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Modernist route in Barcelona

February 23, 2014

This post is not about modernist bars in Barcelona, it is just a route about modernist buildings in Barcelona and interesting bars next to these special places. Just our selection!

Let’s start with the most tourist modernist buildings, placed in Passeig de Gràcia, the luxuriest street in the city:

Casa Batlló

One of the most famous building of Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia 43) was built between 1904-1906. It is placed next to Casa Amatller (Passeig de Gràcia 41, 1898-1090, Puig i Cadafalch) and near Casa Lleó Morera (Passeig de Gràcia 35, 1905, Domènech i Muntaner).

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Casa Batlló

In Casa Amatller you will find a café, Faborit, inside the building you can have a juice, coffee or chocolate. See our visit there:



⚠️Updated in July 2015: Vinçon has been closed. In this case, we recommend you a shop instead a bar. In Vinçon (Passeig de Gràcia 96) you can find household items, from cookware to paintings,etc. But the special point is that it is placed in an old modernist house. If you visit second floor you can see  this house decorated  with design furniture, go out to the modernist terrace and go back to the shop crossing a little garden.



Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Known as “La Pedrera”, it is placed in Provença St, 261-265, in the corner with Passeig de Gràcia. It was created by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1906 and 1910. Inside the building, and with an entrance in Passeig de Gràcia 92, it is a comfortable bar offering food at reasonable prices. And during the summer, there are concerts in the roof terrace, that follows modernism style. We recommend you the experience!


Pedrera´s terrace

Casa Fuster

Casa Fuster (Passeig de Gràcia 132) was created by Lluís Domènech Montaner and built between 1908-1911. Now it is a luxury hotel, but you can visit the cafè on the first floor. In summer, the terrace is open and the views of the city are fantastic. Of course, prices in this cafè or in the terrace are higher than average, but a visit to this jewel of architecture is more than recommended.

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Hotel Casa Fuster

Not placed in city center, but unique in the world, three special places of Barcelona:

Palau de la Música 

In Palau de la Música St, 4-6, this magic building (unfortunately famous due to a theft of public money) was created by Lluis Domènech i Montaner and was built between 1905 and 1908.

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Palau de la Música

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Palau de la Música (inside)

In Sant Pere mes Alt 31-33 you will find the Bar Pasajes, unique and hidden place to drink a coffee (but it is not always open!).


Bar Pasajes

Sagrada Familia

Created by Antoni Gaudí, it began to be built in 1882 and it is still under construction. A symbol in the city and all over the world,it is a must if you are visiting Barcelona. There are different options around to have a drink or a meal. Here you have our recommendations:


Sagrada Família

Hospital de Sant Pau

Placed in Sant Antoni Maria Claret St,167, at the end of Gaudí Avenue (at the far end is Sagrada Familia), you will find this modernist enclosure, which was a hospital since a few years ago. It’s unique in the world.

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In front of the hospital, Gaudí Avenue offers a lot of terraces to have a drink or a meal. We recommend you the bakery and café Forn de Pà Puiggros (Gaudí Av.77). The specialty are focaccias.

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Park Güell 

Park Güell (Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona) is also unique in the world. Created by Antoni Gaudí it is an exercise of imagination and one of the most important expression of modernism. A treasure of the city and a popular park since 1926. Unfortunately now you have to pay to visit and take a walk in there.

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Detail of Park Güell

This park  is placed next to Carmelo hill. If you want to taste autentical tapas, you can go to Bar Delicias (Muhlberg,1 Carretera del  Carmelo): in the top of the popular Carmelo hill, the best way to go there is by motorcycle. Different kind of traditional tapas and good portions.

Bar Delicias in Carmelo

And we end this post with a group of modernist buildings not so tourist, but very interesting:

Palau Macaya 

It is a building placed in  Passeig Sant Joan n.108, created by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1901. It can go unnoticed between other buildings, but it is a little jewel. The current owner of the building is La Caixa (Bank). During some years, the Science Museum was placed in this building. Now you can find there cultural activities: cinema, concerts,etc.

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Palau Macaya in Passeig St.Joan

A good place near this building is Granja Petitbo (Passeig St.Joan n.82), a place decorated following a Swedish style (simple decoration, natural light and wooden tables) and where you can eat a menu or have a coffee and home-made pastry.


Casa Vicens  

Placed in Carolines St.18-24, it was one of the first projects of Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1883 and 1888.

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Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is in Gracia, where you can find interesting bars. Here some recommendations in the area:

⚠️Update 26/07/14: Cafè Lorca has been transfered a few monts ago. Cafè Lorca, placed in the street Aulèstia i Pijoan St.,32, in front of Casa Vicens,  is a small cafè very committed to culture, that offers a comfortable place to have a drink a coffee and more.  See our post:

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Cafè Lorca

Casa Comalat

It was created by Salvador Valeri i Pupurull in 1911, following Gaudí style and it is an example of late Modernism. This building has 2 entrances, one in Diagonal Av.,442, the other in Còrsega St.,316.

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Casa Comalat (Còrsega St.)

Next to the building, you will find Bar Mut (Pau Claris St.,192), a good option to have a drink in the afternoon (despite it is open since the morning). More options around Casa Comalat in

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Bar Mut

Casa Terrades (Casa de les Punxes

In Diagonal 416, this awesome house was created by the architect Puig i Cadafalfach and finished in 1905. It chairs the corner between Diagonal Av.and Roselló Street.

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Casa de les Punxes

⚠️Update June 2018: CLOSED ➡️Placed just behind this building, Cafeteria Clarés (Bruc St.,142) is a charming cafè in the corner of Roselló and Bruc St., with a small terrace, perfect for a breakfast, with a coffee and a butter croissant.

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Café Clarés

Palau Güell

This palace (Nou de la Rambla 3-5) was built between 1886 and 1990 and created by Antoni Gaudí. It is divided in different floors and you can appreciatte diferent styles of this unique architect. You can find different activities in there: concerts, conferences,etc.

Palau Güell

Palau Güell

Near Palau Güell, you can find London Bar (Nou de la Rambla St, 34 – Raval): centric place, good music and all kind of cups.


Luckily Barcelona has a lot of modernist pieces all over the city. We invite you to discover more! (Specially if you are these days visiting Barcelona due to Mobile World Congress!;)


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