As I mentioned in a previous entry you will often see areas that have an edge described in guide books as having “character” or as being “colourful and vibrant” or somesuch bollocks. What you have to bear in mind that what passes as an “edge” here in Barcelona isn’t a patch on similar areas in the UK, they are much less “stabby” for starters. That said, that doesn’t mean you can wander round them like you are Omar in The Wire.
It is with this in mind that I am going to take you a little off the beaten track. The area of Poble Sec is around 20 minutes walk from the Ramblas, just off Parallel. It isn’t quite as mental as the nearby Raval but definitely has its moments. It offers great opportunities for Zoomer watching and being that little bit off the tourist trail you will find drink and food prices very easy on the pocket.
There is one street that is worth a visit and a curry house that is both good and very cheap.
Carrer Blai is a pedestrianised street just a few minutes walk from Poble Sec metro station.
On the street thare are loads of little restaurants and bars and it has a definite “vibe” about it. A few hours just wandering up and down here isn’t the worst call you’ll make on your visit. The place I recommend for a bit of a tuck-in on this street is a curry house called Baig. Before I go on I have to say that overall the quality of Indian food here in Barcelona is average at best. The tapas an’ that is all very well but we all know that are times when only a Ruby Murray will do. If the food is average then we have to look at value for money and this place hits the mark on quality (no’ bad) and price (cheap as chips).
The menu is fairly basic but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s all about value. Veg pakora is a whopping 2 euro with the curries coming in around the 5/6 euro mark, naans at 50c and beer, 1.50 a bottle you can see you the attraction. What you get free is the view, the locals are a colourful bunch and hopefully you’ll get a “wee show” of batshit mentalness to round off the experience.
At risk of repeating myself this area is well worth a visit if people watching and going off the tourist trail is your thing but please keep your wits about you. I refer you to my “Don’t be a wee fanny” advice from an earlier post