When I come across public seating like these bench seats in Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood, I am reminded why I’ll always be an advocate for this city. The idea of bench occupants gazing in the same direction had never seemed an antisocial proposition to me. But the placement of these benches serves to foster interaction with the people around you and is an invitation to friends to enjoy a face-to-face conversation outdoors. The ability to reconsider and improve our traditional conception of a bench is admirable.
These seats – and a few additional pairs – are located on the Travessera de Gracia, across from the grand Mercat de l’Abaceria Central. What a great setting for a couple of people to recap a busy morning in the market.