Barcelona in the Off-Season

I love visiting the Mediterranean countries off-season, especially during Autumn and Winter, when the light is still bright and energizing, while in Paris the sky is low and grey. At the beginning of November, we spent five days in Barcelona where we enjoyed a very mild weather and a beautiful light that reminded us of late summer.

The idea was not only to enjoy the city, but also to relax and adopt a slow way of living to then come back to Paris with a lot of energy. We therefore opted for wanderings, parks  and healthy coffee shops rather than traditional tapas bars. These are the addresses that I would like to share with you here.

Note that Barcelona is very family friendly. Parents and grandparents frequently go out with them at night. So don’t hesitate to go out with them, it won’t bother anyone!



We stayed at the Hotel Brummell, right next to the Montjuic Park. We really loved this place and I highly recommend it as a family : people are very welcoming and friendly with the children, the rooms and apartments are comfortable, perfectly thought for family life. For 5, we chose an apartment with kitchen and living room. Perfect to rest after long walks!

Concerning food, everything is scrumptious, local and seasonal.

Hotel Brummell - Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Hotel Brummell – Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane




Gracia area: like a small  ‘village’ not very far from the Sagrada Familia. Lovely places, arty shops, and lots of little cafes. The place is very nice to stroll, have a drink in a very typical atmosphere.

The park of Montjuic: The place is full of gems … Not to be missed in particular: its numerous gardens and the Miró foundation that will please both parents and children. And above all, taking the funicular to rapidly reach Poble Sec area  or, better yet, the Barceloneta beach , is a funny experience with children ! A true relaxing place in the heart of Barcelona with stunning views on the city and on the harbor.

Montijuic - Sweet Cabane
Montijuic – Sweet Cabane

Parque de la Ciutadella and The Born area: a beautiful park, with a zoo, a lake and many attractions for children. A haven of peace just near the Old Town. The streets around the Born are very lively with excellent restaurants and cafes. A more authentic and less touristic area than the Gothic Quarter…

Parque de la Ciutadella - Sweet Cabane
Parque de la Ciutadella – Sweet Cabane
Parque de la Ciutadella - Sweet Cabane
Parque de la Ciutadella – Sweet Cabane

The Barceloneta beache :  perfect with children to relax by the sea. A lively beach with many open-air cafés. Even in November, it’s very crowdy!

La Barceloneta - Sweet Cabane
La Barceloneta – Sweet Cabane



The Raval district where you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, whose permanent collection is very interesting. It’s also very pleasant to get lost through the lovely streets around the museum…


Musée d'art Contemporain - Sweet Cabane
Musée d’art Contemporain – Sweet Cabane



During this stay, we preferred coffee shops that offered a healthy and seasonal menu to tapas bars and traditional restaurants. In the evening, we cooked at the apartment or at the hotel restaurant.

Café Cometa in Poble Sec : seasonal dishes, excellent bugers and salads, fresh juices … and scrumptious cupcakes!

Cafe Cometa - Sweet Cabane
Cafe Cometa – Sweet Cabane

Satan’s Coffee Corner: Excellent coffee, great cakes and small dishes to enjoy on the go. Relaxed atmosphere.

Satan's Coffee Corner and its best muesli ever! - Sweet Cabane
Satan’s Coffee Corner and its best muesli ever! – Sweet Cabane

Granja petitbo: a cosy place with good seasonal dishes and fresh juices. Our favorite place. It can make a very nice stop on the way to the Sagrada Familia.

Granja petitbo - Sweet Cabane
Granja petitbo – Sweet Cabane

La Nena: in the heart of Gracia, this café offers good homemade dishes, pastries, churros and hot chocolates. The kids can play  while waiting to be served. The atmosphere is cosy and family friendly.

Flax and Kale: the best vegan address in Barcelona! A spacious and bright place with a superb terrace. The dishes are gourmet and tasty. A delight … But I should confess that the children would have preferred a ‘real’ burger ‘to the vegan version proposed;) …



I hope that you enjoyed this Barcelona tour !

Next Tuesday, we’ll meet an American family living in the heart of USA.

Have a lovely weekend,

Emilie. xx.


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