Poblenou (literally; new village) is a small pearl in Barcelona, which is often overlooked when visiting Barcelona. Poblenou has no significant highlights, but it is a wonderful neighborhood to stroll through, especially by bike. It is a mini version of the Meatpackers district in New York because it was born from roughly the same principle. Poblenou was for many years the industrial area of Barcelona. At that time it was certainly not the most pleasant place and in the years before the Olympics it was even an absolute ‘no go’. With the arrival of the adjacent Olympic village, Vila Olímpica, in 1992, it was suddenly the next neighborhood after the games that could use a facelift. Around 2000 plans started to turn Poblenou into a technological and innovative epic center of Barcelona. A new business center has been built under the name 22@.
The skyscrapers and special technological marvels, the 19th century factories, the characteristic workers’ houses, and wasteland in combination with urban art provide a beautiful, raw mix. You will not find more ‘Berlin’ in Barcelona. This neighborhood is not super hip but it is happening, so things change quickly. Places are turned into gallery space one day and then into breeding ground or restaurant. If you want to do a gallery route yourself in the neighborhood, make sure you always check whether the relevant one still exists!
A few nice tips when you visit the district:
Can Framis is a museum in this district with a collection of contemporary paintings by Catalan artists. Encants is the flea market of Barcelona. Since 2013 in a completely new jacket. A high-tech imposing project of more than 35,000 m². This is open several times a week. In addition, the cemetery of Poblenou, Cementiri de l’Est, worth a visit. Here you really feel the neighborhood. In the middle of the old and new buildings you can feel the Mediterranean breeze from the nearby beach and see in the distance the characteristic Torre Agbar, popularly known as El Pene, by Jean Nouvel. In combination with the faded glory of the cemetery, the Poblenou experience is complete. Poblenou Barcelona is technology, inspiration, Simbolism, Mediterranean and innovation.
Vermut is back in Barcelona and dressed in a hip jacket Balius. In addition, the tastiest cocktails are prepared with the utmost care in this former pharmacy. You don’t do extensive dining here, but they do have tasty pica pica.