Food and drink
The terrace culture
Going out for a meal is by far the favourite leisure activity of Barcelona people. You can check that out for yourself, by just taking a walk round the city's streets and seeing how many eating establishments there are. On top of that, many of them have a terrace, because the city's inhabitants love eating outdoors.
When the weather is good, the city's terraces are ideal for an outdoor lunch or an evening meal. You could start the day by having breakfast in one of the many squares with terraces in Gràcia, Les Corts or Sant Andreu. Then, around midday, you could have lunch somewhere in Barceloneta or the Born, while you enjoy the sea breeze. And in the evening you could savour a meal in the open air, immersed in the multicultural Rambla del Raval. The tables on Barcelona's best terraces are snapped up immediately, so it is best to book in advance to avoid being disappointed.
Hotel terraces are the other big hit. In fact, they have become one of the city's big summer attractions. Whether they are high up, like replicas of New York's rooftops, or in impeccable interiors, hotel terraces continue to enjoy their own particular boom, thanks partly to the anti-smoking law. They are in demand for the tranquility they offer when the summer heat builds up.
The hotel terrace season kicks off at the end of May or the beginning of June with Terrace Week, aka “A vista d’hotel”. Every year around 50 hotels take part, organising outdoor fashion shows, magic shows, literary evenings, concerts and films on their terraces. A great way to enjoy some of the best views of the city you can find, while trying out different dishes.
Stopping at terraces on...
You can find a little terrace in any street in Barcelona to take a break on your way round the city.
There is one terrace after another along Barcelona's boulevards and avenues, forming a web of tables and chairs that are always busy.
There is also room for terraces in natural settings. There are lots of parks and gardens where you can find a little cafe with tables outside to take some refreshment.
Nearly every square in most of the city neighbourhoods have at least one terrace where you can rest under the shade of a tree, or a parasol, and have a bite to eat.
Many hotels in the city have terraces open to everyone, where you can have supper or a late drink while you enjoy they views under a starlit sky.
The restaurants and bars with terraces by the sea are one of the city's big gastronomic attractions. They are all along the seafront and cater for all tastes and pockets.