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Top Choice Cathedral in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Catedral

Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, dotted with gargoyles and the stone intricacies you would expect of northern European Gothic, sets it quite apart …
Top Choice Museum in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Museu d'Història de Barcelona

One of Barcelona's most fascinating museums takes you back through the centuries to the very foundations of Roman Barcino. You'll stroll over ruins of the old streets, sewers, laundries and wine- and fish-making fac…
Top Choice Street in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Rambla

Barcelona's most famous street is both a tourist magnet and a window into Catalan culture, with cultural centres, theatres and intriguing architecture. Flanked by plane trees, the middle section of La Rambla is a br…
Top Choice Museum in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Museu Frederic Marès

One of the wildest collections of historical curios lies inside this vast medieval complex, once part of the royal palace of the counts of Barcelona. A rather worn coat of arms on the wall indicates that it was also…
Top Choice Spanish in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Vinateria del Call

In a magical setting in the former Jewish quarter, this tiny jewel-box of a restaurant serves up tasty Iberian dishes including Galician octopus, cider-cooked chorizo and the Catalan escalivada (roasted peppers, aub…
Top Choice Catalan in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Cafè de l’Acadèmia

Expect a mix of traditional Catalan dishes with the occasional creative twist. At lunchtime, local city hall workers pounce on the menú del día (€15.75). In the evening it is rather more romantic, as low lighting em…
Architecture in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Gran Teatre del Liceu

If you can’t catch a night at the opera, you can still have a look around one of Europe’s greatest opera houses, known to locals as the Liceu. Smaller than Milan’s La Scala but bigger than Venice’s La Fenice, it can…
Historic Building in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Palau de la Generalitat

Founded in the early 15th century, the Palau de la Generalitat is open on limited occasions only (one-hour guided tours on the second and fourth weekends of the month, plus open-door days). The most impressive of th…
Japanese in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Koy Shunka

Down a narrow lane north of the cathedral, Koy Shunka opens a portal to exquisite dishes from the East – mouth-watering sushi, sashimi, seared Wagyu beef and flavour-rich seaweed salads are served alongside inventiv…
Ruins in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Temple d’August

Opposite the southeast end of La Catedral, narrow Carrer del Paradis leads towards Plaça de Sant Jaume. Inside No 10, an intriguing building with Gothic and baroque touches, are four columns and the architrave of Ba…