Like La Rambla, the Rambla del Raval is home to restaurants, terraces and a slew of different languages. But this addition to the Raval is a tiny rambla in the heart of what was once Barcelona’s most seedy neighbourhood. Historically known for its nightlife, prostitution and crime, the Raval quarter has changed significantly since the city’s public works project started in 1995. And the Rambla del Raval became the heart of cultural and social happenings during this revitalisation. Today there are still remnants of a dark past, but nowadays the Rambla del Raval is a hipster’s paradise and a haven for multinational residents. The immigrant community has driven the diversity, art and energy of this up-and-coming neighborhood and added gastronomic gems like Kilim. Middle Eastern travel agencies, kebab restaurants and giant palm trees line this 250-metre boulevard where you’ll see a lot of tattoos and skateboards. In late afternoon, the Rambla fills with kids scurrying after their parents, backpacks in tow. Twenty-somethings especially love the area for the inventive chupitos at La Rouge (No 10), the jazzy Caipirinhas at Ambar and the cocktails at Barraval. If you’re feeling brave, scramble up the back of El Gato del Raval for a picture with Raval’s iconic chubby cat.
Everyone knows La Rambla, the mile-long strolling boulevard in the heart of the city. Stretching from Plaça Catalunya to Barceloneta, it’s often the first stop on most tourists’ must-see lists. Shops, restaurants, stalls, street performers, human statues and a carnival atmosphere make this infamous street a prime tourist trap. While it may deserve one walk-through during your stay, there are plenty of other ramblas scattered throughout the city that will give you outstanding gastronomy and shopping with a local flare. On these lesser-known streets, you can also get a glimpse into the neighbourhoods whose diversity, colour and soul are personified by a pavement.