Eating, shopping, walking, discovering: after our ART & DESIGN selection here’s some cool spots, 16 juicy directions for whom is gonna be in #Barcelona this Summer! Because man cannot live on art alone!

Barrio El Born

Placed in the oldest part of the city, next to the Barrio Gotico, this neighbourhood is living an era of re-modernization with new shops and cafés for hipsters. Nevertheless its small alleys, traditional bars and hidden corners made it one of the most fascinating area of the city. Take a walk -on the wild side- of el Born!

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Chandal Store
carrer de l’Allada Vermell, 13
Design pieces, toys, polaroids camera, and above all MAGAZINES MAGAZINES MAGAZINES! Chandal Store -in a sharing local with Impossible Store– is definitively one of our favourite spot in Barcelona.

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Mundial Bar
plaça Sant Agustí Vell, 1

Traditional, delicious, informal seafood place in the heart of the Born. The menu is written daily on a mirror hang on one side of the bar, with daily specials and chef recommendations. Forget all about minimal-cold-white design: we’re in Spain, let’s do like the Spanish do!

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Neukölln
carrer de les Basses de Sant Pere, 22

Gorgeous vintage forniture store with original and unique pieces coming directly from Northern Europe. Alessia and Federico, the lovely Italian owners of the shop, are the ones who choose each piece to bring you to a travel into the past. They will welcome you with a huge smile, so drop by!

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Barrio El Raval

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Keith Haring made this murals in 1989 choosing personally that wall: at that time the Raval was a seedy area known as the Barrio Chino, and it reminded him of the marginal neighbourhoods in New York where he began to paint.

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CCCB • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

carrer de Montalegre, 5

CCCB is one of the spaces in Barcelona dedicated to creation, research, exhibition and debate on contemporary culture. Activities, thematic exhibitions, prizes and a varying interdisciplinary programme are just some of its strong suits, along with the Laie bookshop, with a wide selection of international magazines, including Polpettas On Paper!

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Trópico
carrer del Marquès de Barberà, 24

A small cozy place, where you can have a round-the-world journey just tasting the mix of different dishes and drinks of Trópico. We highly recommend their Sunday brunch, with eggs benedictine, pancakes, coffee and a smoothie.

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Poblenou

The new artistic and creative neighbourhood in Barcelona definitively is Poblenou, on the north-east side of the city, along the cost and the sea. The old industrial area, made of obsolete abandoned factories, is now reborn thanks to both residential projects, and alternative workspaces.

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Skye Coffee
carrer Pamplona, 88

They love coffee… and soon you’ll love it too! An amazing old industrial location houses “le Tube”, a classic 1972 citroen HY, headquarter of one of the best coffee in town.

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Espai Joliu

carrer de Badajoz, 95

Not just a green concept store, not just a café: Espai Joliu is an incredible perfect mix to enjoy some spare time, to relax, to have a delicious breakfast, and why not, to read one of the wonderful magazines on sale: and Polpettas On Paper is one of those!

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And then all around the city…

The old -Gothic- cathedral

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Called the “Old” cathedral, or the “Gothic” one, to distinguish it from the Sagrada Familia, Gaudì’s stil-in-progress masterpiece. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia) was built between 13th and 15th centuries. Inside you can see a baptistery where in 1493 four American natives, brought by Christopher Columbus, had the baptism.

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Pinhan Café
Turó Park, avenida Pau Casal, 19

A cozy, sunny, green corner in the middle of Turó Park, you really can’t ask more from life. Or maybe yes: for example you can ask a spinach, pine nuts, caramelised onion and lemon börek (baked filled pastry), served with garlic yoghurt, paprika butter and sumak onion salad, and then a Bosforus classic grilled-fished with lettuce, tomato, spanish onion and herbs: oh heaven! 

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Pic Nic Store
carrer Verdi, 17

Nice and colorful concept store in Vila de Gràcia, where you can find -in addition to Polpettas On Paper– other cool magazines, accessories, pottery, design, and clothing, obviously.

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The Juice House

carrer Parlament, 12

Veggies, but not only. Better say, healthy food, soul food, or colorful food! Try the juices, of course, and if you eat there, ask for some bread, delicious: it’s 100% artisanal made apposite for The Juice House by a bakery outside Barcelona, in the countryside.

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La Esquina

carrer Bergara, 2

La Esquina is about grandma kitchen, is about food, coffee, colorful dishes, and is about healthy combinations of vegetables, proteins and pasta or legumes. It’s the perfect stop for lunch or a coffee break in the heart of Barcelona.

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and don’t forget to have a rest on the beach!

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Satisfied with the photos? No? You can have a look at the video, #PolpettasGoes to Barcelona!

If you’ve not enough, you can have a look at our article about ART & DESIGN in Barcelona or our video of the awesome Catalan city.

Below the map with all the places appearing in the reportage: