Barcelona/Gràcia

44 things to do

All Places Spain



Park Güell

A large urban park heavily influenced by Antonio Gaudi. The area was originally meant to be a residential property development with Gaudi doing much of the planning and landscape design. Only two houses were built and the land was later sold to the city of Barcelona and turned into a park. There are two areas -- a relatively undeveloped (and uncrowded) natural area near the top of the hill and the more famous sculpture park below. The top of the park offers panoramic views of Barcelona, while the sculpture portion is full of walkways and other structures exhibiting the distinct and colorful style of Gaudi, including the famous terrace and fountains near the main entrance. Park Güell is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Works of Antonio Gaudi.


Somodo

The small hidden gem has 19 tables, hence reservation is highly recommended. The chef Hojiro Ochi serves Mediterranean cuisine with Japanese influences. The degustation menu consists of 3 entrées, 2 main dishes (fish and meat) and 3 desserts. If you are vegetarian it is recommended to declare it in advance when booking the table. The ingredients are chosen carefully at the Boqueria market. The elaborate kitchen links traditional cuisine with modern styles. Basic Spanish speaking skills help for the ordering and presentation of the food.



Can Xurrades

Probably one the best Catalan restaurants in the neighborhood, although their selection of other Spanish food is quite good. Particularly excels at meat dishes, cooked in traditional Catalan style. Dishes of note include the Ous Estrellats (Andalusian scrambled eggs with potato) as well as desserts such as strawberries with salt and pepper. Great wine selection with various Catalan varieties.


Hipostila Room and Grand Plaza

At the top of the stairs from the main entrance is the Hipostila Room with its 86 white columns supporting the plaza above. The ceiling has a number of colourful mosaics. Above the Hipostila Room is the main terrace, which was meant to be the main square of the development. It features a mosaic-tiled wall in the shape of an undulating sea serpent and provides excellent views of Barcelona.

SEE   —  Map


Mercat de la Libertat

The market opened in 1888 and designed by architect Miquel Pasqual i Tintoré, it was modernised by a complete renovation. It sells poultry, game and eggs, Spanish hams and sausages, meat and offal, fruit and vegetables, pulses and cereals, farm produce, fresh fish and seafood, salted fish, preserves and provisions and bakery.


Gaudi House Museum

Distinctive pink house that Gaudi lived in for nearly 20 years (although not designed by him). It features furniture designed by Gaudi and other objects relating to Gaudi's life. The gift shop has a large selection of Gaudi-themed souvenirs that are generally better quality than what's available in the normal tourist shops.



Alkimia

One of Barcelona's most highly regarded restaurants, run by acclaimed restauranter Jordi Vilà. With a minimalist white interior that directs the attention to the inventive and indulgent foods on offer, Alkimia spearheads a new wave of new Catalan cooking that will delight and impress. It was awarded a Michelin Star.


Casa Vicens

The first building Gaudi himself built in Barcelona. Can be seen only outside, as it is a property of a private owner. The only exception is May 22 every year, when it is open to "neighbours and citizens". In UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 2005.



El Dorado

With an ample dance floor, it also has a pool table, 'futbolín' and arcade games. The giant video screens and the monitors over the bar are other icons of this Music Bar. Drinks are catered for by staff that are professional, likeable and friendly.


Park Güell, the main entrance

Two Gaudi-style pavilions mark the entrance to the park and lead to the steps up to the Hipostila Room. In the middle of the steps is the dragon (or salamander) fountain that has become almost as much a symbol of Barcelona as the Sagrada Familia.

SEE   —  Map

La Taberna del Cura

Known by locals as one of the better restaurants in town, the menu is mostly meat selections, but seafood can be ordered from its sister restaurant ''Botafumeiro'' next door. La Taberna is on the expensive side, but the food is excellent.


Hotel Casa Fuster

Hotel Casa Fuster's Barcelona accommodation offers 105 rooms. The stunningly beautiful, iconic 19th century building is located at the head of the chic Passeig de Gracia Avenue. It has a roof terrace with a pool and excellent views.


Turo de les tres creus

This is the highest point of the park and where Gaudi wanted to build a chapel. After the development failed, Gaudi built a monolith with three crosses like Calvary instead. Be sure to take in the panoramic views of Barcelona.

SEE   —  Map

Café del Sol

An emblem, Cafè del Sol was one of the first bars to open in this famous and very popular Gràcia squares. There is a decent choice of tapas or sandwiches too. Inside has a marble bar, outside many chairs on the placa.


Nus

Since more than 30 years this shops sells outdoor gear specialised for activity in the mountains including speleology. The owner knows the sourroundings of Barcelona and can give you great tips for Pyrenees trips.


Taverna El Glop

Catalan meals. Allow about €20 per person, although you could get out of there for half of that if you let the price dictate your choice of dishes. See chain review in the Eat section of Barcelona.


Veg World

A restaurant that serves only vegetarian food - mainly Indian dishes. This may be the only place in Barcelona where you can get Masala Dosa. Beware that the size of the dishes is not that big.


Botafumeiro

The sister restaurant (and next door) to ''La Taberna Del Cura'', Botafumeiro specializes in seafood, while La Taberna handles the meats. High quality food with a price tag to match.


Mercat de l’Abaceria

Built in 1892 the market sells local vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, cheeses and herbs. The market has three bars, all of which sell food prepared with ingredients from the market.


GreenLifeStyle

The shops philosophy is based on principles of sustainability, recycling and fair trade, which all sold items adhere. One finds cute designer dresses for a fair price.


Bodevici

The organic ice cream shop uses organic milk and fruits for natural flavours. They have sorbets like mango or red fruits and chocolate ice creams.

DRINK   —  Torrijos, 21

Cines Verdi

The cinema screens a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian films. All films are shown in their original version.

DO   —  +34 93 238 79 90 —  Verdi, 32

Kibuka

The Japanese sushi bar serves in convivial atmosphere different sushi plates, Japanese beer, sake, cocktails and wines too.


Origen 99.9%

Eco-friendly chain of Catalonian-cuisine restaurants; organic only in some of products. Good choice of specialty liquors.


Ottimo Gelats

The ice-cream is hand made. The service is great and allows you different mixes. One of the best ice creams in town.


La Rosa del Desierto

The Moroccan food restaurant in Barcelona offering quality and generous portions, with a quite special decoration.


Boo

Besides clothing and accessories for men and women from interesting brands, the shop sells books and perfumes.


Frankfurt Valles

Sells hambugers and hot dogs at cheap prices, hence very popular for locals and young crowd in the evenings.

EAT   —  Gran de Gracia, 84

Intersport

The shop sells all kind of back-packs and outdoor equipment including skis, snow-boards and climbing gear.


Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia

The hostel has mixed dorms for 4 to 8 people. It is open 24 hours on the day. Fully equipped kitchen.


Hibernian

Good selection in many categories. Also has some new books, and a shelf of German and French titles.


Bobby Gin S.L.

This stylish cocktail bar offers many different Gin Tonic's. Expect to wait a little at the door.

DRINK   —  +34 933 68 18 92 —  Bobby Gin S.L.

Karakala

The Lebanese restaurant has impeccable and friendly service. It serves authentic Lebanese food.


Le Regioni d'Italia

The shop sells Italian specialities pasta's, wines, cheese, cafe and all sorts of good food.


Planeta Te

The shop sells a big variety of different teas: green, black, OOlong and infusions.

BUY   —  +34 932 10 39 22 —  Asturies, 50

Pensión Norma

Modest rooms, some with bath, about a kilometre north of the centre of town.


Pinc Store

Anna Tichy sells her design clothes, including dresses and swim wear.


graciadorada

The shop sells women fashion including dresses, skirts and jewelery.


D.O. vins i platillos

The wine bar offers exquisite tapas and many local wine choices.

EAT   —  +34 932 18 96 73 —  Map

Verema i collita

Sympatic cellar with good choices for local wines and cava.

BUY   —  +34 932133891 —  Plaza Joanic 1

Sol i Lluna

This cosy restaurant serves good Mediterranean cuisine.


Teatre Lliure

This alternative theatre offers high quality plays.


Mercat de Lesseps

Inaugurated in 1974 it is an indoor market.

BUY   —  C Verdi, 200

Bosque Multicines

The cinema has 9 screens.