Raval is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Barcelona and there are several great restaurants and bars that can be found there. You can find Raval West of the famous La Rambla. Raval has a bit of an image issue as many people think it’s a bad or dangerous neighborhood. I’d like to advocate the opposite. I’ve been to Raval many times and never felt unsafe. That being said, there are pickpockets active all over the touristic part of Barcelona, so caution is advised anyway. But it’d be a shame if you’d skip Raval during your stay in Barcelona as it has so much to offer. On this page I’m sharing the best restaurants and bars in Raval, Barcelona.
Let’s start with a restaurant that serves great brunch dishes: Tropico. A perfect spot to start your day at with a good breakfast. They have many juices and smoothies on their menu and several egg dishes like Arepas con perico and Huevos Rancheros. They also have a tropical fruit bowl, yogurt with home-made granola, an acai bowl and the pancakes with berries and cream cheese frosting pictured above. They’ve got many vegetarian and gluten free options that are clearly marked on the menu.
Looking for a place to satisfy your sweet tooth in Raval? Check out Pasteleria Tartisse. This popular bakery sells all kinds of colorful sweets like donuts and cakes. They’re open from 9am to 8pm so you can get your sugar-intake any time of the day. You can buy the sweets to take with you, or enjoy them there with a cup of coffee.
Chaka Khan, located at the Norther tip of Rambla del Raval, is a ‘gastro bar exotique’ in their own words. The restaurant consists of two floors; ‘Chaka’ on the ground floor for tapas and Khan on the first floor with elaborate cuisine with roots in Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Most dishes include meat or fish, but you can go for a veggie Thai curry. Every Thursday and Sunday there’s a music program.
Distrito Quinte is the perfect restaurant for a simple but tasty burger. You can find it at Ramblas del Raval. They have several nice burgers, including a vegetarian one. If you’re hungry you can order their empanadas as a starter.
Two Schmucks is a great bar in Raval. It’s actually listed as on of the 50 best bars in the world! You might expect a fancy and expensive place for a cocktailbar that’s listed number 26 in the world, but the atmosphere is super casual and relaxed. The cocktails are superb, but the interior is creative, unorganised and fun. The picture at the top of this page is also from Two Schmucks.
You can also visit their sister-restaurants Fat Schmuck and Two Schmucks on the Terrace. The latter opened as a pop-up restaurant, but is still there.
33 I 45
33 I 45 is a great bar to have a drink after dinner. It’s alternative; has an interior with all different kinds of furniture and local art on the wall. They sell all kinds of beers, wines and cocktails and also have a small tapas menu to accompany your drinks.