Barcelona Street Profile: Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla

Barcelona Street Profile: Carrer Torrent de l’Olla

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.

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Let me tell you why you should definitely have a look at this street of Barcelona

Shops on Torrent de L’Olla

This street 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.

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There are two really great vintage shops: Gallery Vintage (Torrent de l’Olla, 117) and Graceland.

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Gallery Vintage is really popular and you can find amazing clothes. Prices are both high and low, it depends of the product, but you can find beautiful bags for around 20€ for example… They have a website and you can buy online, but I think it’s better to go there directly and to see their wares first hand and get a feel for the store.

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!

Food, Food, Food and Drinks!

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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)

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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)

Shabby Chic Cakes

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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 Torrent de l’Olla, 46, and here is their website.

Blue Cat Tattoo

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Check also the Budda Bag shop, on Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla, 46. Once you try them, you’ll want to stay there for ever!

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…

 

 

Cheers

Caroline

 

Barcelona Crime: Pickpockets, Prostitutes, and Theft Part 1/3

Areas to Be Extra Careful When in Barcelona ~

Ever since you have been buying milk at school your parents continually remind you to watch your pockets and watch your money. You may be older, you are hoping you are wiser, but the same still holds true, even more so here in Barcelona. Violent crime in Barcelona is relatively low, so cheers for that. Unfortunately Barcelona is the European pickpocket capital. During the height of the tourist season (ie. during the summer months) there are approximately 315 reported thefts in Barcelona each day. Anyone who has been mugged or pick pocketed knows the feeling of being left with no money, feeling vulnerable and violated.

Theft in Barcelona is highly lucrative, with small fines and a quick release. The police try to serve and protect the public, but they can only do so much. While certain areas of the city are regarded as high theft locales, the truth is that it can happen on any street, at any time, by anyone. Do not be fooled thinking that thieves have s specific type; the gypsy looking woman, the poorly dressed man on the metro, the group of kids on La Rambla. These criminals take every shape and form, and they can often seem friendly and warm. Here is a list of the top 5  pickpocket locales in Barcelona.

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1. The Metro -

A ride on Barcelona’s Metro can provide quick and effortless access to the city at large. It can also provide quick and effortless access to an unsuspecting persons’ effects. Crowded and tight locations are prime hunting grounds for Barcelona pickpockets as they are able to get close, make body contact without anyone thinking twice about it, and an easy escape. Even in seemingly safe surroundings always look around and identify your location as well as the people who are around you. Wear you back pack forward or keep it in your hands. Do not leave it strapped to your back facing away from you as it is effortless for criminals to reach in and Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in Barcelonagrab any desired possession. Keep purses and camera holders tight diagonal around your chest and arms, and always be wary of people bumping or touching you, no matter how close of proximity you are. While people in Barcelona tend to be friendly, people normally do not like touching strangers unless they truly have to. Watch out for people a little too close for comfort.

2. Las Ramblas -

Barcelona’s busiest street and most famous tourist attraction. During the day watch out for pickpockets on the street. As Las Ramblas is incredibly crowded, especially during the summer and weekends it is easy to get pushed and bumped by the passerby’s. While you may feel safe being in the busiest part of the city during the day with so many people around you, it is actually Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in Barcelonaan incredibly easy  situation for criminals to get close. The close proximity and constant bumping makes it easier for Barcelona pickpockets to get close and grab hidden items in pockets and purses. You may be busy watching the living statues or looking at flowers along the streets. During this time you are not paying attention to your belongings and are not paying attention to the people bumping into you. Next you notice that your wallet or belongings are gone.  Even during the day it is important to pay attention to your surroundings and who is around you.  Keep purses closed, place the straps diagonal instead of simply resting on the shoulder. If you are taking pictures keep the camera strapped around your neck or keep it in your bag when not using it.

Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in BarcelonaIn the evening Las Ramblas can seem like an entirely different place. It is dark, empty, and seedy.  During the evenings the street tends to be the habitation of  prostitutes looking for some evening work or a person to steal a few Euros from. Be careful as they can be incredibly pushy and forward. Continue to walk without stopping or making eye contact. They are persistent and will try to make body contact. During this time they will try to relieve you of your belongings. Don’t give them this opportunity. The easiest thing to do here is to walk quickly and avoid any conversation or contact.

3. Beaches -

Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in BarcelonaThe beach is a pickpockets paradise as people are always leaving valuables out and often unattended. It is as easy as picking an item up off of a towel. Similar to every other situation, keep valuables like cards, passports, or expensive items at home, or if you have to take them with you keep them properly stowed away and never leave them out. Never leave your blanket or property even for a quick swim. Make sure someone is always watching your belongings.

4. Ciutat Vella -

This is the area of the city right off Las Ramblas beaten path. Ciutat Vella consists of narrow isolated streets that are often dark and empty. During the day it can be fun to walk through these historic pathways, however use Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in Barcelonaextreme caution and judgement when alone at night, especially after drinking. There are many fun Irish pubs and tourist bars in the area, so make sure you never leave alone as this is the perfect scenario for a thief to take advantage.

5. Any bar after a few drinks -

I have first hand experience with this scenario. Barcelona night life is fantastic. Plenty of bars to find your favorite drinks, plenty of good looking people to talk with, plenty of songs to dance to, and plenty of parties to last the whole night through. Similar to Las Ramblas and the Metro, bars and clubs are great grounds for pickpockets as people once again are in incredibly cramped, crowded rooms badly lit with loud noise and plenty of Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in Barcelonadistractions. I hate to sound paranoid and discourage anyone from having fun, but similar to other setting be wary of people touching you. Yes people tend to be more flirty and touchy with drinks and dancing but make sure to be cautious of people touching you out of the blue. If they are grabbing you without even a conversation or dance then be a bit cautious. This is true of any city or scenario, but be careful of taking strangers home. I have friends who had taken people home from the clubs only to wake up missing all of their belongings. I know this may sound cliche, but use common sense; never leave a bar or club alone or with strangers, never take passports, credit cards, cameras, or other valuable items, and always be aware of where you are and who is around you.

Pickpockets and thieves make there living by being fast and unsuspecting. Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in BarcelonaThey go after the easiest prey they can. If you stay aware, alert, keep valuables hidden and guarded they will be that much less likely to target you. Even if you are targeted by a thief do your best to avoid body contact with strangers, and avoid conversations with people on the street who appear too close for comfort. If you use these tips while traveling through these famous Barcelona locations then you will be less likely to be targeted by Barcelona pickpockets, and much more likely to enjoy your Barcelona experience,creating nothing but positive memories.

If you have any tips about how to stay safe in Barcelona we would love to hear from you.

 

Metro Barcelona, theft in Barcelona, pickpockets, crime in Barcelona Cheers,

Brettsky

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5 True Stories To Help You Recognize and Avoid Pickpockets in Barcelona

Barcelona Pickpockets Hit the Road

 

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Barcelona Street Profile: Passeig de Gràcia

 

Passeig de Gràcia - Immerse yourself in chic Barcelona


Passeig de Gracia, also known as Paseo de Gracia is one of the streets in Barcelona that I don’t find myself visiting that  often. But when I do, I barely feel like I am in Barcelona anymore. Correction. I realize that I am actually in a big city that offers everything that a shopoholic, a museum and restaurant – lover, could possibly want and need. Because when you find yourself walking around in El Born for Eixample (which I do almost everyday…) or along the beach, I often feel that I am at a summer resort rather than in a big city. But that’s not the case. I am in a big city, I Just don’t go to those typical big-city-parts of Barcelona that often. However, when my friends come to visit me, I often hear myself saying: Hey, let’s go to Passeig De Gracia. And let me just tell you one thing: all my friends that have been here  love love love Passeig de Gracia Barcelona! In other words, there is something magical about this street.

 

Street Profile: Passeig de Gracia – the most exclusive Barcelona street, bringing you a little bit closer to Audrey-ism with stores that carry clothes that you almost would give up your vision to have in your closet.  Get all the information you could possibly need to know about the most exclusive shops, fabulous restaurants and museums. Read and take notes my friends.

 

Shopping Passeig de Gracia

 

 

Passeig de Gracia by day

Passeig de Gracia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona and also one of it’s most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture. Furthermore, this street is the home of heavy brand shops and boutiques such as Jimmy Choo, Tiffanys in Barcelona, Chanel, Gucci and Valentino, separated with cute coffee shops and trendy restaurants. However, this street is not always aimed at the ones with a big wallet. Shops such as Stradivarious, H&MBershka and Blanco are all to be found here.

 

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Passeig de Gracia is located in the central part of Eixample, stretching from Placa Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gracia. In terms of cost of renting or buying property anywhere in this avenue, Passeig de Gracia is nowadays regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and also in Spain – even ahead of Calle Serrano in Madrid.

 

Barcelona museums

When living in Gracia (I now live by Plaza de Catalunya), I went to DIR – one of Barcelona’s most famous gyms, located on Gran de Gracia. After my one hour – or so of training, I was not ready to go home just yet. Many times, I found myself strolling down Passeig de Gracia in order to do some sightseeing or shopping. One day, for example, I found myself passing by the park and boutanic garden of Jardines del Palau Robert, located on Passeig de Gracia 107. After one quick look through the big glass doors, I could not not go inside in order to look further. A shame that I didn’t bring my camera, I thought as I was walking through the beautiful garden where I also visited small art and history museums.

When it comes to sightseeing, I would recommend you go and visit one of Gaudi’s works. When in Barcelona, this is something you just have to do. Gaudi’s work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona Architecture and you will see his work all over the city – for example on Passeig de Gracia.

Casa Battlo, located at 43 Passeig de Gracia – is a building restored by Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904-1906. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) and it does indeedhave a skeletal organic quality. This building looks very remarkable – like everything Gaudi designed. The ground floor in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.

 

Passeig de Gracia by night

Passeig de Gracia is famous for its chic and trendy restaurants. One of these is Parco Sushi Sashimi, located on Paseo de Gracia 119. I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of sushi – and sushi restaurants. I love everything about it. I mean, after all, this is where you will find the best cocktails and service, the perfect atmosphere on that Saturday night and hip people from all over the world. On Passeig De Gracia, you will find this sushi restaurant, famous for its amazing food and drinks. The dress code is a little bit nicer than other typical Spanish restaurants, so start scanning your closet right now for that little black dress. This restaurant is unquestinably one of the best and most exclusive Japanese restaurants in the city with a stylish atmosphere. Average cost per person: 60 Euros. Reservations highly recommended.

 

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Other Barcelona restaurants, located on Passeig de Gracia, that I recommend you to go visit are the following:

  • Restaurant Bilbao. C/ Perill 33 One of the best restaurants serving Catalan cuisine in the city. Very friendly service. Average cost per person: €35. Reservations highly recommended. Tel: 93 458 96 24
  • Botafumeiro marisqueria Gran de Gràcia, 81. One of Barcelona’s famous seafood restaurants only 5 minutes away from the apartments. Average cost per person: €70. Meals served non-stop from 1 pm to 1 am                  www.botafumeiro.es Tele: 93 218 42 30

 

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Passeig de Gracia living – The home of the exclusive hotels

If you want to enjoy this summer on top of one of the best terraces of Barcelona, don’t miss ALAIRE Terrace of Hotel Condes de Barcelona, located on Passeig de Gracia 73-75. This is the perfect place to stay during your visit in the city or for that Saturday lunch or Sunday brunch (wow, that rhymed!) The other weekend, I was having lunch with some friends at this 4 Star Hotel, located in an emblematic corner of the city where you can contemplate the spectacular sights, surrounded by other beautiful hotels (all with rooftops and pool areas!).


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Passeig de Gracia

 

From the ALAIRE hotel terrace, you have an amazing view over the famous Gaudi building on Passeig de Gracia. I suggest you bring a camera and make a visit!

 

Barcelona Hotels

 

The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the newest Mandarin Orientals. The hotel is situated in an elegant mid 20th century building near the Casa Battlo by Gaudi with its fabulous facade. The rooms have great view over the city and some even has terraces. The hotel design takes inspiration from its original Spanish heritage and mixes it with modern Spanish design. There are s one can love about this hotel. The fact that each room has a free standing bath, the white mediterranean brasserie Blanc serving up Catalan specialities and the modern Bankers Bar with outdoor terrace. But my favorite part of the hotel has to be the roof top sun deck with plunge pool and views over the city. For more information or to make reservations please visit www.mandarinoriental.com or call 0080028283838


The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona

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Charlotte Giver

 

 

The Raval Barrio: Guide to Barcelona´s Infamous Neighbourhood

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El Raval: Neighbourhood Guide

Check out the link below for the highlights and invaluable insider info.

Guide to The RAVAL

 

 

 

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