Casa Leopoldo

Casa Leopoldo

Casa Leopoldo has for long been a meeting place for Barcelona’s literary scene, despite (or because) being surrounded until the opening of the new Rrambla del Raval by some of the city’s worse slums. It is famous for its tertulias (discussions) fueled by esquisite food, and decorated with bullfighting motifs, de rigeur when the restaurant opened its doors for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. This was the favourite restaurant Carvallo, Manuel Vazquez Montalbán’s Barcelonan ex-Marxist sleuth, whose choice dish was mandonguilles amb sípia (meatballs and sepia), and fellow author, Maruja Torres. Both Montalban and Torres were born nearby, also in El Raval.

Not cheap, though they do have a basic menu without drinks for 25 euros.

See also another Raval restaurant with a literary history: Can Lluís



C/ Sant Rafael, 24
08001 Barcelona
934 413 014

El Raval

Places in El Raval

  • A sad hole in the wall
  • Bar Marsella
  • Birthplace of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
  • Boadas cocktail bar
  • Can Lluis restaurant
  • Casa Leopoldo
  • From Carrer St Pau to Drassanes
  • From Carrer Tallers to Carrer Hospital
  • La Boqueria market
  • Old Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau
  • Rambla del Raval
  • Sant Pau del Camp
  • The Raval cat