Barcelona Neighborhood Guide: El Born
El Born is one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighborhoods, located in between the Gothic Quarter and the Ciutadella Park. This lively barrio is home to some of the most historic buildings in the city. Popular with tourists, locals, and the local international community, it’s famous for its artistic feel as well as its great tapas bars and trendy eateries. Read on for our suggestions for a day exploring one of our favorite Barcelona neighborhoods!
Breakfast at Brunells
This local landmark that was the winner of the 2020 best croissant in Spain has been in business since 1852. The structure of the space remains the same, when you enter, you’ll see the bakery area with loads of local delights and of course, croissants, for sale. Past the bakery, you enter the cafeteria, where you can take your time to enjoy your selected treats.
Explore the Moco museum
Opened in 2021, this popular independent museum includes a wide range of inspiring modern, contemporary, and street art – located in both Amsterdam and Barcelona. Moco exhibits Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Icy & Sot, JR, KAWS, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Yayoi Kusama, THE KID, Andy Warhol, Studio Irma, and many more.
Lunch at Lulu & Flyn
You’ll find this bistro full of people and with great energy along the whole sidewalk. Lulu & Flyn is focused on natural and fresh ingredients. Located in El Born, it’s another one of our favorite Barcelona food and coffee gems!
Shopping at Passeig del Born
Stroll along this pretty little avenue with its medieval flavor, always busy with people who fill the terraces with the city’s most modern bars. This avenue dates back to medieval times and was the site of the Holy Week processions and early carnivals. Wander around the streets surrounding this avenue, and you’ll find plenty of unique bohemian shops to peruse.
Grab a coffee at Funky Bakers
Top up your energy with a tasty coffee from the trendy, Funky Bakers, found on Passeig del Born, 10.
Stroll in Park de Ciutadella
Take in some fresh air in this green oasis in the middle of Barcelona. Ciutadella is Barcelona’s largest public park, dating back to 1888. It’s full of tree-lined paths, a fountain, and a pond to enjoy.