What I did and saw:
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia-
The Sagrada Familia is still the most impressive building, and it is still not finished yet. It is scheduled to be completed in 2026, but it remains to be seen if it will be finished on that schedule. Designed by Antoni Guadi, who is responsible for many of Barcelona's famous landmarks, the building is impressive in both its size and its detail.
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya-
The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya is a theater and event space. I visited it when it played host to the All Those Food Market, which featured a number of local restaurants, cafes, vendors, and artisans. It was a nice way to get a sampling of a variety of interesting food and drink items all in one fun place.
Mercat dels Encants-
Located around the corner from the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya is the Mercat dels Encats. It is essential a very large flea market where a very wide variety of different products are sold at low prices.
Arc de Triomf-
Built for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, the Arc de Triomf is a beautiful gateway that leads towards the Parc de la Ciutadella. It is also the site of various festivals, and there are often street performers active in the area.
Where I ate and drank:
Three Marks Coffee-
In a city with a number of great cafes that I love, my favorite cafe in Barcelona is Three Marks Coffee. They offer excellent craft coffee and some tasty and healthy snacks. I would often get a nitro cold brew or just a batch brew and work (the wifi is good too), read, or chat with friends.
Run by the 2019 Spain AeroPress Champ, Jianit Cai, you would be hard-pressed (pardon the pun) to find a better cup of AeroPress in Barcelona. They also serve some tasty snacks and offer good wifi.
The best Chinese food I've had in Barcelona was at Chen Ji, right around the corner from the Arc de Triomf and the Estacio del Nord bus station.
The best taco place I have been to in Barcelona is La Taqueria, just around the corner from the beautiful Sagrada Familia. The food is super tasty, and there is a specialty Mexican market across the street if you want to try recreate the deliciousness at home.
Cal Marius 449-
If you are looking for an inexpensive pastrami sandwich, Cal Marius 449 is a good option. They serve sandwiches not typically found in Barcelona.
La Bona Pinta-
Although it is not a large place, La Bona Pinta has an excellent selection of craft beers.
For next time:
Next time in the Fort Pienc/Sagrada Familia area I would like to check out Monk Station, which is said to have an excellent selection of Belgian brews.
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