We’ve compiled the best of the best in Barcelona - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. CaixaForum


    The building itself, a restored textile factory, is well worth exploring (and is directly across from the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion on Montjuïc at...Read More

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  • 2. Los Tarantos

    Barri Gòtic

    Open since 1963, this small basement spot is the oldest tablao flamenco in Barcelona. It spotlights some of Andalusia's best flamenco in 40-minute shows of...Read More

  • 3. Balmes Multicines

    Sarrià | Film

    Barcelona’s cine-aficionados praise this 12-screen complex, which boasts one of the best sound systems in the city, and very comfortable seating...Read More

  • 4. Barts (Arts on Stage)

    Poble Sec

    This state-of-the-art theater on Paral·lel—remodeled from the old Artèria Music Hall—has wildly diverse programming, with everything from performance art to the latest indie bands. There...Read More

  • 5. Cines Verdi

    Gràcia | Film

    Gràcia's movie center, with bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, unfailingly screens recent releases (with a preference for serious...Read More

  • 6. El Cordobés

    La Rambla | Dance

    Since 1970, this venerable dinner theater has thrived by catering to tour groups: visitors who may or may not know that flamenco is a cultural...Read More

  • 7. El Mercat de les Flors

    Poble Sec

    An old flower market converted into a modern performance space, theater, and dance school, the Mercat de Les Flors forms part of the Institut de...Read More

  • 8. El Tablao de Carmen


    Large tour groups come to this venerable flamenco dinner-theater venue in the Poble Espanyol named after, and dedicated to, the legendary dancer Carmen Amaya. Die-hard...Read More

  • 9. Fabra i Coats–Fàbrica de Creació

    Sant Andreu | Arts Centers

    This self-proclaimed artist social club—remodeled from an old textile factory on the outer limits of the Poblenou district—is a great place...Read More

  • 10. Filmoteca de Catalunya

    El Raval | Film

    The Filmoteca de Catalunya occupies a brutalist-style edifice designed by Josep Lluís Mateo. With plush seats, wide screens, and a state-of...Read More

  • 11. Fundació Antoni Tàpies


    This foundation created in 1984 by Catalonia's then-most important living artist continues to promote the work of important Catalan artists and writers, particularly that of...Read More

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  • 12. Fundació Miró


    Occasionally used for outdoor concerts in the summer months, Joan Miró's sculpture garden at his foundation on Montjuïc hill is a surrealistic and enchanting place,...Read More

  • 13. Icaria Yelmo

    Port Olímpic | Film

    On the lower level of a small neighborhood shopping mall, the Icaria Yelmo offers a solid mix of blockbusters, 3-D specials, and the latest...Read More

  • 14. L'Auditori de Barcelona

    Sant Martí

    Functional, sleek, and minimalist, the Rafael Moneo–designed Auditori has a full calendar of classical music performances—with regular forays into jazz, flamenco, and pop—near Plaça de...Read More

  • 15. La Puntual


    As one of the city's pioneering puppet (in Catalan, putxinel·li) theaters, this beloved venue features entertaining marionette, puppet, and shadow puppet performances. Weekend matinee performances...Read More

  • 16. Palacio del Flamenco


    This Eixample music hall showcases some of the city's best flamenco. Prices start at €35 for a drink and a show, up to €110. (Save...Read More

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  • 17. Palau Sant Jordi


    Arata Isozaki's immense domed venue, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, has hosted superstar performers such as Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé. Also presented are Disney...Read More

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  • 18. Renoir Floridablanca

    Eixample | Film

    A five-minute walk from the Plaça de la Universitat, this cinema is a good choice for current English-language features, primarily of the indie ilk. ...Read More

  • 19. Teatre Lliure

    Gràcia | Theater

    This well-respected performing arts theater, arguably the most prestigious in Barcelona, offers two distinct branches in the city: one is located...Read More

  • 20. Teatre Poliorama

    La Rambla

    Originally built as a cinema in the late 1890s, Teatre Poliorama has also been immortalized in George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, where the celebrated author...Read More

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