The main lobby of Centre de Cultra Contemporania de Barcelona, El Raval www.cccb.org
Once you are on the Las Ramblas, You are very close to El Raval already. We definitely heard mixed thoughts about El Raval from the locals but Emi and I believe this is the “It” area. Raval has gone through and going through bit of face lift and slow development stage like NY’s Lower East side during the late 90’s. Coming off from the infamous city’s red light district up to the late 80’s, El Raval is going through a re-birth. Thanks to Government’s urban regeneration project and investment of a lot of money to clean up the area to be more modern and safer. We hear that it is still unsafe at night but also you can see the huge potential of this area becoming one of the hippest diverse cultural area in Barcelona.
Currently CCCB is hosting a movies under the star during the month of July and August at their court yard. Super cool… Just missed one the night before…! Check out the website to get their film list. They all sound very interesting, here, couple examples for you: Toby Dammit by Federico Felini (1968) and Banditi a Orgoloso by Vittorio de Seta (1961).
Right down the street from the CCCB, there is also a Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona built by Richard Meier ( you can totally tell ) and also the Museum of Miro’ right next to it on this simple and open square called Placa dels Angels.
Beautiful narrow streets of El Raval.
Carrer de La Riera Baixa, the it street for all the small vintage boutiques in El Raval. There are about 15 one-off kind vintage boutiques and record shops on this single block. It totally reminded me of good old Lower East side of NY like Orchard street…
Maybe this was my favorite one of all. Simply, more selected and better quality.
An awesome larger than life size photo greets you at REBALS! A perfect example of mix of then and now shop. Books, Magazines, Vintages and bit of furniture.
Cool changing room
A flash back from Berlin!!!!
The Goth shops, sneaker store, kick ass modern art museums, cool boutique hotels, cafe’s and small tucked in restaurants.
Go check out El Raval, You will love it!