This blog post was originally posted on August 10, 2016 and was updated on November 30, 2017.
Eclectic ethnic restaurants, century-old taverns, and some of the best modern tapas bars in town, there’s a lot of foodie goodness in Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood.
The Raval neighborhood which was once known as the barrio chino or China Town was not always a place you’d want to find yourself after sunset. Long before Barcelona became the hopping, cosmopolitan city it is today, the Raval stood on the outskirts of the city walls, and over the years developed from farmland and vegetable gardens into one of the city’s seediest areas. Today, it still has a bit of that edge, but with, for the most part, the Raval is one of Ciutat Vella’s most authentic neighborhood, with some incredibly delicious spots to discover! Read on for our expert guide to where to eat in Barcelona in the Raval neighborhood!
When it comes to good taste, you can’t do better than Bar Cañete! With waiters dressed to the nines, and the chefs working wonders before your eyes, Bar Cañete is more than anything an experience! It also helps that their classic Spanish and Catalan tapas are top-notch delicious, too!
Address: Carrer de la Unió, 17
Looking for a stellar sandwich in the area? Bar Fidel is where it’s at! Along with some simple, cold tapas, Fidel is famous in the Raval for dozens of reasons. Furthermore, most of them being different gourmet sandwiches, which we also love!
Address: Carrer de Ferlandina, 24
Creative Catalan cuisine is not hard to find in Barcelona. From famous chef Ferran Adria’s inventions to countless Michelin-starred tasting menus, there is a lot to discover in this department, including Suculent. A small restaurant on the leafy Rambla de Raval is a great spot. Don’t miss this trendy place for a meal that you will remember for years to come!
Address: Rambla de Raval, 43
One of the longest still-standing establishments on the bustling Joaquin Costa street, Casa Almirall is a modernist gem waiting to be discovered. Though it seems like an ordinary bar upon first glance, they actually cook up some of the best tapas in town during the day. There’s no menu, just a printed receipt on each table with what’s on offer for the day.
Address: Carrer Joaquin Costa, 33
A Tu Bola
The Raval is full of ethnic flavor, and A Tu Bola, an Israeli street food bar, is no exception. Their menu boasts some of the tastiest falafel in town, just to name one of their delicious bolas.
Address: Carrer de l’Hospital
Now that you know where to eat—you need to know what you must try! Take a look at the video below to get some inspiration!