If you’re visiting Spain, a stop over in Barcelona should be at the top of your list. The Mediterranean seaside city is overflowing with historic architecture, vibrant culture and great eats. There’s plenty to see and do for both you and your furry pal.
Recently, Mister Meatloaf the pug spent four fun filled days exploring Barcelona with his humans. Here’s what they saw, did, and ate during their time in dog-friendly Spain. Enjoy!
We recently visited Barcelona, on the last leg of our European holiday, with a meatloaf. Meatloaf being our pug — full name Mister Meatloaf. Yes, we willingly traveled over 10,000 miles with our pug. No, we are not your typical dog parents. Yes, he is very spoiled. Here is what four days in Barcelona with a Meatloaf looks like.
Visiting Barcelona: Day 1
First stop was Nømad Coffee in the Gothic Quarter, our first third wave coffee in a few days. What Italy lacked in $5 coffee, they surely made up for with pasta.
We spent the afternoon getting lost zig-zagging through the twisting alleys of the Gothic Quarter, eventually coming upon the Catedral de Barcelona, a mighty example of Gothic architecture.
Next stop, more coffee. Yes, we like coffee and we like it expensive and hip. Satan’s Coffee, with its distinctive yellow benches outside, is the perfect place for an afternoon pour over while you people watch.
With both Mister and Papa full of coffee and food, I could finally get them to go shopping. Whenever we travel, I love visiting local dog stores. I’m picky, I won’t buy something just to say I bought it in “x” place. I want it to be authentic to the place we are visiting. Caninetto was just that. The owners and designers were so accommodating, it felt more like a personal styling session. And much to Mister’s delight, they were also very giving with the treats. We would have definitely walked out with the whole store, but alas luggage weight limits exist.
On our way back to our hotel, we walked by a floor to ceiling window display of “cloud” pastries. No idea what they were, so we fondly refer to them as cloud pastries. So light and decadent. 10/10, would recommend.
Satan’s Coffee: Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, open M-F from 9:00am – 6:00pm, on weekends from 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Caninetto Sastrería de Mascotas: Carrer de Viladomat, 57, open M from 4:30pm – 8:30pm, T-F from 11:00am – 2:00pm and from 4:30pm – 8:30pm, and Saturdays from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
You can buy ensaimades (“cloud pastries”) nearby at these bakeries:
Fleca L’Avinguda: Av. de Mistral, 60, open M-Sat. from 7:00am – 8:30pm and Sun from 8:00am –2:00pm.
Forn Mistral: Ronda de Sant Antoni, 96, open every day from 7:00am – 9:00pm.
Visiting Barcelona: Day 2
Took the metro to Poblenou neighborhood.
First stop, Espai Joliu. Every millenial’s dream. Amazing coffee, picture perfect avocado toast, and plants galore.
Second coffee of the day at Skye Coffee.
We then stumbled upon a dog park in the Parc Central del Poblenou and stopped for a quick play and #mamaandmistermatch photo.
Next we wandered through Poblenou’s streets to see some colorful street art.
Last stop of the day, a trip to Platja De Llevant to dip our toes and paws in the Mediterranean. The water was so blue and the sand literally sparkling. Definitely not like our beach back home in San Francisco, which is always consumed by fog.
Espai Joliu: Carrer de Badajoz, 95, open M-F from 9:00am – 7:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Skye Coffee Co.: Carrer de Pamplona, 88, open M-F from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on weekends.
Parc Central del Poblenou: Avinguda Diagonal, 130.
Platja De Llevant: Passeig Marítim del Bogatell, 145.
Visiting Barcelona: Day 3
Brunch at Can Dendê was the best way to start a packed day of sightseeing. Followed by coffee at Three Marks, where we had to have a little photoshoot of Papa and Mister’s match. In case it wasn’t obvious, the Meatloafs love their coffee and matches.
First scenic stop of the day was Cascada Monumental, an amazing representation of Gaudí architecture, tucked inside Parc de la Ciutadella. The park itself is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll, picnic or just people watching.
Every major city always seems to have a famous arch, so we had to visit Barcelona’s. A picture with Arc De Triomf and MM? T(w)oo iconic.
We took the bus out of the city center and up in the hills to catch amazing (almost) 360˚ views at Jardines del Turo del Putxet.
And just a short walk down the hill is the famous Park Güell, which of course Mister couldn’t care less about as he napped. Priorities.
Can Dendê: Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, 44, open Mon from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Thurs from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fri from 9:00am – 4:30pm, and on weekends from 10:00am – 4:30pm.
Three Marks Coffee: Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 151, open M-F from 8:30am – 6:00pm and on weekends from 10:00am – 7:00pm.
Cascada Monumental: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 21.
Jardines del Turo del Putxet: Carrer de Manacor, 9.
Park Güell: enter on Ctra. del Carmel or Carrer d’Olot.
Visiting Barcelona: Day 4
We spent our last day in the Gràcia district shopping, drinking coffee and eating to our heart’s content. Mister of course had to stop at every jamón store we passed and refused to move.
Two notable highlights of the day: cinnamon rolls at Candela Canela and our lives are that much better because of it.
And of course visiting Gaudí’s first house, Casa Vicens. With an art degree, I’ve seen a lot of art in my days. The tiling and architecture here easily make this one of the top three pieces of art I’ve ever seen.
Candela Canela: Carrer de Ros de Olano, 48, open Mon from 12:00pm – 8:00pm, T-Sat. from 11:00am – 8:00pm, closed on Sundays.
Casa Vicens: Carrer de les Carolines, 20.
From the moment we landed to the moment we took off, every second here was so special. The crisp air, mesmerizing architecture, authentic people, tree-lined streets, plethora of balconies and dog-friendliness made us want to stay forever. Barcelona is a must-do for any person and pup. But don’t take our word for it, go see for yourself. Happy traveling!
Known as Keary in the real world, or Mama Meatloaf in the world of dog Instagrams. Mister Meatloaf, my pug and mini-me, is such a personality, I knew I had to share him with the world. In our little corner of the Internet, we are always immaculately dressed to match each other (#mamaandmistermatch), traveling to new places, serving up sass, and giving back to the dog community.
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