8 Local Hot Spots You Have to See in Barcelona
As one of the world’s major global cities, Barcelona is full of life and is rich in culture. There is so much to do and see in the beautiful city that it’s almost impossible to prioritise them all. Instead of covering your usual tourist excursions, I decided to highlight the places that most people wouldn’t go, but should go when in Barcelona.
1. The Federal Cafe
The Federal Café is the perfect spot to stop for a cup of a coffee and a bite to eat.
The coffee is fresh, and the food is beyond what you would expect of a café.
While you are there, make sure you head upstairs to the rooftop terrace where you could sit and enjoy the view of the square.
In addition to attracting all of the local coffee connoisseurs, Federal Café also attracts celebrities and bloggers like Alexandra Pereira, also known as Lovely Pepa.
Being from the west coast where the sushi is abundant and the fish is fresh, I was very impressed with Ikibana Restaurant. This was not just any Japanese restaurant though, the menu is a fusion of both Japanese and Brazilian food. Unexpected and incredibly delicious. Each dish that came out was beautifully presented and full of flavours you wouldn’t get with generic sushi. You won’t be able to miss it if you walk by it, the interior décor is so unique and modern and the staff are so outgoing they just might rope you in off the street!
3. Mercado de La Boqueria
Located on Las Ramblas, this market is prone to a high volume of tourists but is still popular among the locals for its variety of cuisines, produce, and its affordability. You can get anything from a meal to a dessert while grabbing fresh produce along the way. There are rows and rows of options for you to choose from!
4. Flax and Kale
My favourite restaurant in all of Barcelona.
Flax and Kale is the place to go for all things vegetarian, healthy and delicious.
Everything is organic and freshly available within the restaurant.
You can see the rows of produce when sitting on the main floor! Not to mention their cold-pressed juice selection is just amazing.
Incredible ambiance with a large setting and rustic décor, I was so excited to when I found this place that I had to go twice in one week!
5. Passeig de Grasia
The Passeig de Gracia is a lovely street filled with Gaudi houses, designer shops, boutiques and places to eat. Here you can shop until your feet fall off, all while taking in amazing architecture and pausing at a decadent cafes. There is plenty to see on this bustling avenue! If you want to catch some Gaudi while you are here, make sure you pass by the Casabattlo.
6. Carpe Diem
For a fun night out, Club Carpe Diem is the place to be. The music is great and the bar has a nice vibe to it. The best part about Carpe Diem is the free boat rides that take you to a nearby island where you can dance the night away! (Or even go for a swim) if you’re feeling adventurous!
7. Park Guell
Although Park Guell is a popular tourist attraction, it still makes the list. It’s easy to spend an entire day at Park Guell because it truly feels like you are in a fairy tale! Designed by the famous Gaudi, the architecture is colourful and breathtaking. The walk to the highest point in the park is worth it as it offers a stunning view overlooking the entire city, that is worth the trip in itself. Tip: Book your tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in the queues.
8. Barceloneta Beach
With its soft sand and crystal clear Mediterranean water, Barceloneta Beach is a must-see. Although it gets quite busy during the day, it does not take away from the beautiful views of the coastline. There is a boardwalk where you can walk, bike, or run and what’s also great is that the beach is not too far away from town and the local shops. If you’re a risk-taker, you can order a drink from some of the local runners who come back and forth, but be careful! It’s prohibited on the beach!