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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.
This Argentinian-owned and operated restaurant and bar in Raval, is well-known in Barcelona circles for it’s nice space, friendly service and cool vibes. You can’t help but notice assortment of spirits and liqueurs that decorate the bar. The restaurant is situated in the back room, serving excellent Mediterranean food at reasonable prices.
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.
Tagged as an Asian snack bar this place will sure make an impression on the culinary scene in Barcelona. Just opened on May 1, 2008 it is located next to the Camper hotel in Raval. Apart from the fact that the entire staff wears camper shoes, there is no direct connection between the 2 says Albert Rauric (former head chef at El Bulli).
If there is one name synonymous with sophisticated dining in Barcelona it’s the Grupo Tragaluz. This prolific, family-run company has over a dozen restaurants in the city, each one with a different culinary offering, yet all sporting chic interiors, and a philosophy that manages to just ‘get it right.’ Here are a few of our favourites: continue reading
You´ve done Barcelona´s big and famous art galleries such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). You´ve marvelled at the works of Picasso and stared closely at the paintings and sculptures of Miró in their respective museums, and now you´re ready for something different – you want to explore those smaller and perhaps off-the-beaten-track galleries, full of local and emerging talent or alternative and contemporary exhibits. Here are some of our favourite smaller galleries – and what´s more, they´re all completely free to enter too.
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.
If the Museum of World Cultures wasn’t enough, 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 responsible for the museums of optical illusions in Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Barcelona welcomes The Fish and Chips Shop, a local dedicated to one of the Brits famous dishes, fish and chips. You might think with us being located by the sea and serving up an abundance of fish dishes, and the number of British expats living here, that we’d 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 the first chip fryer in Barcelona – so much so that they were mentioned in Easyjet Traveller Magazine among others. They closed in 2013 and the void has pretty much been there for some, ever since.
Vintage stores have popped up like crazy 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 talking Hermés scarves, YSL dresses and even pieces buy Celine.
Sant Antoni is a neighbourhood in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Its non-official centre, the marketplace of the same name—designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias and built between 1872 and 1882—is one of the oldest and most popular in the city, popularly known for the secondhand book stalls that surround the building Sunday mornings.