Gracia: Barcelona's Hippest Hood | Jessica Benavides Canepa | Journalist | Food. Luxe. Travel

Gracia, Barcelona: The Hippest Hood (you’ve never heard of)

Plaça del Sol in Gracia

Plaça del Sol in Gracia

HOUSE TRIPAt very first glance, the neighborhood of Gracia seems underwhelming compared to its more glamorous sister, the shopping avenue Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona‘s answer to the Champs Elysées). But skipping it would mean missing out on the lively squares, artisanal shops and bohemian flair that make this area an authentic village-within-a-city (it was once an independent town).

Gran de Gracia is the commercial hub of the neighborhood and the best way to find your way back should you get lost in Gracia’s many side streets and alleys. It is here that I buy my daily paper, go to the gym and shop. One of my favorite establishments is Camiseria Pons, a charming 100 year-old shop specializing in tailor-made clothing. If I’m in the mood to indulge, I’ll stop for lunch at Botafumeiro, a popular (and pricey!) local restaurant known for its first-rate seafood…(Visit Site)

 Company Description: House Trip is an international apartment rental co specializing  in short stays (for all wants and tastes) around the globe.
Assignment: To create insider guides for several neighborhoods in Barcelona (Gracia, Barceloneta, Poblenou, L’Eixample in order to help renters find the most suitable accommodations in the city.


Not your typical travel guide, these insider articles were designed for travelers looking to experience the true essence of Barcelona living.

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Author: Jessica Benavides Canepa

Jessica is a freelance journalist focusing on international travel, fashion, luxury, eco culture & women's issues. She has lived and/or traveled to 50+ cities around the globe. Published work has appeared at BBC Travel, Jetsetter, Nat Geo, CNN travel, Viator, Societe Perrier and Hemisperes.

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