Despite its former reputation for being one of Barcelona’s roughest districts, El Raval has been revitalised in recent years and is now one of the hippest places in Barcelona. Its streets aren’t as charismatic as those of Barri Gotic, but its trendy shops and restaurants (especially the restaurants) rival those on the other side of Las Ramblas.
El Raval- here you will find performing street artists, painters and different kiosks that sell everything from international newspapers to domestic animals. El Raval contains the most diverse range of cuisine and shopping than any other neighborhood of Barcelona as well as a wide and charming group of inhabitants. On just about every corner you will find a bar, restaurant or cafe with terraces where you can sit and have dinner or just enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. It is popular among tourists due to its central location, great night-life, beautiful architecture, and numerous art galleries.
In addition to shops and restaurants, El Raval is home to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre De Cultura Contemporanea.