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Eating vegetarian in Barcelona

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On first impressions one might be inclined to think that Barcelona (or all of Spain, even) is unfriendly to someone who avoids eating animal products. Whilst there are indeed legs of ham as far as the eye can see, the city actually has a lot of plant-friendly eating options. I arrived in Barcelona with a fairly long list of vegetarian restaurants I wanted to try, but truthfully we didn’t really feel the need to seek them out all that often. Tapas was our friend, and whilst a lot of tapas dishes do include meat, there are plenty of great non-meat options available at most restaurants. We enjoyed some amazing vegetable paella at a tapas bar off Passeig de Gràcia, and ate more grilled padrón peppers and patatas bravas than one would think possible. Pan con tomate and escalavida were also among my personal favourites.

Whilst we didn’t get make it…

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La Mercè 2013

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While the start of the summer is celebrated massively during the night of Sant Joan, the end of the summer is celebrated even more massively with La Mercè.

La Mercè is the patron saint of Barcelona and is celebrated on September 24. This year, Barcelona will turn once again into one big party from September 20 until September 24. More than 600 activities take place all over the city, ranging from open doors in museums to Catalan traditions.

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It is a celebration of creativity, modernity, equality and multiculturalism, but also of traditions. Let’s start with the traditions, which go back until 1871. From 1902, the “castells” and “gegants” have started to gain popularity during popular festivities. La Mercè is also known for the ‘correfocs’, people disguised as devils who run through the streets with fire and shoot firework. While generally, you can join the…

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Switch

The Good Life in Barcelona

switchSwitch  is a small oasis to electronic music cult, located in the neighborhood of Gràcia, ideal for people looking for cool and alternative spaces.

A small space designed to savor a drink meanwhile while enjoying a carefully selected music from DJs and musical groups with an alternative point.

A beautifully decorated space with entrance a little dark, that goes into a spaced with generous lighting and eyes appreciates with a minimalist point, where the stools are boxes and the bar is glass.

Francisco Giner 24, map.

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Piknic Electronik Barcelona, until September 22nd

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Festigabal: from 19th to 21st August

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Montjuïc Madness! Picnik Electronik 2013

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Hola Chicos!

Summer is in full swing here in Barcelona, the shades are out, the bikini tops are on show, so what could be more fun than heading to the gorgeous Montjuic gardens in the heart of Barcelona to have a big ol’ picnic with some friends?! However, as you can tell from the image above, this was no ordinary picnic. This was much much more.

Like many of you, I had no clue what Piknic Electronik was about. To be honest I wasn’t really keen on going, a picnic in 32 c heat and electronic music- errmm no thanks. However, what I’ve learnt from my time abroad is that you’ve got to grab any opportunity your given. Adopting the YOLO, Never Say Never attitude is always the way because you never know you might just have fun!

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And boy did I have fun! It was amazing! A melting…

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Còrsega

A classic Eixample street

Named after the island of Corsica which was briefly under the Catalan sphere of influence, this street, intersected by the Diagonal at Passeig de Gràcia,

Còrsega

Còrsega

cuts across the Eixample, running along the lower part of Gràcia towards the Sagrada Familia. A bustling thoroughfare, it offers a plethora of shops, delicatessens, cafés and restaurants, as well as some further fine examples of Barcelona architecture.

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Còrsega 237, 239 (between Aribau and Muntaner) – two adjoining buildings from 1901 with impressive carved stonework entrance doorways, balconies and galerías.

look across the street and to the upper levels to view

Còrsega 224, 226 crowned with intricate stone-carved parapet decoration

Còrsega 241 (corner of Aribau) – a handsome wide-fronted xamfrà building displaying all the finest characteristics of elegant Eixample stonework architecture.

Casa Comalat

Casa Comalat

Còrsega 236 (between Aribau and Enric Granados) –

Diputació de Barcelona (corner of Rambla Catalunya) – baroque stone architecture with modernist touches – colourful ceramic tiling on balconies, roof and pinnacle.

across the Rambla is a pedestrianised section where you will find

Còrsega 298 (between Rambla Catalunya and Diagonal) – richly decorated stonework and columns

Casa Comalat (corner of the top part of Pau Claris) – a Gaudí inspired building with a chocolate box exuberance of colour and forms, finely decorated glass windows, ceramic mosaics and curved stone parapet. It is the rear of the building with the main entrance on Diagonal 442.

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Finding your way around

Discover a different Barcelona

This site is here to give you the tips you need to explore a part of central Barcelona that’s easy to reach but away from the tourist traps  – the less known streets for sightseeing , with pictures to give you a feeling for all the places to be enjoyed off the beaten track and away from the crowds. We’ll also tell you about where you can stay, eat, stop for a coffee, visit public gardens etc., with a rough price guide so you can plan your day.

The Diagonal

The Diagonal

Click on the categories on the right to see street-by-street guides, shopping, restaurants, cafés, getting around and so on. We’ll be adding new information all the time, so keep checking in for updates. For the moment, all the content is about the Eixample and Gracia, but we’ll be adding other areas for those wishing to explore further afield in the future.

If you’d like to add your own comments or tips for other visitors to the site, you’re most welcome.

Thank you for visiting myDiagonal and come back soon!

(PS – I’ll be publishing random posts about nothing in particular every now and then)

Sightseeing

A street-by-street guide of places to see with maps to plan your route and find places to stop off on your way.

Restaurants, cafés, bars

Classified by nationality, speciality, location, price range, etc.

Shopping

We’ll tell you about boutiques, wine shops, chocolate shops and delicatessens and other interesting places to find original gifts or treats for yourself.

Accommodation

Places to stay by price range, location, boutique hotels, etc.

Getting around

How to move around on foot, by bike and by public transport, including dedicated cycle routes.

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Gràcia

Gràcia, once a village outside Barcelona, has been enveloped by the city to become one of the most cosmopolitan and trendy neighbourhoods, like Paris´s Montmartre. With many of its streets pedestrianised and leafy squares dotted around, it maintains the charm of a small town and is the ideal place to enjoy the city´s life away from the noise of the traffic and still explore the delights of the café life, food from around the world and small specialist shops and boutiques, antiquarians and art galleries.

Lying between the Diagonal to the South and Parc Güell to the North, this vibrant residential quarter, home to artists, artisans, designers and architects, has unspoilt old style cafés, small grocer’s shops, boutiques, theatres, galleries, barber’s shops, jazz joints, pubs and restaurants – a veritable feast for the senses. Its markets have a much more authentic feeling than the Boquería on the Ramblas and its squares are teeming with life, young and old, dog owners, groups, cyclists and pedestrians mingling and meeting to share the relaxed atmosphere.

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