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Barcelona, El Raval: City guide

This area of the city, not far from the central Plaza Catalunya and La Rambla, is being transformed into one of Barcelona’s most exciting and fashionable Bohemian districts

City Guide
Gary Cohen,

It’s hard to decide where to start in El Raval, a maze of hidden streets and secret spots. You can’t really go wrong, but one place where you might want to begin is Bibian Blue Boutique (Carrer Torres i Amat 13), a melting pot of fascinating and unusual Gothic-infused fashion

Next up is a visit to Soul Moda at Tallers 15, an ultra-funky, blissfully independent, kitsch little store which sells the heart and soul of El Ravel in the form of highly distinctive clothes and accessories

Stop for a bite to eat at Escribà on Floristes de la Rambla, a little-known yet amazing local delicatessen which sells some of the city’s sweetest delights

For some of Barcelona’s finest leather goods for women, visit Juan Jo Gallery (Carrer d’Elisabets 20), which has been a local favourite for over 40 years now – with good reason

Travel back in time by stepping into Lailo (Carrer de la Riera Baixa 20), a treasure trove of fashion from days gone by, and then hit Smash (Carrer dels Tallers 50) for original and brightly coloured clothes and accessories that scream Barcelona

Unwind after a long day with a meal at El Consulado (Carrer Nou de la Rambla 95), a Mediterranean restaurant with creative and enticing twists that will have you relaxing in no time at all



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