Ciutat Vella Merchant Walk Raval hosts recommend their favorite local businesses

A dozen hosts that use Airbnb in the Raval neighbourhood gathered on November to visit their favourite local cafeterias, restaurants, and shops. They explained how they give guests their recommendations to “live like a local” in Raval. They put a sticker in every business storefront that reads: “Host recommended local business”.


Hosts and guests using Airbnb generated an estimated economic impact of around €740 million last year for the local businesses of Barcelona. Only for the restoration activity, this number reached €223 millions. Barcelona has become the fifth city in the world per guest spending in bars and restaurants.


The first stop of the hosts of Raval was this café founded by Zim, an Australian living in Barcelona. Tiziana, a Raval hostess, eats brunch here every weekend. Julio, another host, stresses the good coffee served at Caravelle. Craft beers, craft sodas and tacos complete its gastronomic offer.


Caravelle (Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31, 08001 Barcelona)


“The terrace of El Candela is the best one in Raval”, explains Miquel, one of the hosts of the neighbourhood. Hosts cannot stop recommending the aubergines and the ricotta and Parmesan buñuelos. But it is not only about the food. El Candela hosts art exhibits from around the world, which are renewed every three months.


El Candela (Carrer de Salvador Seguí, 13, 08001 Barcelona)


Tiziana proposes La Monroe for those who want “big dishes, but good quality” and hostess Ascen advises guests not to forget nachos, which have the cinematographic name of Supernachoman. It is because being close to La Filmoteca passes its cultural spirit on La Monroe. The restaurant hosts film shootings, flea markets, art exhibits and DJs shows.


La Monroe (Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1, 08001 Barcelona)


It is really unusual to have a forge in the centre of the city, but Guillermina, its founder, wanted it this way. She spent more than a year rehabilitating the space where the forge has been working for more than 12 years in the neighbourhood of Raval. Pieces for Sagrada Familia and the Maritime Museum are being built in this forge. Besides, Guillermina teaches courses and organises the International Festival “Forja Viva”. As a unique experience in Raval, hosts propose their guests to make a stop at Guillermina’s forge.

Taller de Forja (Carrer Sant Ramon, 25, 08001 Barcelona)


“If you are looking for Andalusian food in Barcelona, you cannot miss Bar Cañete, nor its croquettes”, says Inma, hostess of Raval. Cañete is a classic of Barcelona and was the last stop in the Merchant Walk organised by Raval hosts.

Bar Cañete (Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona)