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Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is filled with cool neighbourhoods – think hidden art galleries, cocktail bars, designer boutiques and hipster hangouts. Whether you’re looking for a stay in bohemian Gràcia, hip El Born, trendy Poblenou, edgy Raval, or somewhere else, here’s our pick of the coolest neighbourhoods in Barcelona.
Poblenou has slowly been growing into one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city, popular with hipsters and start-ups. While the lower part of the neighbourhood, close to the sea, has remained quite traditional, it’s the upper region near the colourful Torre Glòries that has changed the most. Here, old warehouses have been transformed into creative offices and co-working spaces, modern galleries, craft beer breweries and concept stores. If you love Instagrammable spaces, quality coffee, brunch places and vintage markets, you’ll love Poblenou.
While Raval may still be a little rough around the edges at times, it’s been changing over the years into a cool and edgy barrio, where skaters and street artists hang. At the centre sits the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Huge street murals sit next to vegetarian cafés and skater shops. It’s a multicultural neighbourhood, too, home to some of the best Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants in Barcelona. The area is also packed with quirky bars and trendy brunch spots.