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Barcelona Foodies Trip, What did I miss?

arnage | | Nov 8, 2012 12:27 PM

My fiancé and I are spending 3 nights in Barcelona prior to a 10 night cruise (to Palma de Mallorca, Malta, Sicily, Naples, Rome and Florence!), and one night (Monday Xmas Eve) after the cruise in Barcelona before we fly out the morning of Christmas Day. I put together the following itinerary for Barcelona after reading every chowhound thread on this city, dating to a year back. We haven't booked a hotel yet but are looking at Casa Camper or Hotel 1898 for the first 3 nights as their locations are centralized. We may book Europark on Xmas Eve due to its Eixample location. I am looking forward to all the seafood/tapas culture, but my fiancé is not big on seafood unless it's fried or raw (such as sashimi) as he is a big meat eater. We would appreciate any input and any must not miss dishes at the places we are visiting :)

Day 1 Tuesday (taking it easy after red eye flight from nyc):
Breakfast: La Pallaresa Chocolate Restauant for hot chocolate/churros
Lunch: El Quim de la Boqueria and/or Pinotxo
Stop by Escriba chocolate shop for treats including the chocolate croissant
Snack: If we're not sick of hot chocolate churros, stop by La Granja for hot chocolate and buy churros a few doors down.
Dinner: Cal Pep (we plan to be there at 7:30 when they open), otherwise if the wait is long, we'll go to Bar Celta or Euskal Etxea?

Attractions we're planning to visit:
Las Ramblas/Gothic Quarter
Palace of Catalan Music (is the tour worth it? unfortunately there isn't a performance happening that appeals to us)
Picasso Museum
Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar (is it worth it to pay to visit the roof?)
El Born
Guell Palace (if we're not exhausted by this point, or we will visit this on Thurs instead)

Day 2 Wednesday:
Lunch: Alkimia
Dinner: Cinc Sentits

Attractions we're planning to visit:
Placa Sagrada Familia (before lunch)
Guell Park (after lunch)
Casa Batllo
La Pedrera - Mila House (if we have time)

Day 3 Thursday
Breakfast: If we didn't go on Tues, stop by La Granja for hot chocolate/churros
Lunch: Pinotxo at the market (if didn't visit on Tues), otherwise if we need a break from Tapas, we may eat at Koy Shunka (or Comerc24?)
Snack: Quimet & Quimet (if time permits)
Dinner: Reservation at Hisop, however may go to Tickets at 7 to see if there are any cancellations (are my odds of getting a table worth the trek?)

Attractions we're planning to visit:
Guell Palace (if we didn't visit on Tues)
Mirador de Colon
take cable car to Montjuïc (have to figure out how to do this, online descriptions sound confusing to a non native)
walk down to Magic fountain (sad there won't be a show)

Day 4 Friday
Lunch: Cerveceria Catalana
Boarding cruiseship in the afternoon

Day after Cruise Monday Xmas Eve
Lunch: Paco Meralgo
Dinner: Gelonch

Planning to visit:
Passeig de Gracia for some relaxing shopping
perhaps La Pedrera - Mila House

Some general questions:
1) On the short list of restaurants we're considering eating at instead of one of the options above (should we sub in any of the below?):
Tapas 24
Euskal Etxea
Bar Celta
Abac (should we sub in for Cinc Sentits/Hisop/Gelonch)?
Dos Palillos
Vioko (is this gelato/chocolate shop worth a visit? It's not near anything we're visiting)

2) We are planning to walk a lot and thus are considering a centralized hotel. However to get to Sagrada Familia/Guell Park/Montjuic, I'm assuming the metro is the fastest/cheapest method to travel? Are there 3 day metro passes to buy or it won't be worth it if we're walking a ton?

3) We looked at Barcelona Card, Museum Card etc but they don't seem worth it for the attractions we're visiting. Are there any other discounts available? (the Paris Museum pass was so handy)

4) We're considering a day trip to Montserrat, perhaps on Xmas Eve but we're not sure if it'll be too stressful. Should we just stay in Barcelona to enjoy the city more leisurely?

5) Is the beach worth a visit or it'll be too cold in December?

Thank you in advance for your input and reading my long post!