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Watching people go by

Written by Priyankaa

People watching can be defined as the act of observing others and their interactions, which involves guessing a passerby’s story.

One of my favourite things about Barcelona is the vibrant and colourful café culture, with a café or bar positioned on practically every corner, allowing you to stop for a café con leche or cerveza, and watch the world and its people pass by.

I love nothing more than to sip a coffee in a busy plaza, enjoy the weather and observe the vast array of people passing by, whether it be a group of inquisitive tourists, gossiping housewives or hasty businessmen.

So, where are the best people watching spots in Barcelona to watch the world go by around you?

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya


 Where? Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona

You don’t have to go inside the Museum itself (although it is well worth a visit) – You can simply sit on the steps, enjoy a beer or glass of cava if you fancy splashing out, and enjoy the stunning views and watch the bustling tourists, runners and locals go by.

Plaça Reial

Where? Located in the Gothic Quarter, just off Las Ramblas

A beautiful square in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the central feature being the beautiful fountain, lined with old-fashioned streetlights and glorious palm trees. The square is lined with a plethora of charming bars and restaurants – the perfect spot to sit, enjoy a drink and maybe some tapas and look out on to the stunning plaza.

Parc de la Cuitadella

Where?  Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003

Nestled away in the Northeast edge of Cuitat Vella, Parc de la Cuitadella is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beautiful and tranquil park. There are several cafes dotted around the park and it’s filled with benches, so why not bring along a picnic and soak up the atmosphere. As far as people watching goes, it definitely won’t disappoint!

Café Zurich, Plaça de Catalunya

Where? Located in the heart of the bustling and vibrant Plaça de Catalunya

The famous Café Zurich is slap bang in the centre of Plaça de Catalunya and therefore arguably the perfect people watching position. Owing to its location, the coffee is slightly pricey but nonetheless a great spot to have a cappuccino and watch the hoards of tourists and Barcelonians alike pass by (be mindful of your belongings – it’s a hot spot for pickpockets too).

La Barceloneta

barcelonetWhere? An area in the Cuitat Vella, home to the beautiful Barceloneta beach, highly popular with tourists

The beautiful seaside neighbourhood is filled with cafes, restaurants and bars – particularly lively in the summer months, there is nowhere better to enjoy a cocktail (or two) and watch the roller-skaters, beachgoers and disgruntled locals go past.

About the author


Priyankaa is a Hispanic Studies graduate from the University of Birmingham.

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  • Amazing detal of Barcelona I think the author as given the place to go and enjoy very happy for information .

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