Ana Paula Mungioli is the name behind Brigadeiros and Barcelona, a popular photo blog that perfectly captures the beauty of Barcelona. With a background in marketing and journalism, Ana is a freelance writer who uses her personal space to talk about two of her passions: eating and traveling. Her goal is to get people to pay more attention to the beauty that is all around, even if they’re too busy to notice it. Seeing Barcelona through the eyes of a local and a tourist at the same time makes Ana eager to learn more, discover hidden places of the city, and to shine a light on ones that are taken for granted. You can find Ana’s beautiful photography on Instagram, and we’ve compiled some of her best shots here.
Originally from tropical Rio de Janeiro, Ana Paula came to Barcelona to get her MBA, and like so many before and after her, fell in love with the city and decided to stay – a decision that changed her life and, according to Ana, ‘was the best choice [she’s] ever made so far.’
Here’s a shot of the view from Tibidabo Mountain – a beautiful place for a day trip with an amusement park, a church, and of course, stunning views.
This is the park of Montjuïc, located in Sants – a neighbourhood that many take for granted but that hosts many traditional restaurants, vermuterías, a castle, a museum and a huge variety of beautiful gardens.
Here’s Gràcia, getting ready to party during its traditional and widely popular festa major, which takes place annually in August and is always a highlight of the summer season.
Born, one of the coolest neighborhoods in Barcelona, combines tourist spots and hidden gems. The Ciutadella Park and Arch de Triomf should definitely be on any visitors’ bucket list. Don’t forget to stop for a coffee at of the many lovely cafés in Born!
Feast your eyes upon Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
Sant Antoni and Poble Sec are two of Barcelona’s trendier neighborhoods. Lots of new cool bars are opening in these neighborhoods, so there’s always plenty to do, see and drink while visiting either one.
Pictured here, Sitges is a gorgeous beach town which is about 30 minutes away from Barcelona by train. For an easy and fun day trip, consider heading to Sitges and relaxing in the sand.
This is a gorgeous piece of Gaudís’ architecture called Bellesguard Tower, which can be found in a residential neighborhood (Sarriá – Sant Gervasi, close to the mountains).
Poblenou is a district full of PR agencies, technology companies and small, creative offices. After work, enjoy the view of the sunset, close access to a shopping mall, and chiringuitos (small bars) at the beach, which are perfect for post-work drinks.
This is right by the Mediterranean, which is always a a great spot to enjoy some of Barcelona’s signature foods, like paella or a bomba (a fried ball of potatoes, meat and spicy sauce).