This is a really good year-round spot to chill out.
Given its location at the junction of Passeig de Gracìa and Diagonal it’s surprisingly quiet and peaceful.
During the summer, the garden, with its little parakeets, is a great place to cool off, maybe have a packed lunch, pretend to read a book, or just hang for a while. In the evening the garden and pavilion may come alive with music, discussion, debate and the sound of trials bikes turning tricks.
In the cooler months it’s a good place to check out an exhibition.
The exhibitions here, about aspects of life as is lived, or was lived, in Catalunya, are always interesting.
The Information Centre here is very good with very knowledgeable and helpful staff who manage a comprehensive range of materials in all the main European languages.
If you’re planning a trip out of the city, this is one of the best places for advice and information on walking routes, themed trails, museums, hostels and refugios, and local food and drink, and a visit here will save you time lining up at the main, and very busy, tourist information centre in Plaça Catalunya.