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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Palau Baró de Quadras

    Casa Asia
    A dream. The fairytale-like palace Baró de Cuadras designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch houses the Institut Ramon Llull. The building impresses visitors with its magnificent, art nouveau halls that feature interlocked Moorish multifoil arches and columns with all kinds of ornamentation. Standing on the tranquil rooftop terrace, you have a fantastic view over the city and the Sagrada Familia. Pure enjoyment – and that’s for free!
    Avinguda Diagonal 373
    Barcelona 08008
    +34 93 368 08 36
    casaasia.eu
  • Sagrada Familia

    Hallmark
    The Roman Catholic basilica may not be finished yet, but it is still the tourist draw numero uno and the hallmark of the city. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí in the New Catalan (Modernisme) style. Construction began in 1882. Since Gaudí's death in 1926, other architects have taken over to expand on his original idea and the work on the Sagrada Familia continues. The basilica is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona.
    Calle Mallorca, 401
    Barcelona 08013
    +34 93 207 30 31
    sagradafamilia.cat
  • La Rambla

    Tree-lined thoroughfare
    A hallmark of the city. About 1.3 km long, the pedestrianised La Rambla (though the plural Las Ramblas is often used) stretches from the central traffic hub of Plaça Catalunya down to the harbour. It ends at the Monument to Christopher Columbus, a pillar visible from a long way off. One thing is certain: there’s always something happening on La Rambla. People scuttling between a kiosk and an ice cream vendor or sitting on the side and watching the comings and goings. It's an equal mixture of tourists and locals who come here to be entertained by the street musicians and artists. Beware of pickpockets!

    Plaça Catalunya to Plaça Colom
    Barcelona 08002

  • Mercat de la Boqueria

    Largest market
    The Mercat de la Boqueria located directly on La Rambla is a real tourist magnet. It’s the prettiest, largest and best known market in Barcelona and has none the less lost almost none of its characteristic charm. You’ll find both tourists and locals being targeted by the market callers to come check out their fresh products. It’s best to visit the market when you’re a little hungry so you can enjoy lunch right at one of the many stands. There’s something here for everyone and at a fair price: sweets, honey, cheeses, oils, olives, native and exotic fruits and vegetables, fresh and smoked meats, fish and seafood. Everything’s fresh and the selection is enormous. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Rambla St. Josep
    Barcelona 08001
    boqueria.info
  • Park Güell

    Antoni Gaudí
    Park Güell is one of the best known sights in Barcelona. Gaudí turned the park into a fairy tale world. Every visitor to Barcelona should sit on the mosaic-covered benches at least once. His contoured bench is known around the globe and Salvador Dalí once called it the precursor to Surrealism. There are several entrances to the park, but the most beautiful is the main entrance on Carrer d’Olot. In the upper level of the park there is a great terrace where visitors have a lovely view of the entire park and the city around it. It’s a place to dream and let go. Entry is free. Open daily from 10 a.m.
    Carrer d‘Olot
    Barcelona 08024
    parkguell.cat
  • Vinçon

    Designer department store
    The department store Vinçon is located in a magnificent Modernisme building. With more than 10,000 products, it offers plenty for shoppers seeking design articles, decorations and furniture. A stroll through the store is highly recommended and the regularly updated window displays are a well-known crowd pleaser.
    Passeig de Gràcia, 96
    Barcelona 08008
    +34 93 215 60 50
    vincon.com
  • Vila Viniteca

    7,300 wines
    A paradise for wine lovers. The well-stocked Vila Viniteca offers more than 7,000 wines, including some wines like Pingus, Vega Sicilia and around 100 more which it’s the exclusive seller of for all of Spain. At the Vila Viniteca you’ll also find incredible Catalan trouvailles, which are never exported. The customers include wine connoisseurs and the best restaurants in the nation. The store is plain with wine bottles stack up to the ceiling, while excellently trained sommeliers are on hand to help customers and explain both rare wines and new creations.
    Carrer Agullers, 7
    Barcelona 08003
    +34 902 327 77 77
    vilaviniteca.es
  • Boutique Sita Murt

    Chic and modern
    Sita Murt is a designer label for modern women with their own style. The collections feature premium, comfortable materials like silk, knits and linen, making them elegant and timeless. Great colours, feminine and light patterns. The «less is more» philosophy carries through to the boutique. The store demonstrates simple lines and a clear focus on the collection.
    Passeig de Gràcia, 1
    Barcelona 08002
    +34 93 268 86 25
    sitamurt.com
  • El Corte Inglés

    Largest department store
    Barcelona’s department store located directly on Plaça Catalunya offers more than just popular international labels, fashion, shoes, cosmetics, living accessories and electrical appliances and electronics; the large terrace on the top floor where shoppers have a breathtaking view over the city and its impressive architecture is also a powerful draw.
    Plaça Catalunya, 14
    Barcelona 08002
    +34 93 306 38 00
    elcorteingles.es
  • Papabubble

    Candy heaven
    This shop is a paradise for everyone who loves sweets, lollipops and candy canes. Coconut or rhubarb lolly? Or would you prefer a lozenge with anise and honey? The best thing is that shoppers can watch the confectioners conjure their magic. And once the last sweet batch of sweets has been made, the Papabubble team hands out what’s left over to the lucky passersby who just «happen» to be there. There is a second candy heaven at Carrer Major de Sarrià, 76.
    Carrer Ample, 28
    Barcelona 08002
    +34 93 301 51 45
    papabubble.com
  • Antigua Hojalatería

    Unique
    It’s hard to believe, but they are still there, people who work with brass and tin to make pots and pudding moulds. These hojalaterías still survive today because of their regular customers, the professional chefs who buy their moulds, garlic presses, colanders, decorative nozzles for icings and batters, dough cutters and fish frying pans here. If they don’t have it, it can’t be found anywhere in Barcelona.
    Carrer de la Petxina, 8
    Barcelona 08001
    +34 93 317 75 84
  • Custo Barcelona

    Unmistakable
    Shoppers should claim at least one piece of the hip collection by designer duo Custo and David Dalmau for themselves before going back home. The Custo label is fresh and unmistakable. Inspired by the California surfer scene, the name is now known and loved around the globe. You’ll even see celebrities wearing the tops and shirts with wild print collages. Cool!
    Plaça de les olles, 7
    Barcelona 08003
    +34 93 268 78 93
    custo-barcelona.com
  • Museu d’Art Contemporani

    Contemporary art
    The building housing the Museu d’Art Contemporani looks like a spaceship. You’ll see young people playing football or filming cool skater films in front of the gleaming white walls. The museum’s primary collection is art from the second half of the 20th century and many pieces by contemporary artists. The exhibits change every three to four months. Closed Tuesdays.
    Plaça dels Àngels, 1
    Barcelona 08001
    +34 93 412 08 10
    macba.cat
  • Fundació Antoni Tàpies

    Modern art
    Enormous skylights allow visitors to view the works of the greatest artists of Spain by daylight. Antoni Tàpies’ large-format pieces speak the «language of the wall»: external walls, gates, portals and windows, some with hidden messages, some exposed, all the way to graffiti. Tàpies works with hard, resistant, rough and sometimes impenetrable surfaces, adding crosses, combinations of numbers, and schematised motifs. Fascinating international temporary exhibitions are also shown here.
    Carrer d'Aragó, 255
    Barcelona 08007
    +34 93 487 03 15
    fundaciotapies.org
  • Galería Àngels

    Art
    The most interesting gallery in the city. Economist Emilio Álvarez created a steadily growing forum for twelve artists and uses it to support young talent. He has a good nose for artists who take their work seriously, who are critical, who participate in the international debate around art. Here the process of creation is as important as the piece of art itself. Just around the corner you’ll find his Roomservice gallery, where he exhibits innovative, contemporary designers and sells their work as well.
    Calle Pintor Fortuny, 27
    Barcelona 08001
    +34 93 412 54 00
    angelsbarcelona.com

LOCAL TIP

The Gràcia district was formerly an independent small town before it became part of Barcelona in 1897. Arriving here, you’ll find yourself in a rather quiet part of Barcelona with fewer tourists. Instead, you’ll see children playing in the streets and seniors making themselves comfortable on a bench around the many ‘plazas’. No doubt the most famous and perhaps the most beautiful plaza in this district is «Vila de Gràcia», a place that gives you the feeling of having landed in a Spanish village.

Anja
District Gràcia
Gràcia
Barcelona

The small, rather inconspicuous tapas bar La Bombeta in the former fishermen’s district Barceloneta is often overlooked by tourists. Among the locals, on the other hand, it enjoys the best reputation and is mostly packed down to the last seat. The Catalans value the delicious tapas at La Bombeta, and even queue in front of the doors until a seat is vacated. You should try the house speciality, the so called «bomba», a deep fried ball of potatoes and Spanish ham with a slightly hot sauce.

Anja
Tapas bar La Bombeta
Calle de la Maquinista 3
Barcelona 08003
+34 93 319 94 45