Before the 1992 Olympics, it resembled a quasi-abandoned industrial area, but now it is lively and bustling with business activity. The area around the Rambla del Poblenou is full of shops, bars and restaurants. It is worth taking a cultural tour, either by day or night, through its cemetery, which was the first to be constructed outside Barcelona’s city walls.
Where: Bar Andalucia. Carrer de Ramon Turró, 270, 08005 Barcelona
Why: It is part of the history of Poblenou. It was established by Antonio, the current owner’s parents, 47 years ago. It serves homemade menus from noon, with 12 starters, 12 main courses, 6 desserts, and food is even served with a daily catchphrase.
Where: Sundown. Rambla del Poblenou, 85, 08005 Barcelona
Why:It is the perfect stop on the way to the beach to buy something to take away and eat in front of the sea. Sundown has been preparing homemade falafel and shawarma for nearly 30 years.
Where: Bitácora. Plaça de la Unió, 24, 08005 Barcelona
Why: New in the neighbourhood, its specialities range from classic tapas, ceviches to tartar.
Where: 9 Porró. Carrer del Dr. Trueta, 225, 08005 Barcelona
Why: The place to go for fresh fish and seafood, rice and classic tapas.
Where: Espai Tast. Carrer del Dr. Trueta, 236, 08005 Barcelona
Why: It offers all kinds of delicacies, such as 100% pure bellota ham. “Something tough to find in this neighbourhood”, says Josep, the one of the owners of Espai Tast.
El Tío Ché
Where: El Tío Ché. Rambla del Poblenou, 44-46, 08005 Barcelona
Why: The most emblematic place in the neighbourhood. Founded in 1912 by a family from Alicante, the hosts always recommend travellers not to miss the artisan horchata, ice creams and nougats.