Barcelona in one day; the ideal day planning including a BONUS TIP

The city of delicious tapas, great architecture, and the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona has so much to offer that you sometimes don't know where to begin planning your city trip. But don't worry! In this blog La Vida Barcelona gives a great way to spend one day in Barcelona.

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08:30 Breakfast at Düal Café

Breakfast, perhaps the most important meal of the day (don't let the Spanish hear this). There is hardly any better place than Düal Café for a delicious homemade breakfast! As a true coffee lover, you are certainly at the right place here. Prefer something else? Then there is also plenty of other choice such as the homemade water kefir or one of the freshly made juices to start the day right! With the hip and modern look of this cafe, you can make a perfect kick-off of the day.

Visit Mercat Sant Antoni

Düal Café is right in front of the Mercat Sant Antoni. This fresh food market is one of the many in Barcelona and is known for the versatile range of local fresh products. You can also buy clothes in addition to all kinds of food.

You can visit the Mercat Sant Antoni from Monday to Saturday, between 08:00 and 20:00. The market is closed on Sundays, but you will find a book and coin market around the market. Here you will find a wide range of collectibles, such as old books, plates, postcards, coins, and stamps. A place where the locals like to come on Sunday!

10:00 Walking tour through El Gòtico and El Born

Nothing is better than watching the local life of Barcelona slowly startup while enjoying a relaxing walking tour. In my opinion, the neighborhoods of El Gòtico and El Born are the best to have a walk. El Gòtico contains the historic center and is packed with famous sights and beautiful museums, full of atmosphere and history. In addition, there are many places that are not often visited by tourists because they are hidden behind doors and narrow alleys. El Born is a versatile neighborhood also in the old part of Barcelona. Famous museums such as the Picasso museum, atmospheric eateries, and small designer boutiques, you will find it all in El Born!Places that you must have visited are:

El Gòtico:

Plaça Reial
Plaça Catalunya
Catedral de Santa Eulàlia, also Catedral de Barcelona
Pont del Bisbe

Unknown places:
The Kiss of Freedom (special street art)
Sant Filip Neri (the church Gaudí used to visit)
Placeta de Manuel Ribé (a little square with local bars)
Bar Jardí (a hidden terrace in a store)
Temple d’August (remains of a Roman Tempel)

El Born:

Palau de la Música Catalana
Picasso museum
Plaça de Sant Pere
Passeig del Born
Santa Caterina Markt

Unknown places
Passatge Sert (beautiful alley with delicious coffee)
Convent de Sant Agustí (14th-century monastery)
Centre de Cultura El Born (excavations of the old city)
l’Antic Teatre (hidden garden with terrace)

Do you want to get to know all the hidden places and get tips for eating or drinking? Then go for a walking tour with La Vida Barcelona. Save time on research and don't miss a thing!

13:00 Lunch at Espai Quera

After walking through the old center of Barcelona it is time for lunch! For a delicious local snack, you can go to a very special place, Espai Quera. The oldest bookstore in Barcelona, ​​Llibreria Quera, started this year with a new concept: Espai Quera. A cozy place in the middle of the Gothic quarter where you can enjoy typical local dishes, prepared with first-class products. In addition, the bookstore continues its activities, so you can still find everything to do with mountains, travel, and expeditions in and around Catalonia.

Do you, just like the Spaniards, like to have a delicious wine with your lunch? Espai Quera has delicious wines!

Restaurant Espai Quera

14:30 Cycling through Barcelona

Barcelona is increasingly becoming a cycling city. Where it used to be unsafe, it is now a very bicycle-friendly city with many cycle paths and good infrastructure. You can go to many places to rent a bicycle. For the regular city bike, El Ciclo is our favorite place. In addition to bicycle rental, this shop is also an art gallery with lamps and other decorations made of bicycle parts by the artistic Ramiro Sobral. For the electric bicycle, you can go to E-bikerent Barcelona, ​​where they have all sizes of bicycles for young and old. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, we are happy to think along with you!

Bike tour with La Vida Barcelona

The best route to take depends on personal preference. A route that I recommend is to first cycle to Parc de la Ciutadella. This is a lovely park where you can enjoy a beautiful fountain with nature around it and historic buildings of over 300 years old. After this, it is a good idea to go down the coast of Barcelona and cycle to the Poblenou district. Here you will find all kinds of cozy terraces, restaurants and nice squares. From here you can cycle a little uphill to the Sagrada Familia and return to the center via the Passeig de Gràcia (known for the Gaudí houses).


Tips: Do you really want to make sure that you won’t get lost, do not miss unique local spots, and experience a tour specially tailored to your wishes? Then the Gaudí Bike Tour is the solution! With this tour, the English speaking guide will take you through Barcelona and show you all the hidden gems.
Do you really want to see as much as possible in a short time? Then the Electric Bike Tour is perfect! With an electric bicycle, you get to places where you cannot easily get with the regular bicycle.

17:30 Visit Montjuïc

From the center, you can easily take public transport to Montjuïc, the 173-meter high hill in the south of Barcelona. It is recommended to take the green metro line L3 from La Rambla at metro station Liceu or Drassanes, this is less than ten minutes’ walk from the bike shop. You get off at Plaça España or Paral·lel where you can take the Funicular de Montjuïc which will drop you off at the middle of the mountain. For the people who like to walk, it is wonderful to walk from this point to the Castle of Montjuïc. This walk offers impressive views and it is wonderful to take a walk outside the bustle of the center of Barcelona.

Another possibility is to take the cable car Telefèric de Montjuïc from the Funicular de Montjuïc to the top. This 750m ride guarantees excellent views and is also the fastest way to reach Montjuïc Castle.

The cemetary and view of the Sagrada Familia

Pay attention; where the Funicular de Montjuïc is included in your metro ticket, you must purchase a separate ticket for the Telefèric de Montjuïc. A return ticket for adults is € 13.50 pp and for children from 4 years old € 9.70 pp. One-way tickets are also available, these costs for adults € 8.90 pp and for children from 4 years old € 7.10 pp. Buy your tickets online in advance and save 10%.

20:00 Tapas at l’Atelier de Blai

Of course, there is no better way to end an active day in Barcelona than by eating tapas. At l'Atelier de Blai you have come to the right place! But you may be wondering, why is this restaurant absolutely the best?

L’Atelier de Blai is known for the fresh pintxos and tapas in an attractive location. Carrer de Blai is a street in the Poble Sec district and is completely filled with eateries and terraces. And best of all, this street is not very well known among tourists. So the atmosphere is created by the locals and the prices are based on that, so nice and low!

A pintxo is a slice of baguette topped with various toppings. Such a topping can be anything: meat, vegetables, fish, and much more. In the middle a skewer protrudes through the bun, from which the name pintxo is derived; Pintxo comes from the word "pinchar" which means to pierce.

Pintxos and tapas at l'Atelier de Blai

Practical info: Public transportation in Barcelona

Although Barcelona is easy to do on foot, it is recommended to use public transport or taxi, especially if you don't have all the time in the world. Public transport in Barcelona is extensive and well maintained. The metro is the fastest means of transport in Barcelona. Nine different metro lines and 144 metro stations ensure that there is always a stop nearby.


Here is an overview of the prices for the metro:
Billet Senzill (one way): The ticket price for a Billet Senzill is € 2.40 in 2020
T-Día (day ticket): With this day ticket you can travel unlimited all day through Barcelona for € 10.50.
T-Familiar (8-ride ticket): Ideal if you want to use one card with several people for € 10.00
T-Casual (10-ride ticket): With this card, you pay € 11.35 for ten trips (very advantageous if you are in Barcelona for several days).

Tip: Download the Barcelona Metro TMB Map & Route app. This app allows you to easily plan routes and it is even possible to view the metro maps offline.

Bonus tip

A final drink at El Bosc de les Fades. A fairytale bar in a side street off La Rambla. This bar is about a 20 min walk from the tapas street, or if you have really eaten too much tapas then it is a taxi ride of about 10 minutes. You end the day near Plaça Catalunya, the central meeting place of Barcelona and the place where most public transport comes together.


Written by Boyd, the intern at La Vida Barcelona. Passion for good food, loves to travel, and is always looking for new hotspots!