Barcelona is great for older kids and teens – the Mediterranean attitude means they are included in many seemingly adult activities such as eating late meals at bars or restaurants. Babies will love the welcoming Mediterranean culture, and toddlers will be showered with attention.
Dining Out with Kids
Barcelona – and Spain in general – is super-friendly when it comes to eating with children. Locals take their kids out all the time and don't worry too much about keeping them up late, so going out to eat or to sip a beer on a terrace on a summer evening needn't mean leaving children with minders – and they're bound to strike up a friendship or two.
Spanish kids tend to eat the Mediterranean offerings enjoyed by their parents, but many restaurants have children's menus that serve up burgers, pizzas, tomato-sauce pasta and the like. Good local – and childproof – options commonly found on tapas menus are the tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) or croquetas de jamón (croquettes with ham).
Need to Know
- Supplies Nappies (diapers), dummies, creams and formula can be bought at any of the city's many pharmacies. Nappies are cheaper in supermarkets.
- Metro Barcelona's metro is accessible and great for families with pushchairs. Be mindful of pickpockets.
- Accessibility The narrow streets of the Ciutat Vella, with their unpredictable traffic and cobbled streets, are less buggy-friendly than the rest of Barcelona.
- La Nena Fantastic for chocolate and all manner of sweet things, this cafe has a play area, and a toys and books corner.
- Bar del Convent With a safe, traffic-free terrace to play in, and a raft of games and toys indoors, the Convent is a great all-weather option.
- Filferro Sit outside this tapas and snack bar and enjoy the Mediterranean breeze, while junior busies about in the adjacent playground.
- Granja M Viader No kid will be left unimpressed – and without a buzz! – by the thick hot chocolate here.
- Pepa Tomate With crayons provided and a tiny playground near the plaza-side tables, this fun tapas joint is a winner.
- Granja La Pallaresa Along a street famed for its chocolate cafes, this place is a favourite for crispy churros dipped in steaming chocolate.
Parks & Open Spaces
- Parc de la Ciutadella This park has a zoo, pond and playground that gets a bunch of fun toys out in the morning and after 4pm; it's also a great place to meet other parents.
- Parc d'Atraccions This fabulous funfair on top of Tibidabo is excellent for adrenaline-loving kids and grown-ups.
- Parc de la Creueta del Coll An excellent park for its splashing pool, swings and snack bar.
- Font Màgica The light show is guaranteed to make the little ones shout 'Again!'
- Parc de Collserola A huge park in the hills that's attractive to families for its trails and picnicking possibilities.
- Platja de la Nova Icària One of a string of beaches between Barceloneta and El Fòrum; the waterside fun makes for a great summer destination.
- CosmoCaixa A fantastic science museum whose interactive displays fascinate kids of all ages.
- Museu de la Xocolata This museum is all about chocolate – need we say more? Don't miss the chocolate model-making sessions for kids.
- Zoo de Barcelona You'll find all the animals you can think of in this relatively small zoo, from yawning hippos, to spluttering elephants and frowning gorillas. Big cats and monkeys are here too.
- L’Aquàrium A fantastic aquarium, one of Europe's largest, with tank after tank of colourful fish. Kids are bound to be thrilled by seeing sharks gliding overhead.
- Poble Espanyol Kids and parents can enjoy going through a mini Spain together; there are also special kid-oriented games and quests.
Best Ways to See the City
- By Bike Barcelona has tonnes of bike tours and outlets that hire out bicycles with little trolleys in the front for transporting the little ones, including Trixi.
- On Segway Parents, older kids and teens can mount these futuristic-looking vehicles and scoot around town with Segway Fun.
- By Bus Barcelona's bus tours are great for older kids – hop on, climb up to the open top floor and see the views.
- By Cable Car Travel to Montjuïc from Barceloneta beach through the air. The Transbordador Aeri is bound to be loved by all ages.
- Hibernian Should the kids run out of reading material, this Irish-run secondhand bookshop has a good selection in English.
- Papabubble Watch candy being made the old-fashioned way at this inviting little shop in the old city.
- Tintin Shop A plethora of Tintin-related items make for gorgeous, colourful gifts in this Gràcia space.
- El Rei de la Màgia A cabinet of curiosity for all budding magicians.
- Taller de Marionetas Travi A small enchanting shop full of handmade wooden and papier-mâché marionettes.