El Born

El Born, Barcelona: Address, Phone Number, El Born Reviews: 4.5/5

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Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Urquinaona • 4 min walk
  • Jaume I • 5 min walk
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Otto B
Barcelona, Spain29 contributions
Walking on the afternoon
Jun 2021
Nice old city and historical part of Barcelona. Evenings very crowded. Many bars, small restaurants. For family, friends a good opportunity to know a little of the city. Near to Santa Maria del Mar church. Close to the city park ciutadella and the zoo
Written September 7, 2021
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,136 contributions
Born
May 2021 • Couples
Probably my favorite neighborhood in the city. Looks so different from the other ones. Lot of bars, art shops, and amazing local restaurants
Written June 29, 2021
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foodie_munich
Munich, Germany23 contributions
Great place for shopping and food
Jun 2021
Wonderful bars and cafes, many small traditional shops. Watch out at night, especially when girls only.
Written June 28, 2021
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L Gooding
6 contributions
Locals pay no mind
Feb 2021
This is solely for tourists. Locals are on their way to somewhere without paying any mind to this place. There were many non Catalan and non Spanish looking to trouble tourists here.
Written February 23, 2021
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Anthony K
London, UK12,261 contributions
New exhibit
Oct 2020
This fine Cultural centre now has an exhibition of pieces found on archaeological digs at Spanish Palaces .
Written October 17, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Spending a Morning in El Born….
Jan 2020
We spent about 4 hours exploring El Born. It was easy to walk between the main sights and I can’t really see why you’d do a tour because most of the fun is in exploring and getting a little lost in the narrow, winding streets.

4 hours was enough time to do the following:
i) Picasso Museum – we started the morning here. It is an outstanding museum and the highlight of our day. (€12 but free entry Thurs after 5pm & first Sun of the month)
ii) Santa Maria del Mar – 14th century church which is only 3 – 5 min from the Picasso Museum. Entry is free. Note: if you visit later in the day, it’s normally closed between 1-5pm.
iii) Passeig Del Born – we didn't spend long here but we included it on our walk because of its historic significance. Lots of blood was spilled here over the centuries. In medieval times, this was where jousting matches were held. Later in the 16th century, it was the site for Spanish Inquisition executions. Several buildings date back to Middle Ages.
iv) Next we browsed the narrow streets and cobbled lanes running off the Passeig Del Born. The streets were labyrinth-like with a mix of old buildings, one-of-a-kind shops, vintage and handmade accessories and artisan boutiques. The streets were similar to those in the Gothic Quarter but we thought that everything had a more bohemian, earthy feel to it.
v) Txirimiri Tapas – there is no shortage of tapas bars and spots to eat. We picked one out that caught our eye (see separate review on Txirimiri)
vi) Ciutadella Parc – we finished by walking through this beautiful old park (entry free). We checked out the 19th century Cascada Monumental fountain, then on a whim, we hired a row boat on the lake (boat hire €6 for 30 min).

We didn't see everything of course. We didn't have time for the Santa Caterina market or the CCM and we skipped the Catalan Music Palace but in the time we had we saw a lot of the area and had a great morning.
Written August 21, 2020
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RebeccaHP
Sumner, WA8 contributions
I like to stay in El Born.
Aug 2019
I like this location for a place to stay. It's a great neighborhood with lots of life, shops and close to everything.
Written July 28, 2020
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Edgar Poz
The Hague, The Netherlands6 contributions
Gothico forever!
Oct 2019
We had airbnb apartaments here. A bit noisy but local life is so lovely! BTW found La Paradetta fish restaurant near the old market - the best fish spot neardby
Written June 16, 2020
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judith l
Westminster, CO468 contributions
Interesting as always
Sep 2019
We four went to el Born on a day when there were a lot of people, just seeking a pleasant way to spend some time. It was pleasant and full of local, and tourist centered shops.
Written March 12, 2020
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Diane M
Haverfordwest, UK41 contributions
Opposite the Gothic quarter
Feb 2020
Enjoyed it here, much quieter than the Ramblas etc...looked like there were plenty of restaurants and shops here too. The main church was lovely...we visited here on a walking tour .
Written March 4, 2020
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