Barcelona’s best streets to visit in 2024

In a historical city like Barcelona, every corner has a story to tell and every alley holds a surprise. From bustling boulevards to medieval cobblestone lanes, each street also has its own unique charm and character.

Whether you’re drawn to historical landmarks, local cuisine, or simply the vibrant atmosphere of the city, the streets have much to offer.

In this post, we explore seven of Barcelona’s best streets – including several of the new pedestrianized ‘superilla’ thoroughfares that have been created over the past few years.

Passeig de Gràcia

  • Neighbourhood: Eixample
  • Known for: shopping

Ready to pedal through the heart of luxury? If your wallet allows it, cruise down Passeig de Gràcia and shop to your heart’s content.

Known as the Champs-Élysées of Barcelona, sans the Parisian-sized crowds, this street is a blend of history, high fashion, and architectural marvels. It’s a feast for the eyes, home to landmarks like Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Note, it’s even prettier in the winter once the Christmas lights come up.

You’ll find a mix of high-end boutiques, mass brands, cafes and restaurants, making it perfect for a leisurely bike ride. Whether you’re here to shop, snap photos, or simply soak in those vibes, Passeig de Gracia is a must.

1 Passeig de Gracia

Avinguda Diagonal

  • Neighbourhood: runs from Pedralbes to Diagonal Mar
  • Known for: masterful urban planning

Avinguda Diagonal is the broadest and (possibly) most important street in Barcelona. It cuts Barcelona in two, starting inland on the west and finishing by the sea on the east. Think of it as an expressway to almost any part of the city.

The boulevard is a mix of modernity and tradition. You’ll find sleek skyscrapers in the revived neighbourhood of Poblenou, plus sights like Casa de les Punxes and the Pedralbes Royal Palace, a 17th-century country house that was bought in 1862.

On top of these, some major shopping malls and lush parks sit along this 10 km stretch. Parc de Cervantes is a huge landscaped park with beautiful rose gardens; Parc de les Glòries is a sprawling green space with recreational facilities for families to enjoy.

2 Avinguda Diagonal

Rambla del Poblenou

  • Neighbourhood: Poblenou
  • Known for: neighbourhood outings

Sure, you’ve heard of La Rambla with its throngs of tourists, street performers, and pricey souvenirs. But let’s detour to Rambla del Poblenou, a favourite among locals. This street perfectly reflects the neighbourhood’s relevance as it transitions from industrial zone to trendy tech and creative hub.

In tune with the rest of Barcelona, this rambla has plenty of options for every foodie. Check out Els Tres Porquets for some fancier Catalan cuisine made with local ingredients. Or try Els Pescadors, a classic spot that’s grown from a slot-machine bar to a top seafood establishment over the past 40 years.

Grab a cortado at a terrace cafe and enjoy some people-watching as you bask under the sun. On weekends, there’s a lively market where you can find fresh produce, handmade crafts, and vintage treasures.

3 Rambla del Poblenou

Carrer de Petritxol

  • Neighbourhood: Barri Gòtic
  • Known for: churros

Tucked away in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Carrer de Petritxol is a sweet delight for the senses.

This narrow pedestrian-only street is a haven for chocolate lovers. Indulge in a piping hot cup of churros con chocolate at one of many quaint granjas, like the famous La Pallaresa. As you go through the winding alleys, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by centuries-old buildings and intricate tiles.

Carrer de Petritxol might be small, but it’s packed with character and charm. It invites you to slow down and savor the sweet side of Barcelona.

4 La Pallaresa on Carrer Petritxol

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Passeig del Born

  • Neighbourhood: El Born
  • Known for: history and nightlife

Passeig del Born is a tree-lined promenade that captures the bohemian spirit of the neighbourhood.

Once the site of medieval jousts, it’s now a hub for happening bars, trendy boutiques, and eclectic cafes. Whether you’re in the mood for a pre-dinner drink or traditional tapas, there’s a place for it.

Be sure to stop by El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, too. At the end of the passeig, it’s a cultural centre housed in a former market, allowing you to delve into the area’s rich past.

5 El Born Cultural and Memorial Centre on Passeig del Born

Carrer del Bisbe

  • Neighbourhood: Barri Gòtic
  • Known for: neo-gothic architecture

Even if you don’t know it by name, we’re positive you’d recognize it in photos.

Nestled in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Carrer del Bisbe is a well-preserved cobblestone street that feels like a journey back in time.

It’s most recognised for its neo-Gothic bridge, known as the Bishop’s Bridge, which connects Casa dels Canonges and Palau de la Generalitat. Strolling through, visitors are surrounded by stunning medieval architecture and landmarks, including the Barcelona Cathedral. The blend of history and beauty makes it a favourite setting for photographers and romantics alike.

Take the time to explore the hidden corners here and enjoy one of Barcelona’s oldest streets.

6 Carrer del Bisbe

Carrer d’Enric Granados

  • Neighbourhood: L’Esquerra de l’Eixample
  • Known for: art galleries and eateries

Passing through Carrer d’Enric Granados, you’ll find a plethora of cosy cafes, trendy restaurants, and inviting art galleries.

In tribute to the artistic spirit, the H10 Spanish hotel chain even put up a property named Art Gallery at the end nearing Avinguda Diagonal. To add to that ever-growing list of to-try restaurants: the Chèri bistro serving tapas; the hip Punta offering classic Italian plates; and the family-run Sense Pressa sticking to tried and true Catalan dishes.

On top of that, the broad sidewalks and barely-there traffic make the street a nice break from the typical traffic-filled roads. Added bonus: Carrer d’Enric Granados is part of Barcelona’s Superilles project, aimed at “greening” the city and enhancing pedestrian-friendly spaces.

7 H10 Art Gallery on Carrer d'Enric Granados

Consell de Cent

  • Neighbourhood: l’Eixample
  • Known for: being lovely and brand new

Last but not least, it’s impossible not to mention Consell de Cent – a new pedestrianized street that intersects Barcelona’s L’Eixample region from Joan Miró park right along to Passeig de Sant Joan. This street was even voted one of the top 10 coolest in the world in Timeout’s 2024 guide.

Consell de Cent was established as part of Barcelona’s recent ‘superilla’ mission – which has reclaimed streets from cars by pedestrianizing them. Nowadays, this previously nondescript road is home to a melange of cool bars, eateries and boutiques. Strolling along its pleasant, tree-lined 6km stretch is like taking in a microcosm of Barcelona.

Still, you might want to visit quickly as – controversially – it has been ruled that this street was created illegally after not receiving the proper planning permission! It’s unlikely that its slabs will be torn up though and given back to vehicles, as this (jarring) ruling has been challenged.

8. Consell de Cent

While you’re setting up those restaurant reservations and booking tickets to museums, don’t forget to book your eBike tour with us for your next trip to Barcelona! We’ll take you very close to some of these thoroughfares and sometimes right along them.

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