I love Gaudí and Gothic Barcelona. I adore hanging out on the city’s beautiful beaches, its stylish squares and discovering fabulous foodie finds. But what I love even more than all of this is finding Barcelona’s hidden gems.
Yes you guessed it, I always want to be that person who discovers the cool, creative places that fly under most peoples’ radars. So let me unveil some of my favourites to you!
Barcelona hidden bars
1. El Paradiso
El Paradiso, 4 Carrer de Rera Palau
Sneakily hiding away disguised as a Pastrami Bar, is this cool, stylish speakeasy in the heart of Barcelona’s El Born district. Now that you know about this secret, all you have to do is give that certain, “I’m in the know,” look to the assistant working on the counter.
They will let you into the back…at the right time, where you can enjoy hip, exclusive cocktails in a funky atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Paradiso Bar
10 Plaça Comercial
An amazing experience that is not common knowledge in Barcelona is going to an art bar. Our favourite right now is Guzzo, where we have had wonderful nights out, in what might even be Barcelona’s best bar that many don’t know about.
When we were there the artist, Dan Kitchener, created a mural in front of a huge crowd. Guzzo also hosts awesome acoustic and jazz music sessions. The crew there take the same type of pride in their food, as they do their art and music.
Photo courtesy of Guzzo
3. El Jardí Bar
El Jardí Bar, 56 Carrer de l’Hospital
Fondly known as the Oasis in the Raval, El Jardí is only moments away from Las Ramblas but is also a wonderful escape from Barcelona’s buzzing metropolis.
Embraced by orange trees, inside a courtyard El Jardí is truly a beautiful oasis of peace, situated in the historical gardens of the Old Hospital de la Santa Creu.
Photo courtesy of El Jardí
4. Bistrot by Valkiria
Valkiria Hub Space, 126 Carrer de Pujades
For those of you who are travelling for longer periods or staying in Barcelona for more than a weekend or holiday, you’ll definitely want to know about Bistrot by Valkiria. The Valkiria Hub Space is a really good co-working space, situated in Poblenou. Unexpectedly housed inside is this great modern cafe bar. Go there to enjoy a decent selection of freshly made dishes in a quirky environment.
This place is all about creative thinking and networking. Actually it was where that French couple told us about the rental accommodation website where we were able to easily get the housing we needed. That online platform offers a wide range of homes for rent in Barcelona
Photo courtesy of Valkiria
5. Antic Teatre
Antic Theatre, 12 Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís
Situated in a building that is officially cultural heritage, constructed in 1650, the Antic Theatre is an essential social and cultural centre, only moments away from the Palau de la Música.
Photo courtesy of: Antic Theatre by Alessia Bombaci
This urban oasis serves as an important reference point in Barcelona for contemporary, multidisciplinary arts. The theatre and those involved are dedicated to experimentation and are on a conquest to discover new performance genres. The icing on the cake is the lovely open-air terrace, which is embraced by plenty of stunning old town architecture.
6. Centre Cívic Can Deu Cafe
Can Deu Civic Centre, 13 Plaça de la Concòrdia
Lying low in a little visited neighbourhood of Barcelona, Les Corts, the Centre Cívic Can Deu and its cafe can be found in a superb Modernista building.
This is definitely one of Barcelona’s hidden gems that very few people seem have discovered. With stylish interiors and a lovely outdoor terrace, this is a great place to go for tasty dishes at reasonable prices.
Photo courtesy of Centre Civic Can Deu
7. Palo Alto
Palo Alto, 30 Carrer dels Pellaires
Back to the Poblenou area and this time to this funky urban garden, Palo Alto, situated in the courtyard of a co-working space, that once upon a time used to be a factory.
Now Palo Alto may be a name that seems a little familiar, but this is because of the popular monthly design and street-food market that takes place there. However what most people don’t realise is that these cool gardens can be accessed most days when the co-working hub is functioning.
Photo courtesy of Colour Your Casa
8. Jardins del Teatre Grec (Gardens of the Greek Amphi-Theatre)
Passeig de Santa Madrona
In 1929 the amphitheatre of the Jardin Grec (Greek Gardens) was built for the Barcelona International Exhibition. Carved into Monjuic, this is where the Greek Festival takes place every year in the summer.
However all year round the theatre and its wonderful gardens are open to visitors. These gardens are the perfect place for a romantic walk, a picnic, or just to get away from the city and read a good book!
Photo courtesy of Jardins dels Teatre Grec
9. Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera
Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobrera, 50-58 Ctra. de Miramar
Also situated at Montjuic, the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera cover an area of 6.5 hectares and were created back in 1970. Lying at the foot of Monjuic, looking out to sea, these gardens are for the more curious visitor, as they are home to some of most unusual and hardiest plant varieties.
Possibly by its very nature the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera are far less known than their other Monjuic counterparts. But they do boast hundreds of species of rare tropical plants, cacti and succulents.
10. Parc de Laberint d’Horta (Labyrinthine Park of the Orchard) Cactus Garden
Parc del Laberint d’Horta, 1 Passeig dels Castanyers
Now if you have ever fancied getting lost in a labyrinth, not on a computer, but in real life …then you have come to the right place!! Plus it turns out that you’re in good company because the Marquis Joan Antoni Desvalls of d’Ardena,wished to create a labyrinth garden. Work commenced in 1791.
It measures 820 yards in length and each day a maximum of 750 visitors are allowed to explore the labyrinthine gardens. The cost is currently €2.17 per person.
Photo courtesy of Parc Laberint d’Horta
11. El Jardinet dels Gats
14 Carrer Nou de la Rambla
And now for a slightly different type of garden, back in the city centre, just moments away from the Rambla, you will find El Jardinet dels Gats (The Little Garden of the Cats).
There you can see dozens upon dozens of rescued kittens and cats, lolling around in the sun, stretching on the benches and playing around for fun. A wonderful place for cat lovers! Below you can see their website and how you can help this cat charity in various ways.
Barcelona special museums
12. Chocolate Museum
36 Carrer del Comerç
This small, private museum in the Born district of Barcelona pays homage to one of the world’s favourite sweets. It also shows us the important role of chocolate in Barcelona’s high society.
On display you can see many chocolate sculptures, that illustrate various stories and honour some of Barcelona’s best known buildings.
Photo courtesy of The Lard Bard
13. CosmoCaixa Museum
26 Calle Isaac Newton
CosmoCaixa is owned and run by the La Caixa bank. It is a science museum which has been designed to stimulate scientific knowledge and opinions through its exhibitions. The museum has also set up a good variety of activities to promote science.
Photo courtesy of SH Barcelona
14. Bunkers del Carmel
Carmel Bunkers, Carrer de Marià Lavèrnia
To get some of the best views of Barcelona city, head to Carmel Bunkers at the foothills that embrace the city. These bunkers left over from wartime offer a very impressive 360 degree view. What a perfect place to go after a busy day at work, to relax and admire one of the world’s favourite cities.
Have you discovered any hidden gems in Barcelona? Let us in on the secret by writing a comment below!