Plaça del Pi is one of my favorite squares, I recommend you to pass by as it has a very nice vibe, with Santa Maria el Pi church on it and the charming square is one of the musts in the Gothic area.
The square is surrounded by old decorated façades antique shops and old bars and restaurants. There is also a little artisan market of food products that I will explain you about, a nice catch for foodie souvenir products!
Plaça del Pi is located right at the end of Petrítxol street, just off Las Ramblas. The Plaça del Pi is called literally the square of the pine, because when the square was opened there was a large pine tree in the middle of the square, with the time the pine had to be replaced so you won't see the original, of course.
Santa Maria del Pi
Santa Maria del Pi Is the church located in the square with a huge multicoloured rose window. St Mary of the pine tree is a 14th-century Catalan Gothic church, the original existed at least since 987 and on 1936 the church was gutted by a fire and was later restored.
The front façade has an incredible large rose window, that is actually a reproduction done on 1940 of the original one that was destroyed in 1936. Over the years, the construction of neighbouring buildings has obscured the ancient walls of the church.
The floor plan of the church comprises a single nave, each covered with a vaulted ceiling and with side-chapels placed between the supporting pillars. The fire of 1936 destroyed the high altar, the altarpiece, the statues, the choir stalls from 1868 and the organ created in 1808 by Johan de Kyburz.
If there is one secret that all locals keep in Barcelona is Petrítxol street, is where we go for a hot chocolate and a nice sweet pastry. You can have your chocolate with "xurros" or "melindros". Carrer Petrítxol is within walking distance of the Ramblas but you will soon notice that the feeling is very different here, calm but also as if you we were in the past, medieval times.
While walking through Petrítxol you will see ceramic tiles on the walls that explain stories that happened in that street. Curious enough, this street was the first pedestrian street in Barcelona city, this fact is what gave him the name, it comes from the word "Pedrítxol" due to the stones placed in the entrance of the street that prevented the carriages of the time to get into it.
There are art galleries along the street, some of them come from long time ago such as Gallery Parés that opened in 1840 a place that gathered art lovers. And of course, just as now, after some art they went for something sweet.
Artisanal food fair Plaça del Pi
Barcelona is a big city but its true charm is in those little secret places and the small traditions that make Barcelona and its culture unique. Plaça del Pi has some of this charm for its curious pine in the square but also because of the artisan fair that is located there.
There is an artisanal food fair at Plaça del Pi, every first and third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month. The market is an initiative of the Collective Food Artisans, and they sell all kinds of artisan foods such as cheese, honey, sausages, pates, biscuits, wines etc...
You will discover typical products of Catalonia such as the mató, that is a catalan soft cheese that is eaten with honey on top and some put nuts as well.
Plaça del Pi
Opening hours : Chruch: every day from 9.30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm