Travessera de Gràcia – Barcelona Street Profile #6
Travessera de Gràcia is a really long street in Gràcia, which can be seen as the main crossing of Gràcia, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Barcelona. The beginning of Travessera de Gràcia is located at the Placa de Francesc Macia roundabout on Avenida Diagonal. Altough Travessera de Gràcia has everything to offer itself, you should definetely check out all of the hidden sidestreets aswell.
Bars & Cafés on Travessera de Gràcia
Travessera de Gracia is a very long street. Walking down this old Spanish street, one can find plenty of small but cosy bars and cafes. Being mostly influenced by Catalán style, there are also modern cafés such as Starbucks and Bopan.
These are our personal recommendations:
This cosy café at the very beginning of Travessera de Gràcia is a very good place to go and have a coffee in a nice atmosphere. They offer all kinds of coffees, ice cream and much more.
El otro bar:
“El otro bar” is a REALLY cool bar on Travessera right on the corner with torrent de l’olla. It’s the place to go with friends, have a bear, play pool or watch live sports. Also, you can get delicious cocktails there.
Other bars & cafés I found right on Travessera de Gràcia which looked interesting from outside:
- Bar Michigan
– Bongo Café
I didn’t have the time to check them out, but please let us know if you have had any experiences with these bars/cafés.
There are tons of restaurants on Traverssera de Gràcia. However, in this blog, I want to point out two of them.
We recently blogged about Meatpacking Bistro Barcelona. To say it in one sentence: Once you have eaten too many tapas, you can transport yourself straight to the hip, downtown NYC neighborhood with this great addition to the barcelona restaurant scene where the decor is as authentically American as the mouthwatering food. This restaurant is unique and definitely an highlight on Traverssera de Gràcia.
In comparison to “Meatpacking”, Moncho’s a a typical Spanish restaurant. It’s the place to go for fresh Spanish food, roasted meat and a classical Spanish atmosphere. Monchos is owned by a group of people who own around 15 restaurants all over Barcelona. The most famous one is “Botafumeiro”, which Benny already blogged about. It’s located on Gran de Gràcia , just a few steps away from Travessera de Gràcia. If you are planning on going during the weekend, a reservation is highly reccommended.
Due to Travessera de Gràcia‘s proximity to two of Barcelona’s most famous shopping streets – Passeig de Gràcia and Avenida Diagonal, Travessera is not THE street to go to when it comes to shopping. However, it still has many cool things to offer.
Beside a few shops for men’s clothing, kids fashion, a perfumery, there were two really eye-catching stores. One of them is a kind of concept store, offering a special service. They create customized gifts and products for you. You can tell them what you are looking for and they try to meet your expectations. This might be a huge personalized can, converse shoes, or everything else you could imagine. Check out their site for further info and products.
In addition to “witlab” I found two really nice shops for girls. I didn’t go in, but I took photos from the outside, as they offer all kind of accessories and many many more.
The store is called “stars” and located pretty much at the beginning of the street.
Next to a 24h-store and a everyday supermarket, there is a special grocery store, which offers fresh fruit, sandwiches and fresh juices. Frutal fresh is definitely an option for the one who is looking for healthy food.
Another great tidbit of info is one of our favourite places to shop, DeliShop! This is a store specializing in international food products, so if you want to make sushi or indian food, or anything else for that matter, and need that hard to find ingredient, chances are it will be here. Also, they have a great selection of American food, so if you’re dying for some peanut butter or cake mix, pancakes or Reeses Pieces, you’re in luck!
Travesseria de Gràcia is not really the place to go to do sports. Nevertheless, there is one beautiful golf training center and one sports store which offers all kinds of sports clothing and equipment.
Golf Training Center
While walking down Travessera de Gràcia, I explored a Golf Training Center in the heart of Barcelona. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to go in but the pictures outside look amazing. It seems to be a professional golf training center, where you can take lessons or practice on your own. Also, they have a nice lounge terrace where you can play or simply have a drink. We are definitely going to check it out further soon.
If you are need something like sports clothing or any other equipment for sports, tecno sports is the place to go. It’s a big Spanish chain and has everything to offer. If it is for running, football, basketball or everything else, you can buy it in this store.
Other interesting things to know about Travessera de Gràcia
Beside the already mentioned highlights on Travessera de Gràcia, there are a few more things which are worth seeing.
One thing is the indoor market “Mercado de la Abaceria Central“, which opens every week. Also, there is a nice store which specialised in selling different kinds of olive oils. This one is called “oli sal”. Furthermore, there are 2 casinos on the street and at least 4 different parkings. At the end of this really long street, the street turns out to be a bit smaller. This part of the street is more residencal.
Did I forget to mention any other cool places? Please let me know and I’ll add them.
~ Alexander Kolb