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Barcelona has no shortage of neighborhoods to choose from, each providing its own vibe and experiences. Today I’d like you to get to know El Born, one of my favorite ‘hoods in the city, through the photos and tips below.
• Also see our complete list of Barcelona neighborhoods in our city guide.
Where to eat
The Santa Caterina Market is one of the prettier in the city. I prefer it to La Boqueria. Find seasonal foods here as well as bakeries and bars. You can’t miss it from the outside, it’s the enormous structure with the undulating rooftop.
What to drink
Have a glass of wine at Vila Viniteca’s La Teca bar. They have a wide selection of Spanish wines, cold tapas and cheeses (over 300 types of cheese!).
What to see
Santa Maria del Mar Church is a stunner, even if you’re not much for religious architecture. Some people like it better than the Cathedral… take a look inside and decide for yourself.
Where to dine
Have lunch or dinner at the tucked-away Salero Restaurant, which serves seasonal, Mediterranean dishes.
Take a stroll
Barcelona is a city to walk in. There are balconies to ogle, architecture to ponder, window shopping galore, and excellent people watching to boot. Wander the maze of streets in El Born for an hour or so to get a feel for it.
Have a snack
Have a coffee and a tasty snack at Cafe del Born Nou. Find a seat inside or search out their terrace seating.
Where to stay
And don’t miss…
All the amazing street art in the area.