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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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The riveting Raval district, Barcelona


Located downtown, next to the gothic district, Raval  is an underground district with a variety of up and coming restaurant, bars and cafes in addition to art and cultural gems such as the pivotal MACBA museum and the CCCB museum. We love this area because there is a wonderful element of surprise with pop up places, new design stores and a laid back environment.

Spots like Asian cuisine restaurant Dos Palillos offer a gastronomic dining experience with its incredible selection of food all perfectly set to artisan perfection. Then there is the casual Bar Lobo restaurant, with a great lunch menu and brilliant selection of Mediterranean food,  Carmelitas, and not to forget the incredible tapas Bar Cañete, all set aside from the bustle of La Rambla.

In this neighborhood you will find an array of places to eat and really fun bars lined up on the narrow and long roads. This cultural renaissance has created a district that’s lively, stimulating and remarkable. There are some parts that are run down, which will not be to everyone’s taste but the good most definitely outweighs this. This colourful and central location means that you are an easy walking distance of many points of interest in the center, including some of the best fresh food markets in Barcelona – the Boqueria and Mercat Sant Antoni. Many guests that stay in our boutique Barcelona apartments take advantage of this, by stocking up on local produce and cooking in our fully equipped kitchens.

Here you can find some cool stores particularly design from the vintage stores to the small boutiques and showrooms such as MedWinds.  If you like coffee with a an eclectic vibe head to El Colectivo on c/Notariat – they do amazing homemade cookies and their carrot cake is equally delicious. If you want to sit inside and perhaps have something more hearty, Caravelle, a new establishment is also worth visiting. Here you can expect coffee and a delicious brunch menu to awaken those taste buds!

Still, one of the best of the various café terraces around the edges of the quiet, traffic-free Plaça Vicenç Martorell, is Kasparo. They serve tapas, bocadillos, salads and a varying selection of more substantial dishes, available all day. There is no indoor seating, so this is most definitely more of a warm weather proposition.

Want to get straight to the hard stuff? There is Oveja Negra a classic bar in the area that gets rather crowded, serves good beer and has a cool vibe. In general on Joaquin Costa you will find lots of fun small bars, some of which stay open after hours – perfect if you are partial to a lock in.

[…] from 6th August until the end of the month one can watch films in the Pati de les Dores, at CCCB in Raval. The free summer open-air screenings include a selection of films that represent contemporary […]

August 6th, 2013 at 15:54, posted by Outdoor Cinema in Barcelona This Summer

[…] aren’t going to pretend, this unpretentious bar is situated in the unearthed Raval. Be prepared to bat and eyelid or two as it is rather underground and surrounded by more than just […]

September 20th, 2013 at 16:26, posted by Drink with the Barcelona arty types at Bar Pastis

[…] on the edge of the Raval neighborhood you will find Teresa Carles, an exceptional restaurant that specializes in vegetarian […]

January 14th, 2014 at 11:47, posted by Top Vegetarian Eats in Barcelona

[…] is a collaborative that consists of vintage fare, gallery, cooking workshops and more. Situated in Raval the project fuses all types of passion uniting creative cooks, designers and artists alike. Trends […]

March 22nd, 2014 at 12:24, posted by Uber Den Wolken – vintage and more in Barcelona

[…] authentic. You’ll find yourself among locals ordering their usual bocadillo or tapas. This Raval based place has been managed by several owners and is now in the hands of Frenchman Julien and […]

June 3rd, 2014 at 9:06, posted by Tapas with a French touch at La Perla de Oro

[…] week has also seen the opening of Lukumas’s second cafe in Raval. With a successful set up in Gracia already, we are glad to see that the Greek owners now have a […]

June 10th, 2014 at 12:56, posted by Artesan doughnuts in Barcelona

[…] spoke about this little gem in Raval previously and it had to make the list. It gets kinda crazy on Saturdays, with you literally […]

June 15th, 2014 at 11:28, posted by Top 5 brunch in Barcelona

[…] over the last few years, as have markets and pop up events. When we heard about La Boutique in Raval, we were instantly intrigued because they are a vintage and designer store – hurrah! Were […]

January 12th, 2015 at 15:18, posted by Designer Vintage at La Boutique in Barcelona

[…] have a few of theses places but this isn’t the case. There was an infamous local in Raval,  which was run by Julie Stephenson and Julia Fossi. The twosome were actually famous for having […]

February 23rd, 2015 at 9:25, posted by The Fish and Chips Shop Barcelona

[…] Argentinian-owned and operated restaurant and bar in Raval, is well-known in Barcelona circles for it’s nice space, friendly service and cool […]

March 30th, 2015 at 10:49, posted by Barcelona's Sifo Bar in Raval

[…] Barcelona is due to open Museum of Illusions at the end of this month. It will be located in Raval, just by favourite haunts Caravelle and Nuovum. It has been developed by the same people […]

April 14th, 2015 at 16:40, posted by Museum of Illusions coming soon to Barcelona

[…] Raval‘s little corner has had a revamp, now there is Carmelitas Tapas and Carmelitas Vermuteria, now under the TribuWoki group. We have always loved the space but it had got somewhat tired, so were more than excited to see how things have changed. Instead of just having one big general dining space the room at the back is now a bar dedicated to vermut, whilst the one by the window is dedicated to traditional and non-traditional tapas dishes. The two are interconnected by an internal corridor. […]

May 18th, 2015 at 16:57, posted by The new Carmelitas

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