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Sleeping

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H10 Itaca
Hotel Itaca, which is part of the H10 chain, has a cozy feel to it, made even warmer with wood touches and calming soft gray and red motifs. Its jacuzzi, sauna, fitness room and ample terrace help make it an easy place to wind down after a long day of sight-seeing. About a half-kilometer from the main Sants train station, the four-star hotel has 95 rooms; free Wi-fi; a lobby bar; a restaurant; a coffee and snack corner; TV with satellite coverage and international channels, and laundry service.

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Eating

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Buenas Migas
If you're looking for a good cup of cappuccino or want a light snack before or after hitting the pavement, then Buenas Migas won't disappoint. The cozy café serves up fresh, homemade scones, pastries, Spanish tortillas, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and a variety of sweet and savory focaccia. It even sells its own branded jams, lemon curd and other items that make nice gifts. And, I dare you to leave without trying the Chocolate Bomb - it's a chocoholic's dream. The story goes that owners Patrick and Clare, who hail respectively from Genoa, Italy and Cornwall, England, studied the art of focaccia bread making in Genoa, the city that brought the world delectable flat, oven-baked bread usually topped with olive oil, salt and an array of herbs. They settled in Barcelona and brought these traditional recipes with them. The first Buenas Migas opened in 1998, and now there are seven sites around the city, including ones near the Cathedral and MACBA (Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art); along the main drags of Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, and a stone's throw from Barceloneta's beach.

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Eating

Posted by jbaljko

Buenas Migas
If you're looking for a good cup of cappuccino or want a light snack before or after hitting the pavement, then Buenas Migas won't disappoint. The cozy café serves up fresh, homemade scones, pastries, Spanish tortillas, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and a variety of sweet and savory focaccia. It even sells its own branded jams, lemon curd and other items that make nice gifts. And, I dare you to leave without trying the Chocolate Bomb - it's a chocoholic's dream. The story goes that owners Patrick and Clare, who hail respectively from Genoa, Italy and Cornwall, England, studied the art of focaccia bread making in Genoa, the city that brought the world delectable flat, oven-baked bread usually topped with olive oil, salt and an array of herbs. They settled in Barcelona and brought these traditional recipes with them. The first Buenas Migas opened in 1998, and now there are seven sites around the city, including ones near the Cathedral and MACBA (Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art); along the main drags of Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, and a stone's throw from Barceloneta's beach.

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