Raval is Barcelona’s most controversial and at the same time super interesting neighbourhood! It used to be one of the most densely populated areas in the world until the city walls were removed at the beginning of the 20th century. This was also the time the Eixample area was created. Raval is a truly multicultural neighborhood with many amazing cafes, bars and restaurants.
The great thing about its controversial reputation is that prices are still affordable in this area. This referes to rent and sale prices of properties and also bars and restaurants. Raval’s nightlife is amazing and could not be more colorful and diverse. Also for Sunday Brunch and Vermuth you can find a million cool places along the Rambla de Raval, right where the famous Fernando Botero cat is.
One of our favorite Brunch spots is the Barcelo Hotel on the Rambla de Raval. They have a great Sunday Brunch deal which includes a supreme quality buffet, coffee and a cocktail. You can actually enjoy your cocktail on the 360° rooftop terrace with stunning views! Another great and fun street is Joaquin Costa which has many multicultural restaurants and vibrant bars…On Parallel street you can find anything from the famous Apolo club and Kebab places to exquisite restaurants from Spain’s most famous chef Ferran Adria.
Raval is also quite arty with many galleries and of course the famous MACBA (museum of modern art). You can have a coffee in the square next to the museum and watch the skaters play their tricks. Showing full length operas and other musical events, Liceu opera is located right on the Ramblas and simply is a must-visit in this neighborhood. El Raval certainly isn’t to everybody’s taste but if its one thing then it is authentic. It is certainly not as clean or pretty as other neighborhoods might be but it has so much personality and flaire!