Barcelona City Guide : Gracia

This district, an ancient village enclosed in Barcelona’s city centre is a favourite. Shops, retro and trendy boutiques, nice restaurants, bars and cafés, charming little squares… Take it easy & enjoy a sunny nap or a shady coffee.

Musicians, designers and artists of all sorts have made this Bohemian neighbourhood one the nicest in Barcelona. For those who are after the real Barcelona. Ideal location for longer stays!

The Gracia area starts at the end of Passeo de Gracia but is so different ! Very few people go and walk up to this area although it is a very nice area with lots of sunny squares with cafes and restaurants, clothes ‘ designer shops, art shops, organical food shops. One of the loviest square is Plaza de la Virreina with its old stone church and its terraces to enjoy a drink or sandwich outside.

Metro station : Joanic, the yellow line ( 3 stops to Passeo de Gracia and 5 stops to the Barceloneta beach ) on Plaza Joanic
Station Fontana Red Line on carrer Gran de Gracia at the corner of the  carrer Asturias

The Gracia WEB all infos about shops, cafes, restaurants

It used to be a separate village before the city expanded to surround it at the end of the 19th century.  The walk to Gracia (Passeig de Gracia) is now the main boulevard of Barcelona. It still retains some of that village feel, it is bohemian, cosmopolitan, full of good bars and restaurants, shops, market, little squares with pavement cafes, etc

The peek time is in August (5 days) the Gracia festival with all the streets get incredibly nicely decorated by the inhabitants, so much fantasy with recovery plastic bottles. Food and drinks everywhere the all night long. Infos about the Gracia Fiesta Major on our blog

Main squares : Plaza del Sol, Placa Rius y Taulet now called Plaza Vila de Gracia, Placa Joanic, placa Virreina, plaza de la revolucion de setembre de 1868, Plaza Rovira i Trias

Main streets : Carrer Gran de Gracia ( shopping area), carrer Verdi ( small cafes, restaurants, art shops ), carrer Asturias (ecological, organic shops), carrer Traverseria de Gracia (market), Carrer Encarnacio.

Play grounds for children
Plaza del Diamant
Plaza de la revolucion de septembre
Carrer de l’Azina ( behind the church from Plaza Vireina)

The area is perfect for those who want something a little bit different, those who perhaps have been to Barcelona before and want a different tourist experience.  Gaudi House : Casa Vicens
carrer de les Carolines 22  Metro Fontana
The first house built in 1888 by Gaudi for a family. This family still owns and lives in the house. It is not possible to visit it but it is  very nice to see it from outside. The colours, the shapes, an oriental touch.

On the Verdi street, the Cine Verdi where you can watch movies in their original version. Web Cine Verdi to see the weekly programm.
There are 2 entrances , the Verdi on carrer Verdi  and the Verdi Park on carrer Turijos

Next to the Cine Verdi the D.O. Tapas restaurant
carrer Verdi 36 Ph 932189673
Open from Monday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kibuka carrer Verdi 64 very friendly Japanese food

On carrer Asturias 20 : Barcelona Reykjavik : organic and natural homemade bread.  Open from Monday to Sunday 10.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.  Website  Barcelonareykjavic
Carrer Asturias 22 : Woki and organic, vegetarian supermarkets

Carrer Encarnacio :
al01 al02Restaurant  al. ( al punto) Web AL.

carrer Encarnacio 56  Ph: 93 219 82 13

Catalan, mediterranean cuisine. Delicious fresh cooking !
Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 1.30 to 4p.m. amd from 8.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Lunch menu 12,50 €.

On Saturdays and Sundays  only rice dishes, all kind of typical spanish rice dishes. from 1.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

lachitarra01La Chitarra

Carrer Joan Blanques 56 corner carrer Encarnacio

Phone : 93 285 33 15   Mobil 650 88 47 18

Delicious fresh pastas, fresh raviolis, sauces …

Take away lunch menus during the week.

lachitarra02 Catering service.

A young italian couple has opened this friendly and delicious shop.

Very fresh mozarella, smoked mozarella.

Homemade italian desert.
All kind of pastas, italian wines.

 

Migracia :
Carrer encarnacio 52  Ph :932 139 437
Argentine restaurant with delicious homemade empanadas ( try the catalan empanada with spinach, raisin and pinones ). Pumpkin empanada, hot meat,chicken.
Open only at night

Pappa e Citti  carrer Encarnacio 38   Ph 622 262 572
Very friendly small italian restaurant own by an italian couple ( from Sardinia).  Typical disches from their country. Try on Fridays and Saturdays their typical sea dish with a typical semolina and sea food.
Open every day.  Aperitivos,Platos y Copas.

One of the best traditional bakery in Barcelona, in the Gracia area
FORN IDEAL
At the corner of Carrer del Torrents de les flors 5  and carrer de Ramon y Cajal 120
METRO Joanic
Open every day from 8H30 am to 2 PM and from 5 PM to 8 PM, close on Sundays
Traditional very small bakery, they bake bread with different flour from wheat, rye, kamut, spelt …
The best croissants in Barcelona, some cakes, pastries, pizzas …

Plaza Vireina

La Piadina : italian bread filled with italian ham, rucula and cheese. Take away type of  warm sandwich.  On the left from the church

Clair de Lune : nice toys shop for children. Wooden toys, small books . interesting games.
Italian ice cream : on the right side of the church

 

Salambo Cafè Salambó
carrer Torrijos 51 ( by Cine Verdi)
Ph 932186966
WEB Cafe Salambo

Cafe- restaurant with billard on first floor. Terrace. Nice place for a drink but not for food.

Big screen on first floor to watch football games. Football game menu.

Mama’s cafes
Carrer Torrijos 26   website Mama’s cafes
Vegetarian dishes, lunch menu. Sandwiches, small dishes, soups.  Nice terrace on the rear open until  8 PM.
Opening hours : Monday to Wednesday  from 9 am to 9 pm , Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 1 am, Close on Tuesday

One of the best traditional bakery in Barcelona, in the Gracia area
FORN IDEAL
At the corner of Carrer del Torrents de les flors 5  and carrer de Ramon y Cajal 120
METRO Joanic
Open every day from 8H30 am to 2 PM and from 5 PM to 8 PM
Traditional very small bakery, they bake bread with different flour from wheat, rye, kamut, spelt …
The best croissants in Barcelona, some cakes, pastries, pizzas …

Plaza del Sol

 

cafedelsolCafe del Sol

Web cafe del Sol

Plaza del Sol 16

Typical , famous small cafe on the Plaza del Sol.  Art exposition, good music, coktails . Big terrace on the Plaza del Sol

El Criolo
carrer Sant Domènec 10
Barcelona Gracia
ph 93 218 01 02
Argentinian foodshop : delicious homemade empanadas, pizzas, cakes. To eat in the shop or takeaway food.

Ila de Gracia : vegetarian restaurant
Carrer Sant Domenec 19
Phone Telèfon: 932380229
WEB Ila de Gracia

Homemade arabian pastry PRINCIPE
Carrer Guilleries 10 ( corner carrer Perla)
93 415 29 96

 

 

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