Top Must-See Places in Barcelona You Should Know

The neighborhood of Barceloneta

If you’re looking to spend time on the beach or by the water, Barceloneta is the place to be. The neighborhood borders the Mediterranean Sea and has a cool, relaxed vibe. Bars and restaurants line the beach so you can enjoy sweeping views of the water as you eat; they’re also great spots for people watching.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out La Xampanyeria, a completely chaotic and energetic champagne bar just a few blocks away from the beach. The champagne is cheap, the food is good and the atmosphere is lively and fun. (Source:


The neighborhood of Barri Gotic

To best experience Barri Gotic, simply wander around. Although some parts of the neighborhood can feel quite touristy, all it takes is a turn down an alley to bring you to a quaint, quiet side street. There, you’ll find interesting shops, beautiful churches, unique art galleries, and delicious restaurants. Take note of where the locals are and just follow behind them. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find something you love, be it a new art gallery or a local bar.



Taranna is one of my favorite cafes in Barcelona because of its standout stylish décor, community feel and wonderful coffee. Barcelona’s café culture, generally, is lovely; everyone seems to take time to sit down, chat with friends or read a book, and really enjoy their brew. It was a welcomed change in pace from my everyday life in Washington, D.C., which can feel rushed and hectic at times.


Can Mano

Can Mano is a small seafood restaurant tucked away on a side street in Barcelona. It’s a very popular spot – a line forms outside the door before it even opens! Cheaper than just about any meal I had in Barcelona, it was also one of the most delicious and memorable. We shared a bottle of wine for just a few Euros and enjoyed fried red mullet, white beans and flounder. There was also flan for desert! Street musicians often come into the restaurant and play for the patrons. It’s truly a no frills atmosphere that offers an incredible dining experience.


Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso is one of the most enjoyable museums I have ever been to. It’s not incredibly large but, nevertheless, offers a beautiful, comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work, with over 4000 pieces on display, many of which illustrate his ties to the city.


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