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El Born

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El Born / La Ribera
As featured in 3 Days in Barcelona and 6 other guides
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Address: La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions,...

Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.

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Hidden area in the Gothic Quarter

We stumbled upon El Born on our last day while wandering around the Gothic Quarter. Wish we had found it before hand, because we would've spent most of our time there! Fantastic... read more

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stumbled upon El Born on our last day while wandering around the Gothic Quarter. Wish we had found it before hand, because we would've spent most of our time there! Fantastic little boutique shops where we bought most of our souvenirs, quaint cafes and it's only a 5 minute walk from Jaume I metro station.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice small streets, less tourist, also has a nice small market! Very good bars and restaurants are located here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for high end shopping and food, El Born is the spot for you. This less touristy part of the city is a great place for food and more specialty, small store shopping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Barcelona numerous times, visiting my daughter. I have always rented an apartment in el Born. It is a perfect central location with the best shops, restaurants and churches within walking distance. Close subway ride to anywhere. Close to the train and the beach too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here and really enjoyed the lively evenings. There are lots of bars and restaurants and great shops in the side streets. The Placa Commercial in front of the Born Centre is spacious and airy and sometimes has street entertainers. We were glad to have ear plugs though when we were ready for sleep.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After ten years living in Barcelona I think I can speak not only from my personal opinion but from an objective point of view. Born is part of what we called Ciutat Vella, which means old city. In general terms I would say it is very similar to Gotic however completely over rated. Restaurants can be very expensive but not... More 

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Mojacar, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fabulous night out in this area. Visited a number of super tapas places. Loved the architecture. Great wine great tapas super company perfect evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't told to visit here but happened upon it by accident and I am really pleased I did. The main building is architecturally interesting to see and the ruins are incredible. They have done a super job of combining the two and preserving both elements of history for everyone to enjoy. Its free to access the main areas but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very Lively and local atmosphere there. At least you should walk through there on the way to Harbour if don't have a time to spend there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Born is in the old town - there is a huge amount of history worth exploring. Plus it is scattered with bars, places to eat and interesting local shops. Make sure you visit the Mercat - read the story and view the Roman ruins.

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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