Anyone looking for a tapas bar in Barcelona should look no further than Bar Pinotxo, popular amongs tourists and locals. The bar is a 14-seat tapas bar specializing in Catalan cuisine. It is the most famous eatery in the Mercat de la Boqueria, a marketplace in Barcelona, with its main business from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s best to arrive early, but the line moves along quickly throughout the day and the wait time is usually 15–30 minutes. There’s no set strategy for waiting for a turn to sit at the bar, most people just hover and wait for someone else to finish.
The food is fantastic. It’s part of the reason people made it such a popular place to eat in the city. The other side to its popularity is the amicable owner, Juanito Bayen, who comes out dressed in a pressed vest and bowtie to mingle with his customers. There’s no menu, so the owner will suggest foods for people to eat.
Unfortunately, the bar will run out of supplies from the rush of people in the morning and, by the afternoon, not everything will be available. This is a restaurant that must be experienced full,y so it’s recommended to arrive early and ready to eat. All of the dishes are divine and made to be an explosion of taste in your mouth.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.