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Stage1 Of My Barcelona City Centre Walking Tour: A Guide to the El Born Neighbourhood in Barcelona - A Local Expert recommends some places that are off the beaten track.

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An Overview of the El Born Area in Barcelona

El Born's main street is Passeig del Born - an area that is lined with bars and boutique shops. Its small central area is tree-lined and has benches to sit and watch the world go by. A perfect place to start the day.

Plaça de Fosser de les Moreres is the home of a poignant monument in memory of those who lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War. A flame at the top of a large metal arc burns all year round in their honour.

Iglesia de Santa Maria Plaça de Fosser de les Moreres's Memorial
Iglesia de Santa Maria Plaça de Fosser de les Moreres's Memorial

Shops in El Born

El Born is an area that is popular amongst those who are interested in food and fashion. It is a relatively exclusive area so prices can often be high, however this is usually reflected in the quality and originality of the merchandise.

E&A Gispert
E&A Gispert

E&A Gispert- chocolates, nuts and coffees

Hidden behind the Santa Maria del Mar Church on Calle Sombrerers, 23 you will find the magical E&A Gispert shop. On my first visit I couldn't help feeling that I had stumbled across the shop where Harry Potter might go to buy his potions and spells. Its tall shelves are crammed with various jars and bottles and its entrance is low and dark. It sells luxurious dried goods such as chocolates, nuts and coffees.

Casa Gispert
Carrer Sombrerers, 23
08003 Barcelona, España.

Tel: +34 93 319 7535


La Botifarreria de Santa Maria - Meats, cured hams and dried sausages

La Botifarreria de Santa Maria
La Botifarreria de Santa Maria

Many visitors to Spain have no intention of leaving without having sampled or purchased some Spanish sausages. On your trip to Barcelona it is worth getting accustomed with the local speciality - 'buttifarra'.

Lovers of all meats should not miss the La Botifarreria de Santa Maria

La Botifarreria de Santa Maria
Carrer Santa Maria, 4
08004 Barcelona, España.

Tel: +34 93 319 9123

MetroMetro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)

Car Park Car parking near La Botifarreria de Santa Maria close to Estació de França


Hofmann - Speciality cakes, muffins and macarroons

Every time I go to El Born I manage to find an excuse to take a peek in this stunning little desserts shop. A window display featuring a five-tiered cake covered in violet macaroons mercilessly lures passers by into a quaint and small shop filled with everything from expensive sculpture-like delicacies to croissants and muffins that can be eaten in-shop with a coffee from the small machine.

Hofmann
Carrer Argenteria, 74 - 78
08003 Barcelona, España.

Tel: +34 93 319 5889

These are just a few pointers that will lead you to some of El Born's smaller and more tucked away streets. Once there, you are likely to come back having discovered plenty more of your own gems.


Hotels in the El Born Area

If you like the sound of the area of El Born and think it might be a good place to stay during your trip, there are a few hotels that I would recommend.

Hotel Triunfo is a two star hotel offering affordable rates and a clean and new environment in the heart of affluent area.

Hotel Ciutat If you are looking for somewhere more luxurious to stay Hotel Ciutat Barcelona has trendy settings, quality service and a small roof-top pool.


Stage 2 of my Journey around Barcelona Town Centre: The next stop on my tour was the Boqueria Food Market on Las Ramblas. More information on the ins and outs of this bustling market.

El Born is one of the neighbourhoods making up Barcelona's city centre. I spent a day walking around the whole area, taking in some of the places that are slightly more off the beaten track. Overview to my tour in the city centre.


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