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
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.
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.