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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012
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    Fellow Whitechapelites! I'm spending my holiday in Barcelona this year, a city I've never had the pleasure of visiting before. I've looked up a bunch of standard tourist-y things that I intend to see and do, but now I'm on the lookout for the not-so-obvious stuff. Such as:
    Vintage shops - clothes, records, movies, etc.
    Vegetarian restaurants and cafés (or places with good veggie options).
    Comic book stores.
    Cool places to hear music.
    Or just cool places in general.
    Any tips you globetrotting bunch of super-geniuses can share would be greatly appreciated!
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      CommentAuthorAlberto
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012 edited
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    I haven't been to Barcelona for years, but here's a couple things I'd check if I was going back there. Off the top of my head:

    Sant Antoni Flea Market (every sunday)
    miBa (museum of invention and ideas)
    Tickets & 41º (Snack bar & cocktail club. Upon reservation. Indecently expensive, I'm afraid)
    Razzmatazz (music club)
    Norma (comics shop)
    Antifáz (comics shop)
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    My favourite restaurant in the world is in Barcelona, but I'm not convinced it's very veggie-friendly. They likes the taste of death, the Spanishes.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012 edited
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    I've never been to either but I used to work with a guy who loved Sitges, which is about 30-odd kilometres outside of Barcelona.

    "The Saint-Tropez of Spain" is famed for its annual film festival, beaches, carnival, Malvasia, beaches, historical sites, xató and 15 other beaches - two of which are apparently difficult to access, if you're the adventurous type. But it was mainly the 2010 Bilderberg Secret-Masters-Of-Us-All World Domination Conference & Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament which first got my friend to visit.

    Not really the Bilderberg thing. It was the gay-friendly nature of the place he loved.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2012
     (10749.5)
    Definitely check out the Miro Foundation in Park Montjuic. It's awesome. As for music and cool restaurants, make sure you walk around Vila de Gracia, a very cool neighbourhood in the north, between Joanic tube station in the east and Fontana in the west. It's packed with little bars and restaurants, as well as tiny plazas full of people.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2012
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    Wow, lots of great stuff so far. I'm taking notes like crazy. Thanks, everyone!
    @Si: What's the name of that restaurant? I'm travelling with carnivores who might be interested.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2012
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    Heliogabal Small bar with local acts.

    Juicy Jones Wholesome, healthy etc. The vegetable thali is really good.

    Addis Abeba Sweet Ethopian restaurant in Sants.

    Veg World India Havn't been here, but a friend just recommended it.

    Maoz was pretty much my best friend when I was stuck for a vegetarian snack.

    Also check out Happy Cow and Sin Carne if you are stuck.

    There an awesome flea market at Mercat Del Encants. It has loads of weird shit. Also, vintage clothes.

    There’s a book sale every Sunday 8:00 - 15:00 at the old Mercat de Sant Antoni. You will froth at the selection of old books and comics there.

    Carrer de Tallers near Universitat has a bunch of vintage clothes and records shops. Not as fun as the markets but still worth checking out.

    I’m sure everyone has told you to be careful of pickpockets, but I’ll say it again. Keep your eyes peeled for the clever bastards. A group of lads did the old Ronaldinio on me one night and nicked my wallet.
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    Mathias -- Can Culleretes.

    Heavingly busy - you'll need to book or queue. It's all very hearty rustic grub - none of this fine-dining wank - and the gimmick is that the staff positively refuse to speak (or understand) anything except catalan. So you need to either have a rough-and-ready bit of Spanish (if you can read Castillian you can just about decipher the menu), or have enough of an enlightened attitude to food to point at something random and try it out. It's all very, very, very good.

    Wild boar with prunes is a particular favourite.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2012
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    @Stoto: Awesome, definitely going to look up those restaurants and flea markets.
    @Si: Thanks! I'll pass it on to my meat-loving friends.

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