Barcelona's Chicest Neighborhood Offers Delicious, Trend-Setting Restaurants

In the heart of the Old City, Barcelona's Born neighborhood has become synonymous with trendy chic and gastro tapas. In recent years there's been a surge in restaurants, especially in this part of town. Not only does Passeig Del Born have a ton of eateries of all styles, the Born is laden with tiny alleyways and out of the way nooks, full of places you'd never think to look unless you knew what was there.

One of the city's best restaurants, Montiel, is situated in this neighborhood just off of Calle Flassaders, along with some of the best pizza shops and gastro tapas restaurants, including Llamber and Mosquito amongst others.

What's important to note when frequenting the Born, is that there are several sub-sections within this neighborhood, some of which have been less 'inhabited' by tourists. The upper Born, near Arc de Triomf is where you can find a lot of 'out of the way' restaurants, such as Elsa y Fred and En Aparte, both amazing, quaint, charming and great for intimate dinners or long lunches. The area that leads onto Barceloneta is also a nice place to explore with Kiosko Hamburgers right on the edge and always packed with lines out the door.

This is a fabulous neighborhood to eat in and once dinner is over there are plenty of bars and late night clubs within walking distance. 

A trendy take on Vietnamese street food, this deli now has two locations, one in Gracia and one in the Born neighborhood. Priding themselves on serving fresh and healthy dishes, their motto is: 'we mind food' and they put their money where their...  Read More

An excellent gastro tapas bar in the Old City right near Arc De Triomf at the edge of the Born neighborhood. Elsa y Fred sports an early 1920's decor and provides an elegant understated vibe. It's a great place for a morning coffee and paper,...  Read More

Pizza Del Born has quickly become one of Barcelona's most well known pizza joints. Located on the trendy and very busy Passeig Del Born walkway, this place is perfect for late night street food, a cheap and easy lunch or a Saturday afternoon...  Read More


Featuring a mix of high quality Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine, Salero was established before the Born became trendy and is now one of the 'go to' hot spots for delicious food and fun evenings out on the town. Dim lighting and candlelit...  Read More

La Ciutadela

Quaint and charming, La Ciutadela is nestled in the Old City near Arc de Triomf and has an extremely diverse menu with a strong focus on serving fresh seafood daily. With two private dining rooms and a separate coffee area, you'll be treated...  Read More

El Foro

A beef lover's paradise, El Foro cooks a mean Argentinean bife de chorizo and is one of the few places in Barcelona that knows how to make a steak 'poco hecho' (bloody rare). This lively, airy and spacious restaurant is excellent for dates,...  Read More

A hip, New York style gastro tapas bar in the heart of the Born neighborhood. Llamber is chic and trendy, set in a loft style setting with exposed brick and a mix of high top tables and regular seating. The restaurant prides itself on quality,...  Read More

A slice of Paris in the heart of Barcelona's Ciutate Vella, if you're in the mood for a french cafe/bistro, this is the place to go. Run by all French staff, this rustic, quaint and incredibly personable cafe acts as a restaurant as well as a...  Read More


A trendy, young, lively and unique restaurant that specializes in Asian tapas. Mosquito has found its niche offering the most amazing Dim Sum and dumplings, you'll actually feel like you're in Hong Kong and China, while dipping into a wide...  Read More


There are few Barcelona restaurants able to beat the charm, elegance and eclectic menu found at Montiel. Hidden on one of the narrow side streets in the Born, this small, two-story restaurant has mouth watering tapas, meats, starters and above...  Read More


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