Top Ten Things to Do In El Raval, Barcelona

Check out one of the best districts of central Barcelona

A cultural melting pot as well as one of Barcelona's oldest districts, El Raval smells, tastes, looks and feels different than other parts of Barcelona. Here you'll find Asian restaurants rubbing shoulders with Art Deco cafes and medieval monuments, while the nightlife is as lively and varied as anything in the city. Read on to find out the Top Ten Things to Do In El Raval, Barcelona.

This article is part of our 100 Things to Do in Barcelona.

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    MACBA Museum

    MACBA Museum Barcelona
    ••• MACBA Museum Barcelona. Image: MorBCN Some Rights Reserved

    Follow any youth with a skateboard in El Raval and chances are they'll lead you to the MACBA Square, riddled with skaters, and home to Barcelona's cutting-edge Museum of Contemporary Art. Worthy of an afternoon of anyone's time, it's housed in a gorgeous white building by American architect Richard Meier.

    You can buy tickets to the museum here, and book a guided tour of the area to soak up even more culture

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    Center of Contemporary Culure of Barcelona

    CCCB Cultural Centre, Barcelona
    ••• CCCB Cultural Centre, Barcelona. Image: Julian Pierre Some Rights Reserved

    The CCCB used to be a medieval convent, but now it's one of Barcelona's premiere spots for cultural exhibitions and concerts. You should definitely visit the CCCB for its stupendous reflecting wall with views over El Raval's rooftops, all the way to Montjuic.

    You can pick up a Barcelona Museum Card on your trip that will give you entry to the CCCB as well as many other cultural attractions the city has to offer. 

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    Els Tres Tombs Bar

    Els Tres Tombs Bar, Barcelona
    ••• Els Tres Tombs Bar, Barcelona. Image: Ricard Gil Some Rights Reserved

    One of Barcelona's most famous bars, Els Tres Tombs is situated by the Sant Antoni market, where Barcelona's creatures of the night assemble at dawn for ​one last beer and a tapa after a night out dancing.

     

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    Rambla del Raval

    Rambla del Raval, Barcelona
    ••• Rambla del Raval, Barcelona. Image: Lieven Soete Some Rights Reserved

    This once-forlorn promenade is now the focal point of one of the city's buzziest areas, edged by snazzy bars and a host of delicious kebab emporiums. Make sure you catch Botero's giant cat sculpture, a good landmark to meet up with friends. Ambar, at the southern end, is a good spot for a beer and alternative music.

    Why not indulge in a walking food tour of the area and grab some delicious tapas while checking out Las Ramblas? Book one here

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    Sesamo

    Sesamo is a Barcelona rarity—a veggie restaurant both chic-looking and really innovative, using the freshest organic produce.

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    Bar Marsella

    A real spot of French bohemia in the middle of Barcelona, Marsella sports everything from torn-away plaster to dusty cabinets lined with old bottles of liquor and Art Nouveau decor. The drink of choice there is absinthe, served the old-fashioned way, with a spoon, a sugar cube and a lighter.

    In fact, Barcelona is home to many an interesting bar—you can read more about the city's nightlife scene with our Guide to Late-NightBarcelona.

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    Sant Pau del Camp

    Barcelona's oldest church is an early Romanesque treat, tucked away in a corner of the Rambla del Raval. 

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    London Bar

    London Bar, Barcelona
    ••• London Bar, Barcelona. Image: Kieran Lynam Some Rights Reserved

    The writer Hemingway, and the artists Picasso and Mirò, have all refueled at London Bar, and the local haunt manages to retain the same rundown glory of its stellar days, often animated by live music nights, showcasing blues, jazz, and rock acts.

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    Retro Clothes Shops

    El Raval is perhaps the best spot in Barcelona for retro fashion, with a near dozen boutiques devoted to vintage clothing on a small passageway just off Rambla del Raval. The place to find an outfit for a night out in the super-trendy Raval.

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    Bar Crawl on Carrer Joaquin Costa

    From the Art Nouveau splendour of Casa Almirall to the chilled, retro '70s vibe of Benidorm and Lletraferit, a cocktail bar-cum-library, Joaquin Costa has a run of intriguing bars.  Read up on this Pub Crawl and get your drink on in one of the coolest districts in Barcelona!