The Sarria neighborhood, especially the small streets and plazas surrounding the Major de Sarria street, is one of my favorites in Barcelona. It hardly has any tourism, as it houses virtually no hotels or grand tourist sights. What is does have is that small village feel so hard to find in any major European city nowadays.
It might be because apart from being located uptown, until 1921 Sarria was an independent village. It was actually one of the most prosperous of those which surrounded Barcelona, and the last independent village to be joined to the growing city.
If you feel like wandering its quiet pedestrian streets and taking a peek into how some of Barcelona’s more traditional locals live, I highly recommend visiting. You can start off at the Plaça de Sarria and walk down the Major de Sarria street. You will find small and charming neighborhood shops, cafeteria terraces and countless places to buy and eat good food, including one of the city’s best known bakeries (Foix de Sarria) and the renowned Bar Tomas, which many say makes the city’s best patatas bravas (the famous tapa consisting of fried potatoes covered in spicy sauce).
I hope you enjoy Sarria as much as I do!