Behold: my favorite multibrand boutique in Barcelona. You know, the kind of place it actually hurts to share because you secretly want it all to yourself? Well, this is that place. However, since I started my own online store, I realized sharing is caring is more true than anyone can imagine, so here it is: my absolute favorite. Read more ›
Last time we went to Barcelona, we stayed at Hotel Praktik Rambla and loved it. At the moment, Praktik Hotels has no less than 4 locations in Barcelona, of which two have opened in the last year. When we headed back to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, we were determined to try one of the three other Praktik hotels, and finally decided on Praktik Bakery, a hotel with 74 rooms just off Passeig De Gràcia.
The hotel’s theme comes from the bakery located in the hotel lobby. It may seem a bit of an unusual combination, but it makes sense: who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning? The popular Baluard bakery has a branch on the ground floor/ lobby in the hotel, providing hotel guests and other hungry visitors with breakfast, lunch and coffee. Baluard already had an outlet in the Barceloneta area, but with the opening of the hotel, the bakery also services the people living and working in the centre of Barcelona. In the four days we spent at Praktik Bakery, there was literally always a queue forming inside the bakery and on the sidewalk during opening hours. Read more ›
If you’re a fan of colourful spaces, tasty juices and service with a smile, Café Cometa is the stop for you when you’re in Barcelona. Located in Sant Antoni (currently the hippest Barrio in town), Café Cometa is a place that takes you from breakfast to dinner. Get your morning coffee, a light lunch or a fresh zumo for an afternoon energy boost. Read more ›
We just arrived back in Barcelona this morning, but were lucky enough to bump into the opening of “El Nacional“, an ambitious gastronomic space of over 2600 square meters, set in a converted parking lot and featuring multiple restaurants and bars. As it turns out, it’s the newest brainchild of genius restaurateur Lluís Cañadell (of Boca Grande fame, another one of our Barcelona favorites) and interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who really outdid himself again. The extremely detailed and completely custom bars, furniture and lighting pieces evoke the atmosphere of the Barcelona of the thirties and forties. Together with the perfect background music and a mouthwatering choice of quality food from all corners of the Iberian Peninsula, it’s just an incredibly immersive experience. Perfection! We’ll be back for more… Read more ›
Even when you do not read Spanish books, this shop is a heavenly shop to get lost in during an hour or so. There are different La Central shops around Barcelona, but my favorite is most definitely the one situated in MACBA. Way back when I used to study at the university next door, a day of classes would often end with browsing the racks of this bright bookshop. The space is in the same building as the museum, designed by Richard Meier, and is white and pleasant, with big windows to let the sunshine in. Read more ›
Meet Anna-Belle! She’s a travel blogger and currently a resident of New York city as a postgraduate student at NYU. She’s travelled the world and has a passion for yoga and diving, but I met her when we were still in high school. She was 16, I was 18, and we’ve been friends ever since. Back in 2010, she spent her erasmus in Barcelona, and got to know the city pretty well. This is her perfect day in the beating heart of Catalunya. Read more ›
Last spring, we embarked on yet another citytrip to this wonderful city and stayed in hotel Praktik Rambla, right in the centre of the city on Rambla de Catalunya, in one of those typical amazing Barcelona buildings you can find in the area.
I loved staying here. The location is perfect, the service is good and the interior, well see for yourself! The interior of this place was decorated by my favorite decorator from Barcelona, Lázaro Rosas Violan, who also did Boca Chica/ Boca Grande. He created a wonderful modern atmosphere while respecting the original details of the building, and the details are absolutely wonderful! I’d definitely recommend this place. Read more ›
We were so happy to discover Boca Chica/ Boca Grande on our trip to Barcelona in november of 2011. This then new bar and restaurant, just off Passeig de Gracia, simply oozed brilliance. It had been open since August and had already managed to become all the rage. To us, it felt like a spark of hope in this beautiful city that was being hit hard by the crisis. After reading some reviews online I found out opinions are divided, it seems like a love it or hate it kind of place. Read more ›