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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Gràcia, more than just a barrio
Gràcia has an undeniable “small town” feel although it is a rather big melting pot of bohemian lifestyle and hippy culture. Home to architectural gems such as his first building Casa Vincens,which is now a UNESCO world heritage site and then there is the infamous Parc Güell. Now there is one thing that really comes to mind when you think of Gràcia and that is plazas, there is an abundance in this barrio.
Plaça del Sol is the most central square in the neighborhood, where you will find a bohemian vibe, street artists, musicians, along with many trendy and lively bars. It was built in 1840 when Gràcia was an independent town from Barcelona. Then there is Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, the more family friendly square with a distinct striking clock tower in the middle and also makes a nice spot for a bite to eat and you can get delicious natural ice-cream at Ottimo Gelats! At Plaça de la Virreina the square hosts a plethora of outdoor cafés.
It is easy to get lost in this neighborhood even for some of the locals here in Barcelona, with all the narrow roads and all too familiar squares but it is of course all a part of the charm. Dense is a word that really sums up this barrio, there are excellent boutique stores, vintage gems, galleries, bars and markets, did we miss anything? Probably! If you love hot chocolate, we suggest you head to La Nena, a chocolateria where you’ll be able to taste one of the best hot chocolates in town.
When it comes to food we recommend Momos and La Luna, but there are a plethora of places so have a good walk around as you will find restaurants with all types of cuisine. The big cinema with films in English is also on this street. The area has quite a reputation for vermouth, with lots of vermuterias (vermouth bars) offering aperitifs along with tapas. Our favorites include Lol Pinyol and vermuteria del Tano but we are sure there are many that we haven’t unearthed yet.
One of the most popular highlights of the neighbourhood is the week-long festival of Festa de Gracia! During the third week of August there is live music, drink and food stalls all over the district for Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s biggest street festival. Definitely worth visiting this neighborhood whilst visiting the city.
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