A quaint and rustic neighborhood with a truly local feel, Barceloneta is home to Catalan locals with many of them having lived in the area their entire lives. Although its become a tourist hot spot since the revival of the waterfront after the '92 Olympics, this old fisherman town holds true to its roots and is one of the Barcelona barrios with the strongest neighborhood and community feel. The area has cleaned up in recent years with the construction of the new market which features fresh fish, meats, vegetables, fruits and cheeses as well as the creation of the small playground for children and the installation of a few ping pong tables adjacent to it. The best thing about Barceloneta is that it's located directly along the beach, which is why tourists flock there and why apartment rental prices soar through the roof, especially during summer.
See & Do
Due to the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona's waterfront has turned into one of the greatest places to stroll, tan, run, surf, sail or just spend the day hanging out on one of the natural or man-made beaches. During the summer chiringuitos (outdoor restaurants) spring up, stretching for miles along the boardwalk, with most of them offering cheap happy hour deals and often featuring live dj's. Chiringuito 23, located directly in front of Barceloneta is always packed and has a diverse and tasty menu. Something to note, is that the further along the coast you go, the clearer and cleaner the water is.
No other neighborhood in Barcelona has as many seafood restaurants as Barceloneta. With many of them lining the boardwalk, giving way onto gorgeous seaside views of the Mediterranean, there are plenty of places to try fried shrimp, fresh mussels, octopus and clams amongst several other mouth watering dishes. An excellent place for paella is Can Majo. This family-run restaurant has been around for years and is a neighborhood and city staple when it comes to perfecting the art of paella.
Although tapas bars are abundant throughout the city, since Barceloneta was once an old fisherman town, it has preserved many of its local watering holes; ones that were popular before being discovered by tourists. If you're looking to experience the 'real' Barcelona, check out some greasy spoon tapas in either Jai Cai or La Bombeta, two neighborhood hot spots for die hard locals and rustic yet delicious food.
Some of Barcelona's largest and most exciting nightclubs are located along the water. Attracting a mix of posh locals and tourists, Barceloneta's waterfront is lined with several extremely fun and lively venues. A few notable ones to consider include Opium Mar, Shoko and Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC) where you can often find members of FC Barcelona lounging on the VIP couches at the back.
Barcelona is known for having a variety of markets where many locals frequent to buy their daily food. A fairly new addition to Barceloneta is their market, situated behind the Caprabo supermarket in the middle of the neighborhood. This isn't as large as the Boqueria, for example, however it has a wide selection of fresh foods and has brought an influx of people into the barrio since it opened a few years ago.