Ins & Outs of Spanish Saffron: All You Need to Know About Azafrán

Brightly colored saffron in a wooden spoon

Known as the “red gold” of Spain, azafrán or saffron is one of Spain’s most prized ingredients, present in a wide range of dishes and culinary traditions. Today, there are many regions worldwide that produce this luxurious red spice, however, Spanish saffron is considered to be some of the best there is. But what exactly […]

How to Order Drinks in Spanish Like a Local

Red wine being poured from a bottle into small chato glasses

Your bags are packed, your tickets are booked, and you’re counting down the days until you arrive in Spain. Now, all that’s left to do is brush up on those important Spanish phrases—and no, we’re not talking about “¿Dónde está el baño?” Serious matters only—you want to be sure you know how to order drinks […]

Best-Ever (+ Simple!) Crema Catalana Recipe

Caramelizing the sugar with a blowtorch on the best crema catalana in Barcelona.

Crema catalana is Europe’s lesser-known custard dessert, and we’re here to make sure it gets the credit it deserves! It’s easy to compare crema catalana and its French counterpart, creme brûlée. Both are quite similar to one another, but with some notable differences. And then there’s the matter of their origins—to this day, people still debate about who […]

Romantic Barcelona: 5 Things to Do With Your Special Someone

Cable cars over Barcelona

From the mysterious Gothic Quarter to the countless beautiful views of the city from abve, Barcelona is easy to fall in love with—and in! These are just a few of our favorite romantic Barcelona sights and experiences. Get ready to make the most of the Catalan capital with your special someone. Romantic Barcelona: 5 Things […]

5 Essential Items for Every Spanish Kitchen

Caramelizing the sugar with a blowtorch on the best crema catalana in Barcelona.

This blog post was originally posted on March 5, 2015, and was updated on January 28, 2021. Dreaming of that perfect Spanish kitchen? Make sure you stock it with the essentials! Spanish cuisine is based on simple, fresh ingredients, with some of its best signature dishes using ingredients as basic as an egg to create […]

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Spain Lovers

Plate of cured ham from Cinco Jotas in southern Spain

Spain is the kind of place that sticks with you. It’s the kind of place that, as soon as you leave, you find yourself yearning to come back to. In the meantime, you’ll likely find yourself scouring your local wine shop for bottles of Rioja, attempting to recreate some of your favorite tapas recipes at […]

9 Michelin Star Restaurants in Barcelona for the Meal of a Lifetime

Moments is one of the top Michelin restaurants in Barcelona, with many dishes inspired by chef Carme Ruscalleda's Catalan heritage.

This blog post was originally posted on June 24, 2019 and was updated on October 21, 2020. Few experiences are more prized in the foodie world than dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. These are the kinds of places where you’ll never have the same meal twice, thanks to their constant innovation and focus on seasonal […]

Where to Rent Bikes in Barcelona & What to Know Before You Ride

people walking with bikes

Public transportation in Barcelona is cheap, easy, and efficient. But as a visitor, you probably want to be out and about rather than stuck underground on the subway. Without a doubt, one of the best ways to see this vibrant city is by bicycle and thankfully, renting bikes in Barcelona is fairly easy for visitors. […]

7 Incredible Spots to Watch the Sunset in Barcelona

It’s no doubt that Barcelona is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet—especially at sunset.  As evening falls over the city, Barcelona takes on a special kind of magic that you have to experience for yourself. Of course, since Barcelona lies on Spain’s eastern coast, you won’t be able to catch a true […]

All About Spanish Rice: Arroz Caldoso, Paella & More

Plate of seafood paella served with a whole shrimp and mussels

 Paella is just the beginning when it comes to Spanish rice dishes! Depending on where in the country you are, the type of pan your rice is cooked in and the ingredients it contains, rice can go by a huge range of names here in Spain. Making sure you know which words to look for […]

65 Small Businesses in Barcelona You Can Support Right Now

Staff of Bodega La Palma in Barcelona

It’s hard to believe that in 2019, Barcelona was suffering a completely different tourism-related crisis: we had too many visitors. Overtourism was a hot topic in Barcelona in recent years, and visiting the city in a responsible way had never been more important. But now, like many cities in Europe, Barcelona hasn’t been immune to […]

The Only Cava Sangria Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Glass of cava sangria with strawberries

This blog post was originally posted on May 13, 2015 and was updated on September 8, 2020. Using cava rather than the traditional red wine for sangria is a twist on this classic recipe that you didn’t know you needed. Sangria is one of the most sought-after drinks among visitors to Spain. But what many […]

Mama Carmen’s Fideuà Recipe

Join in on one of the many cool walking tours in Barcelona and discover some of the famous local spots to enjoy the city at its best!

This blog post was originally posted on March 9, 2016, and was updated on September 8, 2020. Everyone’s heard of paella—but what about its noodle-based cousin, fideuà? Try making it yourself with this fideuà recipe. This recipe comes from one of our favorite people in Barcelona: Mama Carmen, whose small seaside restaurant Cal Papi was a […]

Coffee in Spain: A Total Guide on What to Try & How to Order

coffee in Spain

Coffee in Spain 101 In Spain, the espresso brewing method is the most popular way to prepare coffee in Spain. This method forces extremely hot, pressurized water through finely ground coffee beans, resulting in a stronger flavor in a smaller amount of coffee. As a result, coffee brewed in this manner is often referred to […]

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