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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Barcelona Neighborhood Guide: Gràcia with a Baby

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Barcelona Neighborhood Guide: Gràcia with a Baby

Henley Vazquez

After finding a great apartment rental in Barcelona, journalist Mara Hoberman, a mama of one,  explored the Gràcia neighborhood in search of the best eats, sweet treats, and all things fun for the kiddos. 


La Singular
Francisco Giner 50
T. 34 93 237 50 98

This convivial tapas restaurant serves elegant home-style cooking. Reservations are essential, but leave the kids at home. This neighborhood favorite is perfect for a relaxed date night.

Goya 9
T. 34 93 237 89 94

Located right off the Placa Villa de Gràcia, the neighborhood’s best Japanese restaurant always has a lively scene out front.  Reservations are only accepted for parties of eight or more, so expect to join the crowds and wait 30-45 minutes for a table for two. The makis are worth it!


Café Camelia
Verdi 79
T: 934 153 686

This cozy, vegetarian cafe on Gràcia’s main commercial drag is known for its delicious homemade muffins and daily specials.

Café Godot
Sant Domènec 19
T: 933 682 036

Open all day, this family-friendly restaurant behind the Placa Villa de Gràcia is great for fresh Mediterranean fare or even just a coffee break. The patio outback is a wonderful spot on a sunny afternoon.

Cantina Machito
Torrijos, 47
T: 34 932 17 34 14

Enjoy authentic Mexican food in this brightly colored restaurant just behind the Placa de la Virreina.  Weekend brunches are crowded, but the outdoor tables are great for people watching.

Intrepid de Gràcia
Torrent de l’Olla 176
T: 34 932 77 64 10

Drop by this casual bar for a glass or wine and a cheese plate and you’re sure to rub shoulders with local hipsters at the communal white-marble tables.


Bobby Gin
Francisco Giner, 47
T: 34 933 68 18 92

THE place in Barcelona for gin cocktails where things don't even get started around 11pm. If you’re up for a late night, try the Hendrick’s ginfonk, which is infused with rose tea and served with strawberries and lime.

La Vermu
Santa Domenec, 15
T: 34 695 92 50 12

As its name suggests, this small white-tiled bar specializes in the traditional Catalan aperitif, vermouth. Sip your drink while snacking on finger foods like salted almonds, olives, cured meats, and homemade chips.

Sweet Treats

Kakigori & Taiyaki
Placa de la Vila de la Gràcia 3

Splurge on beautiful (and delicious) Japanese shave ice and pastries from this jewel-box boutique facing Placa Villa de Gràcia.

La Besnéta
Carrer Torrijos 37

This cheerful bakery sells delicious vegan cookies, brownies, muffins, and cakes.

Sil’s Cakes
Torrent de l'Olla, 130

Specializing in cupcakes, lemon tarts, and cheese cakes, this American bakery attracts locals and tourists alike with large windows displays of delectable baked goods.

Chocolateria La Nena
Ramón y Cajal, 36-38

Enjoy hot chocolate, churros, and other sugary goodies at this cozy traditional chocolateria. A favorite of local families, the restaurant draws big crowds for weekend brunch.


The Passeig de Gràcia is known for its luxury brand stores, but for small independent boutiques, Gràcia’s carrer Verdi and carrer Torrent de l’Olla offer some of the city’s best shopping.  Start at either Placa Diamant or Placa Virreina and walk north. Don’t miss these gems:

Children: Mina Mina workshop (Placa Virreina, 7)

Antiques: Fultanitu I menganita (Verdi 25)

Clothes and accessories: D Lirio (Verdi 11)

Family Musts in Barcelona

Zoo de Barcelona

Visit with gorillas, lions, and elephants in the middle of Barcelona’s beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella


Located in the harbor, L’Aquàrium boasts the world’s best collection of Mediteranean sea-life.  A highlight of the under the sea experience is walking through a 260-foot long glass tunnel with sharks and rays swimming overhead.

La Fondation Joan-Miró

The whole family will enjoy the Spanish artist’s colorful creations, especially terrace sculpture garden.

Parc Güell

Explore the gardens, fountains, and architecture of Gaudi’s civic masterpiece.

Casa Mila

Children will love climbing the stairs and turrets on the roof of this Gaudi-designed apartment building which features mosaic chimneys, skylights, and sweeping views over Barcelona.