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Paris

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Overview
The capital of France and the capital of love, Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors. With its instantly recognisable architectural icons, beautiful boutiques and a tasty cuisine, Paris is perfect for any type of trip whether it be for couples, family’s or solo travel Paris puts a smile on all travellers faces. 
Best Time to Visit

Paris is perfect year-round, with warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also crowds. During colder months skies are grey, but there are fewer tourists. There are events year-round, from outdoor summer concerts to holiday extravaganzas in the winter.
Paris
 Transportation
The ever-expanding metro and RER train systems transport Parisians just about anywhere they want to go. It’s cheap and efficient; a single ticket costs €1.80 and day passes start at €7. Taxis and buses are also easily accessible, but locals will walk or grab a Vélib bicycle if they don’t have far to go.
Paris Weather
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 5°C (41°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Know Before Visiting
Paris is a diverse, evolving city, so leave many of the Hollywood stereotypes at home. Try to speak French a bit and dress a little nicer than usual, but in the end, relax. Even Parisians wear sneakers—albeit fashionable ones.

Language
French

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Arc de Triomphe

Situated at end of the Champs-Élysées the Arc de Triomphe has been a defining symbol of Paris since its completion in 1836. Engraved on the arch are numerous victories, while beneath it is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Climb to the top for stunning views of Paris without the need to climb the Eiffel Tower.
Opening Times: Daily 1000-2300 (Apr-Sep); daily 1000-2230 (Oct-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred-Heart Basilica)

A series of steps lead to the white domed Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, which dominates Montmartre. The interior is splendid with neo-Byzantine mosaics and the domed tower offers a spectacular view over Paris. The crypt contains an interesting collection of religious relics and a slide show on the construction of the Basilica.
Opening Times: Daily 0600-2230 (Basilica); Crypt and dome times vary.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

There’s no missing this mighty cathedral sat smack in the centre of the Seine. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ranks as one of France's finest examples of gothic architecture. Visitors flock here to admire its massive rose windows and impressive flying buttresses - and to look for a certain gargoyle.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0745-1845, Sun 0745-1930.
Admission Fees: No (charge for towers and treasury)
Wheelchair Friendly: No
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Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)

Home of some of the world's most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The permanent collection also includes Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian and oriental antiquities, as well as sculptures, objects d'art, prints and drawings.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month and 14 July)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum)

This collection of Pablo Picasso’s work is housed in a stunning 17th-century mansion in the Marais. All phases of his art are represented, with preparatory sketches and paintings covering the Blue Period, Rose Period, cubism, classicism and surrealism, and sculptures ranging from a huge plaster head to a small cat. Memorable works include the self-portrait Paolo as Harlequin, the surreal LargeNude in a Red Armchair and poignant paintings of Marie-Thérèse, his lover and muse. We advise to Book in advance.
Opening Times: Tus-Fri 1130-1800, Sat-Sun 0930-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

The emblematic Eiffel Tower towers over the Champ de Mars in the smart 7th arrondissement and its third floor offers a sweeping panorama of Paris. Directly underneath is a fascinating view of the delicate ironwork constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It’s a long trek up the stairs, but it takes less time than queuing for the lifts.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-0000 (Jun-Sep); daily 0930-2300 (Sep-Jun).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Centre Georges Pompidou (Georges Pompidou Centre)

Designed to look like a building turned inside out, tubes, pipes, stairs and fittings race around the outside of the building in an unapologetic display of primary colours. The art on the inside makes the exterior look tame. The centre was extended to cope with the huge numbers of people visiting its expanding collection of contemporary art and multimedia library.
Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1100-2100.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)

There’s something eerily fascinating about visiting the burial site of celebrities like Molière, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. Jim Morrison’s grave lives on in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise as well. Before you go though make sure to print a map out online as it can be quite hard to find some of the graves - download a printable version here.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1730, Sun 0900-1730 (Nov-Mar); Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat: 0830-1800, Sun 0900-1800 (Mar-Nov).
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum)

The Musée d’Orsay is a magnificently restored railway station that houses France’s national collection of art from 1848 to 1914. The museum has attracted many from far and wide to see Manet's Déjeunersurl'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), five Monet canvases of Rouen Cathedral, ballet scenes by Dégas, and works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Opening Times: Tues-Wed, Fri-Sun 0930-1800; Thurs 0930-2145.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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The Catacombs

A museum somewhat, home to the remains of six million people, venture down the tunnels under the streets of Paris in a maze of skulls and bones, many in which are moulded into pieces of art. If your planning we go to the catacombs be prepared for a very long wait or arrive an hour before opening.
Opening Times: Tuesday- Sunday 10am - 8pm.
Admission Fees: yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: no.
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Food & Drink
Du Pain et des Idées

This bakery is widely known all over paris and theres a very good reason why. Let’s talk sweets; it makes some of the best buttery, flaky pastries around, and no one should leave Paris without trying its signature escargot, a spiral filled with pistachio paste and chocolate bits.
Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
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Harry’s Bar

While frilly cocktails are all the rage, sometimes you want to get back to basics. The Bloody Mary and several other drinks were all created at this old-timey bar back in the early 1900s. Come take a sip of history and check out the Bloody Mary or the Side Car or Blue Lagoon.
Address: 5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris, France
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Berthillon

It’s the most famous ice cream in town. It's so popular that the main parlour actually closes down in the summer. Business must be good. One lick of the salted butter caramel or strawberry and basil will make it obvious why this is the case.
Address: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
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Relais de l’Entrecôte

Both Travellers and locals alike line up for this restaurant’s only dish - steak frites. It's drowned in a mystery green sauce. Don’t just leave when you are finished as they are known coming around offering second portions. Situated in four different locations; Pierre-Fatio, Marbeuf, St-Benoît and Montparnasse.
Address: 101 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
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Pierre Hermé

Macarons are everywhere in Paris and beyond, but the most innovative and elegant examples are found here. If you want a real macaron, Parisians will tell you to pay Pierre Hermé a visit.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
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La Tour d’Argent

While not the cheapest restaurant in Paris, the duck is meant to be the standout dish here, in the restaurant where the French royalty allegedly first used a fork. You pay extra for the history and depending on your budget its probably worth it.
Address: 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
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Le Mary Celeste

Though it’s become a bit of a scene at Mary Celeste, the oysters at here are as good as its cocktails. A variety of options await those hungry for a taste of the ocean, with just a squeeze of lemon.
Address: 75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
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Pink Flamingo

This Franco-American establishment has some of the oddest pizzas, and the Basquiat, with Gorgonzola, dried figs, and French country ham is a best-seller. You won’t find this on a slice in New York, that’s for sure.
Address: 105 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
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David Toutain

Toutain is one of the newest Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, and its tasting menu is nothing short of mastery. Innovative, playful, and relatively affordable, the tasting menu at lunch or dinner is the only way to go.
Address: 29 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, France
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Nightlife
Le Bar Du Plaza D’Athénee

A cosy mix of old and new, built With warm wood paneling mixed with a transparent bar and other contemporary features. Famous for its cocktails, that are up there with the best of them, and with a restaurant by Alain Ducasse next door, we’d expect nothing less.

Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
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Palais Maillot
At this luxurious and roomy club near Porte Maillot, their legendary After Works, usually on Thursdays, start at around 7pm and go until past midnight. Other nights of the week you'll find featured DJs, Summer Sessions and other themed nights. Check their website to see what's coming up. This club is a comfortable venue where those who want to just chill can and the others in your party who want to get their rock on can hit the dance floor for as long as they can.

Address: Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris, France
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Le Montana
This club and bar is located on a small St. Germain-des-Prés street and happens to be right next to Café Flore. Hence, it's one of those clubs hidden in plain sight. It has the reputation of being ultra-exclusive and for the most part lives up to that reputation. Revamped by über-cool graphic artist André, Le Montana is a VIP magnet - Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Bruno and Kate Moss have all hit the floor here since the relaunch. The biggest challenge is getting through the door.

Address: 28 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris, France
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Le Crazy Horse

To say that Crazy Horse is like any other Las Vegas show is just not doing it justice. These dancers, this choreography and the supremely innovative lighting that accompanies each act serve to transport you to a sort of world removed far far away from the daily grind. So go ahead, treat yourself.
Address: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
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Wanderlust
A newer spot that anchors the Left Bank, Wanderlust is the expansive terrace bar and club that perches atop the Cite de la Mode et du Design. Wanderlust is run by the same team that runs Silencio and the dance club part of the programming happens only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm onwards and goes until 6am and with a terrace view overlooking the Seine, what more do you want from a club?
Address: d'Austerlitz,, 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France
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Transportation

Public transport:
Public transport in Paris is plentiful, relatively easy to understand and when compared to other capital cities pretty good value for money. The Paris Metro serves most tourists’ needs. Stops for the main sights and attractions are clearly signposted. Free transport maps are available at Paris metro stations, bus terminals and tourist offices and are usually available as leaflets at most hotels.
To link it all together, there’s the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) an integrated, five-zone system of bus, metro and trains that is both cheap and efficient.

For the Paris Metro, one ticket covers one journey, whether you travel for one stop, 20 stops, change trains or fall asleep and wake up at the end of the line. The one great failing, however, is the relative lack of lifts or escalators and the narrow ticket barriers. Trying to get around with prams, suitcases, crutches or wheelchairs is a challenge that you might decide you’d rather skip.
Taxis:
Taxis in Paris can be hailed in the street or caught at taxi ranks.
*Uber is also available in and around Paris and is a great alternative than Taxi’s. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
As with most major cities, driving in central Paris is usually more trouble than it’s worth. Most hotels do not have garages, parking is difficult (illegally parked cars are towed away) and traffic jams are frequent. with the combination of taxis and public transport, there’s really little need for you to battle the roads yourself.
Bicycle hire:
Vélib’ is Paris's city-wide bike hire service. The first half hour is free, with low charges thereafter. The 1,800 stands mean you are never more than 300m away from picking up one of the 20,000 bikes. And besides, is there anything more romantic than seeing Paris by bike?
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Tips
- 18-25 year-old EU-citizens can get free admission to many Parisian museums and attractions. Check prices at the entrance.
Every first Sunday of the month, many Parisian museums offer free admission — expect long queues.
- Practical information about the metro, bus and RER network, including departure times and multi-day tickets, is found on the RATP website.
- When the metro closes, the night buses start running. It’s a good network, accessible with your normal metro and multi-day passes. For Noctilien timetables, see the RATP website.
- Cycle like a Parisian. Insert your credit card in a Vélib bike to take it wherever and whenever you want, cycling through the city. Be mindful of the traffic.
- Be aware that drinking and eating on terraces is more expensive than in the bar or restaurant itself. Plus, the closer a restaurant is to a hotspot, the higher the prices will be.
- Pay careful attention to your belongings, especially in metros and around tourist attractions.
- Do not sign any petitions or papers from people without a badge, don’t play betting games and be mindful of tricks that distract you in order to steal your valuable possessions.
- If you know that you’ll be making several journeys on the Metro, you can save money by buying a carnet (a batch of 10 tickets) instead of paying for each ticket one by one.



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New York

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Overview
From Wall Street's skyscrapers to Central Park's green paths, New York City pulses with an uncontrollable energy. History meets hipness in this global centre of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance. New York City is split into Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island; although most of your time will be spend in an around Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Best Time to Visit

Year-round. Central Park is as beautiful in full bloom as it is blanketed in snow. Each season offers something just a bit different—and equally worth seeing.
New York 
Transportation
With more than 650 miles of subway track and the largest fleet of busses in North America, NYC’s public-transit system is the easiest way to get around. A single MetroCard ride (good for all subway and bus routes, plus access in and out of New Jersey on the efficient PATH train) costs $2.75; a seven-day unlimited MetroCard costs $31.
New York Weather
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 2.2°C (36°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 28.9°C (83°F).
Know Before Visiting
Snag considerable deals on hotels—and experience NYC when it’s not packed to the brim!—just after New Year’s and in summer. These seasons offer easy access to what would otherwise be crowded exhibitions, activities, and restaurants.

Language
English

Electric
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)
Currency
United States Dollar ($)
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Barcelona

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Overview

With mountains on one side, the sea on the other and an exciting urban hub in between, Barcelona has to be the ultimate city destination. The home of modernist artist Gaudi and with a cultural verve unmatched in Spain, the capital of Catalonia is a jumble of fantastical and modern buildings, medieval streets and lively beaches.
Best Time to Visit

July and August can get quite hot and humid, so the best time to go is early summer (May-June) and fall (September-October), when it’s pleasant and mild.
Barcelona
Transportation
Barcelona has an excellent public transport network. Buy a T10 pass from any ticket machine to get ten one-way trips for €8. Alternatively, if you buy individual single tickets, they will cost  €2. The passes are valid on all metros, buses, trains and trams operated by TMB, Renfe and FGC. Taxis in Barcelona are also cheap, hassle-free and easy to find.
Barcelona Weather
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 24°C (74°F). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 10°C (49°F).

Know Before Visiting
Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. Also A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.

Language
Spanish and Catalan.

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, is a wide pedestrian boulevard stretching from the waterfront Monument a Colom to Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of the city. Lined with trees, cafés, restaurants, florists and shops, La Rambla is the perfect place to soak up Barcelona’s vibrant atmosphere.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

La Ribera (Waterfront)
A stroll along the harbour side (promenade) and wooden walkway is an excellent way to see some of the results of Barcelona's epic regeneration programme. The waterfront now boasts a myriad of eateries and bars, a vast shopping mall and leisure centre (Maremagnum) and the excellent L'Aquarium.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Waterfront, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia 
With its curving Gothic and art nouveau forms, the Sagrada Familia is the iconic symbol of Barcelona and is prided as Antonio Gaudí’s finest work, even though it was only a quarter complete at the time of his death.
Opening Times: Basilica: Daily 0900-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0900-2000 (Apr-Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu)
The imposing architecture of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia - known as La Seu, (‘seat’ in Catalan), dominates the city’s Gothic Quarter.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1245 and 1300-1700; Sun 0800-1345 and 1400-1930.
Admission Fees: No although a donation is requested for the afternoon hours (there is a charge for the roof, chapter house, choir and cloister museum).
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de la Seu, Barcelona, Spain
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Parc Güell Created by Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudí Parc Güell is a fantasy-land that combines features of the natural landscape with Gaudí’s architectural extravagance to create a park that is a popular stop for visitors to Barcelona.
Opening Times: Daily 0830-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0800-2130 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
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Picasso Museum The Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the artist and is one of the city's main tourist attractions. The museum itself is spread over five large town houses close to the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Address: Carrer Montcada 15-23, 08003 Barcelona , Spain
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Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
The narrow, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic contains an exemplary collection of gothic buildings from Catalonia's Golden Age in the 14th and 15th centuries as well as Roman ruins, squares and restaurants. Plaça Sant Jaume is the epicentre of the city's political life, overlooked by the Renaissance-style Palau de la Generalitat (location of the Catalan government) and the Ajuntament (city hall).
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça Sant Jaume, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Milá
Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera, is a masterpiece by Barcelona’s most famous artist, Antonio Gaudí. The undulating apartment block on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia is an intriguing architectural marvel.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1830 (Nov-Feb); 0900-2000 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, 08008 Barcelona , Spain
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Basílica Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is counted among the most beautiful churches in Barcelona and is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style. It was the place of worship for the shipwrights and merchants of medieval times.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1330 and 1630-2000.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, Spain

FC Barcelona Museum and Nou Camp
The Nou Camp Stadium is home to FC Barcelona, one of the world's legendary football clubs and the largest stadium in Europe. The FC Barcelona museum tells the history of the club and displays its numerous trophies as well as having one of the best private collections of football memorabilia in the world.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1830, Sun 1000-1430 (Oct-Apr); Mon-Sat 0930-1930, Sun 0930-1430 (Apr- Oct). Times vary on match days.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer Arístides Maillol, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Looking rather incongruous in the down-at-heel surroundings of the Raval district, to the west of La Rambla, Barcelona's brilliant-white Museum of Contemporary Arts is at the forefront of efforts to regenerate this traditionally seedy area of the city.
Opening Times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1100-1930, Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1000-2100 (25 Sep-24 Jun); Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri 1100-2000, Sat 1000-2000, Sun 1000-1500 (25 Jun-24 Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

Address: Plaça del Angels 1 , Barcelona, Spain
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Food & Drink

Tickets
This ambitious Barcelona-based restaurant serves some of the best tapas in Spain. With four different sections – seafood, the grill, sweet treats, and little inventive surprises – you'll get 'El Bulli' versions of all tapas from all over Spain. Squid in its ink with almond paste or grilled watermelon are just a couple examples. Dining here is a trip of culinary wisdom, emphasizing the playful nature of eating and is a restaurant that should be on your list when visiting Barcelona. Defiantly look into booking a table in advance.
Address: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
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Mosquito
Mosquito’s speciality is Chinese dumplings in myriad forms, but its tapas comprise a grab bag from all over the continent. The 'xiaolong bao' (steamed pork dumplings) and crispy duck are more than toothsome, and a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho with noodles makes for a sturdy lunch on its own. Mosquito also has excellent beers, some of which are brewed for the restaurant; the 'trigo' (wheat) beer is especially good.
Address: Carrer dels Carders, 46, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Pizz Del Born
Pizza Del Born has quickly become one of Barcelona's most well known pizza places. Located on the trendy and very busy Passeig Del Born walkway, this place is perfect for late night street food, a cheap and easy lunch or a Saturday afternoon bite with friends. It's a small pizza joint with a few stools and places to eat in, or they can package it in a box for you, straight out of the oven so you can eat it on the street or take it home.
Address: Passeig del Born, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Igueldo
Igueldo is a perfect model for traditional cuisine with a modern flair, and not too over-the-top or pretentious. The cooking, with a strong Basque flavour, will always put you in a good mood, thanks to the simple, elegant décor, including a bright hardwood floor and white walls and columns.
Address: C/ Rosello, 186, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Dionisos
Dionisos is Barcelona's tastiest Greek food. With various restaurants throughout the city, it has made a name for itself for providing quality Greek dishes in both a rustic and elegant setting. Depending on the location you frequent will determine whether you're dining at more of a street food location or a sit down restaurant. Dionisos in George Orwell Plaza is your best street food option as there is nowhere to sit inside the small little shop. Their Shawarma and greek salads are delicious as is their hummus and fresh pita. Their Gyros are also amazing, be sure to ask for a lot though as they sometimes give small portions.
Address: Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera, 27, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Gresca
A tiny space with a small kitchen staff produces first-class dishes. The dishes are creative, but always tasty and recognisable, such as the octopus with Catalan black sausage, the pigeon with ginger, or the mouth-watering omelette made with herbs and wrapped with a paper-thin slice of Catalan bacon.
Address: Calle Provença, 230, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Nightlife
Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic Cocktail Bar
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Whilst it may not be as historic nor aesthetically pleasing as many of its adversaries in the city, this tiny modern cocktail bar in the lively Gracia district offers some of the best cocktails in Barcelona and is well worth checking out if you have a taste for high quality tailored drinks. The attention to detail from the friendly bartenders is highlighted by the premium liquors used, together with the large collection of bitters and garnishes displayed on the bar.
Address: Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
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Pacha Barcelona
Pacha is known globally for its legendary nightlife and the Barcelona nightclub is no different, with its massive guest DJ’s playing everything from house to drum & bass. Pacha is more oftehrn associated with Ibiza, but Pacha actually originated in the seaside resort of Sitges near Barcelona in 1967. Check out the schedule of who’s playing here.
Address: Passeig Marítim Barceloneta, 38, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Opium Mar
Opium Mar is a very popular nightclub on the beach front in Port Olimpic area of Barcelona next to other popular beach front night. Opium Mar is a upmarket and trendy nightspot with a great mix of local and foreign guests, who enjoy great food and a really good night out. Opium has a good mix of resident and guest DJs that will keep you dancing through the night.
Address: Passeig Marítim, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Mercat Princesa
Located in the bohemian area of El Born, this huge 14th Century building has been remodelled to house an indoor tapas and alcohol market with a choice of sixteen stalls, each offering different produce and set around a vibrant seating area or individual bar tables. Open from 9am until midnight each day, make your first stop the Vins & Cocktails (wine and cocktails) bar or the Cafés & Cervezas (coffee and beer) stall. Glass in hand, you should then pay a visit to each of the other sellers to soak up that booze, including La Planxa, a meat seller with special sausages containing Gin & Tonic, Mojito or liquor. There is also a secret restaurant, accessed from a hidden spot inside the premises, which boasts 40 seats, table service and a menu that includes a selection of dishes offered by the 16 different stalls. A true Catalan gastronomical palace.
Address: Carrer dels Flassaders, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Dry Martini & Speakeasy
One of the most famous cocktail bars in the entire world, this Barcelona institution was opened in 1971, serving only Dry Martinis. When the now legendary Javier de las Muelas took over in 1996, he maintained the essence of a classic English cocktail bar with leather, wood and brass, whilst expanding the menu with classical cocktail recreations and a famous new exclusive and innovative drinks. The result is an elegant and refined place to drink with a jazz, soul and easy listening soundtrack. An electronic counter proudly adds up all the classic Dry Martini cocktails sold since the bar opened whilst a doorway at the back of the room leads to Speakeasy, a stunning hidden restaurant which is located in the bar's storage room. Walking past bottle crates and through the kitchen, you feel like you're starring in the classic Goodfellas scene.
Address: Calle Aribau, 162, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Razzmatazz
Offering not one but five clubs under one roof with two live concert venues, Razzmatazz has it all. Playing indie rock in the Razz Club, Techno in the loft & Lolita, electro & disco in The Rex Room and pop in The Pop room, this club has it all.
Address: 1er piso, Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona, Spai
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Marmalade
Cool cocktail bar and the younger bigger sister of Milk Bar & Bistro. Better recognised by its original name “Muebles Navarro”, this beautiful space is split into four areas and nods its head to its 50 years as a furniture store, with beautiful sofas, a hand carved black matte billiard table, copper clad antique walls and a stunning 4 meter tall chrome art deco bar, giving it a swinging 1950's Havana/New York edge whilst remaining true to its Barcelona roots.
Address: Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Transportation

Public transport:
Barcelona’s public metro and bus systems are run by the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.
The metro is the most efficient means of transport serving most parts of the city. You can buy single tickets at any metro station and need to validate them before boarding. One-day and monthly passes are also available, along with 10-journey tickets. Trains run seven days a week, with an all-night service on Saturdays.

The cities bus network is extensive and night buses serve many routes. You can buy tickets on the bus.
For the suburbs and surrounding areas, FGC and RENFE operate regional rail lines - the RENFE local network is known as Rodalies or Cercanías.

The Hola BCN! travelcard covers travel on all types of public transport within Barcelona and is valid for two, three, four or five days.

Taxis:
You can book yellow-and-black registered cabs or hail them on the street. Radio-Taxi 033 (tel: +34 93 303 3033) and Servitaxi (tel: +34 93 330 0300) provide 24-hour daily services. Rates rise at night, Sundays and holidays. Tipping is not expected, but if you do, give 5 to 10% of the fare.
Driving:
Barcelona’s roads are excellent but can get extremely congested during rush hours. Blue markings with a meter signify pay to park for a limited period, while yellow markings signify no parking. There are numerous paid car parks in the city centre.
Car hire:
The minimum age to hire a car in Spain is 21. A passport and a valid driving licence are required, as is a valid international insurance policy, which you can buy at the time of hire. Car hire companies include Avis and Hertz.
Bicycle hire:
Barcelona is a cyclist-friendly city, with the public Bicing bicycle system proving an economical and convenient way to hire a bike. Sign up for a card online and swipe it at one of the bike stations to unlock a bike.
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Tips
- If you're planning to see the three big Gaudí sites—La Sagrada Família,Park Güell, or La Pedrera at Casa Milà—make sure you book your tickets online ahead of time to avoid being locked out of something you came all the way to Barcelona to see.
- Barcelona has lots of great and food and drink and the best way to sample it is by ordering plenty of tapas and washing them all down with a cool, refreshing glass of red or white sangria.
- Just off the La Rambia is La Bogueria, a lovely market that sells everything from locally grown fruits to handmade items and is a lovely place to spend a mourning exploring in Barcelona.
- If you are travelling to Barcelona late February to early march we advice to check out the colourful Carnaval festival (carnestoltes). 
- When withdrawing cash from an ATM never select the option to be charged in your native currency always select 'no', and ask to be charged in euros; otherwise, using something called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), they will sting you for some extra dinero. 

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