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Guides

These are guides to the neighborhoods we love, curated by the makers and doers
from the cities we feature.

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Eixample Esquerra, Barcelona

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"Eixample esquerra is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Barcelona. The architecture is some of the best in Barcelona, but unfortunately I think it gets a little overlooked because a large swath of it sits between points on the tourist path. Luckily, every time I turn around there's a new restaurant, shop, hotel or bar that's putting my corner of paradise back on the map."

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EL BORN, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"I'm torn between loving Born and hating it. I hate it for the way it's constantly changing. Every year it's more overrun by tourism, and more of the original shops and restaurants are disappearing. But I also know that a lot of that change is also bringing new energy to the city. And no one can deny that Born has some of the best bars in the city. For that, I'll always love it."

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SANT ANTONI, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Marybeth Thompson

"Sant Antoni is a neighborhood that still holds together old and new very well. On Calle Mistral you can find all the 'yayas' lined up on their benches feeding the pigeons while only a couple of streets over, the hipsters gather at the newest bars and restaurants for their Sunday afternoon 'petite comité' over a vermouth. It's that amalgam that makes this neighborhood so special."

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EL GÒTIC, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"El Gòtic is the first neighborhood I fell in love with when I arrived in Barcelona. It's an old-world labyrinth of winding streets, gothic architecture and old Roman walls. I love that even after so many years here, I can still get lost in its hidden corners discovering new places to treasure. This is one neighborhood where I still use my maps to find my way to all my favorite haunts." 

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SANTS, BARCELONA 

Curated by Àlex Vintró

"Sants is a great, local neighborhood. It's close to the stadium, which is important to me personally since I'm a Barça fan, and has a ton of cool little holes in the wall that most tourists miss because they stick close to the center. It might not be the prettiest neighborhood, but it's probably one the most authentic. Definitely worth a visit when you come to Barcelona."

SArrià, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"Sarrià is a hidden gem in Barcelona. Being somewhat apart from the centre--a little further 'uptown' than most are willing to go--has helped it remain a bit undiscovered, at least by those just passing through. But the locals know that it's filled with some gems. Some of the best restaurants in town are tucked away up here, and I won't stop until I discover every last one"

Barceloneta, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"Barceloneta is world-famous, of course, for its beach and laid back vibe. But what people sometimes miss are all the old restaurants and plazas hidden in the narrow grid of streets off the beachfront. Many of them don't look like much from the outside, but the packed dining rooms and lines snaking down the streets reveal a whole food culture not to be missed."

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Raval, Barcelona

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"Raval is the first barrio I stayed in when I arrived in Barcelona for my first visit over 10 years ago. Back then the street culture was more gritty than it is now, but despite its gentrification, the neighborhood remains very real. I love what the mix of immigrant cultures brings to this pocket of the city and how the coexistence of these cultures teaches us so much about the world we live in."

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GRÀCIA, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"They always say you never quite get over your first neighborhood in Barcelona. Gràcia was my first, and oh, what a love affair it was. It remains one of the most charming (think: shabby chic meets new Brooklyn) barrios in all of Barcelona. It's teeming with bars and restaurants and has a lively plaza culture. Every day there's a new place to discover. It simply never gets old."

EIXAMPLE DRETA, BARCELONA

Curated by Editor Melissa Leighty

"Eixample Dreta doesn't have the draw of the centre like Born or El Gòtic but that's part of what makes it so special. There's a lot real living going on in this part of town, and also a lot of places to explore. From restaurants to shops to bars (and architecture!), this quiet quadrant of the city has a lot to offer those willing to take the time to discover it. Don't stop at Gaudí. Go all the way inside.