vegetable stand. / sfgirlbybaycolorful vintage wall tile. / sfgirlbybay

13 responses to “friday finds.”

  1. Fabulous city but Catalan, not Spanish – Barcelona definitely considers itself apart from the rest of Spain and you’ll see Catalan widely written and spoken (as well as regular Spanish and English). Fabulous mixture of very old and very new – both for food and architecture. Visit the amazing market – Mercat de la Boqueria – just off La Ramblas (you can grab a sherry and a tapa at the bars around the edge) for some amazing photo ops. Have an amazing time!

  2. Have a wonderful trip! You must go to Cañete, just off the Rambla. I was there last year and it was one of the best meals of my life. The interior is beautiful and modern and the service is both impeccable and fun/laid-back (and if it matters, the servers all speak English). My boyfriend and I went all out there and ordered multiple tapas/dishes, wine, and desserts and dessert wine. It was all incredible. I can’t wait to go back there someday. If you want something cheaper and fast, the tortilla española at Cal Pep (tapas place in El Born neighborhood) was another one of the best things we ate on the trip.

  3. The Boqueria is a must although there are many other markets in the city The Drassanes (shipyards) the Maritime museum at the base of the Ramblas is often overlooked. The Garcia neighborhood is really nice to visit. Lots of local people want to live there with the lovely squares and shops. You will undoubtedly visit one or several Gaudi buildings along with Park Guell. I loved the Picasso Museum and The Gothic church Santa Maria del Mar in the El Born neighborhood. I was most impressed with the History of the City Museum and the evidence of the Roman walls and architecture. If you travel up the Costa Brava try to visit Cadaques. Dali put together a house out of fishermen’s huts just a bit up the coast from there at Port Lligat. His house museum retains the spirit of Dali and although I was not a fan of his art, his paintings showcase that coast and his unique outlook. Nearby is the Cap de Creus Lighthouse and a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. Sorry, as you can see I could go on and on and will return again as it is just impossible to sort it all out in a week or two.

  4. Looks beautiful Victoria! We went so long ago that I can’t give you any new tips but the covered Mecardo off the Ramblas was gorgeous. BTW we just returned from Marseille where we followed your tip on Maison Empereur and OMG! Such a great shop or should I say world! Now to figure our how to get all our finds into our baggage. Luckily many of the things like rotating wall mounted soaps can stay here in our France abode. My husband now wears a “blu du travaille” jacket from their clothing store. I now have my own France farmer man Merci beacoup!!

  5. Hi, Victoria! I was born in Barcelona and at this moment I’m living in my beautiful city, so I can give you some tips:
    For astonishing architecture, go for masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí: la Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, Sagrada Família. And also the ancient and wonderful catedral de Santa Maria del Mar is a must.
    Places to eat: Mercat de Santa Caterina (also amazing architecture), Bodega 1900, Mercat del Ninot, Moritz and one of the best paellas at Can Solé.
    Have a nice holiday!

  6. Barcelonian local here! This may come a bit late but here are my personal favourite restaurants – Petra (nearby the Santa Maria del Mar church). Somodo, Semproniana and Agut. I’d recommend you to book if you can as they can get pretty busy! And if you fancy some asian, Mosquito and Out of China is where to to. For coffee go to Onna cafe o Nomad coffee – though if you fancy some pastries with it, go to Espai Brossa as they get their food from Hoffmann bakery, or Cosmo. And go for a beer to El Nacional – I find it incredibly overpriced and tourist-focused, but the deco is worth a quick stop.
    As to what to visit, that is up to you! I love everything gaudi as cliche as it is (my order would be Sagrada familia, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Palau Guell, Parc Guell) but it can get quite pricey if you want to visit all. Palau de la musica is also very much worth it, as is Sant Pau. But walking around is certainly the best for me (if you manage to avoid all the people trying to sell you stuff, sigh…)

  7. Love the post and the pictures of Barcelona! Especially the soft green and pink colored building. And thanks for sharing The Barcelona Guide in your post. Hope you’ve had a lovely time! x

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