2. LOLITA TAPERIA
ARCELONA ISN’T TRYING TO be new. The Catalan city is deeply, unflinchingly rooted in its own history — it seems to convulse outwards from its Gothic centre, claustrophobic winding alleys slowly giving way to Belle Époque grand avenues. The city does not do trends. It does everything its own way. Even its attempts to innovate over the years have been typically weird and off-the-rails: the city’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, was a mastermind of surrealist nonsensicality — and Barcelona has stayed in that general mindset for most of the past century. The city oscillates between high culture and raucous partying, united by a universal admiration for food and drink — tapas are cheap and everywhere, upscale and down, as are beer and vermouth. It’s a city of architects and artists, beach bums and drinkers. Even if you think you know Barcelona, there’s always a new corner to turn down, a new bar to stop at, a new party to find. Or rather, not new — just unlike anything you thought you’d seen before.
Bout of the place, the hotel is within walking distance to just about everything. In Barcelona, there are two modes of eating: tapas and the Adrià brothers (that’s Michelin-starred chefs Albert and Ferran, who run the