If you are heading to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week (https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/), you may find Seasonal Cities’ Winter 2016 guide to the city handy. You can download the iOS app at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/seasonal-cities/id892365913?mt=8.
It contains the top five sights, events, shops, restaurants, bars and hotels for the season, all hand-picked by our resident expert writer. It also suggests the best options according to the realtime weather forecast. And it’s just £0.79p per guide. To get you started, here are three great places to eat, drink and be merry (or sleep).
EAT – Pakta – Experimental
When it comes to unique tasting menus, nothing in Barcelona compares with this tranquil temple of Nikkei fusion (the fascinating blend of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine). With the grand, 25-course Machu Picchu tasting menu chock-full of traditional Andean ingredients given a modern makeover (you’ll discover a kaleidoscopic world of potatoes you never knew existed), this elegant gastronomic experience by chef Albert Adrià is very special indeed.
Favourite table: for a group of four, the padded booth in the back by the kitchen is best. Couples can pick the table by the window and single diners should go for the sushi bar.
DRINK – Casa Lolea – Aperitifs
At this new addition to Barcelona’s Sant Pere neighbourhood, sangria is the star (with aromatic local vermouths and tasty tapas playing supporting roles). Some guides tell you that sangria is for tourists, and on Las Ramblas it usually is. However, at this place the delicious drink comes in a variety of styles and is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike, in any season.
Favourite drink: Sangria Lolea ‘La Cala’ on ice – a blend of bold red wine infused with winter citrus, rosemary and cinnamon.
SLEEP – Cotton House Hotel – New (pictured)
It seems everything that superstar interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán touches turns to gold, because the new Cotton House Hotel is dazzling. Housed in the former headquarters of the city’s Cotton Textile Foundation, this five-star member of the Marriott Autograph Collection is beautifully done. Full of restored elements from its 19th-century glory, the landmark building is the hottest spot for a luxury stay in downtown Barcelona.
Favourite room: go all out with the Damask Suite, featuring original parquet floors and ornate ceilings.