Under $100: El Poble-Sec, Barcelona, Spain

by Allie Moore

Jul 16, 2019

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Under $100 / Europe

Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.

 

El Poble-Sec’s claim to relative fame is Carrer de Blai, a street buzzing with pintxos restaurants where locals and visitors alike come in droves on weekend nights. Each restaurant makes its own bite-sized snacks and sells them à la carte for anywhere €1–3, depending what’s on the small slice of baguette. Chefs can get pretty creative, stacking their ingredients and finishing them off with a toothpick. The spots work buffet style, and small beers are usually about €1–2. The payment works on an honors system where you save your toothpicks and pay for your pintxos at the end of your meal.

 

Bordering El Poble-Sec before it becomes Sant Antoni is Parallel Avenue, a street full of local tapas bars and live entertainment options, like the Condal Theatre, BARTS (Barcelona Arts on Stage) and Apollo, the latter of which features everything from world-famous DJs to artsy events.

 

After a matinee show, pull up a chair at Ultramarinos, one of Barcelona’s most popular gin bars.

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