Gracia - Where to Eat, Drink and Shop
Gracia is my favourite neighbourhood, I've lived here for 9 years and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It feels like a little village with it's many pedestrian, tree-lined streets. Gracia is also a neighbourhood that is not in focus for many tourists, even though it is just a hop and a skip from Plaza Cataluña and the Ramblas.
During the years I have acquired quite a few favourites, and I'm listing most of them here for your enjoyment.
Eating in Gracia
Can Luc - Cheese you said? Get your cheese fix here, where you'll get very knowledgeable service and anything you might need to pair your cheeses with, including a list with the names of the cheese you've chosen and which order you should eat them in. Full post here.
Syra Coffee - Many a coffee lover come here to get their caffeine fix. Good matcha and chai latte. They also arrange workshops for those who want to know more about the art of coffee making. Full post here.
Extra Bar - A tiny little bar with very good seasonal tapas, all with a bit of a twist. Good selection of wines.
Bodega Cal Pep - Go back 50 years or so in time in this tapas bar (not to be confused with Cal Pep in the Born!) where not much has changed lately. Make sure you try the vermouth! Read post here.
L'Arrosseria Xativa - One of my favorite places for paella and rice, they have so many to choose from. Good for those with intolerances.
La Antigua de Mexico - Go here for quick tacos: they have one changing flavor each day and they’re pretty amazing.
Kibuka - I’m a big fan of this Japanese - Brazilian fusion place. They have two restaurants and one takeaway in Gracia. Don't miss their brigadeiros for dessert.
FAN - Shoronpo - Many swear by the ramen here, and it really is excellent, as are the gyozas.
SlowMov - A temple for those who appreciate specialty coffee. They have their own roastery here, and local products to buy and take home with you.
Kitsune - A very popular Japanese restaurant, excellent value for money. I love their matcha cheesecake.
Chivuo's - A very good option if you’re looking for a good burger and a tasty craft beer from tap.
Intrepid de Gracia - Very good dishes to share and a staff who is very knowledgeable about wines.
The Quick Greek - Inexpensive Greek street food to go, and good authentic Greek food items to buy to take home.
Lluritu - One of my favorite seafood restaurants, humble but oh so cool. Book a table in the back or stay by the bar for a drink and a snack.
Messié Sin Gluten - if you’re celiac or like to avoid gluten but have a pizza craving then look no further..! All the pizzas here are gluten-free.
Drinking in Gracia:
Bar La Beata - Looking for craft beer? La Beata is your place! Good options on tap and bottle, and something to nibble on too.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Lounge - Such a cosy little bar where the cocktails are made to perfection (without too much damage to your wallet). Good snacks too, try the oven-baked bravas with herbs. They have 10 different Bloody Marys! Full post here.
Bodega del Sol - This shop specializes in craft beer, they have so many to choose from. Buy one or two (or many) and sit down on the Plaza del Sol next to the shop if weather permits.
La Vermuteria del Tano - A very old school, humble kind of bar, go here for delicious vermouth and a snack.
Bar Salvatge - A cosy wine bar that focuses on natural wines.
14 de la Rosa - Cocktails, natural wines, dishes to share and a cosy vibe in a charming new neighbourhood bar.
Desserts and sweets in Gracia:
Candela Canela - A shop full of cinnamon rolls, is that paradise or what? Make sure you try the dulce de leche one. They’ve got specialty coffee if you need something strong to go with your roll.
La Besneta - A 100% vegan bakery with gorgeous (and very delicious) cakes and sweets.
Sil’s Cakes - American style cakes and cookies that will leave you breathless.
Chök - Their shop in Raval has a constant queue, but this chocolate bakery is much calmer but equally as good, if not better.
Shopping in Gracia:
Wine Palace -Cheesy name but an excellent wine shop with many options, and interesting events on Carrer Verdi.
Carrer Verdi: There are a few great shops on Verdi, more or less between Robí and Terol. I like the clothes shops The VOS Shop and Picnic, a few hand-made jewellery shops and home goods at Fulanitu i Menganita. If sustainable and fair trade fashion is your thing then check out Velvet BCN, that carries beautiful clothes and accessories (Verdi 42).
Handmade jewelry - In addition to Verdi also Bonavista and the lower part of Torrent de l’Olla host several little shops with beautiful hand-made jewelry.
Gatuari - Not appropriate under shopping but it doesn't exactly fit under eating or drinking: If you are looking to adopt a cat or just want to play with one (or many), make sure you drop by Gatuari. They also organize yoga with cats and other interesting events. Read post here.
The Pink Peony - my favorite place to get my nails done: a very friendly and calm atmosphere.
Ika Editions - Beautiful clothing store where everything is made from natural materials. Classic designs, coolness and comfort on C/ Bonavista 9.
Bridal wear - Gracia is wonderful for any bride to be: there are many small independent shops that specialize in bridal wear, like Otaduy, Modart, Érase Una Vez, L'Avetis, Renoviart, Khog, Grace Barcelona, Lorenapanea....