Barcelona Tips from Locals

Plaça Agusti Vell

Plaça Agusti Vell

1. Step back in time at Plaça Sant Agusti Vell

This little-known square at the end of C/ Carders is full of charm, with elegant wrought-iron lamp posts, an 18th century fountain and tall trees. Old restaurants nestle next to new establishments; Bar Mundial has been renowned for its seafood and fish since 1925, whilst new arrival La Hamaca sell ecological fruit and veggies.

2. Els Encants Vells

This is by far the biggest flea market in Barcelona, and a real treasure trove of second hand and vintage items, from clothes to furniture and accessories. The market is open every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat from 07:00-17:00. C/ de Castillejos, 158


Identity Revolution Mantteka

Identity Revolution (Mantteka)

3. Spanking Projects: New pop-up gallery in the Born

Inaugurated last month with an exhibition by Mantteka (Xavier Puerta), Spanking Projects connects and supports street and contemporary artists who address social issues, often through controversial and provocative works. Art lovers can buy original works directly from the gallery, which is open for viewings from 6pm-9pm every Thur-Sat in The Basement of Le RDV C/ Fusina 6.


4. Version Original Cinemas

Maybe it’s raining, or maybe you just fancy catching a movie. There are several cinemas with screenings in English and other original languages. In Gràcia you’ll find the Cine Verdi, C/ Verdi 32 and Verdi Park, C/ de Torrijos 39. The Yelmo Icaria also shows 3D films, and is located in Port Olympic, at C/ Salvador Espriu 61.




Sunday Stroll in Diagonal

A Sunday Stroll along Diagonal

5. A Sunday stroll along Diagonal

Barcelona’s central artery becomes a pedestrian paradise along the stretch from Francesc Maçia to Napols, every Sunday from 9am-3pm. Cultural, sports and kids activities are organised for passers-by, and deckchairs line the street.


2. Local Meet Ups 

Barcelona has a large international community with many informal get-togethers, bar crawls, and other events. Check out what’s happening on MeetUp when you’re in town.


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