After enjoying the many beautiful impressions from the port trip you might get a bit hungry. Then you should visit the lovely La Ribera quarter. In the good old days, you would have seen many artisans and traders in this neighbourhood. Today you can find small designer shops, cool bars and many cafes and restaurants in the narrow streets and alleys.
In this neighborhood we used the guide “TOP 10 Barcelona” of Dorling and Kindersley to get around. In La Ribera you will find a historic market hall (Mercat del Born), some museums, including the Picasso Museum, a simple but beautiful church (Santa Maria del Mar) and the great Parc de la Ciutadella. The church of Santa Maria del Mar enchants visitors with its interior design which conveys vastness and openness to everyone inside. There is no pomposity or any disturbing element. This kind of design has a wonderfully soothing and meditative effect on the visitors.
As you stroll along the Passeig del Born from the Santa Maria del Mar church, you will directly walk towards the market hall Mercat del Born, a memorial to the destruction of the city in 1714. Next to it, the Catalan flag piles. If you turn left in front of the market hall, you will reach the bar Bormuth. An absolute insider tip! This bar offers great tapas and excellent vermouth. The delicious tapas have fair prices. A tapas dish costs between 4 and 6 euros on average. Our recommendation is to taste a glass of vermouth in this cozy place. There are two kinds of vermouth: red and white vermouth. The normal vermouth costs 2.10 euros per glass and the reserve vermouth falset costs 2.60 euros per glass. You can also order beer, wine and sparkling wine for less than 4 euros.
If you prefer a fresh and tasty baguette with jamon serrano (spanish ham), you should continue to walk around 650 meters to the Carrer del Jaume I. There is our next insider tip: the Bar Brusi (Carrer de la Llibreteria 23). A quite inconspicuous and simple bar on the street corner near the famous Catedral de Barcelona. Here you will find many small tables and a bar, where the fresh food is prepared. They do not have table linen, chic food or art on the wall. This place is about feeling at home and friendliness. The food is prepared by the 75-year-old women in an open kitchen, so that everyone can watch her cook. The breads are freshly prepared and you choose whatever you want on it. Here you can feel at ease and enjoy the delicious dishes at reasonable prices. We loved to stay at this place for some home-made Spanish food.
Another tip for you: On Sunday afternoons you can watch the Sardanes and the Sardana orchestra in front of the Catedral de Barcelona. Sardana is a Catalan folk dance where the dancers stand in a circle and hold hands. This beautiful tradition was forbidden in Franco’s time and therefore serves as a symbol of unity and popular identity. On the steps of the cathedral you can see the orchestra playing music to which the dancers dance. A wonderful show and a must-see in Barcelona.
Thank you Dorling Kindersley, for giving us the “TOP 10 Barcelona” guide to discover Barcelona.