Every year, blog network Spotted by Locals asks their locals in 80 cities to choose their favourite blogs. As in the last few years, Driftwood Journals was included in the list of “Best Barcelona blogs”!
As a fun way to celebrate, I asked the Spotted by Locals Barcelona team to share 5 of favourite secret spots in Barcelona.
1. La Central – Bookshop with Hidden Bar
La Central (by Ilse de Ridder)
If the combination of coffee and books sounds like music to your ears then you definitely should not miss La Central.
Besides offering a big variety of literary genres in English and Spanish, this bookstore comes with a hidden bar in which you can relax and read a book, while enjoying a cup of coffee or other drinks and snacks.
Additionally, the garden looks like a little oasis as it is covered in plants and even has a small waterfall.
2. Laundry Bar – Barcelona Secret Coffee Bar
Laundry Bar (by Tatiana Martinez)
Have you ever imagined yourself going into a coffee shop with a laundry basket full of dirty clothes under your arm?
Laundry Bar manages to transform the concept of laundry being boring into something fun and modern.
The sound of spinning washing machines alongside the smell of coffee and soothing music playing in the atmosphere makes it a really unique spot.
3. Poblenou – See the Best Street Art in Barcelona
Graffiti Art (by Carlos Domeque)
People like Banksy began the trend in the nineties that made graffiti become not just acceptable but also celebrated, to the point that now certain daubs on a wall help to push up, and not down, the value of property in the area.
Barcelona’s old industrial quarter of Poblenou has undergone the now familiar transformation from run-down backwater to thriving neighbourhood, where the traditional and the hip jostle side by side and the graffiti on its walls reflects this.
4. Fábrica Lehmann – A Secret in Eixample’s Heart
Fábrica Lehmenn (by Gina Xifra)
Fábrica Lehmann is located in a hidden patio in the middle of Eixample. You would probably never cross the main door to arrive at the charming patio, unless someone tells you about it.
This hidden spot is a creative space that brings together around twenty artisans and creative entrepreneurs, selling different products with live music and street food.
5. Olokuti – Everything Green
Olokuti (by Andia Ago)
Olokuti is located in the Gracia neighbourhood. It is a local project that promotes sustainability and offers ecological products at reasonable prices that are also locally made.
In this shop, you can find anything from clothes and accessories to home decorations to makeup and everyday products.