We’re now in Spain: Opening of the Vapiano Barcelona
We are finally open for business in Spain. That’s because, in December 2017, we opened our Vapiano Barcelona restaurant. Everything you need to know about the new restaurant and making the most of a trip to this city, can be found here.
For a long time, Spain had no Vapiano restaurants. But that all changed on the 28th of December last year, when the time finally came to celebrate the opening of our Vapiano Barcelona restaurant with the help of our 500 invited guests. The Catalan capital has over 1.6 million inhabitants and receives over 32 million visitors annually. From now on, locals and tourists alike can enjoy our pizza, pasta and insalata.
Welcome to Vapiano Barcelona
Our new restaurant is located in the Diagonal Mar shopping centre, a mall that attracts 17 million shopping enthusiasts every year. It is named after its address, the Avinguda Diagonal. The eleven-kilometer-long boulevard almost extends across the entire city, crossing a grand total of five different inner-city neighbourhoods. With its central location, just a short walk to the beaches at the bottom of the Avinguda, and its sparkling façade made by world-famous steel and glass architects, it’s easy to see why this spot is so popular. From now on, our Vapiano Barcelona team invite you to relax after a long shopping trip, meet up with friends, or enjoy a glass of wine after work with us.
Our Vapiano Barcelona restaurant encompasses a total of 1,100 square metres. The restaurant boasts 390 seats for hungry and thirsty guests – 30 of which are located in the cozy lounge area, which is conveniently located right next to the chic bar. Our 60 Vapianisti are looking forward to taking care of you on your next trip to this popular Mediterranean city.
Are you planning on taking a trip to Barcelona in the near future? Perfect – we have some tips for exploring all the best corners of the Catalan capital. One thing’s for sure, Barcelona has a huge amount to offer – where else can you enjoy beaches, mountains and city life all at once? Here’s our list of highlights, just for you:
• Park Güell
Designed by renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, the park is said to be a tribute to Gaudí's love of nature. This park was originally intended to be used as a market place and you can explore the market hall by taking a staircase which is supported by a total of 86 pillars! Park Güell is particularly famous for its striking sculptures made of individual ceramic mosaics, which you can find adorning the balustrade of the park's large terrace, for example. The park also offers a fantastic view of the city, from its hill location, whatever you do, make sure you pack your camera!
• Plaça Espanya
This famous plaza at the foot of the Montjuïc mountain was designed for the 1929 World's Fair by architect – Josep Amargos. The most striking features are undoubtedly the two Venetian towers, which were modeled on the bell tower of the Basilica San Marco in Venice. Another highlight is the large "Magic Fountain" in the middle of the square. For the most part of the year, locals and tourists alike can enjoy the breathtaking light and water show here in the evenings.
• Sagrada Familia
Antoni Gaudí began work on his architectural masterpiece as early as 1882, but the basilica remains unfinished today. This, however, does not detract from the beauty of this absolute one-of-a-kind cathedral as the view is only obstructed by a crane or two. The Sagrada towers tower over the surrounding buildings and the detail of their decorative facades means that you could look at them for hours. The northern facade shows Gaudí's life's work whilst the southern side is adorned by the work of sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs. By the way the work on the cathedral should finally be completed in 2026.
• Barcelona's old town
Ciutat Vella is Catalan for "old city." The old town of Barcelona is definitely worth one (or more) visits: here you will find the remnants of the old city walls, along with lots of small shops, restaurants and bars and even the old columns of the Roman Forum. The old town is divided into four distinct quarters: Barri Gòtic, Raval, El Born and lastly Barceloneta which is located on the beach front.
• Picasso, FC Barcelona & Co.
Barcelona also has a lot to offer for fans of museums. Art enthusiasts will love the Museu Picasso, which showcases masterpieces created by Pablo Picasso. If it’s the city’s history that you’re interested in then take a trip to the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat. Or, if you’re a football fan then go to the Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona to learn all about the history of FC Barcelona.
So, where are you going to head to first on your visit to the Catalan capital? Wherever you decide to explore, we look forward to your visit to our new Vapiano Barcelona.