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  • Writer's pictureHelina Sanchez, Paella Barcelona Cooking School

Our favorite places in Barcelona

Here are our favorite sights, bars, and restaurants in Barcelona.

Gothic quarter: where to walk🚶‍♀️🤩

Catedral de Barcelona

Magnificent 13th-century cathedral. One of must visit in the Barcelona old city. Beautiful both outside and inside. If you don't have time to visit it inside, be sure to enjoy a walk around the cathedral.

Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, a Gothic church set on an elegant square with plenty of tapas bars around. On the weekends and holidays there is an Art market where you can meet the artists. It is just a few minutes' walk from the Cathedral.

Plaça de Sant Jaume

Plaça de Sant Jaume, landmark city square & gathering point, home to the town hall & the Palau de la Generalitat

Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial, is a beautiful square, where you will find plenty of cute bars and restaurants. I really like to have a glass of wine and eat some tapas in Ocaña

Basílica de la Mercè

Basílica de la Mercè is a stunning statue-topped 1700s church dedicated to the city's patron saint, with lavish, rococo interiors.

Best Shopping on avenue del Portal de l'Àngel and Passeig de Gràcia avenue.

Avinguda del Portal de l'Àngel, a beautiful pedestrian street with global retailers

It will lead you up to Passeig de Gràcia, the main Barcelona shopping avenue

Gothic Quarter: where to eat 🍽️ 😋

Focacciaria Buenas Migas right in front of the Catedral de Barcelona .

La Terrassa del Duquesa, a nice restaurant on the rooftop of the hotel with a breathtaking view of the port and really good food It is better to book a table in advance

For Coffee lovers:

El Born quarter: where to walk🚶‍♀️🤩

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, one of the finest examples of Catalan Modernism in architecture. If you buy tickets in advance you can enjoy an opera or concert here or just book a tour here.

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, a gothic-style church with a beautiful square around

El Born quarter: where to eat 🍽️ 😋

CooL Tapas bars en el Born:

El Chigre 1769


Catalan pork-focused restaurant

Peix Vela This restaurant by the beach has amazing views and very good rices and seafood Better to call ask for availability or reserve online

Puertecillo Born This is a fun place where you get to choose different fresh seafood and then they cook it for you.

For coffee lovers:

El Raval quarter: where to eat 🍽️ 😋

The most ancient and authentic market of Barcelona, the best place to get saffron and other spices, the best Jamon Iberico, the premium olive oil and enjoy some food in its Tapas restaurants:


El Mas del Mercader, historical bar, and wine & vermouth shop

La Isabela at Hotel 1898, a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the whole of Barcelona Old City

Just enter into the hotel's main entrance, then use elevators to rise to the top floor

The best bakery with sourdough bread:

Cera 23, a delicious Catalan food. This restaurant serves dinners only (after 7 pm)

Modern Barcelona City: where to walk🚶‍♀️🤩

Apart from the Barcelona Old City, we recommend walking around


Gracia district with its casa Vicens, the first Gaudí masterpiece

Hospital de Sant Pau i Santa Creu

Close to the famous Sagrada Familia, you will find

Hospital de Sant Pau i Santa Creu (Catalan modernism)


Tibidabo mountain with the Jesus Heart cathedral with its breathtaking view to the whole of Barcelona and the sea coast

Placa España

Placa España with its Montjuïc National Palace, Arenas Mall, and Magic Fountains

These are the Barcelona locations we love the most! We didn't mention here all those most popular Barcelona tourist destinations just for the purpose to give you our local inside and not to describe some famous touristic attractions of Barcelona that you can find everywhere.

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