El Born

Known endearingly to locals as “Born”, this neighborhood is not new but newly hip. The “place to be” in Barcelona, this trendy region is right by the good old Gothic Quarter and just across from hectic Via Laietana. Wander around the pretty Triumph Arch and Parc de la Ciutadella, and then head to the neighbourhood’s narrow streets and spend some time on Carrer de La Princesa, El Born’s hustle and bustle spot along with Passeig del Born. You will find wine bars, fancy burgers, coffee shops with beans sourced from places all over the world, trendy fashion shops, artisanal food in stalls and restaurants, all that amidst historical buildings and squares. Don’t miss visiting Mercat de Santa Caterina (markets are a picture of a country’s culture), an original market much loved by locals, an interesting building with indoors stalls with different types of foods and a vibrant local crowd on weekends! Want to brush up on your Spanish history after the grub and buzz? Visit nearby Centre de Cultura i Memoria, displaying material dedicated to part of the Spanish history, the War of Succession, or the Picasso Museum. One of our favorite tapas bar in town, Tapeo by Daniel Rueda, is just blocks from the Picasso Museum, don’t miss it!