What's so unique to Barceloneta, is the mix of 'old man dive bars' juxtaposed beside trendy designer gastro bistros. It's a neighborhood that has 'hipsterfied' over the past five years, yet somehow been able to preserve it's locale flare. What used to be Barcelona's old Fisherman Village has evolved into a foodie's paradise along the beach.
Not only are the chiringuitos (beach side restaurants) spicing things up with themed decors and a modern vibe, trendy new locales are springing up throughout the neighborhood shocking the locals who have been used to a more 'greasy spoon' tapas feel.
If you're into seafood there are some excellent restaurants, including Barraca and if you like salads, Santa Marta is one of the freshest places to eat with a variety of options including tasty pizzas.
Slightly outside of the Barceloneta area are some higher-end eateries, especially under the W Hotel and closer to Bogatell Beach where places like Escriba have made their mark.
But food aside, Barceloneta is a wonderful neighborhood in which to stroll, browse and take in the essence of a Barcelona 'pueblo' (small town). No matter how many new restaurants take up shop in this seaside village, it'll always hold onto it's authentic style.