Make sure you get to Barcelona soon to enjoy the summery cuisine on offer. Some of the city’s top restaurants come with beach views or über-chic decor making the experience all the more enjoyable.

Bravo (  After working up an appetite, enjoy lunch, along with spectacular beach views, at Bravo within the über funky W hotel which rises up from the sand like a shiny silver sail. Located on the lower level of the hotel, Bravo has outdoor tables to catch the breeze and admire the long curve of the beach. The menu prepared by Michelin-starred chef, Carlos Abellán focuses on fresh Catalan cuisine with a creative twist. Most of the vegetables come from his own organic garden located just outside the city and are perfectly matched with fresh seafood. Don’t miss the marinated sardines or the mussels topped with crunchy red and green peppers.

Feeling hungry in El Raval? The world’s most famous chef Ferran Adriá may have closed his restaurant El Bulli, but he has now opened, along with his brother Albert, a new dining experience called Tickets. ( The quirky circus like atmosphere is where to enjoy some of Barcelona’s most creative and exciting tapas, some of which were on the famed El Bulli menu. Highlights are razor clams with saffron and ‘airbags’ filled with Manchego cheese and huge oysters with a ‘pearl’.

While strolling along Barcelona’s most glorious street, Passeig de Gracia, make time for lunch at Moments, (  the Michelin-starred restaurant within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The delicious Catalan dishes are the joint effort of mother and son chefs, Carme Ruscalleda and Raül Balam. Their love of contemporary Spanish art manifests itself though the dishes’ presentation which is often inspired by famous paintings. Don’t miss the prawn tartar or the sea bass with curry and coffee sauce. Finish the meal with a coffee or herbal tea in the adjacent Mimosa Garden, a verdant rooftop retreat where you can laze on sofas and armchairs under the flowering trees.

Embracing the artistic feel to the area and providing gourmet casual dining is Ávalon by Michelin-starred chef, Ramón Freixa ( Try the meatballs served with grilled cuttlefish or the succulent veal cheek which comes with creamy mashed potatoes. The restaurant is housed within the chic, contemporary surrounds of Grand Hotel Central ( which provides some of the best accommodation in the historic quarter. Take the lift up seven floors to the rooftop terrace and relax on the sofas and lounges by the infinity pool. This is the place to be with a mojito late afternoon. The views of the city skyline across to the Mediterranean Sea are unbeatable.