After doing quite a bit of research on this board and elsewhere on the net, I’m now coming to CH for all of your sage advice! Our family of four will be in Barcelona at the beginning of July with our children 5 & 2 ½. Their ability to sit and have a meal that lasts more than 45 minutes really depends on a lot of different factors, but the 2 year old gets antsy and likes to walk around if there isn't "entertainment". I plan on letting both kids use ipods as a self preservation method for my husband and I (otherwise we'll be eating most of our meals at a park). Handing over the ipod is not something I’ve tried for restaurants at home (but they do use them for car rides that are more than 2 hours, so I know they’ll use them).
We are staying at a hotel on the Rambla and arrive in the afternoon on a Saturday. I’m thinking we’ll want to walk somewhere for dinner – I was thinking Tapeo, Origens 99.9 or Ceverceria Catalana?
Sunday Grab breakfast at Bar Lobo (or ?), tour the Sagrada and then hopefully can get a reservation at Kaiku for that afternoon & then wander along be the beach for the rest of the day….. and for dinner or snacks later? I’m up for suggestions. Also, how far ahead should one book at Kaiku?
Is there some sort of market (besides the Boqueria-which will be closed) that will be open on Sunday near our hotel where I can buy snacks for the room & other things like diapers?
We will have a stroller with us sometimes to help with the long walks, it’s not a big one, but slightly bigger than an umbrella stroller & I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with how accommodating restaurants are with letting us put it somewhere inside if we fold it up.
We are fortunate to have a friend of a friend that is going to babysit for us for up to three nights of our stay. We have reservations at Tickets on a Tuesday. I was thinking Cal Pep on Monday night (or is this a place where we could attempt it with our kids for lunch or dinner?) We also have a reservation at Comerc 24 (without kids) on Wednesday night, but I was thinking maybe Cinc Sentis or Hysop? There are so many amazing looking places and not a lot of time! Doesn’t even need to be fancy- want someplace with fantastic food – it does not need to be fancy or even look pretty. Lively room is a plus, but we love finding hole in the wall places at home with amazing food & when traveling it’s no different.
We were also thinking of taking a day trip to Sitges (kids love beaches & trains ☺). Any lunch recommendations there?
Thank you in advance for your help. I promise to post our experiences post travels to help future travelers with kids!