Barcelona is one of the world’s greatest cities for culture and unique experiences. It’s also home to an underworld of cannabis clubs scattered throughout the city. Barcelona cannabis coffeeshops operate within a grey area of the law. However, it’s perfectly legal for tourists to request an invitation. If you’re visiting the city and you smoke weed, it’s likely you will request membership to a cannabis café. At some stage you’ll find yourself exceedingly stoned on some high-grade homegrown Spanish cannabis. So where are the best Barcelona spots to go while high? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots to frequent when high in BCN. This is a catch-all list, as listing all the amazing small venues in BCN would take a lifetime. The idea here is to point you in the right direction and you can discover your own unique experiences.
1. El Born
First up is El Born, possibly the coolest district of BCN and probably where your first Barcelona cannabis club is located. The highest concentration of cannabis cafes in Barcelona are in the first three areas we’ll talk about. This is because it’s the area that attracts a lot of tourists, so finding a high-quality weed coffeeshop might take you some time.
El Born is one of the oldest parts of the city and known for it’s cool boutique shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a fantastic place to go skating, but equally an excellent area to walk around while high. Every alleyway leads to new experiences and you’ll feel like you discover something unique and surprising around every corner. Remember not to carry any weed on you, or to smoke in the street and you’ll have a fantastic time stoned out of your mind in these winding streets.
There’s a fantastic chocolate museum in El Born, one of the city’s best covered markets and also the Picasso museum. El Born is a neighbourhood with plenty to keep you entertained. As for bars and music venues there are too many to list, so just get stoned, explore the streets and see what you can discover.
2. Gothic Quarter
Right next to El Born is the Gothic Quarter. This is the oldest area of Barcelona and the history can be found in every alleyway and street. It’s another popular area for BCN cannabis clubs and if you’re first coffeeshop is here then it’s a great place to explore while high.
The Gothic Quarter is home to the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp museum of Barcelona. Before you ask, no they don’t sell weed! If you are high and want to compound your belief that everyone else also likes to get stoned, then this is the spot for you.
Besides exhibitions on everyone’s favourite herb and groovy cannabis clubs, there’s also some great history in the Gothic Quarter. You can access numerous museums and galleries here for not much money or soak up the buzz of Barcelona in any of the public squares. Do be careful of the pickpockets in this district though – especially if you look high.
Plaça de Sant Jaume, which is the political heart for the city and Plaça Reial are both in the gothic quarter. They both have a unique history and are great for people watching while stoned. Plaça Reial also has a lamppost which is the only piece of work Antoni Gaudi ever created for the government of Barcelona. It’s truly unique and will make you ask the question: “Was this guy really high?”
3. El Raval
El Raval is the next district along from the Gothic Quarter and another area with a high concentration of Barcelona’s cannabis clubs. Just like El Born and the Gothic Quarter, it’s a great place to get high and wander around aimlessly. This area is notoriously a bit rawer than its neighbouring districts and as such has a more local feel. As a result, it has some excellent bars and many cheaper food outlets than El Born.
4. The Beach!
Where better to head after a bong session in one of the many Barcelona cannabis cafes than the beach? It’s always free and thanks to Barcelona’s temperate weather it’s almost always good enough weather to visit. There are numerous beaches lining the cost of this bustling Mediterranean city. Barceloneta beach is the most popular and has buskers, street-hawkers and artists all year round. It’s worth noting that during summer it can get offensively busy. If you are visiting during summer season, then you can always head further north along the coast. If you don’t fancy the walk, then nearly every stop on the Metro and Renfe trains heading north along the coast have beaches.
5. Sagrada Familia
It’s one of the most obvious places to go in Barcelona but it’s worth mentioning due to the fantastic natural light shows. If you don’t mind being surrounded by a huge number of people when high, then it’s definitely worth getting incredibly stoned in a BCN weed café and paying it a visit. The incredible light displays will almost certainly make you believe in Jah Rastafari. Or at least make you say “woah” a lot.
6. Parc Guell
The cool thing about Parc Guell is that you don’t need to pay to go in to about 50% of the park. There are a whole heap of pathways that surround the Gaudi project which are free. These pathways give some amazing views of the city and are often lined with some interesting musicians. If you do want to see the main area of the park and don’t want to pay the eight-euro fee, then it’s free to access before 8am and late in the evening.
7. The Comic Book District Eixample
It’s not an official comic book district but it certainly has a high concentration of comic shops. The block on the the corner of Passeig de Sant Joan & Career d’Ali Bei has over eight shops and is just a few hundred metres from Parc de la Ciutadella. This is a popular area with tourists, so you can spend a while thumbing through the comics and marvelling at the trinkets without anyone taking offence. Currently it’s home to Norma Comics, Libreria Gigamesh, Kaburi, Freaks, Play and Chunichi Comics. All these shops are great for exploring if you’ve just left a weed coffeeshop and want to get your face into some cool comics. Norma comics has a basement just for the Manga selection.
8. Parc de la Ciutadella
It’s one of the most popular parks in Barcelona and is conveniently close to most of cannabis clubs in Barcelona. It’s home to a boating lake, a large fountain, a bandstand and a large elephant model called Mamut. The park also hosts the zoo, although seeing animals in cages may mess with your buzz so perhaps just rent a boat and row around the lake instead. There’s always random drum jams, live performances, frisbee sessions and friendly smiles in this park so definitely consider heading here after a session in a Barcelona weed coffeeeshop.
9. Font Màgica – The Magic Fountain
The font Magica was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair. It’s located in Placa Espanya and light shows run all year round. Although not every day. In the winter only in the evening on Friday and Saturdays. In the summer the evening light and music shows run from Thursday to Sunday. While it is usually busy it is also a great spectacle, especially when high as a kite. Hit up a Barcelona coffeeshop, fill up on bongs and catch one of the evening shows. It’s worth the cheesy music and crowds of people to see on of Barcelona’s most unique attractions.
10. Pla de Miquel Tarradell
This is a personal favourite spot or ours to get stoned and watch the world go by. The harbour is full of incredible yachts and beautiful boats which show off the more affluent side of Barcelona. The area is often frequented by some impressive skaters and musicians. On hot days there is almost always a band busking here and the musicians in Barcelona are seriously talented. Try to avoid buying any of the dodgy bags or trainers from the street-hawkers and soak up the diversity of Barcelona on one of the many benches or seating areas. The restaurants near here aren’t that great but the area often has food markets and pop-up street vendors if you’ve got the munchies.
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