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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.

Introducing Caravelle café/restaurant

Cafe Caravelle in Raval Barcelona


Introducing Caravelle café/restaurant

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.

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Bun Bo Vietnamese – heavenly food in Barcelona

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.

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Wilde Sunglasses – vintage shades in Barcelona

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.

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Barcelona Insider – The Treasures

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.

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The Dog is Hot – creative hot dogs in Barcelona

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.

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Health, Leisure & City information

Fitness centers

- Club Metropolitan

Eixample: Balmes, 215

Tel: 93 218 1825


Les Corts: Galileo 186

Tel: 93 490 50 40


- Holmes Place

Eixample: Balmes, 44-46

08007, Barcelona

Tel: 93 272 20 00


Urquinaona: Ausiàs Marc, 9-11

08010, Barcelona

Tel:93 342 87 00

Swimming pools

- 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



Aqua-Urban Spa

Spa, facials, hydrotherapy, chromatherapy, chocolate therapy & aromatherapy.

Open7 days a week

Gran de Gracia 7, 08012

Tel: 932 384 160


Bio Beauty

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,

Tel: 934154210


Raval:C/ Sant Pau 122,

Tel: 934413177


Eixample:C/ Córcega 364,

Tel: 934574211


Original Language Cinemas


Rambla. Catalunya 90

Tel. 93 215 0506



Avinguda Diagonal 508

Tel. 93 496 3813



Pg. Gracia 115

Tel. 93 218 4345


Icària Yelmo

Salvdor Espriu, 61

Tel. 93 221 7585



Villaroel 103

Tel. 93 451 0051


Cines Renoir

Renoir Les Corts: Eugeni d’Ors, 12

Tel. 93 228 9393


Renoir Floridablanca: Floridablanca 135

Tel.: 93 490 5510


Cines Verdi

C/Verdi, 43

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


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gift-guide: fresh design from Open House

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.

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Rekons, an ode to pies

One of the most enjoyable parts of this time of year is the urge to start battening down the hatches and plumping for hearty, warming dishes – comfort food that warms the cockles and melts the heart; chicken soup for the soul. continue reading

Asia Festival


Asia Festival

16th – 25th September
Ten years ago this month, the authorities agreed that the melting pot of cultures here in Cataluña needed better representation and acknowledgement. And so the Asia Festival was born, held each year in the heart of the Raval district – the home of a diverse immigrant community, with almost fifty percent of its inhabitants born abroad. continue reading

Tahiti in Spain


Tahiti – bringing a tiki touch to Barcelona

Despite a generally gloomy outlook for the Spanish economy, the last several months have seen a swell in Barcelona’s cocktail culture, perhaps as a way to drown our sorrows or – more optimistically – as a clink of the glass towards a brighter future.

Until recently, cocktails had been reserved for more chic areas of the city, where some of the most famous cocteleros (or cocktail waiters) offer up their experimental creations for a discerning crowd.
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