Ideas for a rainy day

Time Out gives you ideas for turning a grey day into one bright with good food, entertainment and culture
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By Time Out Barcelona |

Don't let a bit of the wet stuff keep you from getting out and enjoying everything there is to do in Barcelona. We've come up with some ways you can still get the most out of the city without fighting with your umbrella. Warm up in cafés, duck in to a bar for a cocktail, visit a gallery, and dance to live music throughout the night.

Museu Picasso
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Must-see exhibitions

Take advantage of a rainy day to get inside some of Barcelona's best museums and galleries and take in these top exhibitions on right now

Museums, Art and design

Quirky museums

You've done the Picasso, the Miró and the MACBA. After these and other giants of contemporary art, what's left in Barcelona's museum bag? Off the beaten track, down cobbled side streets and even smack bang in the middle of touristy areas, you'll find plenty of weird and wonderful little-known gems - all well worth an hour of your time

Restaurants, Coffeeshops

The best cafés in Barcelona

Searching for that warm pick-me-up only a perfectly brewed cup of coffee can give? Finding an attractive café with quality products to eat breakfast, have a snack or go for a coffee can be a difficult undertaking. We show you where to go to hit the mark


English-language cinema

What's better than hunkering down in the cinema on a rainy day? If your Spanish or Catalan isn't up to snuff, or if you just prefer seeing films in their original language (whether that's English, French, Japanese or beyond), head to these Barcelona cinemas where you can see movies as they were meant to be seen

Shopping, Bookshops

Where to get books in English

Settle in with a good book from any of these Barcelona bookshops that have sections of books in English or are completely dedicated to serving the English-reading community in town, where you can pick up a classic or a bestseller, a brand-new or second-hand novel, guidebook or non-fiction, reading material for kids and more

El Bar
© Cristina Reche
Bars and pubs

Patatas bravas: the best in Barcelona

Where to get the best of probably the most popular tapa ever, from the classic recipes that never fail to the most creative patatas bravas in town. They're great when the sun's shining and warm you up when all you see are clouds

La Tetereria
© David Cerd
Restaurants, Tea rooms

The best tea rooms in town

A nice cup of tea really hits the spot on a wet day. Stop in to any one of these tea rooms for a warm-up and a snack to keep you going

Restaurants, Vegetarian

Vegetarian delights

Barcelona has a lot to offer vegetarians and vegans, with tempting and creative dishes. We pick out some of Barcelona's best vegetarian restaurants – and they're not just for herbivores, these places serve up mouth-watering, healthy food day and night, rain or shine

Things to do

11 spas to relax and unwind

Nothing beats a spa session, or a really good massage. So we did some exhaustive research into finding Barcelona’s best spas so you can still enjoy a less-than-sunny day in town

Bars and pubs

Cosy bars

Whether you fancy a drink with your sweetheart or with friends, if you're after a craft beer, a cup of tea or a place where you can tantalise your taste buds with creative cocktails, this group of bars offers all that, plus the bonus of a soft and sumptuous sofa area. Why not flop down and sink into the cushions on the next rainy day?

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