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

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.

The Hipster Barcelona Guide - Cool Lifestyle Places and the Hipster Things to Do (+ Map)On the menu with fresh Avocado:

  1. Coffee shops
  2. Hipster Things to do in Barcelona
  3. Bars
  4. Brunch
  5. Lifestyle
  6. Where to stay
  7. Events
  8. Food and Restaurants
  9. Districts
  10. Map

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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
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
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
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!

Lunch Bowl at Bendita Helena

  • 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.

Skye Coffee Co.
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.

Orval Barcelona; A super cool hipster coffee place in Barcelona

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.

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 out their official website www.via-vespa.com.

Here you can rent a stylish vespa in the colors red, green, blue and yellow.

(The red one is the classic, my favorite as you can see in my photo below.)

Book your Vespa Ride here

red Vespa along the coast

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 steeldonkeybiketours.com

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

Make your own espardilles in Barcelona

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.

Palo Alto, Barcelona

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.

Open Air Cinema at Montjuic during Summer times

2.9 Take a Photoshoot Tour

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

Prices start from 45€.

Book your Photoshoot here

Take a Photoshoot Tour

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

Take a helicopter

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.

Brunch at Can Dende