i've been in barcelona twice this year using this travel guide. i have used LP, merian, dumount and many other guides before and I think this is one of the best travel guides I've ever had. It's well structured, I tried a few of the restaurants listed, which where all excellent and where found as described in the book (prices, places, opening hours, reservations etc. were all accurate). While travellers using LP have lots of time to search for sights like the world's biggest frying pan (which can be fun too, I admit), this guide is more efficient and still very much "in the city". Even friends of mine, who live in barcelona found the hints for restaurants and shopping useful and very "native". The most important sights are described in detail and marked on a very handy map, that makes places easy to find, informations conc. opening hourse, prices etc, are as accurate as for all the other sections.
If you look for a travel guide that guides you through all facets of a city this is what you were looking for, this is not only for backpackers but also for gourmets, shoppers, cultural addicts and most important for those that want to get to know a culture and enjoy at the same time.