Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Spend the day on the cool hill above Barcelona before enjoying the culturally thriving Poble-sec – a great destination for an evening's entertainment

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It's often left off visitors' itineraries, but the hill of Montjuïc merits a wander. In summer, the hill is a few degrees cooler than the city below, and its many parks and gardens are excellent places for a shady picnic. There are also plenty of museums: the Fundació Joan Miró is as impressive for its Corbusier-influenced building as its collection.

A neighbourhood in the Sants district, Poble-sec runs from Av. Paral·lel to Montjuïc and was the first expansion of the city. Paral·lel is known for its theatres, music bars and cabaret clubs, including the inimitable El Molino.

Restaurants in Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Escairón

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Escairón is particularly remarkable for its Galician entrecot (sirloin steak) and caldo gallego (Galician broth). Jorge and Pilar make you feel at home, while the clientele are mostly regulars. Aside from the entrecot, main dishes include

  1. Fontrodona, 5, Poble-sec, 08004
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Xemei

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The Colombo twins (‘xemei’ means ‘twins’ in Venetian) have bewitched the most demanding fans of Italian cuisine, especially that of their Venice, their hometown. Theirs is a lovely trattoria with a very warm and friendly bohemian atmosphere.

  1. Pg. de l'Exposició, 85, Poble-sec, 08014
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Zodíaco

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A small, charming bar offering appetizing, highly original dishes such as risotto with pumpkin, and potatoes in curry, yogurt and coriander.

  1. Blai, 39, Poble-sec, 08004
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Club 53

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The defunct Tapioles 53 has been reborn as the exquisite Club 53: creative cuisine from a Brazilian, featuring all kinds of tasteful and imaginative dishes. Just try their superb false risotto, in which the rice is replaced by pasta made from melon

  1. Tapioles, 53, Poble-sec, 08004
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El Sortidor

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White marble tables, wooden chairs, photos from the early 20th century ... You will love the excellent pastas and simple cuisine made by the Italian chef, served in one of the district’s oldest, cosiest cafe-restaurants.

  1. Pl. del Sortidor, 5, Poble-sec, 08004
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Bars in Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Es Xibiu

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The friends who launched Red Rocket Bar have also got a pintxos bar going in C/Blai: Es Xibiu benefits by having a Mallorcan in co-owner Bel, as well as a selection of pintxos (similar to tapas, mounted on small pieces of bread) with an unbeatable

  1. Blai, 48, 08004
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Barramon

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Some people will never get over the fact that Barcelona has three cold days a year. If you’re one of those people, then head straight to Barramon. Have a glass of wine, a dish of the house crinkly fried potatoes and imagine that you’re in the

  1. Blai, 30, Poble-sec, 08004
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Bar Seco

This bar belongs to the Slow Food movement – they use local, sustainable produce to make the dishes for a menu that is quite short but more than sufficient to satisfy hungry bellies. Their bio-patatas bravas are rightly renowned. As is the outdoor

  1. Pg. de Montjuïc, 74, Poble-sec, 08004
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La Soleá

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A small restaurant that offers a well-chosen selection of small, tasty dishes. You can’t go wrong with their Burger Queen – it’s a meal in itself.

  1. Plaça del Sortidor, 14, Poble-sec, 08004
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La Federica

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Don’t be suspicious of beautiful places: The interior decor at Federica is delightfully vintage (1970s Formica and plastic), while it serves such delicacies as dried tomato mousse and marinated eggplant, together with other Italian specialities

  1. Salvà, 3, Poble-sec, 08004
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What to see & do in Montjuïc & Poble-sec

MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

'One museum, a thousand years of art' is the slogan of the National Museum, and the collection provides a dizzying overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. In recent years the museum has added an extra floor to absorb the section

  1. Parc de Montjuïc, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
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CaixaForum

One of the masterpieces of industrial Modernisme, this former yarn and textile factory was designed by Puig i Cadafalch and celebrated its centenary in 2011. It spent most of the last century in a sorry state, briefly acting as a police barracks

  1. Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
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Fundació Joan Miró

Josep Lluís Sert, who spent the years of the Franco dictatorship as dean of the School of Design at Harvard University, designed one of the greatest museum buildings in the world on his return. Approachable, light and airy, these white walls and

  1. Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
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Poble Espanyol

Built for the 1929 Exhibition and designed by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this composite Spanish village is charming or kitsch depending on your taste, and features reproductions of traditional buildings and squares from every

  1. Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
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Font Màgica de Montjuïc

Still in possession of its original plumbing, the 'magic fountain' works its wonders with 3,600 pieces of tubing and more than 4,500 light bulbs. On summer evenings, the multiple founts swell and dance to anything from the 1812 Overture to Freddie

  1. Av. Maria Cristina, Sants-Montjuïc
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Shopping in Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Vintage-Room

Vintage-Room is the online store that Anna and Manuel have used as a receptacle for their all-encompassing obsession with furniture and objects from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Their discoveries in markets both in the south of France and right nearby

  1. Peu de la Creu, 16
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Poble Espanyol

Built for the 1929 Exhibition and designed by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this composite Spanish village is charming or kitsch depending on your taste, and features reproductions of traditional buildings and squares from every

  1. 13, Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 08038
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Fundació Joan Miró

Josep Lluís Sert, who spent the years of the Franco dictatorship as dean of the School of Design at Harvard University, designed one of the greatest museum buildings in the world on his return. Approachable, light and airy, these white walls and

  1. Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
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Fatbottom

Keep your eyes open wide as you enter into this little illustrated cave, packed wall to wall with stories about bears hunting salmon or the latest graphic novels from the hottest authors this second. This is Fatbottom, the graphic bookstore

  1. Salvà, 19
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Nightlife in Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Sala Apolo

This concert hall/nightclub has become the paradigm of indie clubbing in Barcelona and good live music without labels. Artists new to the scene as well as acclaimed pop, rock, folk and international electronic music stars grace the stage every day

  1. Nou de la Rambla, 113, Poble-sec, 08004
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Mau Mau Underground

Right in the centre of Poble-sec, Mau Mau Underground is a lounge club in an old warehouse space. It's open Thursday to Saturday, as well as whenever there's a football match on (so.. every day?), and with its two giant screens it's a great place to

  1. Fontrodona, 35, Poble-sec
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Tinta Roja

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In this little hole dug out of the cement in Poble-sec, the air is filled with the musty, bohemian scent of tango taverns from the turn of the 20th century. With 12 years behind it, Tinta Roja is no spring chicken, but it seems as old as the Giza

  1. Creu dels Molers, 17, Poble-sec, 08004
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El Molino

Following the renovations in 2010, this famous theatre has been reborn from its ashes. El Molino ('The Mill' – think Moulin Rouge) has regained the splendour of its glory days when it was the best-known theatre of the Paral·lel area, irreverent

  1. Vilà i Vilà, 99, Poble-sec, 08004
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Upload Fooddance Club

A restaurant-club in Poble Espanyol that offers cabaret shows, where Evita Mansfield is the reigning queen, and the rest of us mere subjects; but we are allowed to dine, and dine well, as the kitchen offers a creative menu. That's the norm for a

  1. Plaça Major, 9 (Poble Espanyol), Sants-Montjuïc
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