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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Ok, admittedly it might not be for everyone as you are on holiday after all but there is something in meeting new people and going home with a new recipe for that next dinner party. Barcelona boasts the city, sea and mountains, giving you lots of wonderful local produce and types of dishes that you can rustle up. Let’s face it, the city is quite a magnet when it comes to gastronomy too, so why not visit a local market (stallholders are often super friendly), stock up on ingredients and learn something new. There are a variety of schools that offer cooking classes, each have their own style of cooking, interiors and flair. In this post we are going to share a few favourites.
This Saturday sees yet another edition of Open Air Festival and happens to be located at Plaza Universidad, just by our central apartments. Open Air is an outdoor festival of music, design and art. Initiative and production Mutual (Event production and Art Center), with the collaboration of Laboor (Design and Infrastructure) and support from the University of Barcelona, this time.
We are lucky that we have apartments just outside of Ronda Universidad, so we get the chance to venture through the city a little in between check-ins. When visiting our Marimon penthouse, we happened to notice Feeld Organic, a cafe/restaurant/supermarket on Diagonal dedicated to organic produce. It isn’t hard to notice as when you walk by you are greeted with a huge artwork on the wall, so we knew this wasn’t your ordinary organic food place.
This Friday sees the opening of contemporary exhibition “Virutas” (Chips) by the works of illustrator and painter Gabriel Pérez Raventós, showcasing pieces that evolved organically by mixing wood and unusual materials. As a former carpenter, the texture, form and nature of a material is key to Raventos work, as he finds different and creative ways to mould them into works of art. There are no preconceived ideas, great plan or agenda.
This exhibition presents a series of intimate portraits where the artists draws faces and then breaks them down to reveal the true self. This distorted reality gets to the core an individual, without vanity, shame, regret or anything else, there is no room for pretence. The images are very emotional and sensitive, elegantly capturing beauty and the works have all been created by artist Ral (Ral Huerta).
Places just keep popping up in Sant Antoni, to the point where it is super impressive. This summer has seen the opening of Crum, La Xalada, and most recently Adrià’s Niño Viejo among others. If you like your wine, Caravela Gourmet is another little sitio that you can add to your list of places to check out. No this isn’t your usual bodega, owner Hugo has created a space where Portuguese and Catalan wines are nicely paired with fitting references throughout.
We love decorative design pieces, unique objects, interesting finds from design trips and of course good furniture. This is why we were happy when we stumbled upon furniture resale store Neukölln, set up by Federico and Alessia. Yes Neukölln is a suburb in Berlin but we also have a piece here in Barcelona too.
Vai Moana is inspired by the Easter islands, and means ‘blue sea’ in Rapa Nui. Enjoy the sea breeze in an elegant yet relaxed and informal place where the people and the view keeps you more than entertained. Beach bars aren’t to be overlooked in Barcelona, they are no longer the simple playground to just simply drink until dawn. The city has seen a nice overhaul of many, some including fresh juices, good simple mediterranean cuisine and nice decor in general.
It is fair to say that us Barcelonians aren’t really tea drinkers, people here tend to like their coffee. Come rain or shine or even Saharan dust storms, you will find locals in a bar or café getting a dose of the much needed blend of coffee before taking on the day. If you adore your caffeine fix, then Nomad Coffee Productions is one pit-stop you need to make in Barcelona.
We are happy to hear that the ever-popular fashion tradeshow Bread & Butter will return to Barcelona city. The last show was back in 2009, which was a major blow to the city having been a host of the show since 2005. The Brandery emerged in it’s absence, but didn’t get the same response and international press and visitors as Bread & Butter.