A stroll along Joaquín Costa
One of Barcelona’s biggest charms is its eclectic style. A style that combines the old with the new, the hip with the old-fashioned, the beauty with the dirty and kind of run down.
Not specifically on every travellers list but certainly worth checking out is Carrer de Joaquín Costa. This street is one of the coolest streets in the Raval neighbourhood and a perfect example of a street where you can find this great mix of styles. El Raval is one of Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhoods but because it was a real working class area with a high immigrant population, it was also one of the poorer areas in the city. You won’t find the grand, beautiful buildings like in some of the richer parts of town. You will, however, find a very eclectic mix of people because of this history and they add to the great character you will find in El Raval. And that character goes a long way!
Hipsters, Spanish people, people from Pakistan, expats, old, young; the people you will come across in Carrer de Joaquín Costa are from everywhere around the globe and from all walks of life. And that’s not surprising, this street has a bit of everything for everyone. On a wander along Carrer de Joaquín Costa, you will find small shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. The shops are not mainstream here and you can find a variety of products on offer. From amazing, exotic vegetables in small Pakistani supermarkets to little hippie shops with jewellery and clothing and shops with cool decorations for your home. If you are looking for a bite to eat you are also in the right place. You have plenty of choice, from delicious kebabs with home made bread, organic food, Chinese cuisine, Spanish tapas or maybe you fancy a delicious hot dog?
Carrer de Joaquín Costa is also popular for its nightlife. There are no big clubs but barhopping is at its best here. Apart from some typical Spanish bars you can find very modern and hip bars that look like they could be in London, New York or Melbourne. Then there are quirky, cool bars with interesting decorations and bars with beautiful art-nouveau style interiors. Do have a look in the side streets of Carrer de Joaquín Costa as well. Often there is great live music to be found in small, tucked away bars. And if you get hungry after your bar hopping adventure you won’t have to worry here, those delicious kebabs are served till the small hours!
How to get there:
The nearest metro stop to Carrer de Joaquín Costa is Universitat, L1 or L2. From Universitat you can walk onto Ronda de Sant Antoni and on your left hand side you will find the start of Joaquín Costa. The other end of the street comes out onto Carrer del Carme.