No Uber or Lyft in Barcelona. Use the app mytaxi instead. Supposedly Hailo also works there, but I’ve tested mytaxi and it’s definitely available. UPDATE: we never used the app. There are taxis everywhere, just make sure they take cards before you get in, but cash is fine.
They do accept credit cards, but I’m sure cash is appreciated. Remember to get a receipt
Lots of professional pickpockets here. Be extra careful and avoid letting people bump into you(super crowded though) and don’t touch your pocket where your wallet or valuables are.
Stands at the front more expensive
Several top market recommendations:
bacallà salat (dried salted cod)– usually comes in an esqueixada, a tomato, onion and black-olive salad with frisée lettuce
percebes (goose-necked barnacles) – much loved across Spain, these look like witch fingers and are eaten with a garlic and parsley sauce.
calçots (a cross between a leek and an onion), which are chargrilled and the insides eaten as a messy whole
Fresh fruit juice – 1-2 euro each
El Pinotxo, just to the right of the entrance
MUST FIND – Head down the centre of the market to just behind the fish sections. You will find a small stall manned by an Italian man with a wood fired oven selling pizzas by the slice – a favourite of El Bulli’s founder Ferran Adria
Get cone of Cheese & Iberico Ham from Mas Gourmets
After multiple visits to NYC, I’ve finally gotten around to checking out other areas of island that aren’t Midtown. My friend had just recently gone to the Tenement Museum and loved it. I hadn’t heard of it, but I trust her recommendations and Yelp also had tons of great reviews. I decided to make a day out of being in the area.
Like everything in NYC, this itinerary is walkable. It’s also pretty cheap, except for the Tenement Museum tickets, which are about $25 each.
1. Start your day with some lunch at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle. It’s a tiny ramen shop with only 4 tables and there’s barely a sign outside the door. That’s how you know it’s freaking delicious. They speak some English and it’s cash only. However, me and 3 friends went, stuffed ourselves, and the whole bill was $26, which is basically what brunch costs per person anywhere else in NYC. Who wants to feel like a baller and cover the whole bill?! Here’s a picture of the outside so you know where to walk in.
2. There’s always room for dessert. Make your way to the Donut Plant. They highly recommended the creme brûlée donut, which I had and pretty much saw new colors after eating it. I also had the hot chocolate with a giant handmade marshmallow cube in it. This hot chocolate was basically like drinking a delicious creamy, chocolatey cloud. Check it out:
3. On the way to the museum, there’s a really cool bar/liquor store called Top Hops Beer Shop. It’s basically a bunker full of an insane number of craft beers and all goods/services beer-related. You can also get/bring a growler to fill up full of wonderful beer. It’s a pretty heavenly place.
4. Ever thought there could be a bakery that’s vegan, gluten-free, and good? Me neither. But then we went to BabyCakes. This place is rated very highly by a lot of people, including Martha Stewart.
5. You’ll run into a lot of art galleries on the way. They’re free, but there’s a range of what’s good and bad.
6. The final stop was the Tenement Museum. We did the Shop Life tour. This was a really unique museum experience because it’s guided and interactive and you see replica/restored rooms that are historically accurate. I was skeptical about how much fun it would be, but all the Yelp reviews convinced us. Even my friend who doesn’t really like historical museums really enjoyed herself. Definitely check it out.