Fundación MAPFRE Casa Garriga Nogués Exhibition Hall

Another privately-owned gallery – this one by insurance giant MAPFRE – in another lovely historic building conveniently located near the centre of town. 

Fundación MAPFRE stages generally well-curated exhibitions at bargain-basement entrance prices – how does €3 per person sound? If that’s too expensive, entrance is free on Mondays between 2pm and 8pm!

Keep an eye on the website for what’s coming up.

Open: Mon 2:00pm – 8:00pm; Tues – Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm; Sun & holidays 11:00am – 7:00pm 

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Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Yes, it is a hospital, but one that will make you rethink what hospitals should actually look like. Built in the early 1900s, Hospital de la Sant Pau is architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s most important work (though we love the Palau de la Música Catalana as well), and functioned as a hospital until as recently as 2009. What is now the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is home to a number of workspaces for entities focused on social impact, as well as being a showcase for Montaner’s modernista vision. It’s well worth the visit, and pleasantly uncrowded compared to La Sagrada Familia, which you can see from its entrance.

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La Cuina d’en Garriga

La Cuina d’en Garriga is actually about the size of a garage, so finding a seat at peak hours may be a struggle unless you book ahead. You’re pretty well off the main tourist trail here, but there is English to help navigate the small menu. We love it for a casual lunch.

Simple fare done well at La Cuina d’en Garriga

Carrer d’Enric Granados 58

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