Palau de Mar is a large building that was created in the end of the 1800s to serve as a trade warehouse (Magatzems Generals de Comerç).
Today, Palau de Mar is the location of Museu d’Historia de Catalunya (Catalan History Museum) and a variety of businesses and services.
The Catalan History Museum opened in 1996, with the objective of informing residents and visitors about the history of Catalonia. The museum gathers a series of objects, documents and audiovisual information about this autonomous community that are presented in the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits.
Museu d’Historia de Catalunya is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
1881 is a restaurant/bar located on top of Museu d’Historia de Catalunya. The restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean food and the drinks can be enjoyed outside, day or night, on the restaurant’s terrace and lounge area, which provides great views of Barcelona.
The Catalan History Museum has a delightful store where you can find books, quality souvenirs, and a variety of quirky objects like the wind-up caganer, camera lens coffee mugs, and colorful notes you can hang from the doorknob so you don’t forget something really important you have to do before leaving the house.
Costa Coffee is what many known as “the British version of Starbucks”. Founded in London in 1971 by Bruno and Sergio Costa, Costa Coffee started out as a family operation of supplying roasted coffee to shops. It was later acquired by Whitbread and spread around the world, with more than 2800 stores in 30 different countries, including Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Poland, and India.
Costa Coffee is a nice place to study, work, read or hang out with a friend. They have a wide variety of coffees, juices, hot chocolate, cakes, pastries, and sandwiches.
Palau de Mar’s restaurants
On the opposite side of Palau de Mar there are three restaurants that serve Mediterranean food: La Gavina, Emperador and La Mar de Bo.
Black Lab is restaurant and bar that produces its own beer, where visitors can take guided tours to discover how the beer-making process works. The restaurant serves dishes inspired in Asian and American gastronomy.