Barcelona is a city of contrasts, where the old and the new Spain live together side by side and where its disparate elements combine ... more »to form an engaging whole. El Born is no exception. Sandwiched between Via Laietana and Barceloneta, it is a historically rich part of the city with a vibrant shopping, eating and drinking scene.
This area has a charming allure with its chic scruffiness, fashionable boutiques and top-quality restaurants. It feels like people know how to enjoy the fine things in life here but also want to keep a little bit of an edge to their lifestyle. The hip factor here is high, making it the place to come for those one-of pieces of clothing or home wares.
It's also the place to experience Barcelona’s fine food scene without going too upmarket. Much of the credit for contemporary Barcelona's dynamic culinary scene goes to Ferran Adrià, the founder of famed restaurant El Bulli, and his breed of deconstructivist cooking.
Several El Born restaurants are also in the forefront of new Catalan cuisine. First is Santa Maria on Comerç 17. Down the street is Comerç 24, Carrer Comerç 24. less «