Cheap Barcelona

Enjoy the city for less – low-cost and free things to do and see

Barcelona's best cheap eats
Restaurants

Barcelona's best cheap eats

Time Out's top places to eat on a budget in the Catalan capital

Stellar squares
Things to do

Stellar squares

Barcelona boasts hundreds of beautiful squares, and some with low-cost food and drink

Museums: Free Sundays
Museums

Museums: Free Sundays

Spend the first Sunday of every month soaking in art and culture – for free

Top bars to drink on the cheap
Bars and pubs

Top bars to drink on the cheap

Our guide to quenching your thirst without breaking the bank

Bars on a budget

Psycho
Bars and pubs

Psycho

Named for the song by the Sonics, Psycho is a rock and roll bar that ticks all the boxes

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
33/45

33/45

A modern and stylish bar that has a wide rest area with comfortable chairs and sofas

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Piscis

Piscis

Another kitsch bar reminiscent of those in post-Transition Spanish films

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Bar Ramon

Bar Ramon

This epicentre of good beer on tap, the best tapas and superlative rock music is back

Free art: galleries

Galeria H2O
Art

Galeria H2O

Local architect Joaquim Ruiz Millet and writer Ana Planella founded this friendly Gràcia gallery in 1989

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Joan Gaspar
Art

Joan Gaspar

Joan Gaspar has worked with young but strong artists, and has exhibited the works of artists from the Paris school

Arts Santa Mònica
Museums

Arts Santa Mònica

Check out this multidisciplinary centre for art, science, thought and communication

Marlborough
Art

Marlborough

The family of galleries work in cahoots to organise exhibitions of the artists they represent

Toni Tàpies
Museums

Toni Tàpies

Owned by the son of the famous painter, Tàpies hosts a classy mix of locals and internationals

Àngels Barcelona
Art

Àngels Barcelona

This space shows photography and video, and hosts the occasional performance

Recommended galleries

ProjecteSD
Art

ProjecteSD

Silvia Dauder's penchant for new photography and film is sculpted into subtle, provocative and highly original shows. Limited-edition artists' texts, detailed explanations in English and Silvia's own bilingual talents complement the exhibitions. You'll enter intrigued, but emerge informed. Look out for Patricia Dauder, Pieter Vermeersch and Asier Mendizábal.

Marlborough
Art

Marlborough

The Marlborough galleries of Barcelona and Madrid work in cahoots to coordinate and organise exhibitions of the artists they represent in other galleries and private and public institutions. The Marlborough family of galleries was founded in London in 1946 and won prestige in the 1950s for being the first gallery to show the German Expressionists in London. By 1958 Marlborough was representing such artists as Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Victor Pasmore and Lucian Freud.In 1962 the New York gallery was opened, followed by Tokyo and Madrid. They also have spaces in Chile, Florida, Monaco, Chelsea and, of course, Barcelona, which was inaugurated in 2006.

Joan Prats
Art

Joan Prats

Ever since its inception in 1976, Joan Prats has been part of art fairs Arco, Art Basel and Art Basel-Miami Beach. The gallery was one of the city's pioneers in contemporary art and continues to promote the various forms these artists use to express themselves.

Trama
Art

Trama

Petritxol is a tiny street near the Liceu known for its cafés and chocolate shops, but, despite its size there's room to share with shops and art galleries. One of them is the Galería Trama, set up in 1991 as a complement to Sala Parés and it's dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery works with a group of established artists with a solid body of work as well as with emerging local and foreign artists.