Our series of micro-pipes are inspired by slow travel motion, encouraging travelers to relax at their pace and delve into a specific neighborhood in a beloved city. Instead of a mind-boggling journey to every must-see attraction, these compact, close-up guides encourage you to zone out, take your time, and truly explore like a local.

Known as the Manchester of Catalonia for its participation in the Industrial Revolution, right up to the 1992 Olympic Games and a reinvention project of building modern apartments and several man-made beaches, Poblenou – has meaning “new village” in Catalan – newly becoming a fully integrated part of Barcelona.

Today, disused chimneys dot the network of wide, tree-lined streets where abandoned textile mills have been transformed into art schools, creative studios and co-working spaces. . In the most historic part of the barrio, the 1km long Rambla (pedestrian street) extends from Glories to the beach. Set inside traditional apartment complexes, independent shops and lively Spanish tavern bars, it retains a lovely local atmosphere that gives it a feeling of being away from the tourist areas. town calendar.

Here’s how to spend a few days in one of Barcelona’s best barrios

(Barcelona tourism)

Do

Stroll down Rambla

Barcelona’s most famous Rambla – located in the historic Gòtico district – may steal the limelight, but in reality it is already overflowing with tourists and the accompanying tats for sale. Traditionally, every barrio in the city has a “Rambla”, and Poblenou is one of Barcelona’s most charming. Hiking here with a stop for a morning coffee and a friend for a snack or Vermouth in the afternoon is advisable. Search for “Rambla del Poblenou” on your map to find it.

Get the culture fix

Spanning 70,000 items, Hub Design is a design museum focusing on Spanish and Catalan productions. Browse four floors of fashion, home decor, art deco, ceramics and graphic design – before refueling at Cafeteria Saoneda, where you’ll find lunch deals to suit your budget.

Besides, IDEAL Center is an old theater converted into Southern Europe’s first space dedicated to the production and performance of digital art. It’s essentially a cultural hub converging art galleries with rotating exhibits, including audiovisual projections, augmented reality, virtual reality, and holograms. Currently is the role-playing biography of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Paying tribute

Barcelona is blessed with 2,500 hours of sunshine a year and the beach is the place for year-round activity. Poblenou’s Rambla extends right into the sea, where it meets one of the city’s best beaches: Playa Mar Bella. In addition to sunbathing, go for a walk or soak up the atmosphere at the chain chiringuitos (seaside restaurants), it’s a complex of sports activities. Sign up for a beachside yoga class with Barcelona Beach House or stop at Maritime facility for a class in paddleboarding, windsurfing, or sailing.

Eat

Fresh kitchen market

Like its name suggests, Fresh kitchen market is to make the most of fresh, local ingredients. With 80% of the dishes made from plants, this is an ideal spot for vegetarians to try the famous Catalan dishes rich in meat. Only open for lunch, the menú del dia (daily three-course set lunch) is insanely good at €12. If you can, try to book a table in the sun-drenched courtyard at the back.

Xiringuito Escripà

This beachfront establishment serves the best paella in town. Located on Bogatell Beach, Xiringuito Escripà has been serving classic rice dishes alongside a variety of seafood and local wines since the Olympics put this part of Barcelona on the map in 1992. Do as the locals do and book a table for lunch Sunday (paella is never dinner) and enjoy your rice with a party watching people along the promenade.

Provide

Located in a pedestrian zone extending off Poblenou’s main Rambla, ProvideThe rooftop terrace feels like a quintessential Barcelona experience. They serve charcoal-cooked Mediterranean-inspired dishes designed to be shared like tapas, and a creative, seasonal menu changes. Plus, the staff are friendly and the wine selection is impressive.

Small fern

The brunch revolution is slowly starting to unfold in Barcelona. On an ordinary street just off the Rambla, Small fern are taking the lead: this bright corner café serves all-day treats like chips or kimchi pancakes, along with fine coffee and a tempting cabinet of homemade pastries.

Live jazz and a light party in Poblenou

(Balius Bar)

To drink

Monopoly

A rather lackluster neighborhood bar, Monopoly There is a lovely terrace that can be accessed via the backyard. Dotted with fairy lights and comfortable seating, it’s a laid-back place that serves beer, wine and vermouth, local liquor, plus simple tapas.

Balius Bar

With classy, ​​classic interiors and an impressive cocktail list, Balius Bar It’s a great place for an evening out. Best day to pass? On Sunday nights, when you’ll find a packed crowd here for live jazz.

Razzmatazz

Consists of two old factories and the building that was once the residence of Sala Zeleste (a club that closed in 2000), Razzmatazz is one of the city’s biggest clubs and music venues. The venue attracts an impressive lineup of world-renowned DJs and live bands – just remember to do like the locals and don’t arrive before 2am.

Shop

Charms Market

With origins dating back to the 14th century, Charms Market rich in history. Located at the Glories end of Poblenou, near the top of Rambla, it is easily recognizable with its 25 meter high golden mirrored roof. Inside is a row of permanent shops and market stalls selling used furniture, antiques and an array of interesting pieces of furniture. Whether you’re shopping or just shopping in-store, it’s an experience worth your time.

Espai Jolius

Cozy and charming, this is a coffee shop meets homeware store. Stop for coffee and a cinnamon bun before perusing an array of mouthwatering indie magazines, locally sourced homewares and a beautiful botanical collection.

On two weekends each month, this abandoned factory is transformed into a lively market, showcasing some of Barcelona’s best independent clothing, beauty and homeware brands. With street food stalls, cocktails and live music to boot, this little shopping festival is not to be missed.

240 rooms and terraces with views of the Sagrada Familia

(Hotel in Hoxton)

Stay

Hoxton

The beloved London affordable hotel chain has just opened its first Spanish outpost in the Poblenou district. Hoxton BarcelonaThe hotel’s 240 rooms are Mediterranean-inspired with terracotta tiles, floor-to-ceiling windows and Catalan art; The rooftop offers views of the Sagrada Familia and the pool, bar and pub.

Hostal Poblenou

A stone thrown from the sea (two blocks to be exact) and just off the Rambla, Hostal Poblenou’s the location is unbeatable for enjoying both trendy Poblenou and beach life. Housed in a beautiful 1930s yellow building, the property has just 11 rooms – each individually decorated with tiled floors, local ceramics and wooden furniture. Many have classic Barcelona balconies to watch city life go by, and there’s a shady terrace where you can have breakfast.

Arrive there

Trying to fly less?

It’s easy to get to Barcelona from the UK by train. From London, take the Eurostar to Paris. Cross the city to Gare de Lyon and take the TGV high speed train to Barcelona.

Good with flying?

Several airlines, including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, fly direct from many UK airports.

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