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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.
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.
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.
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. Shop until you drop, it’s rebajas (sales) time after all. What makes this cute little place a little haven, i sthe selection. We all know when it comes to vintage in particular it is very much down to the eye and picking, relevant, interesting, and some trend pieces. Erica has succeeded and I am sure many are asking for overdrafts or loans at the bank at this moment.
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. It borders with L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample (on the other side of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes), the Raval (on the other side of Ronda de Sant Antoni), and Poble Sec (on the other side of Avinguda del Paral·lel), making it a neat little location.
There is one thing that is very evident about Bobbie behind SomeSeeds website – she loves her food and she sure is active on the foodie circuit. Hailed from London, Bobbie started her food website based in Barcelona, as gastronomy seems to be very much at the forefront of her day and she enjoys eating out and trying new places. We caught up to find out more about these seeds and where we should be eating out.
Discover our favourite places in Barcelona to delve into tasty pancakes, hash browns, unwind on the weekend or even detox from previous misdemeanors. Lots of places have been popping up over the last few years, it’s so popular that there is even a website dedicated to such a meal time, Coffee and Brunch BCN. We thought it was only fair that we share some of our regulars in addition to some classics and newbies.
There are lots of claims as to where doughnuts originally come from, with one theory stating that they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers and another suggests that Hanson Gregory, an American, professed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847. Then there’s the doughnut recipe, predating earlier examples, that has been discovered in an recipe book written in 1800 by Baroness Dimsdale, the wife of Baron Thomas Dimsdale in Hertfordshire, UK. Well we’d like to say thanks to all those that contributed to the creation of the doughnut, as we love this sweet confectionary that comes in different sizes, shapes, fillings and toppings for us all to appreciate.
La Perla de Oro (The Gold Pearl) is part fresh food grocery store, part restaurant and brilliantly simple and 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 Anouchka Gautier from Extremadura in Spain, a couple that let their influences resonate through the food. They regularly go to France to find products to create their inviting and tasty menu. As for the bread, they buy this from local bakery Baluard, known for delicious and excellent varieties.
We have one hell of a soft spot for Pintor Fortuny and the surrounding streets. Fairly new to our favourite little nook of Raval is new design concept store, Nuovum. Located across the road from our favourite brunch spot Caravelle, it’s general aesthetic and shop window coolly invites you to go in. The main feature is the impressive wooden hexagonal styled wall, neatly stacked and showcasing an array of merchandise.