Barcelona: A locals’ guide to hidden gems (Part one)

What comes to your mind when I say: modernism, stunning beaches, a famed soccer club, rich history, great gastronomy, sun, fun, culture, wine, heritage and innovation? There is only one city capable of uniting all of these elements in a completely magical way and its Barcelona.

The city has given me a lot and it has taught me that everything is possible. What do I like the most about my city? Definitely the Gothic Quarter and its magic. Full of history and amazing streets that hold so much inside the walls. If you feel down, a long stroll through the city center will bring you inspiration and happiness.

Known as the city of Gaudi, Barcelona is a must for many. Today I’m going to reveal some of the city’s more best kept secrets so you can enjoy its true essence.

Plaça de la Concòrdia

Barcelona: A locals' guide to hidden gems
Plaça de la Concòrdia

Plaça de la Concòrdia is a hidden and cosy square, an oasis in the middle of the concrete. It’s so extraordinary that most of the locals don’t know of it’s existence.

The Plaça is full of life with children playing, couples strolling and friends chattering.  There are amazing sun soaked spacious terraces where having drinks and tapas are the perfect way to spend an afternoon…it’s the ideal place if you are seeking tranquility away from the busyness of the city.

It’s so hidden and strategically situated that even if you have been there, it’s difficult to go back without a GPS- a fact that makes it special and worthy.

Can Deu

Barcelona: A locals' guide to hidden gems
Can Deu

Can Deu is the crown jewel of the Plaça. Can Deu means “Family Deu’s place” in Catalan – it was the residence of the Deu’s family for decades and was converted into a town hall in 1986.

It’s easy to find and there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. There are games for children as well as sport activities and quizzes. Various workshops are on offer for the adults- you can enhance your writing skills, learn more about emotional intelligence or unleash your creativity through the other various creative workshops.  Can Deu also houses a cinema and there is an amazing grand piano on the second floor, I used to play it when I was a kid during the auditions for the Liceo.

On the main floor behind a beautiful modernist stained glass window is a fabulous bar. You can have drinks next to the fountain in the middle of the courtyard while enjoying the calmness of the peaceful neighbourhood.

Fragments café

Barcelona: A locals' guide to hidden gems
Fragments Cafe

If the idea of having the most delicious coffee while relaxing in a Noucentista house sounds like a great way to spend your morning …then head inside the Placa where you will find Fragments Café.

Its best to go to this small hidden and intimate patio early in the morning if you want to avoid the stream of regulars who have already discovered this secret gem.

Lastly, for those of you hungry for Catalan flavor and tradition there is a place nearby the Placa called Lo Fantastic that specializes in amazing Tapas. Ask for Vermouth and sifón while having their special “choricillos del infierno” (Hell’s chorizos), if you dare.

About Vanessa:

Vanessa is a curious and restless Social Worker living in Barcelona, she has  vast knowledge in the field of the Social Work, working with individuals experiencing integration problems.

Enthusiastic, passionate and lively, she enjoys travelling and meeting new people from all cultures and ways of life. She also enjoys having a craft beer in the sun and reading a good novel.

You can find her running on the beach, meeting with friends or having a chat with anyone on the street, always seeking the sense of life.

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