El Born is one of the most fashionable, imaginative and popular neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Once the host of medieval jousts and celebrations, the area preserves its culture in magnificent museums, Gothic churches and everlasting monuments. Cafes are crowded during the day and bars are crowded at night as you travel through Passeig de Born, with a varied selection of both traditional and exotic cuisines.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the scenic surroundings and lively, bohemian atmosphere where they can listen to wanderers playing the bongos in the afternoons and explore bars beneath the cover of night.

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What are the highlights of El Born in Barcelona?

The Picasso Museum in El Born is a high-profile, high-quality museum of national interest dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his masterpieces. There is also the Textile Museum and its quaint, terraced cafe, established in El Born due to the prevalence of textile guilds in the area. Santa Maria Del Mar Church bears a beautiful tribute to the city with its impressive Spanish architecture.

Seafood is available at La Paradeta, while La Pizza del Born offers what is said to be the best pizza in the whole city. Llamber provides Asturian and Catalan classics. Mosquito provides Asian dumplings and Red Ant Asian noodles. Tapeo and Bormuth are tapas bars.

What else is good to know about El Born in Barcelona?

Although shops in El Born can be pricier than other neighborhoods, there are unique finds at specialty boutiques and shoe shops that make the trip worth it. The Mercat de Sant Caterina also offers one-of-a-kind Spanish specialties like arbequina olives.

Lying between Via Laietana and Barceloneta, El Born is serviced by the same metro stops of Jaume 1 and Barceloneta. A 10-minute walk away is Las Ramblas and the city centre, and 10-minutes in another direction gets you to the beach. There, Parc Ciutadella is nearby, home to the Barcelona Zoo. Palau de la Musica, a modernist opera house and concert hall, is another nearby attraction.

El Born in Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain