With its narrow streets, pedestrian sidewalks, and cobbled squares that are mostly seen in Major Street, Sarrià still manages to retain its rural spirit to this day.
Despite being a fully urbanised neighbourhood, it provides a lot of greenery. But not only that, you must also unravel its other secrets: desserts, delicious potato bravas, and the old cemetery.
The neighbourhood of Sarrià is influenced by the traditional Catalan bourgeoisie in the 19th century, who built their summer houses here, and as a result, turned the area into a prosperous and charming place. These houses can still be seen in the old town, particularly in Mallofré passage and also in plaza de Sant Vicenc.
Typical Sangrá family houses with their coat of arms in stone and wrought iron gate, and Margenat, Gothic, are a sample of those more traditional Barcelonan houses.
The oldest part of Sarriá is formed by the Sant Vicenç parish church as well as the land next to this church.
In Plaça del Consell de la Vila, the former town hall is now occupied by the district council. A sculpture of Josep Clará, "Pompona" is located right at the front of this building. Another sculpture, "Potal de Sarriá" by Emili Armengol is located in Plaza de Sarriá and expresses the unity between the villages that form this district.
Today, the neighbourhood of Sarriá is still managing to retain its village charm whilst being in one of the largest European cities.
Sarrià owes its modernity and excellent communications to its rural and traditional spirit. This is a neighbourhood that allows you to enjoy Barcelona, but without all the noise from the city centre. It boasts an excellent public transport service, several bus lines, train FGC, etc.. This means you can reach any part of Barcelona from Sarriá.
The famous pastry Foix, with its 125-year history, is a must to try in Sarriá. It is believed that the original baker's son was the famous Catalan poet, J. V. Foix.
Along with these delicious cakes, patatas bravas are the other gastronomic offers in the neighbourhood. Although there are many places where you can taste this delicacy, we should still mention the Tomás Bar in Major Street. It is said that this place has the best patatas bravas in town.
Croquettes are also another specialty of many bars in Sarriá. You will find a charming place to eat croquettes when you go to Jacaranda restaurant de Dos Torres. Its garden and the creativity of its dishes make this place an innovative and unique alternative.