Grazia Escapes To New Celebrity Hangout, Nobu Barcelona

Nobu is popular with celebrities for a reason.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Nobu has long been the celebrity hangout of choice. That’s to be expected, though - as one of the chains founders is Robert De Niro. Last year, the Kardashians held their birthday party for Caitlyn at Nobu, and Elon Musk crashed his car on his way from the Nobu in Malibu. There are two Nobu restaurants in London and one hotel in Shoreditch - but one of the chain’s latest additions is in Barcelona, which we recently went to check out.

Where is it?

Located just outside the city’s Sants train station, the hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the heart of a community that is one of the few places not to be touched by tourists. It’s only a 30 minute walk to La Rambla and just a 10 minute walk to Montjuic, the home of the former Olympic station.

What does it look like?

Each Nobu, designed in a modern Japanese style, is slightly different - and the one in Barcelona takes inspiration from Gaudi's iconic mosaic technique. The interior is calming, and very minimalist. The deluxe suite, which we stayed in, had the most glorious views over Barcelona. (Though, if you didn’t fancy looking outside, you could also watch the gigantic 65" inch TVs - which really do make you feel like a celeb.)

What to eat?

But, obviously, the main appeal of Nobu is the food. Chef Nobu is known for his signature dish, black cod. And after only a few bites it’s clear to see why people pay a fortune to eat at the restaurant. If you’re looking for the proper experience, try the Japanese wine, Sake (though, warning: it might not be to your taste).

The sushi is excellent - particularly the vegetarian option. Nobu Barcelona also do brunches looking over the city, where there is as much sushi, and pretty desserts, as you can eat. (And, you can also order speciality dishes from Nobus around the world (the London Full English Breakfast, served with onions, is particularly good). There is also set to be a Nobu Cafe with grab-and-go sandwiches.

Prices for Nobu Barcelona start at €250 per night for the Deluxe Skyline Room. For more information, visit

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