Barcelona - Around Town - El Raval (part 2) - Galleries & Design Shops, Vintage & Second-Hand Shops

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A Ramble in El Raval


Start your ramble mid-morning by perusing the innovative temporary art exhibits at the CCCB . Here the two world’s have meshed harmoniously. The eye-catching blend of old-meets-new in this cutting-edge art space provides a fitting introduction to El Raval’s new identity. Head south along C/Montalegre to the Plaça dels Àngels. Sip a coffee beneath the Gothic arches of the restored Convent dels Àngels, which houses the café-restaurant and art and design exhibition rooms of Foment de les Arts Decoratives . Round off your art amble with a trip down nearby C/Doctor Dou, which is speckled with commercial art galleries. If you’re looking for contemporary art to jazz up your home, pop into Ras or Cotthem Gallery (see La Capella).


From here, it’s a short saunter to Mercat de La Boqueria . Walk along C/Carme, turn left onto C/Jerusalem, and go into the back entrance of this cavernous market. Make a beeline for El Quim de La Boqueria (stall 584–585) where you can pull up a stool and dig into fresh fare from baby prawns drizzled in olive oil and garlic to steamed mussels. After, head to the medieval gardens of the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, off C/Hospital, and take in the Gothic ambience of pillared arcades and courtyards. Then, get to Marsella and kick-start the evening with an absinthe before making for London Bar , where live music awaits.

Galleries & Design Shops

  1. Galeria dels Àngels

    Emerging and established contemporary artists from home and abroad are shown at this cutting-edge photography, painting and sculpture gallery.

    • C/Pintor Fortuny, 27

    • Closed Sun & Mon

  2. Transformer

    This store on one of the most arty streets in El Raval stocks an innovative range of lamps, furnishings, ceramics and hand-made jewellery. It is a good place to find unusual gifts.

    • C/ Doctor Dou 16

    • 93 301 89 05

  3. Espai Ras

    Exhibits at this architecture and design gallery and bookstore include architectural models, video installations and graphic design.

    • C/Doctor Dou 10

    • Closed Sun & Mon

  4. Bagués Joieria

    Iconic Barcelona jeweller since 1839 with an international reputation. Each piece is handmade using traditional methods.

    • La Rambla 105

    • Closed Sun

  5. Cotthem Gallery

    This long-established gallery exhibits one of the finest line-ups of international contemporary artists in Barcelona.

    • C/Doctor Dou 15

    • Closed Sun & Mon

  6. La Capella

    As well as contemporary art, this gallery boasts the R. Punt space, where you can relax and read dozens of art magazines.

    • C/Hospital 56

    • Open noon–2pm & 4–8pm Tue–Sat, 11am–2pm Sun

  7. Foment de les Arts Decoratives (FAD)

    Check out the ongoing exhibitions hosted by FAD, a century-old arts, crafts and design organization. Also here is Items d’Ho, a quirky shop selling creative furnishings, bags and jewellery.

    • Pl Àngels 5–6

    • Closed Sun

    Window, Foment de les Arts Decoratives
  8. La Xina A.R.T.

    The very latest on the contemporary art scene features at this innovative gallery, started by four local artists in the late 1990s.

    • C/Doctor Dou 4

    • Closed Sun & Mon, Tue–Fri mornings

  9. Loring Art

    Multimedia and digital design are spotlighted at this trendy bookshop space.

    • C/Gravina 8

    • Closed Sat & Sun

  10. The Air Shop

    A range of fun inflatable products by young designers are for sale and on display here: flower vases and accessories to furniture and all kinds of personalised items.

    • C/Àngels 20

    • Closed Sun & Mon am

Art aficionados gather at galleries for openings once a month (Tue–Thu). Enquire at individual galleries for more information.

Vintage & Second-Hand Shops

  1. Mies & Felj

    A labour of love for two Catalan brothers and a Dutch woman, this shop is packed with vintage fur-lined leather jackets, Chinese dresses and racks of old jeans.

    • C/Riera Baixa 4–5

    Mies & Felj
  2. HoLaLa

    Rummage for an outfit at this three-floor vintage store, with everything from original silk kimonos to army pants and colourful 1950s bathing suits.

    • C/Tallers 73

  3. Discos Edison’s

    This record shop has been attracting eclectic music hounds since 1979 with a fantastic vinyl collection, including Catalan folk, Broadway tunes and Spanish pop.

    • C/Riera Baixa 10

  4. Lailo

    In this theatre-turned-vintage store, you’ll find everything from glitzy 1950s cocktail dresses to 1920s costumes.

    • C/Riera Baixa 20

  5. Revólver Records

    The speciality here is classic rock – as shown by the wall art depicting The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. One floor houses CDs, the other a huge selection of vinyl.

    • C/Tallers 11

    Shop window, Revólver Records
  6. La Lluna de 2a mà

    Pick from a small but select array of used clothes and shoes, which may be anything from patent leather platforms to polka-dot Dr Martens.

    • C/Riera Baixa 18

  7. Le Swing

    If you’re looking for Chanel shoes, a Dior coat or a YSL evening gown, this chic, boudoir-style boutique is definitely the store for you. There are some wonderful accessories too.

    • C/Riera Baixa 13

  8. Smart & Clean

    Hip young Barcelonians swear by this secondhand store with clothes mostly from the 60s and 70s.

    • C/Xucla 6

  9. Discos Tesla

    This tiny, but well-stocked, record and CD store focuses on alternative music from decades past. It is the kind of place where you can hum a few lines of a song and the owner will track it down.

    • C/Tallers 3

  10. GI Joe Surplus

    One of Spain’s few army and navy surplus stores, where you can find bags, backpacks and clothing from the Russian, Israeli and US militaries.

    • C/Hospital 82

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