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Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities around Barcelona. From strolling down buzzing Las Ramblas with tourists and locals alike to exploring Gaudi’s Park Guell or wandering El Born, one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city, warm weather brings the whole city out onto the streets. And with average temperature starting to creep up into the 60s, you can join the locals in what is probably their favorite pasttime—sipping a drink and enjoying a nibble on one of the city’s many squares.
Look out for these bars and restaurants which have the perfect combination of excellent tapas AND outdoor seating. Keep in mind that you will almost always have to pay a little more (5-10%) if you choose to sit outside, but it’s worth letting go of our cheapo spirit for a few hours to bask in the warm Barcelona air.
C/ Girona 70
Come for one (or two) of the many Spanish wines available at this stylish bar in the Right Eixample. There are only a few tables outside on the street corner, and they are sought after when the sun is shining. If there’s no outside seating, sit at the bar by the wall of windows inside, which is almost as good as being in the fresh air.
The waitstaff at Betlem know their vinos. If you’re feeling adventurous, tell them what you’re in the mood for and let them choose the bottle for you. While their tapas menu is not huge, what’s on offer is top-quality. Try the bravas (spicy potatoes) or the olives for a quick bite.
Plaça de la Barceloneta 1-3
During the summer months, there is a constant river of tourists flowing from the Gothic Quarter to the seashore along the portside street called Joan de Borbo, in La Barceloneta. This means that almost all the eateries on Joan de Borbo cater to these tourists, and charge more because of their presence.
To get a better price and away from the hubbub, take a left into the narrow lanes that make up La Barceloneta. Here you’ll find many authentic restaurants and bars, one of which is the newish L’Óstia on Plaça de la Barceloneta. Sit outside on its herb-filled terrace area, or take a seat at the long ‘L’-shaped bar indoors. Wine, beer on tap, tapas, and exceptional coffee are offered at fair prices. Try the cod fritters for €5.35.
Pl. Sant Pere 12
On Plaça Santa Pere, this tiny eatery will fill up fast on the weekend. Get there early to find a seat if you plan to have dinner al fresco. Make sure to order their “potato skins” which are served with rich side dips ranging from sweet to salty to tangy. They also offer many dishes made with organic ingredients.
These are just three of many bars and restaurants with terrace seating. Remember that if you do sit outdoors in downtown Barcelona, keep a close watch on your personal belongings. Things can disappear fast if you’re not paying attention. Salud!