El Born has grown into one of Barcelona’s most fashionable areas, it was originally a settlement which was built upon an area which used to host medieval jousts and celebrations. Today it is where all of the trendy people go to eat, drink and shop. Cafes on the Passeig de Born are busy, as an added bonus for visitors to the city, as it is a lesser known tourist area – prices are cheaper than its neighbour – the Gothic Quarter.
El Born isn’t just about the nightlife, there are lots of cultural attractions to see, the Picasso museum is here and the textile museum which used to be home to the textile guilds of Barcelona. Also the Santa Maria del Mar Church in El Born is definitely worth a visit for it’s incredible interior architecture. If you enjoy a little retail therapy there are many boutiques and shoe shops, many International, upcoming independent brands have chosen El Born as the area from which to house their flagship stores.
The area has great shops, cafés and nightlife – it may not be like this in a few years as the area is catching on quickly, discover it now while it is still relatively free from tourists.