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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.
Christmas may have been and gone but we still have Three Kings Day and the fortunate ones are still on vacation, so our gift guide in Barcelona continues! We must admit that we have a sentimental value when it comes to the street Notariat. We once managed a lofty space on this very quaint street in Raval, that was just in front of the cute art and design store OpenHouse Gallery Barcelona. Times have changed and although things have come and gone, skateboarding is something that isn’t likely to leave the city anytime soon. FTC is the elegant niche store dedicated to skating and it’s prime location being just by MACBA, the space that attracts an abundance of thrill seekers and veterans, is sheer brilliance.
Les Topettes is the brain child of couple Lucia and Oriol who were both attracted to the world of design and personal care products. The store offers environmentally friendly perfumes, soaps, creams, candles and toiletries with a hint of exclusivity. High quality is a key theme within the store, from the store front itself and it’s incredible tiled flooring emphasizes that you are in a special space.
If you love great service, a varied menu and being located in the up and coming Ravel neighborhood new venture Caravelle is a must. Set up by Australian chef Zim Sutton and wife Poppy Da Costa, this cafe/restaurant is a perfect spot for brunch with friends and family. The menu changes every day adding a nice element of surprise and is also open from breakfast right through to dinner. Breakfast choices range from baked eggs to hot ricotta pancakes with bananas and chocolate sauce to childhood favorite jam on toast.
After a serious overdose in Japanese we decided to tap back in to some much needed Vietnamese at Bun Bo and it didn’t fail to get my tastebuds racing. They do an incredible menu del día at just a fraction of the normal price between 13.00 and 16.30, where you can tuck in to three courses and a drink. Bun Bo Vietnam offers succulent dishes, tasty noodle soups and delicious entrees. They now have a new establishment in Raval, but the original restaurant in the glorious Gothic quarter still proves popular.
There is always something to be said about straying from the well-trodden path and Joaquin Costa in Raval is no exception. On the same street as Les Topettes and hot dog takeaway spot The Dog is Hot, you can find Wilde, a store dedicated to vintage sunglasses. Owned by Venezuelan Cao Azuaje and Teppei Kikugawa from Japan, this store is perfect if you are seeking a good assortment of sunglasses as they stock styles from 1950 to 1990.
Looking for a tour guide in Barcelona with a difference? Want to discover interior design, base your tour on boutiques, culture or perhaps focus on gastronomy? If yes, The Treasures is the ideal company for your choice. Set up by Carolina Carassco and Marianne Krauss (both extensive travelers), the boutique styled private walking tour company is based on unvealing the beautiful hidden gems in the city, ensuring that you are guaranteed to get to know Barcelona beneath the surface. We took a tour with The Treasures to discover their favorite haunts in Barcelona city – well if their’ tour grabbed the attention of The Cool Hunter, we clearly have to pay attention.
What comes to mind when you see guacadog, piña dog, mush dog, basil dog and green dog? If you answered- simple yet cool hot dog joint in Raval, you are right! These are just some of the variety of hotdogs served up at, The Dog Is Hot on Calle Joaquín Costa, Barcelona. When walking along the street it is hard not to notice the takeaway place as the bold graffiti on the exterior certainly makes an impression.
- Club Metropolitan
Eixample: Balmes, 215
Tel: 93 218 1825
Les Corts: Galileo 186
Tel: 93 490 50 40
- Holmes Place
Eixample: Balmes, 44-46
Tel: 93 272 20 00
Urquinaona: Ausiàs Marc, 9-11
Tel:93 342 87 00
- Poliesportiu Municipal Frontó Colom (indoor)
La Rambla, 18
Tel. 93 302 3295
- Complex Esportiu Municipal Banys Sant Sebastià (indoor/outdoor)
Pl. Mar, 1
Tel. 93 221 0506
- Poliesportiu Municipal Aiguajoc (indoor recreational)
Comte Borrell, 21-23
Tel. 93 443 0335
Spa, facials, hydrotherapy, chromatherapy, chocolate therapy & aromatherapy.
Open7 days a week
Gran de Gracia 7, 08012
Tel: 932 384 160
Health spa using 100% natural cosmetics.
Comte Borrell 236, 08012
Seneca 31, 08006
Tel: 934 547 060 / 932 386 080
English speaking hairdresser
Anthony Llobet English Speaking Salons
Gracia:C/ Rose de Olano 19,
Raval:C/ Sant Pau 122,
Eixample:C/ Córcega 364,
Original Language Cinemas
Rambla. Catalunya 90
Tel. 93 215 0506
Avinguda Diagonal 508
Tel. 93 496 3813
Pg. Gracia 115
Tel. 93 218 4345
Salvdor Espriu, 61
Tel. 93 221 7585
Tel. 93 451 0051
Renoir Les Corts: Eugeni d’Ors, 12
Tel. 93 228 9393
Renoir Floridablanca: Floridablanca 135
Tel.: 93 490 5510
Cine Verdi Park
C/ Torrijos, 49
Tel. 93 238 7990
Central Tourist Offices
Informació Turística Plaça Catalunya
Pl. de Catalunya, 17S, below Pl. de Catalunya.
For multilingual advice, maps, transportation passes, tourist bus info
Open daily 9am-9pm
Tel: 907 301 282 in Spain
Informació Turística Plaça Sant Jaume
Pl. Sant Jaume, 1,
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm, Sun,10am-2pm.
Oficina de Turisme de Catalunya Palau Robert
Pg. de Gràcia, 107
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm, Su 10am-2pm.
Tel. 93 238 4000
Weather Forecast in English
Rubbing shoulders with MACBA in the stylish upper part of Raval, Open House is a British-run design shop home to an eclectic blend of design wares, from the locally-based Basque illustrator Ibai Etxeberria to Swedish jewellery designer Lo Lou and unusual jewellery made of natural elements bone, carbon and wood by Karlota Laspalas.