Barcelona is a city with something for everyone, but did you know there’s more to Barceloneta than beaches, more to the old part of town than La Rambla and more to Gaudi than Parque Guell? Each neighbourhood has something new to explore. Check out our favourite hidden gems in the city.
MERCAT DE SANT JOSEP DE LA BOQUERIA
This oldest marketplace in the city, located in Ciudad Vieja (enter from La Rambla), has more than 300 stalls! You’ll be impressed with the smells and the colours of the products you can get there. Make sure to get some fresh fruits here to take on your adventure in Barcelona.
SAY CHEERS AT ELEPHANTA
A must for those who like a good drink. Located in the Gràcia neighbourhood, Elephanta specializes in gin and tonics, combined for the preparation of which they offer forty gins from all over the world, seven tonics and 20 supplements. Both the gin-tonics and signature cocktails on its menu are renewed each season with seasonal fruits. The space is offered for rotating exhibitions, it has a projector to show documentaries and short films and its good musical selection also places it among the favourites of the neighbourhood.
DISCOVER JARDINES DE MOSSÈN COSTA I LLOBERA
The Mossèn Costa i Llobera gardens are located on the southeast slope of Montjuïc, an area of the mountain with a temperature a few degrees higher than the rest of the city, which allows plants that are not typical of the Mediterranean climate to have been able to acclimatize perfectly in this space. Most of them come from sub-desert, desert and tropical areas. What makes this place so special is the impressive variety of beautiful cacti. Go check it out!
ENJOY THE VIEW FROM BUNKER DEL CARMEL
One of the best views of Barcelona… at least that’s how we feel about it! The Bunkers del Carmel are a viewpoint of the city of Barcelona that, until recently, was not well known by people. In this viewpoint, we find the remains of an antiaircraft battery from the Spanish Civil War. It is located at the top of Turó de la Rovira, in the Carmel neighbourhood.
ADMIRE CASA VICENS
The Casa Vicens was the first major project that Antoni Gaudí received, in 1878, and is considered his first masterpiece. It is an imaginative, modern and innovative project, where the artist uses for the first time numerous structural, decorative and symbolic elements, which will end up defining his architectural language. This design is definitely worth seeing!