Barcelona Area Guides: El Born
Despite humble beginnings as a settlement built on top of a medieval area of jousts and celebrations El Born has grown into being one of the most fashionable places in the city.
Between the beach of the Barceloneta and the Vía Laietana avenue, at the Eixample District, you can find El Born, a place that still preserves the charm of a typical town inside a large city, with its narrow streets that take you back to the old days of Barcelona. Known by some of the locals as La Ribiera, it is ten minutes away from the famous La Rambla and it was a place for jousting during the Middle Ages. Nowadays, a long time after that, it has become one of the hip neighbourhoods of the Catalonian capital.
Palau de la Música Catalana and Mercat del Born are the undisputable cultural hot spots of this neighbourhood. Featuring an active schedule of theatrical, literary and musical activities, Mercat del Born, a beautiful iron and glass building, houses within it the archaeological remains of the ancient distribution of the neighbourhood, a unique way to travel to the past!
Some of El Born main attractions are its small stores. There is no better place in Barcelona to find unique garments or original gifts. Some of them are the StudioStore, which features interesting designs, La Clinique, which sells glasses for all tastes and Ivo and Co,, where you can find very original decorative items for your home. These stores are usually hidden among numerous bars that are perfect to have a snack during the weekends, such as the Bormuth, in front of the Mercat del Born (El Born Market), ideal to have some cod fritters or croquettes.