El Poble-sec

El Poble-sec's artful disarray creates a perfect backdrop for its ultra-cool, up-and-coming restaurants and bars.

Tucked away in the shadow of Montjuïc, Barcelona’s “dry village” actually boasts the city’s cheapest bars. Transcending its previous reputation as a semi-seedy watering hole, Poble-sec is now renowned as one of Barcelona's favorite destinations for fashionable nights out. Many of Barcelona's best restaurants, tapas bars, and arts institutions make their mark in Poble-sec while its playful nature keeps it feeling down-to-earth despite its proximity to the heart of city.

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On the Map

El Poble-sec is within Sants-Montjuïc and bordered by Sant Antoni, El Raval, La Barceloneta, Ciutat Vella, and Eixample

El Prat Airport: 15 minutes by car without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 15 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 15 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 20 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Tapas Culture Near the City's Center

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Poble-sec's easygoing personality is characterized by its little bars, hip bodegas, and streetside cafe tables.

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Once a quiet, familial neighborhood, Poble-sec's reputation for serving great tapas alongside great company has lead to the neighborhood's ever-growing popularity.

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How could Poble-sec not gain notoriety?

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Its old-school bodegas and modern-day drink spots nestle themselves between Montjuïc hill and Paral·lel metro station near Barcelona's bustling center.

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A casual tapas culture permeates Poble-sec's atmosphere.

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Friendly proprietors greet their customers with a handmade tapa, a cool drink, and a smile.

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You can even find homemade Vermouth in Poble-sec.

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The neighborhood celebrates old traditions as much as it welcomes new ideas.

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Old-timey bodegas along Carrer Blai made the neighborhood famous.

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Sunday mornings spent along Carrer Blai keep the neighborhood famous.

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Every Sunday, people venture early to Poble-sec's sidewalks in the hopes of snagging the best tables along the lively corridor.

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Starting the day in Poble-sec means watching vintage aesthetics intermingle with modern appeal.

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The neighborhood has preserved its local character and traditions. It has pretty squares and nice old buildings, and plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants patronized mostly by locals."
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Poble-sec's Boutique Food, Drink, and Design Culture

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Cafes, bars, interior design shops, and architecture studios increasingly open their doors to curious crowds in search of long espresso, discerning eyes, and rare finds.

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Poble-sec has successfully become a hot-bed for what's next.

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Often, the neighborhood creates what's next from what's already been.

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Its residents creatively repurpose their past into their present.

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It champions contemporary tastes and rustic presentation.

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From farm.

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To table.

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To food truck.

On the Street: Scene In Poble-sec

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Poble-sec maintains its laid-back culture with ease. Murals are more common than protests.

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Quiet park benches tuck in between busy streets.

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Although the neighborhood earns its repute as a laid-back local favorite, Poble-sec's buildings reflect a certain regality.

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Its residents do, too.

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At the forefront of Spain's industrial revolution, Barcelona boasts buildings whose edifices reflect studios and workspaces once dedicated to high-volume production.

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You can still find a few of them in Poble-sec.

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Wherever you are in the neighborhood, Poble-sec emanates a cozy, approachable attitude.

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Unrushed and unhurried, people go about the errands of the day.

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Mediterranean-inspired window frames and wrought iron balconies contribute to the neighborhood's familiar feel.

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Old modernist and now trendy multi-cultural neighborhood with a unique atmostphere: you will find terraces, nice and varied restaurants, great little wine/tapas bars, local stores, pedestrian streets, and cultural amenities."

Ethereal Escapes at the Top of Poble-sec

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A quick stroll into the hills of Poble-sec greets explorers with stunning views of Barcelona.

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Walking and jogging paths snake their way around the top of Poble-sec.

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When your feet are tired of carrying you, take the cable car to the top of the hill.

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Or pedal a bike.

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Get there somehow.

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Majestic views and lush landscapes like this shouldn't be missed.

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Almost nothing is nicer.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Iciar J. Carrasco

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Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer currently based in Madrid, Spain. Discovered her love for cameras at an early age when she got her first Polaroid. Loves photographing food before eating it, traveling and capturing scenes from different places or taking portraits of people. Also loves designing publications, paper, printing techniques and dreams of mixing all these with photography, creating a lifestyle magazine in the future.

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.