El Born
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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.
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  • Urquinaona • 4 min walk
  • Jaume I • 5 min walk
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  • Kimmen1
    Alesund, Norway645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best part of Barcelona
    As a travel professional I have travelled a lot to BCN over the years, Ut used ti be my fav city, but has gotten overcrowdwd. Therefore I always stay in El Born, to get a taste if the old Barcelona. Wonderful area!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • willow731
    Inverness, United Kingdom261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    give it a go...
    We've never explored this area properly before and although it was nice and I can see how people love it, we still prefer the Gothic area but maybe it's because we know it a lot better. In El Born there was some amazing little shops, loads of great quirky cafes and bars but the few that we stopped at, although they were lovely, there always seemed to be a lot of "characters" hanging around outside. I would definitely recommend a browse though and decide for yourself what your favourite area is.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Jon L
    Olathe, Kansas252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss el Born
    El Born was my favorite area of Barcelona. It has hip stores, art galleries and restaurants, in an older part of the city. I wouldn't recommend against walking down Las Ramblas, but check out el Born and you'll see why it's better.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charm, Coffee
    One of my favorite neighborhoods, very old, full of charm, yet very safe and in very good condition. Full of typical restaurants and cafes, so a good place to eat and drink. Good for pedestrians. Come and get lost.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • Expattraveler100
    Sarasota, Florida5,886 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as artsy as I’d hoped
    We expected more art shops and galleries. But it’s a nice walk with tight streets and side streets with lovely balconies and architecture. A few places to eat and basically a relaxing stroll for a couple of hours. Finding a bathroom without sitting to eat a meal is a challenge!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom2,978 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of Old Barcelona well worth exploring
    El Born is sandwiched between La Ribera to the north and Barceloneta to the south with Via Laietana as its border with the Gothic district to the west. Our hotel was on Via Laietana so we explored it most days and nights especially as, although it has a reputation for art galleries, pricey boutiques and shoe shops it is also home to several decent small traditional tapas bars and a couple of the cities burgeoning craft beer bars. It’s a maze of narrow roads and interconnecting alley ways opening up to the occasional squares, such as the one that houses the impressive Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. For me, outside of a couple of quirky art galleries I didn’t really pick up on the expensive shops side, but certainly more the bars and restaurants. For those into craft beer DIECI8 Bar and the fairly recently opened Barna Brew Born are two craft beer bars well worth searching out. And there are several authentic tapas bars which are frequented by the locals and tourists alike. I found it a perfectly safe area to explore both during the day and at night, but like various other areas of Barcelona where tourists congregate pickpockets and scammers work here. So just have your wits about you and your possessions tucked away and you will be fine. The El Born district technically stretches east far enough to include the Parc de la Ciutadella which is a fantastic green space and a pleasant area to stroll when the sun is out for a contrast to the narrow streets of the rest of the El Born district.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2024
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willow731
Inverness, UK261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We've never explored this area properly before and although it was nice and I can see how people love it, we still prefer the Gothic area but maybe it's because we know it a lot better. In El Born there was some amazing little shops, loads of great quirky cafes and bars but the few that we stopped at, although they were lovely, there always seemed to be a lot of "characters" hanging around outside. I would definitely recommend a browse though and decide for yourself what your favourite area is.
Written October 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore1,033 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
All sorts of seedy characters are loitering around this area. I left very quickly as I approached by 2 different men in broad daylight who looked like they are on crack and kept asking me for money.
Other reviewers were right to point out that this place is unsafe and I experienced it first hand.
Written May 15, 2022
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Jon L
Olathe, KS252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
El Born was my favorite area of Barcelona. It has hip stores, art galleries and restaurants, in an older part of the city. I wouldn't recommend against walking down Las Ramblas, but check out el Born and you'll see why it's better.
Written March 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is a very cool area. It has a very casual vibe, but it feels very crowded. There are lots to see here and the streets a narrow and curvy making it a bit crowded to walk through. We would not live here, but we love to visit. There are lots of cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops among other businesses. This is a must visit when in Barcelona.
Written December 12, 2022
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Kimmen1
Alesund, Norway645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
As a travel professional I have travelled a lot to BCN over the years, Ut used ti be my fav city, but has gotten overcrowdwd.
Therefore I always stay in El Born, to get a taste if the old Barcelona. Wonderful area!
Written July 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Otto B
Barcelona, Spain75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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anthonytP3213PA
Savannah, GA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Narrow streets and dark alleys ... none straight. Ancient. No crowds of touristas. Really cool ... hidden bars ans cafes and wine shops. Was there that summer 2013 for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Written August 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ruth K
Hod Hasharon, Israel361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Beautiful old quarter with plenty of bars and small shops. Historic site of ancient excavations well presented. Don’t miss tapas bar Sagardi and Santa Maria del Mar. The small streets can seem frightening so would prefer to walk on one if the guided tours. Out guide showed us wonderful Graffiti.
Written February 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
El Born is sandwiched between La Ribera to the north and Barceloneta to the south with Via Laietana as its border with the Gothic district to the west. Our hotel was on Via Laietana so we explored it most days and nights especially as, although it has a reputation for art galleries, pricey boutiques and shoe shops it is also home to several decent small traditional tapas bars and a couple of the cities burgeoning craft beer bars. It’s a maze of narrow roads and interconnecting alley ways opening up to the occasional squares, such as the one that houses the impressive Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. For me, outside of a couple of quirky art galleries I didn’t really pick up on the expensive shops side, but certainly more the bars and restaurants. For those into craft beer DIECI8 Bar and the fairly recently opened Barna Brew Born are two craft beer bars well worth searching out. And there are several authentic tapas bars which are frequented by the locals and tourists alike.
I found it a perfectly safe area to explore both during the day and at night, but like various other areas of Barcelona where tourists congregate pickpockets and scammers work here. So just have your wits about you and your possessions tucked away and you will be fine.
The El Born district technically stretches east far enough to include the Parc de la Ciutadella which is a fantastic green space and a pleasant area to stroll when the sun is out for a contrast to the narrow streets of the rest of the El Born district.
Written June 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
El Born is an old historic quarter in downtown Barcelona. Walking its maze of narrow winding streets will reward you with plenty of small designer shops, tapas bars, small tiny restaurants,....
Two amazing attractions are within this barrio: the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica and the Picasso museum.
Written September 11, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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