11 bakeries in Barcelona that will make your day sweeter

Bakeries in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between, but which ones can you count on for the freshest and sweetest treats? Look no further for your sweet temptation as we take you on a journey through the culinary culture of the city to discover the best desserts, pastries, cakes, and much more.

We all like to treat ourselves once in a while. Baking and dessert making is a true art, and there’s nothing better than the city’s flakiest croissant or homemade cake alongside a cup of tea or coffee.

If you’re intent on discovering the best bakeries in Barcelona you’ve come to the right place! Read on to discover 11 of the city’s sweetest places to visit.

Boulangerie Mayer

Carrer del Diluvi, 11, 08012 Barcelona

Known as one of the best bakeries in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, this French-run joint has been so successful it has now opened establishments in Poblesec and la Barceloneta. You can’t leave without trying its delicious French baguettes and buttery croissants.

bakaries in Barcelona - Boulangerie Mayer

Pastisseria Natcha

Av. de Sarrià, 45, 08029 Barcelona

One of the most contemporary bakeries in Barcelona, Pastisseria Natcha is sure to catch your eye with its array of homemade chocolates, from tasty praline truffles to white and milk chocolate delights. Don’t miss its huge range of chocolate desserts and, if you’re feeling creative, why not ask about their tailor-made cake service.

Oriol Balaguer

Plaça de Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2, 08021 Barcelona

Oriol Balaguer is the renowned Catalan chef behind the fantastic and innovative inventions of this bakery. Located in the north of the city, this space combines design, innovation and the sweetest of treats, with the air of a department store where all of Oriol’s creations are on display in glass cabinets. A true delight for all the senses.

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Origo Bakery

Carrer de Milà i Fontanals, 9, 08012 Barcelona

Specialising in slow-fermented sourdough bread and organic baked goods, this small bakery is tucked away in Gràcia. They also serve speciality coffee and sell all their products at a 20% discount the next day. What are you waiting for?

Bakeries in barcelona - Origo Bakery

Cookies Demasie

Carrer de la Princesa, 28, 08003 Barcelona

A stone’s throw away from the Picasso museum is one of the most delightful bakeries in Barcelona specialising in cinnamon rolls of all types. Try them topped with pistachio, filled with dulce de leche or topped with chocolate. We’re sure you’ll want to try them all.

Bakeries Barcelona - cookies demasie

Funky bakers

Passeig del Born, 10, 08003 Barcelona

After spending the afternoon strolling around the neighbourhood of El Born or on your way to the Parc de Ciutadella for a picnic, what better way to replenish your energies than stopping off at this quirky bakery? Priding itself on being a delicious collaboration between artists, chefs, artisans and bakers, discover an array of buns, pastries, cakes and sandwiches.

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La Donuteria

Carrer del Parlament, 20, 08015 Barcelona

Possibly the best place in the entire city for doughnuts, this bakery in Sant Antoni offers a huge selection of doughnuts, with flavours from passion fruit, strawberry to vanilla and matcha. What’s more, you can even personalise your doughnut to suit your own tastes!

La donuteria - recommended bakaeries barcelona

Forn Roura

Carrer de Calaf, 15, 08021 Barcelona

The secret to the bread sold at this bakery in Barcelona has been passed down from generation to generation of the Roura family. This almost century-old establishment founded in 1927 is located in the Galvany market of Sant Gervasi. Grab a loaf or two of this traditionally made bread that is simply to die for.

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Baluard

Carrer del Baluard, 38, 08003 Barcelona

Selling wood-fired bread, each loaf is unique and baked to perfection. One of the oldest bakeries in Barcelona, Baluard has establishments in la Barceloneta and also in Eixample. What’s more, you can now order bread, pastries and baked goods on their online store.

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Forn Mistral

Carrer de Torres i Amat, 7, 08001 Barcelona & Carrer d’Astúries, 35, 08012 Barcelona

Another of the bakeries in Barcelona steeped in history, Forn Mistral boasts five generations behind its lovingly baked bread. Be prepared to find a queue of eager customers at the door, but we assure you that everything you’ll try here is certainly worth the wait!

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Pastisseria Baixas

Carrer de Muntaner, 331, 08021 Barcelona

Serving classic pastries, desserts, cakes and sweet treats, each product is carefully prepared to perfection. This patisserie also offers catering services and home deliveries of their most coveted cakes.

Pastisseria baixas

Forn Sarret

Carrer de Girona, 73, 08009 Barcelona

Last but not least, out of all the bakeries in Barcelona this one stands out not only because of its delicious hand-made products, but also due to its beautifully crafted modernist façade, with wooden arches and hand-painted tiles. Specialising above all in freshly baked bread using local, organic ingredients. Don’t miss its star loaf baked with nuts.

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That concludes our list of the best bakeries in Barcelona. We hope they make your day even sweeter! Enjoy!

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8 recommended Barcelona restaurants that do delivery

Barcelona restaurants that do delivery have become the latest hot topic between friends and family. If you’re anything like us you’re always sharing the latest great place you ordered food from and looking for new places to try.

If there’s something that this time at home has showed us it’s that ordering food to take out can be the best solution when you’ve had a long day at work and you simply don’t feel like cooking.

This list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery includes our tried-and-tested favourites, and in some cases this take-out food even requires you to get creative in your own home.

Who says you have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy the best food in Barcelona!

As these are uncertain times, we always recommend checking these Barcelona restaurants’ websites ahead of time to check their opening and delivery hours. Enjoy!

Creppy Pizza

1, Carrer del Camp, 08021 Barcelona

This crepes and pizza place is one of our favourite Barcelona restaurants that does delivery. We recommend the Milan pizza with truffle oil followed by a dulce de leche crepe for an exquisite weekend treat!

Creppy pizza - best pizza in barcelona

Chivuo’s

Gràcia, Eixample, Raval

If you’re in the mood for real American-style burgers and sandwiches, this is your place. Chivuo’s prides itself on serving the best slow street food and its menu features pulled pork sandwiches, a range of burgers in soft brioche buns and Philly cheese steak, plus authentic American cheesecake.

best Burgers in Barcelona - Chivuos

Vitali Pizza

Carrer de París, 109, 08029 Barcelona

This Barcelona restaurant’s specialty is gourmet pizza with a wide selection of topics to suit all taste. What’s more, it also offers vegan and gluten-free options. In addition to accepting ticket restaurant, also watch out for special 2 for 1 offers during the week for a real mid-week treat!

Vilali pizza- top pizza restaurants in barcelona

Sr. Lobo

Travessera de les Corts, 38, 08903 Barcelona

Perhaps one of the tastiest of our picks of Barcelona restaurants, Sr. Lobo delivers 100%-authentic roast chicken straight to your door with all the trimmings. Claiming to be the best chicken in town (and we second it), the whole chicken with rustic oil and a side of wood-fired potatoes is simply to die for.

Petit Bangkok

Carrer de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona & Carrer d’Àvila, 87, 08005 Barcelona

For an authentic taste of Thailand, there is no better place in our selection of Barcelona restaurants than Petit Bangkok. Travel to the East without leaving the comfort of your own home and choose from the most traditional Thai curries to flavoursome stir-fries and fresh summer rolls. Perfect for a mid-week lunch or weekend evening in.

Delivery restaurants in Barcelona - PEtit bangkok

Little Fern

Carrer de Pere IV, 168, 08005 Barcelona

You’ll be delighted as we were to learn that there are Barcelona restaurants that deliver breakfast and coffee straight to your door! Our favourite has to be Little Fern: this community casual brunch spot in the heart of Poblenou serves dishes that take inspiration from New Zealand’s café culture, along with sweet treats, homemade granola and a range of delicious hot beverages. Don’t miss the chickpea pancakes topped with spicy kimchi and miso mayo, and the harissa scrambled eggs served with avocado and grated pecorino cheese on fresh sourdough toast.

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Les Tres a La Cuina

Carrer de Sant Lluís 35, 08012 Barcelona 

This family-run business based in Gracia prides itself on delivery the best of homemade Catalan cuisine straight to your door. Although this is a list of Barcelona restaurants and this isn’t a restaurant per-se, the three minds behind this delivery service ensure a different set menu every day of the week based on healthy recipes and the freshest of ingredients.

Les tres a la cuina

Hawker-45

Carrer de Casp, 45, 08010 Barcelona

Last but not least on our list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery is Hawker-45. Serving new, innovative Latin American and Asian street food, the menu offers delicious curries, seafood dishes, soup and light bites. As an interesting proposal, Hawker also delivers pre-packed meal kits allowing you to get creative in the kitchen with the fresh, exotic ingredients. Why not learn how to make Bangkok chicken wings and Thai green curry this long weekend?

We hope this list of our favourite Barcelona restaurants comes in handy. Let us know, what’s the restaurant you keep ordering from again and again? We can’t wait to try out your suggestions!

Barcelona restaurants - Hawker45

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The top 10 terraces in Barcelona for outdoor plans

The best terraces in Barcelona include rooftops bars and terraces lapped by the waves of the sea, and are simply perfect for outdoor plans this spring in the city. Bask in Barcelona’s all-year-round fantastic climate surrounded by the best views of the city, beach or its skyline!

With spring almost here, we’re already thinking about which of the best terraces in Barcelona we’re going to spend long weekend lunches, have drinks with friends, or relax with a good book and a coffee.

This selection covers the best spots in the city where you can catch some rays, enjoy the good outdoors and support local businesses. What more could you ask for?

As these are strange times, we do encourage you to check websites or ring restaurants in advance to double check opening times and book a table, if necessary.

The top ten best terraces in Barcelona… here we come!

Dos Torres

Via Augusta, 300, 08017 Barcelona

Think fine dining, a romantic ambience and exclusive service at one of the most coveted terraces in Barcelona. This restaurant that serves only the best Mediterranean cuisine boasts a large, stunning terrace garden in the grounds of a modernist estate. It also takes bookings for groups and private events.

Terraces in Barcelona - Dos torres
Dos Torres

Mirablau

Plaça del Doctor Andreu, s/n, 08035 Barcelona

Welcome to this bar and restaurant that, at night when the lights of the city below start to sparkle, becomes the club with the best views of Barcelona. Enjoy this unique terrace whilst sipping on a sophisticated cocktail from the menu or simply marvelling at Barcelona’s beautiful skyline.

Terraces in Barcelona - Mirablau
Mirablau

Norai

Av. de les Drassanes, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Nestled in the grounds of the Maritime Museum, one of the best terraces in Barcelona is a haven a stone’s throw away from La Rambla. Revel in this relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks and snacks from its varied menu, all while surrounded by high walls and shaded by numerous trees, making it perfect for the entire family.

Terraces in Barcelona - Norai
Norai – Terraces in Barcelona

Metropolitan Iradier

Carrer de les Escoles Pies, 105, 08017

In the north of the city in the Pedralbes neighbourhood is this luxury gym that boasts, without a doubt, one of the best terraces in Barcelona. If you’re looking for an unmissable terrace with a pool, grass area and sun loungers where you can sunbathe the day away, then this is your terrace in Barcelona. Access is open to members and non-members.

Metropolitan Iradier - terraces in Barcelona
Metropolitan Iradier – Terraces in Barcelona

Surf House Barcelona

Emília Llorca Martín, 22, 08003 Barcelona

Craving some California vibes? Head to Surf House where smoothies, juices and delicious yet healthy brunch dishes are on the menu. This is one of the best terraces in Barcelona that is pet-friendly, and it’s perfect after a morning swim or as a pick-me up before you hit the waves.

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Cafè d’Estiu

Plaça de Catalunya, 5, 08002 Barcelona

Tucked away in the Frederic Marès museum is this quaint, garden terrace in the heart of the Gothic quarter. Find peace and quiet with your loved ones amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Terraces in Barcelona - Cafè d'estiu

Espai Mescladís

Carrer dels Carders, 35, 08003 Barcelona

Another of the best terraces in Barcelona, it opened its doors as a place to promote social integration for immigrants in Barcelona just minutes away from the Picasso Museum. In the heart of the city, find this space filled with antiques and trinkets, with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Terraces in Barcelona . Espai Mescladís
Espai Mescladís

Olokuti

Carrer d’Astúries, 38, 08012 Barcelona

In the heart of Gràcia surrounded by independent boutiques, second-hand shops and quaint bakeries, this terrace can be found at the back of a sustainable and ethical store selling everything from clothes, books and gifts.

Bar with terrace in Barcelona - Olokuti
Olokuti

Bar Calders

Carrer del Parlament, 25, 08015 Barcelona

This charming spot in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni boasts one of the most coveted and best terraces in Barcelona. If what you’re looking for is to rub shoulders with locals in a non-assuming location, this place is for you. Be sure to check out the bookshop with the same name right next to the bar.

Bar calders - bar barcelona
Bar Calders

That concludes our list of the best terraces in Barcelona. Tell us, which is your favourite? Looking forward to seeing you there!

Your guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona

To find the best location to stay in Barcelona requires much more than quickly researching one area or another online. The best location in this buzzing metropolis and cultural hub often depends on you and what you are looking for because, in case you didn’t know, Barcelona has it all!

For this reason we’ve created this guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona, covering all the needs and wishes you may have when you’re here.

From family-friendly spots and the best tourist sights to areas buzzing with nightlife or luxury shopping streets, we recommend only the best location to stay in Barcelona in our flexible long-term and short-term rentals that are sure to become your home away from home.

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Eixample

Barcelona would not be Barcelona without its sprawling Eixample district.

Think wide avenues, stunning architecture and large, light-filled apartments. What’s more, it’s close to the city centre (10–20 minute walk depending on where you are) and well connected by bus, train and the yellow, green and red metro lines.

The Eixample district is often referred to as two different districts: Esquerra (left) de l’Eixample and Dreta (right) that, as their names indicate, are to the left and right of Passeig de Gràcia respectively.

Esquerra de l’Eixample, the lesser-known Eixample district boasts a huge selection of Catalan, Spanish and international restaurants, an array of LGBTQ+ friendly clubs and bars, and a good dose of community spirit. For this reason it was voted the coolest neighbourhood on earth in 2020 by Time Out.

The opulent and elegant Dreta de l’Eixample is simply overflowing with museums, architecture and things to do: from Gaudí’s spectacular Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gràcia with La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, plus its array of luxury and designer shopping options, the Egyptian museum, the Casa de les Punxes, the stunning Passeig de Sant Joan, and much more.

Best location to stay in Barcelona - Eixample
Eixample – Best location to stay in Barcelona

Where to stay in Eixample, Barcelona:

Ideal for business trips, our Livingstone apartment with ethnic décor is located close to the Sant Antoni market. Our Modernist Dandi apartment in Barcelona with a good dose of charisma and charm boasts a privileged location only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia.

In another best location to stay in Barcelona in l’Eixample Esquerre is the romantic KissMe flat with a balcony that’s perfect for coffee and people watching. Not forgetting our luxury LaMimosa flat, again right by Passeig de Gràcia, with beautiful art pieces and three bedrooms.

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Kiss Me – Barcelona apartment for rent

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Gothic Quarter/La Rambla

Another best location to stay in Barcelona is the city’s Gothic Quarter and the area of La Rambla. This is the true heart of the city: imagine narrow winding streets, tiny bars, quaint restaurants and independent boutiques. One of the most beautiful areas in Barcelona, it was bound to make our list!

This area of Barcelona really does have it all. Discover its past by visiting the stunning, neogothic cathedral, the Jewish quarter and the Frederic Marés Museum, wander the squares of Plaça Sant Jaume and Plaça Reial, and if you get the chance why not head to La Rambla to catch an opera at the Royal Liceu Opera House or marvel at the colours of the Boqueria market?

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Mercat de la Boqueria – Gothic Quarter

Where to stay in Gothic Quarter/La Rambla, Barcelona:

A stone’s throw away from the main attractions of this area you’ll find our contemporary three-bedroom MACCA apartment in an area steeped in history. Or discover our spacious Parsifal apartment where vintage meets modernity, located literally on the same block as the Liceu.

Found the best location to stay in Barcelona is our quaint and exquisite Colonial apartment. This romantic space is right by Passeig Colom. Finally, our Catedral apartment with a private courtyard could not be more perfect for your stay in the Gothic quarter.

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Les Corts

This well-connected and often overlooked neighbourhood makes our list of the best location to stay in Barcelona given that it still preserves its authentic essence. Boasting large avenues and a short walk away from the shopping centre L’Illa and the city’s famous Diagonal Avenue, we are here to sing its praises!

Head to the Pedralbes Palace Gardens and take a stroll – here in the summer many an open-air concert are held, visit la Fundació Suñol and its fascinating art exhibitions or enjoy a coffee in the stunning Plaça de la Concòrdia. What’s more, Les Corts is a short metro ride or a 30-minute walk from the heart of Barcelona. What more could you ask for?

Best location to stay in Barcelona - Les Corts

Where to stay in Les Corts

Our Jollie penthouse is a spacious one-bedroom apartment with a gorgeous sun-drenched terrace that is perfect for catching some rays or outdoor dining. Additionally, discover our luxury Dandelion apartment – as delicate as the flower it is named after – which also boasts a spacious terrace.

Finally, why not check out our elegant Gatsby apartment? Its exquisite details, ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and terrace with breath-taking city views make it perfect for your stay in Les Corts. We hope you’ve found our guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona useful for your next trip. We can’t wait to have you with us! 

Top 10 most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos

Beautiful places in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between. From Gaudí’s magnificent architecture to the stunning streets of Born, we’re the first to admit that Barcelona is one huge instagrammable moment!

What’s more with spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make use of its soft daytime hues to capture the awe-inspiring scenes this city has to offer us.

When it comes to the most beautiful places in Barcelona for truly unique shots that will wow your followers and not need a single filter, we’ve got you covered: discover where to take photos of the best views of the city and hidden spots that only locals know about.

Get ready to bring the most beautiful places in Barcelona to your newsfeed, blog or family album.

The Barcelona Swing – Mirador de Mundet

Ctra. Horta a Cerdanyola, 39, 08035 Barcelona

Hop on and take in the views of Barcelona as you swing over the heights of this fabulous city. With some of the best views you could ask for, stretching out over to the sea, this will soon become your favourite of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to snap your latest photos.

It can be a little tricky to find, and we recommend you check the Instagram page before going as on some occasions the swing has been taken down. Happy flying!

El Petó de Joan Fontcuberta (The Kiss)

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

This inspiring and unique photomosaic by Joan Fontcuberta is nestled in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter close to Barcelona cathedral. We think it’s one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona because, if you look closely, you’ll see that each mosaic captures “moments of freedom” of citizens who submitted their shots on Instagram.

This spot is perfect for truly unique photos of Barcelona; snap it from up close or far away to truly appreciate its beauty.

Beautiful places in Barcelona - El mural del petó - The Kiss wall in barcelona

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona, the Bishop’s Bridge by the Barcelona Cathedral connects the local Government building with Casa dels Canonge. Despite its appearance, the bridge is not even 100 years old and was built in 1928 by Joan Rubió i Bellver.

Be sure to zoom in when you take your shot to capture the mysterious skull on the bridge. Some even say that if you walk under the bridge backwards and look at the skull, it will grant you one wish!

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Plaça Reial

Steeped in history, Plaça Reial is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to capture a piece of Barcelona’s past: from its towering palm trees and neoclassical architecture to the stunning cast iron lampposts designed by Gaudí himself.

This is quite a popular spot (especially at night) and is a mere stone’s throw away from La Ramba, so we recommend getting there early to capture its elegance without the crowds.

Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera

Ctra. de Miramar, 38, 08038 Barcelona

These charming botanical gardens at the foot of Montjuïc are a haven for all those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This oasis – which is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre – was named after a Mallorcan poet and boasts over 800 types of cactus.

Without a doubt this often overlooked spot is very picturesque and was even ranked among the top ten gardens in the world by The New York Times!

Casa de Les Plantes

Carrer de l’Allada-Vermell, 12, 08003 Barcelona

Dubbed Barcelona’s most photogenic house, and one of the most instagrammable spots of the city, don’t miss this quaint whitewashed abode in the heart of el Born. Everyone from models to brides have had their photos taken in front of this house adorned with plants of every colour and size.

most beautiful places in Barcelona - la casa de las plantas

La Casa Pàdua

Carrer de Pàdua, 75, 08006 Barcelona

This often-overlooked modernist jewel by Jeroni Granell is not to be missed. Its pale mint green and crimson façade decorated with floral motifs makes for the most unique photos of the city’s stunning and rather unique architecture. Why not discover beautiful place in Barcelona next time you visit?

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

This romantic and quaint-looking square is well hidden in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Despite its tranquility, its tragic fate during the Spanish Civil War can still be seen on its walls to this day.

Read more about its history and things to do in Ciutat Vella here.

Parc de Laberint d’Horta

Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona

This historical park on the outskirts of the city is the oldest of its kind in the city. After getting some fabulous photos of one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona, we recommend getting lost in its maze and strolling through its peaceful paths.

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012 Barcelona

Casa Vicens was Gaudí’s first commissioned project in Barcelona. Every single detail of this summerhouse in the charming neighbourhood of Gràcia is simply magical. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos, we’re sure from the minute you step through its doors you won’t be able to put your camera down.

Afterwards, why not check out more things to do in Gràcia here.

We hope you enjoy this list of photograph-worthy spots in Barcelona. Be sure to tag us in any snaps you take!

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10 things to do in Barcelona outside

Finding things to do in Barcelona outside can often be an overwhelming task. With so many options, where do you start?

Look no further! We’ve carefully put together this article with 10 things to do in Barcelona outside so you can make the most of the city and its all-year round mild climate.

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. What better time of year to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air in your favourite city.

This cultural hub has so much to offer when it comes to plans outside: from its sandy beaches and charming squares, to its luscious parks and secret hidden corners, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We always recommend checking the latest COVID-19 restrictions and opening times before you decide to do any of these outdoor activities, and to follow safe social distancing at all times.

1. Take a walk along Barcelona’s seaside promenade

Barcelona’s coastline offers spectacular views and a wide, spacious promenade to walk along to soak it all in. Alternatively, hit the sand, fill your lungs with the fresh sea air and let the waves of La Barceloneta tickle your toes. If you’re looking for more things to do in Barcelona on the beach, why not grab a pair of roller-skates, a bike or go for a run along this beautiful coastal promenade.

Things to do in Barcelona - Barcelona promenade

2. Visit Colserolla Park and Carretera de les aigües

Collserola park is the biggest metropolitan park in the world – believe it or not, it is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The park can be easily accessed by many forms of public transport (bus, metro and train). Visitors will find many routes that are perfect for both hiking and biking. Keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna, including wild boar!

Visiting Collserola is one of our favourite things to do in Barcelona. Why not make a day of it with the whole family?

Things to do in Barcelona - Collserola Park

3. Discover Montjuïc

Head to Montjuïc and enjoy some fantastic views of Barcelona, the harbour and coastline. This monumental hill is easy to access by cable car and other forms of public transport. Discover the cemetery, the wonderful viewpoints and visit the Montjuic castle. Due to reduced capacity, we recommended checking current restrictions and booking in advance.

Things to do in Barcelona - Discover Montjuic

4. A visit the Joan Brossa Gardens with the entire family

After you’ve taken in the views, another thing to do in Barcelona’s Montjuïc is visiting the Joan Brossa Gardens. It’s at its most beautiful in the springtime, so we recommend visiting in the upcoming months to make sure you catch the flowers in full bloom.

Things to do in Barcelona - Jardins Joan Brossa

5. Getting lost among the streets of the Ciutat Vella

Discovering the hidden corners of Barcelona’s old town is one of the most magical things to do in Barcelona. Wander through its medieval streets and visit many a charming square. Replete with history, we recommend taking in the Neo-gothic architecture of Barcelona cathedral, visiting the hidden Roman columns at the Temple d’August by Plaça Sant Jaume or strolling through Plaça Felip Neri to discover its tragic past.

You can discover more things to in the Ciutat Vella here.

Things to do in Barcelona - ciutat vella

6. Take a photo at the Lover’s Kiss mural

A romantic outdoor plan in Barcelona is seeking out the famous Lover’s Kiss. This unique mural is comprised of 4,000 photos of Barcelona locals to create a romantic mosaic in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Make sure to take a photo here with your loved one!

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7. Take a stroll through the streets of Gràcia

Also top on our list of things to do in Barcelona is wandering the streets of Gràcia – an area to the north of the city. This quaint neighbourhood used to be a village and still retains its traditional charm. Visit the squares Plaça de la Vila with its grand clock tower and Plaça de la Virreina with its magnificent church. Also, discover many an artisan boutique, specialty coffee shop and local restaurant (subject to current restrictions).

Read more about why we love Gràcia so much here.

Gràcia streets

8. Get lost in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta

A charming maze can be found in the Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona in this 18th century park. Head here to enjoy utter peace and quiet amongst the towering cypress trees. Perfect for all ages to disconnect from the buzz of the city. If you’re looking for more parks to visit in Barcelona, read on in our article here.

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9. Discover a piece of Gaudí at Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the most known works of Gaudí in Barcelona. Although you need to pay to access the Gaudí monument, you can visit the park and surrounding areas free of charge to discover this piece of green in the city.

Park Guell surroundings

10. Take in the views from the Bunkers del Carmel

In the past few years, a visit to the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint has become one of the top things to do in Barcelona. Why not discover these fantastic views for yourself?

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What’s your favourite thing to do in Barcelona outside? Let us know!

The Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

Which are the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona? Catalan restaurants in Barcelona are certainly not difficult to come by – here you’ll find some of the best eateries serving local cuisine, but how can you possibly choose?

One of the best parts of visiting and experiencing a city is taking a seat to try the best food from the region. In this article, we encourage you to pull a chair up amongst the locals and learn about their history with each bite.

Catalan cuisine in itself can be quite varied, ranging from the wonderfully simple, yet moreish pà amb tomàquet (slices of home-baked country loaf toasted lightly under a grill then rubbed with garlic and tomato), to more hearty dishes including the spring-time calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage served with delicious white butter beans).

So, where can you try these wonderful Catalan dishes? Look no further than our selection of the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend always booking Catalan restaurants in Barcelona in advance and checking with the restaurant regarding their most up-to-date opening times and capacity.

Cal Boter

Carrer Tordera 64

If you find yourself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Gràcia, we recommend dropping into Cal Boter. The best way to try its scrumptious Catalan cuisine is the menu del día: this daily set menu of seasonal specials is excellent value (€12.50 during the week and €14.80 at the weekend) as it comes with three courses, bread and wine. What more could you ask for?

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Cal Boter
Cal Boter – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

La Panxa del Bisbe

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 158, 08024 Barcelona

Also located in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia is La Panxa del Bisbe. On the menu you’ll find the most typical Catalan dishes with exciting modern twists and contemporary flavours. We’d advise washing it all down with a bottle of local organic wine which the waiters will be more than happy to recommend.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - La Panxa del Bisbe
La Panxa del Bisbe – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Punyetes

Marià Cubí, 189, Francesc Giner, 8-10 & Ciutat de Balaguer, 50

With the essence of a local tavern, these three restaurants are found in the north of the city. Run by three friends, Can Punyetes combines family tradition with the best quality local food. This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona specialises in grilled meats, and homemade desserts.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Punyetes
Can Punyetes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Taverna La Llesca

Travessera de Gràcia, 86, 08006 Barcelona

This tavern – that claims neither to be pretentious nor fancy – prides itself on serving local food with no additives. Visit this welcoming and homely Catalan restaurant in Barcelona where you’ll findhearty servings of traditional food, with, plenty of flavour and the best hospitality. Although they specialise in grilled meats, why not try something new and order the flame-grilled artichokes!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Taverna la Llesca
Taverna La Llesca – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes

Carrer d’en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona

A two-minute walk from el Liceu and the famous Les Rambles, you’ll find one of the oldest Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. This old-world, sleepy tavern where history and tradition come together dates back to 1786. This restaurant takes its name (culleretes means teaspoon) from the phrase the head waiter would shout to his staff to prompt them to polish the cutlery. Serving an array of the most traditional Catalan dishes from roasted suckling pig, wild boar stew and baked a la llauna cod, everything on the menu is simply delicious!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Culleretes
Can Culleretes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Vilaró

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 61, 08015 Barcelona

The owners of Can Vilaró pride themselves on cooking and serving the best-quality food from the neighbouring San Antoni market for the best price. Sisco and Dolers offer everything from liver, tripe and trotters, and on Saturdays the fricandó beef stew in a wild mushroom sauce is simply to die for. Why not drop into a more conventional Catalan restaurant in Barcelona and discover its authenticity for yourself!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Vilaró
Can Vilaró – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Casa Delfín

Passeig del Born, 36, 08003 Barcelona

This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona has been serving food in El Born for over 100 years. It first opened as a 24-hour eatery for those who worked at the market, and is now well-know and loved among locals and tourists alike. It still conserves its traditional essence in both its food and ambience – the rustic rice dishes and crema catalana dessert simply cannot be missed.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Casa Delfín
Casa Delfin – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

On your next trip to Barcelona, why not try a selection of these restaurants and tell us what you think. Remember to make the most of your stay by booking a bizflats.com apartment for a privileged location close to all the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. Tuck in!

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The Barcelona Calendar 2021 – Holidays and festivities to plan your year

The Barcelona Calendar 2021 is finally here with the dates of all next year’s public holidays, so you can start planning.

The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many. We’re sure it’s not just us looking forward to bidding this year farewell. So let’s look at the Barcelona Calendar 2021 and discover something to look forward to in 2021!

We’ve put together this Barcelona Calendar with all the city’s public holidays, including local festivities and special events, to ensure you don’t miss out on time with your loved ones, which is more special now than ever.

Bookmark this Barcelona Calendar with all of 2021’s holidays and refer back to it throughout the year.

Barcelona Calendar - Calendar of holidays and festivities in Barcelona 2021
Barcelona Calendar 2021

1 January – New Year’s Day

However you choose to spend the first day of 2021 – whether a meal with your loved ones, going to the cinema, or exploring the city’s festive events – we wish you all the best for the New Year!

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

6 January – Three Kings Day

The day the Three Kings arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus is the main gift-giving day in Spain. Celebrated across the country by young and old, be sure to catch this year’s Three Kings Parade broadcast live on TV as the Magi come to Barcelona, as welcomed by the city’s mayor, Ada Colau.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

12 February: Santa Eulàlia

The Day of Santa Eulàlia, co-patron Saint of Barcelona, is celebrated with many cultural events and activities for all ages. Please note this day on the Barcelona Calendar is a working day and all shops are open.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

14 February: Carnival

The well-known festival of Carnival (known as Carnestoltes in Catalonia) is celebrated around the world seven weeks after the first full moon following the winter solstice.  Get your costumes ready!

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

Holy Week: Palm Sunday, 28 March – Easter Saturday, 3 April

A week-long religious celebration, if you happen to be in Barcelona this time of year, get ready to be awed by magical parades and to try the tastiest Easter treats.

2 April: Good Friday

Good Friday marks the start of the long Easter weekend on the Barcelona Calendar. Despite Barcelona not being known for its Easter celebrations, you’ll still be able to catch some spectacular Easter parades in the centre of the city.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

4 April: Easter Sunday & 5 April: Easter Monday

A big event in the religious year, Easter is celebrated in Barcelona with parades, masses and family meals. It’s typical for children receive a “Mona de Pasqua” from their godparents or grandparents. This round sweet brioche cake was traditionally topped with a hard-boiled egg, but now comes in all shapes and flavours.

Working days? No

Will shops open? No

23 April: Sant Jordi

One of the most-awaited days on the Barcelona Calendar is Sant Jordi: the Catalan’s very own Valentine’s Day. Be sure to visit the bookstalls lining the city’s main streets and buy a rose for that special someone.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

1 May: Labour Day

Labour Day is celebrated around the world to honor workers and additionally marks the beginning of spring.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 May: Pentecost/Whitsun

The Pentecost, or Whitsun, is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is often called Second Easter.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 June: Sant Joan

Get ready for fireworks, fun and entertainment: the Summer Solstice, which occurs on the longest day of the year, is known as Sant Joan in Barcelona. This celebration that marks the beginning of the warmer months normally takes place on the beaches with bonfires and live music.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

11 September: The National Day of Catalonia

Known as La Diada in Catalan, this day on the Barcelona Calendar commemorates those who defended Barcelona during the Spanish War of Succession.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 September: La Mercè

In this week-long celebration of music and culture, the streets of Barcelona come alive with an array of free concerts and events. Check out last year’s programme to know what to expect.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

12 October: The National Day of Spain

The National Day of Spain commemorates when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

1 November: All Saints’ Day

The 1 November celebrates all those who are no longer with us. It comes the day after La Castanyada – a day known throughout Catalonia for its roasted chestnuts and other sweet treats. Why not try your hand at making the typical panellets? Check out our recipe here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

6 December: Day of the Constitution & 8 December: The Immaculate Conception

These two holidays are often combined to form the December long bank holiday weekend. If you’re visiting Barcelona, check out our guide to Eixample for the best sightseeing and accommodation tips.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

25 December: Christmas Day

Celebrated all around the world, if you’re spending Christmas in the city you can check out our handy guide here, with everything you need to know about the local Christmas markets, New Year’s fireworks and nativity scenes.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

We hope this Barcelona Calendar 2021 comes in useful when planning the upcoming here. And if you’re planning a trip to Barcelona in 2021, be sure to check out our blog with all the latest tips for enjoying the city like a local and also check our long term and short term apartment rentals in Barcelona.