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Ultimate Guide to Barcelona: Things To Do, Places To See

May 12, 2023

Along with our CocoVail team list of recommended places for eating and drinking in Barcelona, we've compiled an Ultimate Guide to Barcelona with Things To Do and Places To See here. It has a full range of restaurants, bars, clubs, and other activities in Barcelona and surrounding areas.

The list starts with restaurants that are separated by either type of restaurant or the location / neighborhood. As you get further down the list there are options for people who like to go out into the wee hours of the morning, and it ends with popular tourist destinations in Barcelona. Lastly, there are some options for things you can do if you would like to get to know areas outside of the city that are generally accessible by train.

If you would like to add a place to the mix, feel free to contact us via Google or Instagram directly. Cheers!

Restaurants in Barcelona

Here are a collection of restaurants in the area that are great options to check out while you are here.

Paella in Barcelona

You can't come to Barcelona and not try a paella at least once.

7 Portes 

Marina Bay

Bar Salamanca

Quinze Nits

Restaurant in Barrio Gotico

Orio (pinchos)

Milk (brunch)

Grill Room (tapas)

Gran Viana (Basque food)

Restaurants in Barrio Born

Disset Graus (wine bar + tapas, dinner only)

Tlaxcal (Mexican food, ideal for lunch)

Bar Celta Pulperia (fish tapas)

Bormuth (tapas)

Tosca (tapas)

Alsur Café (brunch)

Bar del Pla (tapas)

Santa Agustina (tapas)

Honest Greens (healthy, vegetarian / vegan-friendly) 

Bo de B (quality sandwiches, great prices)

Bunbo (Vietnamese food)

La Boquería Market in Barcelona

Restaurants Raval 

Rosa Negra del Raval (Mexican food)

Tosca (tapas, has a terrace)

La Boquería Market (iconic market with many food options)

Restaurants in Eixample

Ciutat Comptal (traditional tapas)

Cerveceria Catalana (traditional tapas)

Jobs Restaurant BCN (popular Mediterranean cuisine)

Parking Pizza (great pizza) 

El Nacional (several restaurants combined in a unique venue)

Bella Italia

4 Latas

Billy Brunch (brunch) 

Restaurants in Barceloneta

Makamaka (hamburgers)

Foc (South American food)

Surf House (brunch) 

La Cala (breakfast)

Restaurants in Sants

La Mestressa

Kop de Mà

Restaurants in Poblenou

El Ñaño

Sushi in Barcelona




Drinks / Bars for the evening

Here's our list of places to go out for a drink, and bars in Barcelona. Some are more for the late-night disco-goers. You party animals!

Número Nueve Bar



Crepes Al Born

Sala Apolo

Jamboree (club)


Mr Robinson

Bar Sauvage

No Sé



Brunch Elektronik Barcelona (day parties on Sunday)

Nice terraces in Barcelona


Federal Cafe

Bar Carders

La Foixarda


Carabela Café

Surf House

Lulu (brunch)

Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia - Right next to CocoVail :)

Must see things in Barcelona

Here are some things we highly recommend seeing while you are here.

Sagrada Familia

Cathedral Gótico

Montjuïc (museums, a great view, the Olympic Village, and more)

Plaza Real

Palau de la Música

Casa Battló

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Montjuic & Plaza Espanya

Parc Güell

Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral

Hospital Santa Cruz (Carrer Hospital, once a hospital where Gaudi died. There's a nice garden with a terrace inside which is called El Jardí)


Parc de la Ciutadella + Arc de Triomf

Port of Barcelona

Beaches in Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona

Here are some great shopping areas in the city.

Portal d'Angel

Passeig de Gràcia (we are located right next to Psg de Gràcia)

Rambla de Catalunya

Born Shopping (local shops)

If you have some days left in Barcelona

Last, but not least, here are some great options you can check out that are either in the city (and not necessarily must-sees) or outside of the city and require a mode of transportation to get there.

Sitges (lovely beach town, accessible by train)

Montserrat (mountain with monastery, views, hiking, accessible by train)

Picasso Museum Barcelona

Fundació Joan Miró

Dalí Museum in Figueres

Canet de Mar (Plaça Catalunya)

Girona (from Sants Estació)

Rupit (picturesque Medieval town)