While nearby Restaurante Romesco feels authentically like the Barcelona of the 1970s, Quimet & Quimet feels more like the 1870s. The toothless bartender tells us in broken English that it turned 100 last year (2014). Looking at the epic layers of dust and spiderwebs on their shelves of spirits and the barrels of Vermouth that look like they could have been made with wood from Noah’s Ark, that seems about right. Vermouth has always been popular in Barcelona but has been especially trendy as of late, and this is a great place to sample it. They also serve a range of tapas – the best approach is just to try what the bartender recommends.
In stark contrast to the perfectly planned grid of Eixample, El Raval is a maze of characterful and often cobblestoned streets lined with some of Barcelona’s coolest restaurants, bars and boutiques. A number of neighbourhood revitalisation projects, including the opening of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in 1995, have upgraded its status from “no-go” to “rough” to its current “edgy/cool” appeal for visitors and locals alike.
Quimet & Quimet | Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25 | +34 934 423 142