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El Born

La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Ranked #91 of 445 Activities in Barcelona
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Arts and crafts, Drinking
Description: Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
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Oslo, Norway
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127 reviews 127 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very modern and trendy area where you will find a lot of coooool bars and tapas restaurants, it is really really nice to spend an evening here, the atmosphere is very good!

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Bayside
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Many streets to go down and many shops to see. Great places to hang and have some drinks and tapas. A little like Soho in NYC. Great feel to the place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

El Born is both a modern element to Barcelona as well as the "old city" within an old marketplace that has been preserved. Very easy to get to on foot from various points on the Metro and by foot if staying within the Gothic Quarter.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

You can cover it in 1,5 hours: quirky shops, little gelaterias, exhibitions and the market, of course. Don't miss 300 Del Born for quality food. Equally good for breakfast, lunch or boozy dinner.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our hotel was in this area. Nice quiet area ... Lots of restaurants and tapas bars. For next time we would probably chose somewhere busier but hotel k+K was great and dont fprget teh Arabic baths next door which are fantastic

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

An eclectic neighborhood with nice shops and cafes'. I wish I had known that the Picasso Musuem was there, as I would have bought a ticket the day before. The line was very long to purchase tickets.

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Cotonou, Benin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stumbled upon El Born on the way back to our hotel and were enchanted by it. An old covered market, the ironwork of the building is very impressive and a beautiful setting for the dug-out remains of the old streets of Barcelona contained within. You can walk around the site for free and read the panels of information that... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On my way to visit the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, I wandered through this neighborhood. To get out of the chilly drizzle I unknowingly found El Born. Referring both to the neighborhood and to the restored/renovated/discovered archaeological and cultural center that used to be a central market. A very pleasant and interesting way to learn about Catalonia's history.... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

with a lot of references to the 300 year anniversary of the siege conquest of Barcelona around the city, this was fascinating to visit and see the archaeological remains and historical context of both the city the political background of the succession wars

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Long Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My fiance and I ended up spending every night of our trip to Barcelona in El Born. We stayed at a hotel that was a 10 minute (or so) walk away from the neighborhood. We would walk to El Born and wander the streets looking for a place to eat. There are so many options for eating, drinking and shopping,... More

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