Thursday, July 23, 2009
Barcelona: Budget Bikes & Juicy Jones
While in Barcelona, we rented from Budget Bikes. They charge 16€ for a 24 hour rental and take a copy of the credit card info as a deposit, but they don't charge or authorize the deposit.
The Budget Bikes location on C/ Estruc. The other locations can be found here.
They offer theft insurance, but be aware that it only covers 300€ of the 400€ 'value' they claim for their bicycles - and the contract lets you know that the theft insurance does not cover the cost of the locks and a claim requires that a police report is filed and all keys to the bicycle are returned. We looked at Our Beautiful Parking as well but they charge about the same and ask for 100€ cash deposit.
While biking around Barcelona, take a break at the Juicy Jones on C/ Hospital. There are a few locations, but this one has the best interior space - and is in the more interesting El Raval Barrio.
They have great fresh juices (my choice is the mango, papaya, pineapple with lime) and a very affordable menu del día offering an outstanding veggie meal - your choice from 3 starters, 3 plates of the day and several desserts along with water or wine. The Thali is always good if you're craving Indian, but I suggest choosing one of the Spanish dishes instead.