Some of these coffee shops are really romantic spots. And if you just need some relax time, check out the 12 best spas in Barcelona.
Barcelona is my birth place and I know the city inside out. I started this article initially with the idea to pull together 17 romantic things to do.
However, once Matthias and I sat down and started brainstorming, this list kept growing and growing.
Altogether I am sharing with you 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona.
My 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona
So, let’s get a bit romantic and start with one of my absolute highlights:
1. Aire Barcelona SPA (by night)
How about visiting a SPA at night?
And not just any. Aire Barcelona is an Arabic spa and it is pure luxury. I cannot state this enough. Besides the spa experience, you can book extra massages. There is a sauna, a salty pool, a hot tub, a cold one, free hot tea, and well, everything!
The first time we booked Aire Barcelona Spa back in 2014 and we come back whenever we can.
My recommendation for a romantic date: Go here at midnight! A Spa session lasts 1.5h and is limited to 20 people. This makes it super cozy, intimate, and, well, romantic!
Food, another way to get romantic, right? Italians know a thing or two here.
Cucine Mandarosso is my favorite Italian restaurant in Barcelona. It is sooooo delicious! It is usually busy. So, if you can, call them up first and make a reservation. They speak English, don’t worry:
About the interior: The place is quite small and antique.
It is packed with noodles (as decor) and more curious, patina-style Italian decor. Fun to look around.
Also, the dimmed light helps the cozy setting.
3. Have a drink at a roof top terrace
Hotel 1898 is located in a restored 19th-century building next to famous Las Ramblas, in the city center. Not only that the building is a historical heritage in the city, but it has also refurbished the interior.
It offers a spa service, restaurant and a swimming pool on the roof-top terrace.
Some would say: They offer a full romance package!
If you want to join more people, there is also many free walking tours. The guys from NEXT Barcelona Tours are pretty cool!
The tours are tip-based. You leave a tip at the end to the guide, most people give around 5 to 10€.
6. Cooking class for homemade Paella
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf
It is true! Barcelona is also a foodie paradise. Therefore, a cooking class is a good idea to join.
How about food?
Barcelona is a serious foodie-paradise, perfect for some cooking classes. No wonder we recommend joining an awesome cooking class! The best way to do it is joining a combo of visiting a market and cooking class. It is the best way to impress your friends at home with a delicious Paella or Tapas. There is a ton of cool paella cooking classes with Airbnb Experience.
Here is a handpicked recommendation. We enjoyed BCN Kitchen. Their courses are fun and well-made. It’s really worth it the money. You visit a local market and learn to cook Paella like a boss!
Whatever course you chose, I would recommend one with a local market tour and cooking!
Here’s what you’ll learn to cook:
Seafood Paella, the authentic taste of Spain (vegetarian options available!)
Crema Catalana (delicious desert)
Pá amb tomáquet (simple but delicious Catalan way of eating bread)
Prices start from 68€. We got a lovely 5% discount here as well!
Now we mentioned a few romantic spots. Here comes the perfect add-on: A romantic picnic!
We found an awesome website that offered the service of ordering delicious picnic baskets and bring them wherever you want in the city.
PERFECT for a romantic surprise for your partner!
UPDATE: This company is no longer working, but you get the idea, right?
Just get some picnic food and head to a romantic place (e.g. Bunker del Carmel).
11. Having Brunch at Can Dende
We LOVE brunch, and our favorite place is Can Dende. It is usually really busy, but you cannot make any reservations.
Just come here, and hope for the best. It is totally worth it even if you have to wait.
12. Get lost in La Boqueria
La Boqueria has become a really hot spot and we can see why. Foodies, curious future-foodies and tourist mix there and try to catch up for the best food experience.
My best advise, go early or it will be packed.
So be sure you are on time and join one of the best culinary experiences in a Market.
Whenever you come here, make sure you walk inside. Do not stay outside and buy something from the first shops. NO.
There it’s more local, and you find way better prices and curious things.
And finally, get a smoothie here. They are yummyyyyy!
13. Rent a Red Vespa – like in the movies
A red Vespa, you know, like in the movies. A scooter is the best way to get around the city. And a red Vespa is the best way to get around in style.
Surprise your partner by a romantic scooter trip around the city.
14. Have a rest at the cleanest beach
Needing some time to recover from the tourist crowds?
Then head to Bogatell beach, where locals and expats hang around. It might have people, but not as many as Barceloneta, and the romantic ambiance won’t be broken each 2 seconds with “Mojito, cola, agua” vendors.
FYI: Please do not leave your belongings unattended, especially at the beach. There are many thieves looking for opportunities.
If you both want to go to the water, you can ask politely your neighbor to keep an eye on the things. You can return the favor to them the same way.
15. Order a coffee at Espai Joliu
Espai Joliu is a plant concept store and the most beautiful coffee shop in Barcelona. Here, we love to stop by every time. Check out their photos on Instagram.
It looks even better in real-life.
This is a beautiful coffee shop near the beach. It is recommended to come here for lunch and to have a coffee.