Finding a sunny spot to soak up the blissful rays of summer sunshine – or on the contrary, a leafy corner to escape them – isn’t always as easy as it might seem in Barcelona. Busy roads, narrow streets and a general crack-down on outdoor terraces mean you better know where you’re going. Here are some of our absolute favourite terraces for the summertime.
This family-friendly restaurant is located in the Barceloneta Market, side to side with the fish mongers, butchers and vegetable stalls inside. The large outdoor terrace overlooks the main square of the Barceloneta, the Plaça del Poeta Boscà and is great for people watching in the sun. Outside of meal times there’s absolutely no problem for people to grab a table for a drink on the terrace although there are some pretty tempting tapas on the menu and you’ll struggle to get away without ordering at least a portion of roast chicken and jamón croquetas.
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a relaxed afternoon off the beaten track, El Sortidor de la Filomena Pagès – locally known as ‘El Sortidor’ – is located on a residential square in Poble Sec. The square gets the sun throughout much of the day but there are plenty of parasols available if you’re after shade. On the menu you’ll find a selection of contemporary and classic Spanish tapas, reflecting that this is something of a local institution which was recently given a modern face-lift.
The Centre Civic Can Deu, in the middle of the Les Corts neighborhood, is a beautiful Modernist building. The café is a popular hangout spot for locals who take advantage of its great location and outdoor terrace. While the cafeteria no longer serves its famous menu del día, clients can still enjoy a selection of hot and cold dishes for breakfast, lunch or as an afternoon snack.