Things to do in Barcelona

Will you be visiting our Gothic hostel in Barcelona soon and don’t know where to begin? Look no further as we have set up a guide of the best places to eat, drink and see during your visit!

The hostel is in a great location in the Gothic Quarter so there is always plenty of places to go and explore. We have narrowed down our favourite places for this ultimate Barcelona local travel guide, so you can make the most out of your jam-packed trip.

Whether you like to go out exploring each day or you enjoy a casual stroll and drink in town, check out our travel guide so you can maximise your travel experiences in Barcelona.

Be sure to check us out on Instagram or Facebook where Gonzalo, our travel guru at Safestay Barcelona Gothic, will tell you the best places to go in the beautiful city of Barcelona!

And if this guide isn’t enough, check out Just a Pack’s top 10 things to do in Barcelona for even more travel inspiration!

Places to Drink - @pachabarcelonaofficial Pacha Barcelona

1) Pacha Barcelona

  • Location Ramón Trias Fargas, 2, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Hours Sun-Thu: 12:00 - 11:45 and 00:00 - 05:00 ; Fri-Sat: 12:00 - 11:45 and 00:00 - 06:00
  • Phone +34 932 21 56 28
  • Website
  • Social I: @pachabarcelonaofficial ; F: @pachabarcelona ; T: @Pacha_Bcn

If you are in for a bit of music and dancing then you’re in luck. Located perfectly on the beach, Pacha has events every night which showcase a variety of different music from both national and international artists. If you’re looking for something to do in the day, Pacha also owns a variety of restaurants situated in front of the sea. It is the perfect place to have a meal or a drink with friends.

Places to Drink - @_happyland_pics_ Port Olimpic

2) Port Olimpic

  • Location Edifici Capitanía, S/N, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Hours Open 24 hours
  • Phone +34 932 25 92 20

Pacha is not the only place where you can enjoy a bit of music and dancing. Along the Port Olimpic you will find a variety of bars and nightclubs open until the early mornings. Again its situated along the beach so the views will be unbelievable.

Places to Eat - @la_central_hamburgueseria La Central

1) La Central

  • Location Via Laietana, 45, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Hours Sun-Thu: 12:30-00:00, Fri-Sat: 12:30-01:00
  • Phone +34 934 63 57 82
  • Website
  • Social I: @la_central_hamburgueseria ; F @lacentralburger

Who loves a good burger! Well, then this is the place to go! Only a 7-minute walk from our Gothic Hostel, you will find the most delicious burgers in Barcelona. With freshly baked buns every day, you will be spoilt for choice with their unique combinations! They also have vegetarian and vegan burgers too!

Ready to get hungry? Look at their burgers below!

Places to Eat - @mosquitotapas Mosquito Tapas

2) Mosquito Tapas

  • Location Carrer Carders 46 08003
  • Hours Mon: 19:30-01:00, Tues-Sun: 13:00-01:00
  • Phone +34 932 687 569
  • Website
  • Social I: @mosquitotapas ; F: @mosquitotapas

When you’re looking for somewhere new to try, what a better way to switch it up than by visiting Mosquito Tapas bar. Serving traditional Vietnamese food, this quaint Asian Tapas bar is not to be missed. Although you cannot book in advance and will have to wait in line to be seated, it is well worth the wait! Situated close to many great museums, parks and concert halls, Mosquito Tapas is in the buzzing heart of the Gothic Quarter.

Don’t forget to try the restaurant’s dumplings – they truly are the stars of the show!

Places to see - @vallssalvador Plaça de Sant Jaume

1) Plaça de Sant Jaume

  • Location Plaça de Sant Jaume 1 08002
  • Hours Open 24 hours
  • Phone +34 934 02 70 00
  • Website

If you love history or politics then this famous square is not to be missed. In this square, you will locate two of Spain’s most important buildings – Barcelona City Hall and the seat of Catalunya’s government. This square has been particularly popular of late due to the recent referendum for Catalonia’s independence and because of this, it is often that you will find political rallies and demonstrations in the heart of the square. There are also many Catalan celebrations that take place here making it a place packed with history and spirit. If you want to take a walk through Barcelona’s history, this is the best place to go!

Places to see - @suh.young Born Cultural Centre

2) Born Cultural Centre

  • Location Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Hours Everyday: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Phone +34 932 56 68 51
  • Website

Want even more history? Barcelona is full of amazing history you will be left amazed by how interesting it is. It was created to serve as a remembrance to certain Barcelona events. Make sure you visit to see the archaeological remains revealing the demarcations of streets and houses from the 17th century.

Instagram Spots - @erinjamiesonphotography Gothic Quarter Streets

1) Gothic Quarter Streets

  • Location Gothic Quarter, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
  • Hours Open 24 hours

There are many tiny streets in the Gothic Quarter that are great to take those Instagram worthy pictures. Particularly as some of the streets are quite narrow they are great to capture those solo shots! If you walk down the street Carrer del Bisbe, you will find some great infrastructure and remnants of the Gothic Quarter such as gargoyles and archways – perfect for those Instagram pics!

Instagram Spots Arco de Triunfo

2) Arco de Triunfo

  • Location Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003
  • Hours Everyday: 10:00 - 23:00

On the west side of the Gothic Quarter is the Arco de Triunfo. This classical archway is great for any Instagram pictures and it leads straight onto Ciutadella Park – so if you’re in the mood to upload a great picture, there are plenty of opportunities to take the winning photo near here!

Don’t forget to tag #Safestay in any of the photos you take – we’d love to see what adventures you have been on in the city!!

Need more for your Instagram? No worries we’ve got loads more. 10 most Instagramable Places in Barcelona!