Typically known by tourists for its famous Gaudí-designed Park Güell, Gràcia was once a village of its very own. Then, toward the end of the 19th century, it joined the rest of the city when the nearby Eixample district was constructed.
Now it’s popular among a bohemian crowd, offering a unique taste of authentic Barcelona, minus the madness that you might find in the city center. Packed with bars, it’s a hot spot among locals for its lively nightlife, and is a lesser-known destination among travelers.
As eccentric as its inhabitants – from young artists to older folks – you’ll find an eclectic mix of boutiques, bars and restaurants, ranging from trendy to traditional, and local to international. To experience the area’s famous nightlife, head to one of its most famous streets, Carrer Verdi. There, you’ll find some of Gràcia’s most popular evening stops, like the dive bar Canigó and the French-style Le Baignoire.
But perhaps even more popular is Plaça del Sol, which is lined by still more bars (such as Sol Soler and the jazzy Woody Bar), restaurants, and, during summertime, also outdoor terraces ideal for sitting at while you map out the evening’s plans.
Then, if you’re in town during the month of August, nightlife fully hits the streets during the Fiesta de Gràcia. The celebration takes place over the course of five days, during which the neighborhood is decorated (there’s even a contest for best decorated street!), and, at night, becomes filled with drinking and live music.
Gràcia is located at the far end of Passeig de Gràcia, and is reachable by metro stops Fontana and Lesseps.
- Contributed by Erin Ridley