Gràcia

Popular and vibrant, Gràcia is a buzzing barrio

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Beyond the Eixample lies the low-rise barrio of Gràcia. Like workaday Sants and well-heeled Sarrià, it was an independent town that was swallowed up as the city spread, but it retains its own identity and is one of the most popular and vibrant districts in the city. You can't think of Gràcia without thinking of its 'Festa Major', a district-wide weeklong street fair and party that takes over the barrio every August, complete with neighbourhood decorating competitions that are taken very seriously, and activities all day and into the wee hours. Architecturally, Gràcia can hold its own with the likes of the clock tower in Plaça de la Vila, the modernist Casa Fuster, Gaudí's Casa Vicens and, stretching the boundaries a bit, Park Güell.

Restaurants in Gràcia

Gut

  • Price band: 2/4

Gut is a very attractive restaurant, with its pristine white furnishings and venerable wooden chairs. It’s a small, elongated space, but thanks to the lighting they have made the most of it. They serve breakfast, lunch (a special menu at a very

  1. 13, Perill, 08012
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Els Jardinets de Gràcia

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Contemporary Catalan cuisine that shies away from over-sophistication or pretentiousness. The menu is extensive, and you should come here armed with patience and a desire to enjoy a wide range of dishes at very different prices, but all of them

  1. 116, Pg. de Gràcia, 08008
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La Panxa del Bisbe

  • Price band: 2/4

Imaginative tapas, special Mediterranean dishes of the day and fresh auteur cuisine. Chef Xavier Codina calls it ‘rumba cuisine’.

  1. 37, Rabassa, 08024
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Momos

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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An Asian restaurant with a difference: they don’t do fusion cuisine, they just take the best dishes from each country represented. The chef and owner, Jordi Brau, lived in Southeast Asia for seven years, and came back with recipes for tuna

  1. Martínez de la Rosa, 71, Gràcia, 08012
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Disbarat

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Fantastic barbecued beef, done to a turn, wonderful chicken and tasty, juicy Argentinean cuts of meat. Very competitive prices.

  1. Montseny, 14, Gràcia, 08012
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Bars in Gràcia

L'Entresòl

  • Rated as: 5/5
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L’Entresol is probably the coolest bar in Gracia’s, mainly because of its commitment to a clean and contemporary design, a musical selection that's always updated to the latest world trends and their menu of G&Ts that will have you feeling like

  1. Planeta, 39, Gràcia, 08012
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Sonotek

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The wall behind the bar is painted with a mural of cassette tapes from the days of acid-washed jeans, hair gel and rolled-up jacket sleeves. In the toilet, a Stormtrooper points his laser gun at the caganers of the Rebel Alliance. And be warned,

  1. Rabassa, 39, Gràcia, 08024
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Elèctric Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
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This is the sound of a neighbourhood bar for young people who want fair prices and care more about the music in the joint than some fancy furniture. Elèctric has a carefree, indie air about it, like being in your best friend's living room where all

  1. Travessera de Gràcia, 233, Gràcia, 08012
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Elephanta

  • Rated as: 4/5
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This tea shop named after an Indian island features carved wood stools and tables decorated with a collage of images from newspapers and magazines. Sit a spell and play chess or other table games while you have a cuppa. After 10pm, enjoy the 'happy

  1. Torrent d'en Vidalet, 37, Gràcia, 08012
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Le Journal

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A charming, quick and polite waitress zips around attending to the customers. You'd never think such quality and friendly service would be found behind Le Journal's dodgy dive-bar façade. Ah, but in this bar we have to make an effort to look the

  1. Francesc Giner, 18, Gràcia, 08012
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Shopping in Gràcia

Boo

Àlex González has reinvented the clothes shop Boo without leaving the Gràcia neighbourhood or losing the essence of what makes it special. They stock international brands such as Saint James, Penfield and Levis, and items from independent

  1. 2, Bonavista
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Oslo

The osleñas, as the creative team of the Oslo project call themselves, run this space that features the work of some 40-odd artists and artisans in Gràcia. This is not your typical shop but a place of refuge for those who want to introduce

  1. Torrent de l'Olla, 164, Gràcia
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Pinc Store

Pinc Store is the shop, workshop and creative lab of Ana Tichy, a designer who works with and reworks sewing patterns, stretches the boundaries of the textiles she uses, and also includes embroidery in her collections.

  1. Encarnació, 24, Gràcia
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Greenlifestyle

A manifest, a set of ethics, a price: none of the garments or accessories found at GreenLifeStyle break the principles of sustainability, recycling and fair trade. Another unwritten rule is support for design. We love the Milch jumpsuits, the

  1. Torrent de l'Olla, 95, Gràcia
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What to see & do in Gràcia

Park Güell

Gaudí's brief for the design of what became Park Güell was to emulate the English garden cities so admired by his patron Eusebi Güell: to lay out a self-contained suburb for the wealthy, but also to design the public areas. (This English

  1. Carrer d'Olot 5, Horta-Guinardó, 08024
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Verdi HD

The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this corner of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make

  1. Verdi, 32, Gràcia, 08012
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Teatre Lliure: Gràcia

This alternative theatre offers high-quality plays and dance performances, including some in English and an entire programme just for kids.

  1. Montseny, 47, Gràcia, 08012
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Sala Beckett

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This small but important venue was founded by the Samuel Beckett–inspired Teatro Fronterizo group, run by playwright José Sanchís Sinisterra. He's no longer based at the theatre, but his influence prevails. Since its inception the theatre has

  1. Alegre de Dalt, 55 bis, Gràcia, 08024
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Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius

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The CAT is city group that runs the Associació Cultural TRAM (organisers of the Festival Tradicionàrius, the most important traditional music festival in Catalonia) and opened the L’Artesà civic centre in Gràcia in 1993. The CAT regularly

  1. Plaça Anna Frank, Gràcia, 08012
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Nightlife in Gràcia

Heliogàbal

Certainly one of the best spots in Gràcia for live music and a good night out, Heliogàbal Cultural Association sprang up in 1995 to provide a platform for the development and promotion of arts and cultural activities in the barrio. Since 2001,

  1. Ramón y Cajal, 80, Gràcia, 08012
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KGB

In 1984 the ground floor of a textile factory became the KGB club, a multi-space venue that took the lead in garage aesthetics and stood out from the dull masses. Its relatively long history has not gentrified the KGB club, which continues to host

  1. Alegre de Dalt, 55, Gràcia, 08024
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Shake It!! Barcelona

  • Rated as: 4/5
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It’s been some time since Shake It! opened its doors, and Gràcia is still celebrating. The brains behind this operation are a three-person team: Sandro and Antonio, from the Rocksound bar, and Perico, from Buenritmo Records. The hits, the great

  1. Secretari Coloma, 42, Gràcia, 08025
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El Col·leccionista

This is a warehouse full of nighttime memories run by those passionate about collecting. At the weekend, they play host to a group of others who share their nostalgia and are not satisfied with the nocturnal and musical trends of the last couple of

  1. Torrent de les Flors, 46, Gràcia
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Alfa

This neighbourhood nightclub is frequented by regulars who start out the night nodding their head to a few 1950s American tunes and drinking dancefloor courage from one of the two bars in the place. After a while a few others trickle in and ooh and

  1. Gran de Gràcia, 36, Gràcia, 08012
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