Gràcia: A Neighborhood Guide

Getting to know Gràcia with Ukio

May 29, 2024
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Perhaps Barcelona’s most distinctly Catalan neighborhood, Gràcia is demarcated by the extensive avenue Diagonal, which separates the center block of Eixample from what used to be this separate, separatist village. Here buildings are lower, traffic is funneled, children have the right of way, and neighborly bon dias are chirped from staircases and balcony railings. One of the more relaxed parts of Barcelona, a long term stay in Gràcia is perfect for families, people watching, and delving into local life.

Gràcia's Squares

Gràcia is home to around 15 different public squares—with each providing a dose of sun, shade, seating, and community. From sitting at a cafe table beneath the clock tower in Plaça de Villa de Gràcia, to joining the late-night congregation that convenes in Plaça del Sol, to sitting on church steps in Plaça de la Virreina, we’re sure you’ll find a favorite to frequent.

The Restaurants

With so many options, it would be hard to tire of places to eat. La Pepita, Bar Bodega Quimet, and Can Codina are all great for tapas with atmosphere, while seafood lovers should be directed to either of Lluritu’s 2 sparkling locations. Looking outside of local fare, check out Zizina for thoughtful falafel, Baby Jalebi for South Asian street food, and Omu for Japanese. If you venture outside the neighborhood to eat or to dring, you would also find some nice places to eat.

Good Coffees in Gràcia

Gràcia is dotted with places to get in a caffeine fix. El Noa Noa carries beans from Nomad, while other city vendors like Syrah and News & Coffee have outposts here. Slow Mov and the cozy cafe Sabio Infante are great places to bring a laptop.

The Shopping

From shops specializing in anything from Tin Tin to hammocks, Gràcia seems to have something for everyone. We recommend Entre Latas for canned delicacies, oils, and barrel wines, 8 PM Store and Emma Pardos for accessories, clothing, and art books, Elepe for home goods, ReRead or Hibernian for books, and a walk up Carrer de Verdi for a little bit of everything.

The Gaudi

Gaudi’s contributions to the city don’t start and stop at the Sagrada Familia. His first major project in Barcelona was Casa Vicens, a modernist home that sits in Gràcia. Squeeze in a visit while on the way to the sprawling and famed Park Güell, which lies just a short distance away, and boasts views of the city skyline.

The Bakeries

Get your daily bread from some of our favorite ovens: Origo for sourdough, Mistral for brioche and coca, and Mayer for croissants and pastries.

The Parks

With even further access to green space than meets the eye, Gràcia is walking distance from Turó Park, Creuta de Coll, and Park Güell. For hiking options, take the ferrocarril from the Gràcia station to starting points such as Baixador de Vallvidrera or La Floresta.

The Local Life

Whether it's the annual Festa de Gràcia held in August, the human pyramid that is the traditional castell, the gathering of towering gigantes, or holidays spent celebrating down Travessera de Gràcia, a long term stay here will acquaint you with the nuances and details of local culture and customs.

The Homes

If you’re looking for an extended stay in Barcelona, look no further. Check out our listings of monthly and long term rentals in Gràcia. Welcome to the neighborhood.