You can find all kind of streets in Barcelona, and you will probably find some of the nicest and most charming in Vila de Gracia. Torrent de l’Olla is located in Vila de Gracia (or the popular part of the Gracia neighbourhood), and it starts near the Diagonal metro at Carrer de Corsega, and it winds all the way up to Traverssera de Dalt, near Lesseps metro.
Let me tell you why you should definitely have a look at this street of Barcelona: Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla…
Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla is full of shops. You will find especially two kinds of shops: Vintage & second-hands clothes and designer shops that sell clothes and jewelry. Also, download our free ebook for in depth info on Shopping in Barcelona.
There are two really great vintage shops: Gallery Vintage (Torrent de l’Olla, 117) and Graceland.
Graceland sells second-hand clothes and accessories. The shop is very small and you can find the nicest dresses as well as the ugliest (well, at least it suits all tastes)! But it’s really nice and quite cheap. The clothes are good quality and if you like Camden Town in London, you will love Graceland too for sure!
Designer shops are more expensive and sell mostly products for you, girls. Even if you’re not buying, walk through the door and have a look at their amazing pieces. Shops are very girly and pleasant, there is a lot of space and people are delighted to help you in anyway. If you’re looking for a birthday present, I am sure you can find something unique around there.
Have a look at Madam’ Pumpum (Torrent de l’Olla, 30bis) and Backstage (Torrent de l’Olla, 64), my two favorites!
You will find a lot of restaurants or bar/restaurants that offer you really good food from everywhere! French Crepes at St Germain (Torrent de l’Olla, 113), Japanese food sushi at Wasabi (best value for money, Torrent de l’Olla, 8), Brazilian food and cocktails at Berimbau (Torrent de l’Olla, 129) or Greek food at Dionisos (Torrent de l’Olla, 144). And that is just a sample of what you can find in this street of Barcelona!
I highly recommend you to go to St Germain. This place is so nice, with panther style bench seating, great music and really good crepes! When I went there with my friend, we had a great meal (and it wasn’t too expensive) while watching Mary Poppins. If you go, look for the numerous Barbie Dolls “hidden” in the bar and let us know how many you found! And it seems that they have a really great mojito… (Cocktails are only 4€ until 10pm)
All that to say that whatever your tastes or budget, you always find something in Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla! By the way, if you like bluegrass (or don’t know about it yet), go read this blog and then go to El Cine, a great bar with bluegrass jam sessions on Sundays! (El Cine, Torrent de l’Olla, 21)
If you like cupcakes then you have only one thing to do: GO THERE! The cupcakes are so beautiful that you don’t want to eat them… but you have to, because they are as good as they look! Colorful and stylish, they are not even so expensive (well, not if you get addicted and start buying half a dozen every day of course): around 2,50€ for one. It’s Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla, 46, and here is their website.
This street of Barcelona is full of places to get lost and explore. It is impossible to talk about all the shops, restaurants and bars that make this street Torrent de l’Olla inescapable.
Generally speaking, this street of Barcelona in Vila de Gracia is not too crowded, but still quite alive! Most people are locals and that’s a great spot if you want to escape from masses of tourists in the center!
Now it’s your turn! Do you know any good places that I should have mentioned? Let us know if you go and if you find great deals in the vintages stores…