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El Born

Address: La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Ranked #97 of 540 Activities in Barcelona
Type: Neighborhoods, Food & Drink
Activities: Shopping, Arts and crafts, Dining, Drinking
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Owner description: Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
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Washington, DC
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221 reviews 221 reviews
45 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I stayed in this neighborhood for a week and absolutely fell in love with it! It is the best of Barcelona, in my view. Lots of interesting shops, restaurants, winding streets, the Picasso Museum and a very interesting former market that now houses an archeological excavation, as other reviewers have pointed out. There are many other attractions nearby, including the... More

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Aussie in Europe
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This site is not found in tour books and I cannot understand why. I stumbled across this site as I was looking for the Picasso Museum and I was so pleased I did. It is a preserved old metal framed market (fish) from the 1800s. Once inside you will find an archaeological site where the excavations have revealed part of... More

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New York City, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We stayed in El Born, walked the streets, ate in the restaurants and bars, people watched, and fell in love with both Barcelona and El Born. El Born - this is where the Palau de la Musica Catalana, the Mercat Santa Caterina and the Born Mercat are. The top of the Ramblas at Plaça de Catalunya is on the edge... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We rented a lovely apartment in this area of Barcelona and it was probably one of the best decisions of our trip. the place was lovely with a balcony overseeing the narrow streets of el Born and adjacent to the Arc de Triomphe. We felt El Born had a lot of character and although is in the old city, it... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Maybe not worth a trip on its own but if you are going to the Basilica of Santa Maria, when you are done, walk to the other side of the church and go see the ruins of a a part of Barcelona from the 1700s. I found this okay but i especially liked going into the exhibit area and seeing... More

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Oslo, Norway
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135 reviews 135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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
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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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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
23 helpful votes 23 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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