The Hipster Barcelona Guide – Cool Lifestyle Places and the Hipster Things to Do (+ Map)

Finally! A guide with the most hipster places in Barcelona and the coolest things to do around.

With around 3 million inhabitants, there is no wonder why in a big city as Barcelona there are so many hipster places. Full of hip shops, creative designers with small shops and pop up stores. You just have to walk around to find many people who follows the latest trends and fashions, and not only in fashion.

Long bards, electric bicycles, brunch places or fun activities are just around the corner of well-known buildings. You just have to know where to go.

That is why we listed here all the hipster places you should not miss.

On the menu with fresh Avocado:

  • Coffee shops
  • Hipster Things to do in Barcelona
  • Bars
  • Brunch
  • Lifestyle
  • Where to stay
  • Events
  • Food and Restaurants
  • Districts
  • Map
  • Click the menu and jump right to the topic you want.

    1. Coffee Places

    Hipster = coffee!

    So many creative coffee places are popping up around Barcelona these last years.

    Read: my 13 favorite coffee shops in Barcelona

    Here we list the most hipster coffee shops in Barcelona where you will be able to taste a delightful Latte, cappuccino and even Matcha Tea.

    At the end of this guide I included a full map for you.

    Here I included ALL coffee shops mentioned in this list. This might be easier for you.

  • Bicioci Bike Cafè
  • Bike, Pizza and coffee. Oh and Bicioci Bike Café is located right in Gracia, one of the coolest, artsy neighborhoods. You will find cool concept stores and designer stores around.

  • Satans Café
  • A cafe con leche puts you 3€ back, but it is worth it. A stylish place with fast, free WiFi, delicious coffee and loud (and good) music. It is also a great café for digital nomads to get work done.

    There is two Satans Coffee shops. One is near Placa Tetuan, the other one in Gothic Quarter.

    Satans Café in Barcelona; You cannot go wrong with that place!

  • Espai Joliu
  • Most likely the BEST place in Barcelona to have a coffee and an avocado toast.

    This is the place we will hang out to get work done. The place is quite small, and always packed. Come early if you want to get a spot and get work done.

    A coffee with milk is around 2€. It is also a plant concept store. Oh, and have an Avocado Toast for lunch here – YUMMY!

    Espai Joliu Barcelona; The Concept Plant Store and Café in Poble Nou

  • Federal Café Gothic
  • Another popular choice for digital nomads in Barcelona is the Federal Café.

    Sit down with your Mac Book and join the local creatives.

    Hipster café in Barcelona: Federal Café in Gothic Quarter

  • Bendita Helena
  • Located in Les Corts, this cafe place is a bit out of the way.

    Yet, it’s worth it. The Hummus and food here in general is incredibly tasty!

  • Nomad Coffee
  • There is several Nomad Coffee Shops.

    However, some of them do not serve coffee. It is only the roastery by now. The coolest one to sit down and have a coffee is in “Passatge Sert, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain“

    No worries, it is in the map of all coffee shops and things listed below.

  • Casa Gispert (delicatessen shop)
  • Well known for its fresh coffee: this is not a coffee place but a shop where you will be able to buy roasted coffees and delicatessen products.

    That place is one of the last surviving old convenient stores with coffee from Africa and Latin America and many delicacies like peanuts, walnut, chocolate, you name it.

  • Lukumas
  • A donut and Coffee Heaven in El Raval.

  • Skye Coffee Co.
  • Last but not least, SKYE Coffee Co. Here your coffee is served in a huge industrial complexe out of a van. It does not get cooler than that.

    Coffee and Van. Bring your long board and you have the complete package!

  • Orval Barcelona
  • Orval Barcelona is a super cool cafe, and little sister of Espai Joliu. Same concept, equally awesome.

    2. Hipster Things to do in Barcelona

    Yep, that is right, we have made it that far. As you can imagine, Barcelona has soooo many different corners. We narrowed it down for you, Mr. Hipster! We all want a great time. This list will help you!

    2.1 Via Vespa Rental

    Rent a super cool red vespa – like in the movies!

    I actually wrote a detailed guide on scooter rental in Barcelona.

    Via Vespa offers the finest and most stylish scooters to cruise around in style! Seriously. I took a scooter around the city, it is a fast and safe way to get around. Unfortunately, Via Vespa closed.

    You can find all scooter rental with Get Your Guide and even at Airbnb Experiences.

    A bit of scooter experience helps, obviously! But as long as you drive slowly, you are good to go. You will need a valid driver license to book this.

    Check Airbnb Experiences with Scooters here

    2.2 Steel Donkey Bike Tour

    I found the COOLEST bike tour in Barcelona: Steel Donkey Bike Tours!

    This bike tour takes you to the local, hip spots. Even some of my favorite cafés are part of this tour.

    The guide brings you to a local food market and a 2nd hand flea market.

  • Price: 35€ on a normal city bike, 45€ on an ebike
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Regular Departures: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.00am (and flexible)
  • Check prices on their official website

    Book your Bike Tour here

    2.3 Make your own Espardilles (shoes)

    A unique experience to lear how to design beautiful Espardilles.

    The Espardilles are a traditional shoes that hipsters know how to mix and match with their clothes.

    Wanna join the real Barcelona hipsters? Design your own Espardilles and wear them in the city!

    In this Airbnb experience you will learn a bit about the tradition and then design your own shoes.

    You will choose:

  • color and size of the base
  • threads
  • ribbons
  • type of stitching
  • Then the team will stitch live your own shoes, following your design instructions.

    Once finished, you will learn the different ways to lace them up and use them.

    You can do this experience virtually or in the shop.

    Join to make your own Espardilles here

    2.4 Palo Alto Market

    A hipster market that happens the first weekend of each month.

    At Palo Alto Market you can find:

  • fashion
  • accessories
  • jewelry
  • new design
  • vintage
  • crafts
  • books
  • street style
  • records
  • All this is mixed with workshops, concerts and art exhibitions. You fill find also some street food snacks and drinks.

    Find all the information about Palo Alto Market here.

    2.5 Paddle Surf

    Yep, still fun! Paddle Surf is a big thing now in Barcelona.

    You can actually rent a Paddle Surf Board for as little as 15€.

    2.6 Wander El Raval

    El Raval is maybe the roughest part of town, but it also comes with quirky bars, restaurants and more.

    We also enjoy the El Raval Flea Market on weekends.

    2.7 Walk into a craft beer bar

    Craft Beer is obviously a big thing in Barcelona. Check our my recommendations for bars here or just keep scrolling.

    2.8 Open Air Cinema at Montjuic during Summer times

    Sala Montjuic is an open air cinema.

    It only opens in July each summer. Check out their website for the program and schedule.

    Come here early since the best spots are taken quickly.

    I love to come here 1.5 hours before the movie starts to listen to the live music and have a picnic with my friends.

    Good to know: Your allowed to bring your own drinks and snacks. You can also buy drinks and snacks there directly.

    Remember to pack a picnic blanket and pillows; it is more comfy that way.

    2.9 Take a Photoshoot Tour

    How about a professional photographer taking photos of your one and only Barcelona experience?

    Prices start from 28€. You can find great deals and cool photographers with Airbnb Experience.

    Book your Photoshoot here

    2.10 Explore the Flea Markets

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

    Barcelona has many cool flea markets.

    Here’s a few cool ones:

  • Els Encants Flea Market
  • Mercat Gòtic Barcelona
  • Mercantic Barcelona
  • Mercadillo de la Plaça de Sant Josep
  • Fira de Nautumismo
  • Here is a detailed guide on flea markets in Barna.

    2.11 Take a Helicopter Tour

    I have to admit, I am not sure if this hipster….but you know…IT IS AWESOME!

    By far the most epic way to see the city is by taking a helicopter.

    There is small group helicopter tours you can join. Prices start from 100€.

    Book your Helicopter Tour

    2.12 Yoga and Brunch

    Feel your soul in a clean safe space made by a holistic coaching.

    Start this Airbnb yoga experience with a Vinayasa yoga class, moving with the rhytm of your breath. Strengthening your body and mind. (All levels welcome).

    After the yoga class, there is a brunch with your class mates!

    Join the Yoga and Brunch here

    3. Hipster Bars

    What to do in Barcelona at night? Well, a beer or drink is always a good idea, right?!

    Here is a list of my favorite bars you will love as well:

  • La Bombilla Bar
  • The Apotheke Cocktail Bar (Ocaña)
  • Dr. Stravinsky Bar
  • 33/45 Bar & Gallery
  • Elephanta Gin Bar i Cocteleria
  • Metric Bar barcelona
  • Bar El Born
  • Colibrí Vodka & Gin
  • Antic Teatre
  • Manchester Bar
  • Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona
  • Mikeller
  • The Garage Draft Beer
  • Bar Jai-ca
  • Bar Marsella
  • Sorrita Barcelona
  • No worries, I added all bars in the map.

    That makes life easier, right?! There is plenty of great bars in El Born, El Raval, Gothic Quarter.

    My favorite part of the town to go for a drink is around Passeig del Born.

    Read: Nightlife in Barcelona – things you need to know before going out

    Read: the 23 best things to do at night in Barcelona

    4. Brunch

    Brunch? That is another big Thing in Barcelona. Here is a list of cool brunch places:

  • Can Dende (my favorite)
  • Lulu Barcelona
  • Itacate
  • Manglar
  • Molinet Café Antic
  • Again, I added all brunch places I enjoy to the map.

    See Also

    13 Best Restaurants Barcelona 2021 – Eat like a king, not as a tourist!

    5. Lifestyle

    In this section I want to list ideas and stuff you can do and visit.

  • Fresh up your style: Muntada Barber Shop
  • Photo Walking Tour
  • Fet amb Love Souvenir Shop
  • Shop at Naive Studio Store
  • Chandal Polaroid Shop
  • La Nostra Citat
  • Wer-Hauss — A Concept Store in Eixample – Coffee and Art Gallery
  • Bikram Yoga Barcelona- Hot Yoga in the city center
  • To Be Concept Design Store
  • Vintage Bike Rental
  • Vintage Shopping at Flamingos Vintage Kilo Tallers
  • El Raval Market
  • Get a New Hat: Sombreria Mil
  • a swim with a panoramic view in Piscines Picornell
  • I wrote another guide with my favorite hidden gems in Barcelona.

    6. Where to stay as a Hipster

    Of course you want to stay in style. Right?!

    Here are the COOLEST places to stay in Barcelona:

    Hotel Praktik Vinoteca (for couples)

    Praktik Vinoteca is a Hotel dedicated to the wine world.

    It is no secret, that Catalonia (the area around Barcelona) is one of the best wine producers in the world. Hence, this is a perfect place to stay.

    It is super stylish, especially recommended for couples.

    Oh, and the location is perfect, right near Passeig de Gracia in the heart of the center.

    Check prices for Praktik Vinoteca here

    Hotel Praktik Bakery (for small families)

    There is a second Praktik Hotel I love.

    Featuring a quality bakery within the hotel, Praktik Bakery Hotel is located in the heart of the city. You have the metro line right around the corner.

    The Praktik Bakery is perfect for small families, traveling in style.

    Check prices for Praktik Vinoteca here

    Casa Bonay

    Casa Bonay is one of the most stylish places. Their roof top terrace is my personal highlight. It is one of the best boutique hotels Barcelona has to offer.

    More special highlights are their big design lounge, the in-house restaurant and the own great coffee shop. In case you don’t go for the big breakfast, have at least a coffee in the SATANs coffee shop.

    I mentioned Satans coffee already in the coffee shops above.

    Check prices for Casa Bonay here

    Hipster on a budget? Casa Gracia

    This is the BEST hostel in Barcelona for Hipster, Casa Gracia.

    It is my recommendation for staying on style and budget; at the same time.

    They offer dorms with single beds as well as apartments and private rooms. If you are a hipster traveling on your own, you might consider this place to mingle with other fellow travelers. Casa Gracia is not the kind of hostel to stay with young kids; you will find more adults at this place.

    Book Casa Gracia here

    Read: Where to stay in Barcelona

    In this guide you find our HUGE guide on where to stay plus all neighborhoods in Barcelona.

    7. Events

    I am listing here a few of my favorite events in Barcelona, taking place around the year.

    Unfortunately I could not find a cool website listing all the cool stuff. So please have a look at the event and the date in Google.

  • Picnic at Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Primavera Sound Festival
  • Picnic Electronic
  • Paddle surf at Surf House
  • Boat Party Barcelona
  • Montoya Events Space
  • Nasty Mondays at Apolo
  • Concerts at Razzmatazz
  • Retro Theater Coliseum
  • Montjuic Cinema in July
  • Eat Festival
  • 8. Food and Restaurants

    There are plenty of places where you can fill your stomach with delicious food surrounded by cool design.

    My favorites:

  • Bacoa Kiosko Born
  • Granja Petitbo
  • Mercat Princesa
  • Parking Pizza
  • Surf House
  • Organic Food at Santa Caterina Market and
  • Mercat del Ninot
  • Pizza Del Born
  • Hana Ramen Place
  • Flex & Kale
  • Bubar
  • Caravelle
  • Teresa Carles
  • Read: 23 Best places to eat in Barcelona

    9. Hipster Districts in Barcelona

    Wanna know the most hipster neighborhoods in Barcelona? Here you have them.

  • Gracia – the bohemian artist quarter
  • Sant Antoni – the new hipster area, in the city center of the city!
  • El Born – the oldest part of the town and the place for the best designer shops
  • Poble Nou – beach vibes with modern architecture
  • El Raval – alternative neighborhood with lots of history
  • Read: District guide to Where to stay in Barcelona

    10. Map of your Hipster Guide

    I know how it’s like not to know a city and then get thrown district names at me that I literally have NO idea of.

    Therefore, I created this map for you. It is handmade.

    It tried to put all coffee shops and restaurants, events, and well, everything on this list here.

    Wrap it up

    Barcelona is a hipsters paradise. But you know, the cool one.

    It goes along with Berlin, London and Copenhagen. You will find everything from food, accommodation, bars, events, and hipster things to do.

    Whether you are a local or just a visitor, you will never get bored.

    Make sure you read my handwritten guide to Barcelona in 7 days too. Here I cover more in detail the itinerary, how to get around and more.

    We hope this list helps you to discover the coolest things to do in Barcelona.

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