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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.
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.
Brunch is something that has risen tremendously in Barcelona city. Places like New York and London have a steady reputation of fulfilling the part of the day where you tuck into a combination of breakfast and lunch. With pancakes, eggs benedict and bacon very much on the menu among other savoury and sweet dishes, you will now find an abundance of places to go to get your brunch on whether you’re in Gràcia, Eixample, Poble Sec or many other barrios.
Über Den Wolken 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 as we all know, come and go so the focus on reinventing style definitely offers a more affordable and individual alternative.
Let’s be honest, we don’t all like salads. Even the ones that do, often desire something a little creative every so often when selecting a healthy vegetarian option eating out. Believe it or not, even some of the team prefer to have an option rather than meat from time to time. More and more places are offering tasty salads with interesting ingredients and creative tapas. Here we have selected a few places that offer alternative vegetarian options other than your usual onion and goat cheese tart.
We aren’t going to pretend, this unpretentious bar is situated in the unearthed Raval. Be prepared to bat an eyelid or two as it is rather underground and surrounded by more than just the locals. The bar is like a relic in itself, established in 1947 and doesn’t seem like much has changed as the decor exudes the prior years – mixed vintage photos, dolls, red curtains.
If you want to know where to eat slightly off the beaten tracks or are interested in going for a food walk in a small group, you must check out Culinary Backstreets. They are the ideal choice if you want to unearth more underground places and experience eating among locals, and tucking into dishes prepared by some of the best cooks. With gastronomy being at the forefront of many a conversations in Barcelona, we met with Paula to find out her favorite places and things to do and see in the city.
The hazy sun is out in full glory and it seems that indoor cinema in such extreme temperatures is all to testing. Good thing that Barcelona has taken this into their own hands with a variety of outdoor venues throughout the cinema to watch local and international films. Depending on the location, it can be a romantic experience or a simple and nice thing to do with a group of friends. Find some of the events listed below.
Located on the other side of the gothic district is Raval, 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 but sophisticated Bar Lobo restaurant, with a great lunch menu and brilliant selection of Mediterranean food, and of course Carmelitas - all set aside from the bustle of La Rambla.
It isn’t everyday that you find many of the classic items that you need for the season in one shop, but that is most definitely the case with Medwinds. Located on 7 Elisabeth Street in the neighborhood of Raval in Barcelona. So what makes this store a perfect haven for those essentials? Well, many assorted espadrilles, fresh dresses, sandals and an effortless style of dressing when it comes with the Med. Most of these items can be purchased at Medwinds and at a reasonable price point.