A foodie guide to 24 hours in Gràcia, Barcelona

Gracia Park Guell

Barcelona’s Gràcia neighbourhood is a charming district with a distinct village feel. Gràcia actually used to be a town before being swallowed up as the city of Barcelona expanded, and it still retains its fierce independent spirit and atmosphere today. While it’s not the most central area of Barcelona, it’s a great spot from which to explore the city, and if you are staying elsewhere, it’s well worth a visit.  Boasting key sights including legendary Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi’s Park Güell as well as his famous buildings Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, there’s lots to visit in the area, not to mention all the gorgeous squares, streets and side lanes that make up the heart of Gràcia. Of course, Gràcia also has some amazing foodie spots: here’s your guide to eating & drinking  in the neighbourhood for 24 hours.

For your morning coffee…

syra coffee barcelona

If, like me, your perfect day starts with a caffeine kick from a great espresso bar, fear not: Gràcia has you covered. Head to Syra Coffee, a tiny but trendy coffee shop near Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. Syra opened its doors in 2015, aiming to serve the highest quality coffee to locals and visitors alike, and they’ve already built up quite a following. Syra offer up a selection of both dairy and alternative milk options, their coffee is smooth and delicious and they have a range of sweet treats on offer, too. The cafe’s interior is warm, well-designed and inviting, and there’s always a range of cool magazines on offer for you to browse. If you take your coffee to go, you’re lucky enough to be wandering the streets of beautiful Gràcia with a little cup of happiness in hand. Perfect.

For breakfast…

Once you’ve had the coffee kick necessary for a day of sightseeing, wander towards Carrer Gran de Gràcia. This street is lined with a number of independent shops that are definitely worth investigating, but it also plays host to Turris, a popular local bakery offering an array of artisan breads, pastries, cakes and more. Owned by Xavier Barriga, Spanish master baker and author of a number of popular baking cookbooks, it’s no wonder that the quality is so high. The staff are also lovely and patient, and very willing to take time to tell visitors about the different baked goods on offer as well as some of their personal recommendations.Take time to pop in here to choose some pastries for your breakfast and I can promise that whichever ones you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

From here, you’re in a perfect location to stroll down the wide Passeig de Gràcia, and visit two of Gaudi’s most famous buildings, Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló. These buildings are only around 5 minutes walk from each other, and whether you decide to pay to enter or simply admire them from the outside, they are both an unmissable part of any visit to Gràcia, and iconic symbols of Barcelona.

For lunch…

Placa de la virreina

Once you’ve seen a little bit of Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, it’ll be time to think about lunch. Wander back up Passeig de Gràcia and head through the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia and the Plaça de la Revolució, two picturesque squares that emanate all the charm and community of the Gràcia neighbourhood. As you head towards Plaça de la Virreina, you’ll find Mama’s Cafe, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot on Carrer de Torrijos that serves a variety of fresh, organic breakfast and lunch dishes to hungry visitors. The cafe is bright, airy and spacious, with seating that expands through the back of the cafe and out onto its terrace. There’s a lot of variety on the menu here, so there’s sure to be something for everyone, and it’s a lovely place to sit back, relax and refuel for the second part of the day.

For a sweet treat…

Before heading off for a spot of afternoon sightseeing, it’s time to treat yourself to something sweet. One of the best places for a sugary treat in Gracia is La Nena, a charming cafe serving up some of the best churros con chocolate you’ll find in the whole of Barcelona. Grab a table, choose one of the many board games the cafe offers its guests, order a plate of the thick, rich chocolate with something delicious for dipping and get comfortable – you won’t be disappointed.

Once the sugar high is starting to kick in, it’s time to explore more of Gràcia. One of the most popular sights in the neighbourhood is  Gaudi’s Park Güell: either walk or hop on a bus up to the park, and take some time to explore the beautiful gardens. It’s worth noting that access to the most famous part of the park is now ticketed, and it’s definitely worth booking tickets ahead of time to make sure your visit is both easy and queue-free.

For dinner & drinks

When it comes to going for dinner and drinks in Barcelona, nothing beats the experience of going for tapas – there are more than a few excellent tapas bars lining Gràcia’s picturesque streets and squares, all overflowing with locals once the sun goes down. The beauty of going for tapas is that you can try more than one place for your evening meal: start on Plaça del Sol at Sol Soler, a friendly cafe with seating spilling out onto the square and a variety of delicious dishes on offer. Lots of the tapas plates at Sol Soler are also veggie friendly: I’d recommend the house patatas bravas, tortilla and famous Catalan dish pa amb tomàquet, all three being meat-free, simple and delicious.

Once you’ve had a few dishes and drinks at Sol Soler, it’s time to hit the next tapas spot. Take a 5 minute walk to Gasterea (it doesn’t have a website, but a quick scroll through TripAdvisor should give you an idea of the sort of thing it offers and how popular it is!) on nearby Carrer de Verdi, a busy street lined with restaurants and shops. Gasterea might look unassuming from the outside, but don’t be fooled: step inside, and you’ll find a bustling bar full of atmosphere and offering up some of the best tapas plates in the city. Though the restaurant is often very busy, staff are friendly and efficient, and there’s something atmospheric about squeezing into a  tiny spot at the bar and ordering plate after plate from the extensive menu. Dishes here are inexpensive, innovative and high-quality, meaning that locals and visitors dine elbow to elbow and leave full, tipsy and satisfied. Between Sol Soler and Gasterea, at this point you’ll be more than ready to hit the sack, and I have the perfect place…

For your beauty sleep…

Though technically not a foodie recommendation, the Gracia-based hotel I stayed in when visiting Barcelona is too good not to share. Casa Gracia is a luxury hotel and hostel offering its guests the choice between beautifully designed dorm rooms and gorgeous private rooms, as well as boasting a range of communal spaces for guests, including a terrace and a library. The room I stayed in came complete with a balcony, from which I could look out over the streets of Gràcia each morning and night – it really could not have been more perfect. Located on Passeig de Gràcia near to the metro stop Diagonal, the hotel is a perfect spot from which to explore both the neighbourhood of Gràcia and the whole of Barcelona, and the hotel also caters very well to its discerning foodie guests. Restaurant La Paisana is located in the lobby of the hotel and offers a number of small dishes as well as a wide selection of wines and other drinks. It’s also the perfect spot for a last drink before bed – sleep well!

Please let me know what you think of this foodie guide to 24 hours in Gràcia, and if you try any of the places mentioned! You can get in touch by commenting below, following my Instagram & Twitter pages or via email at afoodieguide@gmail.com.

You’ll also find the instagram accounts of the places I’ve mentioned below (at least the ones on Instagram!). Happy scrolling!

Syra coffee

Turris

La Nena

Casa Gracia

La Paisana 

Gracia Barcelona

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