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.

By the way, you can find out more about shopping and fashion in Barcelona on .

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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Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla, 178.
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 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.

 

Barcelona shops

Tiffanys Barcelona

 

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.

 

Barcelona restaurants

 

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

 

Restaurants in Barcelona

 

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!).


Barcelona restaurants

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

Barcelona hotels

 

 

 

Charlotte Giver

 

 

The Raval Barrio: Guide to Barcelona´s Infamous Neighbourhood

Get the lowdown on Barcelona’s infamous El Raval barrio! Suitelife’s latest neighbourhood guide takes you on a tour of its history, the best bars, restaurants and sights to check out. Perhaps unfairly portrayed as Barcelona’s dodgy neighbourhood, Raval is in fact full of character, vibrant, and with hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

El Raval: Neighbourhood Guide

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

Guide to The RAVAL

 

 

 

Barcelona Street Profile #3: Passeig del Born

Barcelona Street Profile Series on Passeig del Borne in the trendy el Borne neighborhood in Barcelona Spain. We LOVE this street and you will too! Lots of great info on our blog article too: http://bit.ly/cLCHbs

Aribau Barcelona Street Profile – A World of Fun, all on One Street!

Aribau Barcelona – a world of fun, all on one street, does it get any better than Calle Aribau Barcelona?

Aribau Barcelona, known as Carrer Aribau in Catalan or Calle Aribau in Spanish, is one of the coolest streets in Barcelona, full of Barcelona bars, Barcelona Restaurants and of course,  home to the SuiteLife office, Carrer Aribau Barcelona is possibly the coolest places for Barcelona nightlife.

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WHERE IS CALLE ARIBAU?

Aribau BarcelonaCarrer Aribau is a long street running for about 2km’s from Via Augusta down to Gran Via, Placa Universitat. It’s more or less a straight road, downhill or uphill depending of course, which direction you are going in!

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT IT?

I lived in Barcelona for over a year and never even knew about Calle Aribau in Barcelona. Although central, Carrer Aribau is located a little way out of the centre of Barcelona city. Only after working in the SuiteLife office did I realise the secret world of fun I had been missing out on. It’s a beautiful old, dramatic street with strong bold architecture and sums up the “Eixample barrio“.

I would say that Calle Aribau has two distinct characteristics. By day, it’s all business, and home to many of Barcelona’s upmarket offices. You will see business men walking around in their smart suits, and notice some swanky cars driving up and down the road. By night, it’s party central and offers some of Barcelona’s finest bars, cocktail bars and Whisky bars. You will find the same crowd in the bars having their after work drinks.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO ON CALLE ARIBAU?

There are countless bars, restaurants and clubs on Calle Ariabau, here are a few hand selected “extra special” places we think you NEED to check out!

La Flauta Restaurant – Tapas Not Just for the Tourists!

Tapas in BarcelonaThe businessmen who work on Carrer Aribau queue up for a table here at lunch time, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Barcelona, but not only with tourists. Catalan locals love this place and it’s authenticity shines through, from it’s classical Catalan tapas menu, to it’s simple but handsome interior. (Click here for a more in-depth look at La Flauta)


Aribau 23 | Eixample | Barcelona |+34933237038
Mon – Sat 08:00 – 01:00

Le Cyrano – A bar where you “pour your own drink” Be careful though!

Le cyrano bar barcelona - pour your own drinkHave you ever been to a bar, where you get to pur your own drink? NO? Well you need to get to Le Cyrano, a Barcelona bar like no other. If you want for example, a Gintonic (Gin & Tonic), they will give you the bottle of Gin and a bottle of tonic and a glass, it’s up to you to decide how strong you want your drink. All this, and it’s only €4.  As you can imagine, this is one of the most popular bars in Barcelona and attracts tourists and locals alike. (Click here for a more details).

NOTE!*!*!*! – Friends of mine have gone to check out Le Cyrano only to find it’s closed. In reality, they were just to early, Le Cyrano doesn’t open until 11pm! Don’t forget this is Barcelona and the party doesn’t get going until much later than usual!

Aribau 154 | Eixample | Barcelona| 08036

Espit Chupitos Bar – The widest selection of “shots” in Barcelona!

chupito bar barcelona aribauIn Barcelona, we have “Chupitos” which translates to “shots”. This bar which is basically called “shots” has some of the craziest and most creative shots you are likely to ever try, apparently over 500 varieties.

The “Harry Potter shot” is a flaming hot experience not for the faint hearted, and is also the reason you will see fire extinguishers hanging up behind the bar.

“Be sure to let the flames go out before drinking!”

Located directly opposite the SuiteLife office, this bar is typically full of Americans but also locals looking for something fun to do on the weekend!

Espit Chupitos | Aribau 77 | Eixample | Barcelona

 

“DONTELL”Barcelona’s secret restaurant..shhhhhh!

Barcelona restaurantsWhen I say this Barcelona restaurant is a “secret restaurant”, I don’t mean it’s secret because only the locals know about it, I literally mean it’s a secret. Disguised as a laundrette, Dontell restaurant looks like a typical Barcelona laundrette, complete with a “dry cleaning” price list in the window.

You cannot walk into this Dontell restaurant off the street, you NEED to book a table first. Confirmation of your table will read as “Your dry cleaning is ready for you to pick up!”

Once inside, you’ll be given a secret number to dial into the “vault” style door, leading into the restaurant area. Dontell is the ideal Barcelona restaurant to take your friends and family to, but “Dontell” them in advance and remember to take a camera for those confused/shocked family photos!

Dontell Tintoreria (Restaurant) | Aribau  55| Eixample | Barcelona | +34934520720

The SuiteLife Office

Barcelona apartments and flats suitelife.comLocated smack bang in the middle of Calle Aribau, we at SuiteLife are proud to have our office here, right in the thick of it. With all this fun stuff to do, right on our doorstep, it’s a wonder we ever get anything done!

So if you are looking for flats in Barcelona or simply want some advice about moving to Barcelona, pop in for a coffee and and hang out on the SuiteLife terrace with views of across the city!

The SuiteLife Office | Sobre Atico 2 | Ariabau 80 | Eixample | Barcelona | +34934514118

 

 

Experienced, written and loved by Ben Holbrook – SuiteLifer and Aribau Adventurer :)

Las Ramblas Barcelona Street Profile #4 – Architecture on Las Ramblas

Spanish Architecture – What’s HOT on Las Ramblas

So, you’ve booked your flights to Barcelona, or you already live here, and you wanna know about the great Barcelona architecture you can see along the city’s most famous street, Las Ramblas!

Architecture in Barcelona is big and beautiful and Las Ramblas offers some tasty treats for those interested in Spanish and Catalan architecture. As with most of the architecture in Barcelona, the ground floors are generally built for retail, so don’t forget to look up to see the full extent of the beautiful designs. This blog will give you loads of info on some of the best architecture on Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas Architecture Video!

Gran Teatro de Liceu de Barcelona – The GRANDEST Barcelona Teatre


Liceo Theatre Barcelona

Liceo Theatre Barcelona


Lets start with the Gran teatre de Liceu, an impressive opera house opened in 1847. Originally a convent, this is a classic story where life imitates art. Some what of an anomaly, The Liceu Theatre was not funded by the Monarchy as all other opera houses in Europe, but funded instead by a group of private share holders.  Known as the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Great Liceu Theater Society) and you may notice a few differences in the design of the buildings architecture,  lack of a Royal Box being one of the key indicators of this peculiar but spectacular Catalan theatre.

The opening ceremony on the 4th of April 1847 saw the Liceu Theatre open as the biggest opera house in Europe, with some 3500 seats! From it’s initial augmentation, the Liceu theatre suffered many pitfalls, and it’s amazing that it’s still here today.

FIRE , ANARCHY, BOMBS, CIVIL WAR AND MORE FIRE – This is Catalonia after all!


Anarchy in Barcelona?

Anarchy in Barcelona? NO!


Tragically, the Liceu Theatre was seriously damaged by fire on April 9th 1861 and the skills of architect Josep Oriol Mestres were called upon to implement a rapid restoration. The “re-opening” a year later, left only the original Façade, entrance hall and foyer, the rest being newly built. The Lieceu Theatre cruised along for the next few decades until catastrophe struck in 1893. During the opening night of the opera Guillaume Tell, two bombs were thrown into the Liceu theatre by the infamous anarchist Santiago Salvador . Sadly, 20 people were killed and many were seriously injured. Again, the Liceu was renovated and  reopened on 18th January 1894.  The seats where the people were killed were not used for many years after. the following years were realtively quiet but by no means easy. The Spanish civil war caused such financial instabililty that The Liceu theatre was nationalised and renamed Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Liceu Opera House – the National Theatre of Catalonia). Only in 1939 was it returned to it’s original owners. Once again, The Leceu Opera House returned to some level of normality until 1994 when there was yet another fire! The building was destroyed and the only option was for the theatre to become public in order to raise the money needed for the third rebuild. Hence the next name change The Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Liceu Great Theater Foundation). So when you visit The Leceu Theatre, see if you can notice the original features and the battle scars of this fascinating and historically rich Spanish Theatre.

Palau Guell – Las Ramblas – Gaudi’s only finished project.


Palau Guell Las Ramblas - The only building Gaudi finished

Palau Guell Las Ramblas - The only building Gaudi finished


Palau Guell is a beautifully crafted Palace, designed by Antoni Gaudi and is some what of a Barcelona secret. Known best  by die-hard Barcelona architecture fans, Palau Guell is interesting because it’s the only building Gaudi completed and little has been changed since. It’s nice to think when you look at Palau Guell, you are seeing exactly what Antoni Gaudisaw when he stood back, looked up at his work and thought, “Yes, that’s it, it’s finished, it’s perfect!” At least that’s what I imagine he thought. Antonio Gaudi is of course mostly famous for his work on Passieg de Gracia – La Padrera, Casa Batlló and the un-finished Sagrada Familia.

The Güell Palace was built for Eusebi Güell who wanted a home on Las Ramblas Barcelona. And yes, it is the same guy who asked Gaudi to design Parc Güell too, uber-rich indeed! Eusebi Güell lived in the palace until 1906 and then moved to his house in Parc Guell, where he lived until his death  in 1918, not a bad life though hey! The Palau Güell was then passed onto Eusebi’s daughter, Mercè Güell i López and was used as a police station during the Spanish Civil War.

La Boqueria Mercat – Sant Josep

Historically, the Boqueria market has played a very  important role in the development of Las Ramblas and also Barcelona as a whole (Read the Ramblas Blog #2 for an in-depth look & video). The architectural design of the Boqueria is interesting as it changed slowly over the years, matching the needs of the traders, function over form. What you see today however, is a beautifully designed masterpiece and well worth a visit.

La Boqueria Market Barcelona - Europe's biggest market!

The Columbus Monument – BCN’s Meeting Point


Christopher Columbus Monument Barcelona - Pointing to the New World

Christopher Columbus Monument Barcelona - Pointing to the New World


If you are in-to monuments and statues, this 60m column will blow your socks off! The statue of Christopher Columbus celebrates the location of where he returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. It was here that he communicated with Queen Isabela and Ferdinand after his most famous of trips. The Christopher Columbus statue in Barcelona was sculpted by Rafael Atché and shows Columbus pointing out to sea or to “The New World”. This has caused many arguments as people believed he should have been pointing in-land to Spain. Standing at 7.3m tall, this is an impressive piece of Spanish architecture.


So SuiteLifers, these are a few of the Architectural highlights, but by no means all! Las Ramblas has a way of surprising you every time you go and we would love to hear about your experiences. Leave a comment here or check-out our Facebook page!

Ben

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