Kaiku opens late. Be sure to check opening times before you head there.
Kaiku is closed on Mondays.
About This Day
Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the biggest Barcelona attractions for families. This fun itinerary shows you the best spots within Ciutadella Park for kids. Marvel at the impressive Cascada Monumental, mingle with local families at one of the two playgrounds, look for wild parrots and take a fun photo with your children and the giant mammoth. Once you are done exploring Ciutadella Park, head to Kaiku for the best paella in Barcelona and delicious homemade ice cream at Kuku Helados.
Start your day at Ciutadella Park at Cascada Monumental. The fountain’s rocks are the first public work Gaudi created as a young architecture student. See which animals your children can spot amongst its many sculptures. In front of the fountain is a large plaza where performance artists blow bubbles and sell balloons. Our son loved the giant bubbles.
Plaça de Joan Fiveller, Barcelona
This giant mammoth statue makes for a great photo opportunity and the chance for a quick chat about animals that used to roam our planet.
DIRECTIONS The Mamut is just off the plaza in front of the fountain (to the right if you look at the fountain).
Playground in Ciutadella park
16.I Pas de l'Institut Escola, Barcelona
This is the largest of the playgrounds within Ciutadella Park and it’s very popular with local families. You can rest on one of the benches in the shade while your children make new friends.
DIRECTIONS From the Mamut statue walk around the lake. The playground is adjacent to the school.
Kaiku is one of our favorite restaurants in Barcelona. We eat here almost every time we’re visiting with our family. They serve one of the best paellas in Barcelona and the location can’t be beaten. The restaurant is right on the beach with seating both inside and outside on the promenade. The outside seating is great if your kids want to run around the plaza while you wait for the food. It’s easy to keep an eye on them.
DIRECTIONS It’s a 20-min walk from the playground to Kaiku. Alternatively, you can catch the 39 bus outside the park on Av Marquès de l'Argentera, which will take you down to the beach.
TIP There is no kids menu but my little one enjoyed the chicken croquettes. The restaurant is only open for lunch and lunch in Spain is eaten late. Be sure to check in advance for the opening times.
Who doesn’t like good ice cream? This cute little place offers homemade ice cream that parents and kids will enjoy alike. There’s no seating inside but across the street is a little playground on Plaça Poeta Bosca, with benches.
DIRECTIONS Kuku Helados is a 5-min walk from Kaiku through the small alleys of Barceloneta, Barcelona’s beach neighborhood. Follow any street towards Plaça Poeta Bosca. Kuku Helados is right across the street from the playground on the plaza.
Plaça Poeta Bosca
4 Carrer d'Andrea Dòria, Barcelona
This quiet plaza lies in the middle of Barceloneta, Barcelona’s beach neighborhood, and is home to a small playground. Pick up ice cream from Kuku Helados and relax for a few minutes.