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Top 20 terraces in town

Find the spots where you can relax, eat and drink on the coveted sunny terraces of Barcelona

By Ricard Martín and Time Out Barcelona Editors
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With such pleasant weather most of the year in Barcelona, one of the great joys is discovering a corner of the city with a lovely terrace to sit and grab a cool drink and scrummy tapas. With our list of 20 top terraces, you can find spots to do just that, while you do your share of people watching as the afternoon turns to evening and beyond.  

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11. Biergarten

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants German Pedralbes

Beer gardens (or Biergarten) are very popular in Germany, and especially in Bavaria. Barcelona now has its own Biergarten, though of course it is only open during the summer months. Located next to the Hotel Princesa Sofia, it offers a good selection of German culinary delights as well as superb beer.

12. Barceló Raval

Hotels Boutique hotels Ciutat Vella

Set in Barcelona’s vibrant Raval district, this design hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a gym and a roof terrace with pool and panoramic views. Rooms include Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docks.Each bright, air-conditioned room at the Barceló Raval features a large plasma-screen TV with more than 70 channels. Rooms have a minibar and a modern bathroom with shower.Hotel Barceló Raval’s B-Lounge serves creative Mediterranean food, tapas and cocktails in stylish surroundings. You can also enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace.The Raval Barceló is only a 5-minute walk from the MACBA Modern Art Gallery. Liceu Metro Station, Las Ramblas and the famous Boqueria Market are all just 400 metres away.

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13. Olokuti

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‘Eco, bio, justo’ (‘eco-friendly, organic, fair’) is the mantra of Olokuti, which has already spent nearly te10n years defending fair trade and the environment at its fantastic location in Gràcia (and now in the Las Arenas shopping mall as well). Aside from the garden hidden in the back of the shop – a perfect place to hide out and have a cup of tea – they also have an impressive selection of products, illustrating a perfect balance of responsible consumerism and originality.

14. C3BAR

Restaurants Ciutat Vella

C3BAR is the cafe-restaurant of the Centre de Cultura Contemporànica de Barcelona, ​​which explains why it doesn’t open for evening meals. On the plus side, however, the outdoor terrace, set in the peaceful square of Plaça Joan Corominas, is one of the nicest in the whole city. On weekdays they serve combo-dishes and special menus (one vegetarian, one non-vegetarian), while at weekends they only serve tapas, such as houmous and guacamole.

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15. Bar Ra

Restaurants Global El Raval

Few places in the city have a terrace bar like this one, in the Boqueria’s interior courtyard. The food ranges from world cuisine to home cooking. You can also use the entrance at Carrer Carmen, 31.

16. Santa Marta

Restaurants Italian La Barceloneta

At this lovely, laid-back bar by the sea, the Colombo twins from the Xemei restaurant serve special sandwiches (panini and tramezzini) that are very unlike the ones you normally find in Barcelona. They also have daily specials like cod mantecato, and all kinds of Italian Venetian snacks. And they have spritz!

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17. Bar Kasparo

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mediterranean El Raval

Still the best of the various café terraces around the edges of the quiet, traffic-free Plaça Vicenç Martorell, Kasparo serves tapas, bocadillos, salads and a varying selection of more substantial dishes, available all day. There is no indoor seating, so this is more of a warm weather proposition.

18. Hotel 1898

Hotels Luxury hotels Ciutat Vella

Situated on Barcelona’s famous La Rambla, this restored 19th-century building features a heated rooftop pool with a sun terrace. The elegant rooms include free Wi-Fi and a marble bathroom.The colonial-style Hotel 1898 features a stylish restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. It also offers a bar-restaurant with a terrace where guests can enjoy traditional tapas.Plaza Catalunya is just 200 metres from 1898 Hotel. Guests can also walk to the Gothic Quarter with its cathedral in 10 minutes.

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19. La Mar Salada

Restaurants Mediterranean La Barceloneta

Chef Marc Singla has taken La Mar Salada beyond being just a typical paella restaurant. His lunchtime menu offers creative cuisine of the highest quality at affordable prices.

20. Cafè del Sol

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Gràcia

Like a man called Peter who names his son Peter, so is the Cafè del Sol. Why take unnecessary risks with fancy names when you're the king of a square where the sun always shines, the trees tickle the windows with their leaves and the dogs bark with glee. An emblem of the Gràcia neighbourhood, Cafè del Sol was one of the first bars to open in this most famous of Gràcia squares, which is a spot not only for sun worshippers, but also for barrio dogs and more than a few buskers. Cafè del Sol features a generous terrace peppered with metal chairs, where day and night, you hear patrons speaking local and world languages, not understanding each other until the waiter comes over, when everyone knows how to order a 'cervesa'.

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