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El Born

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El Born / La Ribera
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Address: La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Activities: Shopping, Arts and crafts, Dining, Drinking
Description: Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions...
Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
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Great area

Lot's of restaurants in this area, good people watching and there is now a museum that you can walk into and see parts of an excavation from the 1700's and it was free

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Lot's of restaurants in this area, good people watching and there is now a museum that you can walk into and see parts of an excavation from the 1700's and it was free

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Decatur, GA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Best area we found to hang out in Barcelona. The bars are cool, the shops rock. What more can I say? Just go there.

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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

What a great neighbourhood. I can't wait to come back to Barcelona and stay in El Born - great Restos and shops, with a more mature crowd than in areas near the Rambla.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I went for a walk after my wife and young children went to bed in our hotel. I was a bit worried to be out late in a big unknown city. I was relieved to find young people out all enjoying themselves and every one was nice I went into a few bars for a half and enjoyed the atmosphere..... More 

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London, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Liked the ambience had tapas there most enjoyable. Nothing to dislike. We visited a church, went to a lovely park across the street from the El Born are enjoyed walking the area.

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Petaluma, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

What can I say? There's nothing else like it in Barcelona: winding narrow streets with a surprise at every corner. There are tapas, heladerias, restaurants, shops, weird places, interesting sites, old buildings, dead ends, mystery, and fun. You have to visit El Born-have a romantic dinner or go for a long stroll with gelato in hand. Can't miss!

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Lots of small shops and plenty of historic buildings to wander around. Not so near the metros so need to walk a bit but worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Very nice place, free to walk upstairs and inspiring tours downstairs. Nice design shop and bar inside, and very lively streets around.

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glasgow scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Busy without being over touristy.. Young crowd but still authentic. Not as edgy as las ramblas, could imagine living here, nice dream..lots of interesting eateries, posh and basic. Good mix. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Lovely wine and tapas bar. Restored old market. Airy space right in the middle of town. Nothing to dislike. Lots of old photos showing market in the olden days.

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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