BARCELONA | BIO ICE CREAM & ORXATA IN GRÁCIA
Gràcia is a very bohemian area, home to young families and working artists and has retained its village feel. In the crowded summer month this area is a lot more pleasant than the stuffed neighborhoods near the sea. The district is located above Avenida Diagonal and known to be an authentic, lively residential area with small shops, tapas bars and vermuterias. Gràcia is largely car-free and perfect for a walk with kids along the narrow pedestrian walkways. The large squares, Plaça de Sol, Plaça de Vila de la Virreina, are lively meeting points. The locals meet here to drink a Copa while their children play football on the squares or paint the floor with chalk.
Casa Vicens, Gaudi’s first commissioned work, is located in the upper part of Gràcia. Hidden in a narrow street, its colorful newly renovated façade stands out among the other buildings. Casa Vicens was built in 1885 as a holiday residence for a wealthy industrial family and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. It is definitely worth a stop, not only for Gaudí lovers.
Case Vicens | Carrer de les Carolines, 20 | 08012 Barcelona | Spain
Rates:16€ for adults | 0€ for children up to 11 years | Check out the time table on the official website as entry time vary
CARRER VERDI & PLACA DE LA VIRREINA
Our walk starts from Casa Vicens and leads us downhill past the animated Calle Verdi and three of the most famous squares of Gracia. This off-the-beaten-path neighborhood has resisted the trend towards the big brands and maintains its small streets filled with local shops, organic markets, galleries and cafés.
ORXATA & GLUTEN FREE ICE CREAM
Gràcia has one of best ice cream shops in Barcelona that offer homemade organic ice cream and Orxata. Orxata is a Catalan drink made from tigernuts. A very refreshing summer drink which is much appreciated by the locals. If you come here for lunch time, we recommend one of the tapas restaurant on the squares. Not especially for the food (you have the usual catalan tapas at a fair price) but to enjoy the lively unique atmosphere of this neighborhood.
Parallelo / We are street gelato |Carrer Sèneca, 18 | 08006 Barcelona | Spain
In the recent years it has become a very diverse multicultural centre when it comes to gastronomy. Scrolling through the streets of the neighborhood you will find many spectacular restaurants with not only the traditional Catalan cuisine, but all kinds of offers from other parts of the world. In our map below we recommend as usual our best addresses for lunch, diner or just a fresh speciality coffee. All addresses have been checked and approved by my kids:)
Here are our top 3 restaurant tips:
La Singular (Try it out for diner)
Carrer de Francisco Giner, 50 | 08012 Barcelona |Spain
El Petit Bankok (Best Thai Restaurant in Barcelona)
Carrer de Vallirana, 29 | 08006 Barcelona | Spain
La Pubilla (Catalan food)
(I was not so sure if I should reveil this gem … but I’ll do it for you! Go there for lunch with a reservation)
Plaça de la Llibertat, 23 | 08012 Barcelona | Spain
JOIN A POTTERY COURSE
If you’re staying a little longer in Barcelona, Gràcia has a great selection of creative activities. we recommend the ceramic course Atuell Ceramic. The card for 10 hours costs 65 euros (card for 5h is also available) and you can choose the day and the duration freely.
Carrer del Montseny, 45 | 08012 Barcelona | Spain
Open from Mon – Fri, 18.30 – 21h.
FIESTA DE GRACIA
Every year in mid-August the Fiesta Major de Gràcia takes place during one week. It is known to be the most beautiful festival of Barcelona, prepared by the inhabitants of Gràcia for several months. Don’t miss it if you are in Barcelona in August.
Info and date of the upcoming Fiesta Major de Gràcia:
Check out all our top Gracia addresses in the map below (we update our maps regularely).
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