Barcelona
Traveling to Barcelona with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Parking Pizza -- the best pizza in Barcelona
Although it is true that one of my favourite parts about traveling is discovering new flavours and types of food, there is the occasional day where all I (and my family) want is a little bit of comfort food. Parking Pizza serves finger-licking pizzas, and the wood oven and open kitchen spectacle keeps the little ...
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Barceloneta - the beach!
This attractive city has a little bit of everything for everyone: hikes around the surrounding mountains and hills, visit attractions in the city, or long walks on the beach. Even though most people are inclined towards one or another, you can't miss visiting the Barceloneta. Although this may not be the most beautiful beach on ...
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The Zoo of Barcelona
      Although I have a love hate relationship with zoos, I can still remember the feeling I would get when my parents would tell me that we were going to the Zoo. A sudden surge of excitement would come over me, and it wouldn't go away until several days after having been to the zoo. ...
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Aupa Organics
Having met in Desigual (Spains multinational Fashion brand) Ana and Xavi quickly became friends when they realised each other's passion for a better and healthier world. They wanted to create a space where you knew that everything they offered was a collection of carefully curated products that were organic and eco-friendly. The result is Aúpa Organics. ...
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Parking Pizza -- the best pizza in Barcelona
Although it is true that one of my favourite parts about traveling is discovering new flavours and types of food, there is the occasional day where all I (and my family) want is a little bit of comfort food. Parking Pizza serves finger-licking pizzas, and the wood oven and open kitchen spectacle keeps the little ...
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Federal Cafe
Between the busy streets of the Barrio Gótico, you'll find this quiet plaza in which the cafe Federal is found called Pasage de la paz (meaning passage of peace) where it feels like the city has been put on standby. Friends calmly chat around their tables holding their warm expressos or hot chocolates, and entrepreneurs ...
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Barraca - a cosy beachfront restaurant
When you are sitting at a table with a sunset view over the mediterranean with a glass of wine in one hand and your little one sleeping peacefully next to you after a funfilled day at the beach, you know you are on holiday. Barraca is a small cosy restaurant on the beachfront of the ...
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Cafe Cosmo
This cute little cafe/restaurant is one of my favourite crowd get aways. Although it is right in the middle of the city just off the Rambla de Catalunya, Cafe Cosmo is on a quiet pedestrian street with trees on both sides, and a garden at the end of the walk. Although not a Spanish eatery, ...
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Barceloneta - the beach!
This attractive city has a little bit of everything for everyone: hikes around the surrounding mountains and hills, visit attractions in the city, or long walks on the beach. Even though most people are inclined towards one or another, you can't miss visiting the Barceloneta. Although this may not be the most beautiful beach on ...
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Palau de la Musica
Although you may not be able to see the flamenco concert you were hoping to see, unless you leave the kids with a childminder, this is a building that is worth a visit just because it is so beautiful. Its story is also quite heart warming since it was built for the citizens of Barcelona ...
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The Zoo of Barcelona
      Although I have a love hate relationship with zoos, I can still remember the feeling I would get when my parents would tell me that we were going to the Zoo. A sudden surge of excitement would come over me, and it wouldn't go away until several days after having been to the zoo. ...
READ MORE
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Montjuic Gardens
Although part of the point of visiting a city is being in the heart of the metropolis, and seeing what it has to offer, sometimes you also need a little bit of perspective to appreciate the overall body of what it is that you are visiting. From the verandas of the Jardins Mossèn Costa i ...
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The Zoo of Barcelona
      Although I have a love hate relationship with zoos, I can still remember the feeling I would get when my parents would tell me that we were going to the Zoo. A sudden surge of excitement would come over me, and it wouldn't go away until several days after having been to the zoo. ...
READ MORE
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Turo Park, Barcelona
When the extension of Barcelona was designed by Urban architect Ildefonso Cerdá he had originally planned for each block to have a garden in the middle, and so had planned very few parks in the city since every house would have a type of communal garden. His plans where later changed against his will, which ...
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Barceloneta - the beach!
This attractive city has a little bit of everything for everyone: hikes around the surrounding mountains and hills, visit attractions in the city, or long walks on the beach. Even though most people are inclined towards one or another, you can't miss visiting the Barceloneta. Although this may not be the most beautiful beach on ...
READ MORE
PLAY
Horta Labyrinth
Although this little gem is not directly in the city centre, it is a well kept secret which even the locals are often unaware of. The sound alone of the children playing in the cosy playground at the entrance of the gardens is a warm welcome, and if that weren't enough, on the tops of ...
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Aupa Organics
Having met in Desigual (Spains multinational Fashion brand) Ana and Xavi quickly became friends when they realised each other's passion for a better and healthier world. They wanted to create a space where you knew that everything they offered was a collection of carefully curated products that were organic and eco-friendly. The result is Aúpa Organics. ...
READ MORE
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Manual Alpargateria - for espadrilles!
Although this shop may look like a tourist trap since it appears in the odd guide, this is actually a shop all the locals go to buy their alpargatas, or espadrilles as they are known in English. Manual Alpargatera is the only espadrille workshop still remaining in Barcelona, and has been there since 1940. For ...
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Normandie, Barcelona
This cute little shop located in the area of Sant Gervasi near the Turo Park, is an adorable children's shop with clothes that make you want to leave with a suitcase full for each of your children. Their clothes are very classic (if you like bright colours this may not be the place for you). ...
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Lovely Kids, Barcelona
As we know well, not all shops were created equal, and what makes Lovely Kids special, apart from having a lovely selection of toys, is that they also do a lot of charity work, and donate many toys to kids hospitals. Lovely Kids have four shops in Barcelona, and each time we pass in front of one of them ...
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Casa Bonay, Barcelona
Located in the middle of the Eixample Dret, surrounded by the cities most iconic sites lies Casa Bonay. Originally home to the Bonay family, this establishment was built in 1869, and although the building itself has been remodelled countless times, the neoclassical facade remains untouched. Home now to 67 rooms, Casa Bonay boasts of luminous ...
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Casa Mathilda, a charming bed & breakfast
Only a ten minute walk from Gaudis Casa Batlló, and a 15-minute walk from La Sagrada Familia, finding this little bed & breakfast has been such a fantastic surprise. Having only 14 rooms, Casa Mathilda has a modern but rustic spaces whist still keeping the catalan architectural roots, and many of the original features, like ...
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Splendom Suites
Perfectly located in the Eixaple district of Barcelona is this all encompassing family aparthotel called Splendom Suites. Although the interiors are not the type I'd pick for my home, it still has a homely feel to it, and most importantly was set up by an avid traveler family. Meaning they know how to organise things to ...
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Getting Around
One of the perks about visiting a city like Barcelona with kids is that you have an immense variety of things to do between the mountain and the beaches that aren't just museums and attractions. And being a city with generally mild weather (if not too hot in summer) you can spend the majority of ...
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Take a Break
One of the many great things about Barcelona is that the weather is very mild throughout the year. During the summer months (especially July and August) it can get a little too hot for my liking, but otherwise because of the great weather part of the Spanish culture is spending a lot of time outdoors. ...
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Grab a quick Coffee
In Spain we are such food lovers that we have meals between meals. Before lunch we have the aperitivo (which you can also have before dinner) and after lunch you have merienda (tea time) which is one of my favourites, and is in most families an unpardonable part of the day. As we know breakfast, ...
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Easy Meals
One of my favourite things about traveling is getting to try different foods and seeing new ways of preparing sometimes the same ingredients but with a different take. With kids however this can sometimes be trivial as they may not yet be adventurous as we'd like them to be…. So here is a list of ...
READ MORE
PLAY
Horta Labyrinth
Although this little gem is not directly in the city centre, it is a well kept secret which even the locals are often unaware of. The sound alone of the children playing in the cosy playground at the entrance of the gardens is a warm welcome, and if that weren't enough, on the tops of ...
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Shon Mott, beautiful clothing for us mamas!
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Parking Pizza -- the best pizza in Barcelona
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Tips for your visit to Barceolona
Barcelona is a big, expansive city with loads to do and see. Navigating your way around the city with kids is incredibly exciting, but it can also be tiresome at times. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
TIPS
Getting Around
One of the perks about visiting a city like Barcelona with kids is that you have an immense variety of things to do between the mountain and the beaches that aren't just museums and attractions. And being a city with generally mild weather (if not too hot in summer) you can spend the majority of ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Take a Break
One of the many great things about Barcelona is that the weather is very mild throughout the year. During the summer months (especially July and August) it can get a little too hot for my liking, but otherwise because of the great weather part of the Spanish culture is spending a lot of time outdoors. ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a quick Coffee
In Spain we are such food lovers that we have meals between meals. Before lunch we have the aperitivo (which you can also have before dinner) and after lunch you have merienda (tea time) which is one of my favourites, and is in most families an unpardonable part of the day. As we know breakfast, ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
One of my favourite things about traveling is getting to try different foods and seeing new ways of preparing sometimes the same ingredients but with a different take. With kids however this can sometimes be trivial as they may not yet be adventurous as we'd like them to be…. So here is a list of ...
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