Barcelona City Guide – Discover El Born

El Borne

The Born area forms part of the historic city centre and is located between the Gothic quarter and the beautiful Ciutadella park (the biggest one in town, including a little lake and the zoo). Right next to the park you will also find the Cocoon Barcelona office to drop of your luggage or to say hello :).
This part of town has been re-discovered about 10 years ago and is now one of the favorite and most fashionable areas of Barcelona. In the narrow streets, which can seem like a labyrinth, you can easily get lost just wandering around, discovering the many boutiques, designer shops, art galleries and tapas bars …
During the middle age mainly craftsman and traders used to live here and on the Passeig del Born knight games were being held. Nowadays the Passeig del Born has turned into a charming avenue with trees and stone benches, connecting the most beautiful gothic Cathedral of Barcelona “Santa Maria del Mar” and the restored market hall (from the 19th century), which accommodates now “Born Centre Cultural“.
The Born is also well known for it´s night life with numerous stylish bars (around the Passeig del Born are still some traditional cocktail bars from the 70s bar movement), excellent restaurants and many fantastic tapas bars…
Below you will find suggestions with some of our favorite places (it´s hard to pick just a few as this area has so much to offer!):

Restaurants & Tapas:
Comerc 24 – the michelin starred Tapas restaurant of Carles Abellán who worked with Ferran Adrià, one of the world best chefs.
C/ Comerc 24

Big Fish – as the name suggests a great place to eat fresh fish in a little Passage behind the Born market. The stylish interior and terrace is the work of Lazaro Rosa Violan, a famous designer.
C/ Comercial 9

Casa Delfin – serving traditional Catalan recipes like fish stew and lamb with mushrooms.
Passeig del Born 36

El Xampanyet – a small tapas bar that has conserved traditional charm and beautiful wall tiles,  delicious Tapas and Cava.
C/ Montcada 22

Blueproject Foundation – stylish cafe & restaurant with very tasty vegetarian food & art gallery (contemporary art).
C/ Princessa 57

Bakeries:
Pasteleria Hofmann – award winning pastry shop – the best choice for your breakfast croissant!
C/ dels Flassaders 44

Barcelona Rejkjavic – organic bakery with the best bread in town
C/ Princessa 16

Shopping:
Casa Gisbert – a wonderful, traditional shop with lots of atmosphere & nice smells offering olive oil, nuts, jams, spices…
C/ Sombrerers 23

Ena Macana – The argentinian born jewelry designer has gained already international fame for her original “upcycle” jewelry.
Portal Nou 7

Iriarte Iriarte – leather bags designed and handcrafted in Barcelona with traditional techniques in a contemporary interpretation of timeless styles.
C/ Cotoners 12

Museums:
Picasso museum is located in five contiguos palacios (some dating back to the 14th century)  which are worth a visit itself. The collection of Pablo Picassos art work consits mainly of his early works during his formative years.
C/Montcada 15-23

The Chocolate museum – for chocolate lovers of all ages, displaying the history of chocolate and lots of artwork and sculptures.
C/ Comerc 36

MEAM (Museo Europeo de Arte Contemporaneo) – in a palace from 18th century, figurative contemporary art is being displayed. Concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.
C/ Barra de Ferro 5

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