An old picturesque neighborhood with narrow streets full of independent designer shops. Definitely a hip neighborhood. There are plenty of nightlife options in this area, away from the touristy options of Barceloneta. Recommend getting lost in its side streets!
FOOD AND DRINKS
- Demaisé. Carrer de la Princesa, 28
Features amazing cinnamon rolls and treats and specialty coffee. Must try their pistachio cinnamon roll!
- Grasshopper Ramen Bar. Plaça de la Llana, 9
Some of the best ramen!
- Hush Hush Cafe.
Stop for a coffee and a treat (& wifi) and then walk around all the cool shops nearby.
- Les Dues Sicílies. Carrer dels Carders, 22
Great for late night food! Inexpensive great Italian pizza. Giant slices for only €2.
- Bar del Pla. Carrer de Montcada, 2
Restaurant and bar with a charming atmosphere and delicious tapas. The second restaurant by the owner Pla.
- Gocce di Latte. Pla de Palau, 4
Perfect way to treat yourself after lunch with authentic italian gelato with a twist.
- Museu Picasso. Carrer Montcada, 15-23
The museum houses 4,251 of Picasso’s works, including a large collection of his early works, and his blue period. Free for students with an ID!
- Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. Plaça de Santa Maria, 1
A Gothic-style church built in the 1300’s. Enjoy the long history and its architecture. You can also pay to go on the rooftop for beautiful city views.
- Mercat de Santa Caterina. Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16
This market has a beautiful mosaic roof dedicated to Antoni Gaudi. Visit this market popular among locals to find fresh produce and meats. Much more tranquil than the nearby La Boqueria!
- Palau de la Musica Catalana. C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
A beautiful concert hall designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner.It is elaborately decorated inside and out. Attend a concert there for a once in a lifetime experience.
- El Borne Centre de Cultura i Memoria. Plaça Comercial, 12
Visit this restored former market to see excavated ruins from the 1700s. You can get in for free and there’s even a restaurant inside.
HOW TO GET THERE?
- Walk from any area of the city for a great way to explore!
- Take the metro to one of the nearby metro stations: Jaume 1, Arc de Triomf!
- Take the bus, check Google Maps for a bus near you!