What I did and saw:
Funded by Eusebi Güell and made by Antoni Gaudi, Park Güell was intended to be a high-end housing development. However, due in part to its distance (uphill) from the city center, it was unsuccessful as a housing development. Gaudi himself lived in the park for 20 years. In 198 it was declared a world heritage site celebrating the unique architectural genius of Gaudi.
Explored the area-
I've had the opportunity to do a lot of walking around the Gràcia area, and it is a beautiful place. There are lots of parks and plazas that can be great places to spend time in.
When I have the opportunity to go to a sensory deprivation tank I try to take advantage of it. It is a great way to meditate, pray, concentrate, and think. In addition to the psychological benefits, the magnesium in the salt also makes its a great thing to do for the body as well. The best float center I found in Barcelona was at the Flotarium in Gràcia.
Where I ate and drank:
My favorite restaurant in Barcelona is Berbena. It is a very small place on a side street, and many times when I was there the owner/chef also worked as the waiter. He uses high quality ingredients prepared amazingly well. Care is taken with every aspect from the bread to the main course to the coffee, and that care is evident in the flavors produced.
Located next to the Mercat de la Llibertat, La Pubilla was completely full every time I was there. Their "menu del dia" is a couple euros more expensive than it is at many other places, but the increase in quality is more than worth the increase in price.
My favorite coffee roaster in Barcelona is SlowMov. They offer great filter coffee options, quality espresso options, and some tasty baked goods.
The best gelato I've had in Barcelona was at Parallelo. They offer a multitude of creative, delicious flavors to choose from. Their gelato is also used in the affogatos at 3 Marks Coffee in the Fort Pienc area.
Another great coffee spot in Gràcia is Bermont Coffee. In addition to their excellent coffee, they also offer some great small food options. In particular I enjoyed their avocado toast.
Bodevici - gelats i orxates ecològiques-
Bodevici is another good gelato place in Gràcia. Their gelato is also sold in many Veritas (similar to Whole Foods) locations.
Adding to the list of great coffee spots in Gràcia, Onna Cafe also serves excellent, high quality coffee. They also offer a small variety of great food options.
Syra is another great coffee spot in Gràcia. Unlike the places mentioned above, Syra specializes in take-away orders and does not have much of a seating area.
Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar-
If you are looking for excellently crafted, well presented, delicious cocktails in the Gràcia area, Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar is a great place to go.
La Cervesera Artesana-
As its name suggests, La Cervesera Artesana is a great place to go for great craft beer and good food.
Another great craft beer place in Gràcia is The Beerket. They offer minimal food options, but excellent drink options. They have apparently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but hopefully they will be able to open up again.
A great place to go for brunch and espresso-based coffee drinks in Barcelona is Sabio Infante. They offer some healthy options as well as some indulgent options.
Mama's Organic Kitchen & Cafe-
Another great place to get breakfast/brunch in Gràcia is at Mama's Organic Kitchen & Cafe.
La Bodega del Sol-
Located at the Placa del Sol, La Bodega del Sol is a high quality bottle shop. They have a vast multitude of excellent craft beer options.
Café del Sol-
Also located at the Placa del Sol, Cafe del Sol offers some good food options. The homemade dishes they offer are delicious.
My favorite thing:
Park Güell is one of the most iconic spots in all of Barcelona, and my favorite Barcelona coffee roaster (SlowMov), restaurant (Berbena), and gelateria (Parallelo) are all in the Gràcia area.
My least favorite thing:
Gràcia is one of my favorite areas of Barcelona, but it can tend to have higher prices than some other areas of the city.
For next time:
Next time in Gràcia I would like to return to SlowMov, Berbena, and Parallelo. In terms of new experiences, I would like to check out a handful of other restaurants and I would like to explore the inside of Gaudí's Casa Vicens (so far I have only seen the outside).
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