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TRIED & TESTED: PRAKTIK BAKERY BARCELONA

April 24th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The newest Praktik Hotel in Barcelona! Hotel Praktik Bakery opened its doors officially on April 1, but this week the bakery also opened its doors, so the hotel is now complete. You probably know how much I love the Praktik Hotels. All their hotels are unique and you can stay there for a pretty good price (often below 100 euro per night). Earlier I wrote about Praktik Rambla and Praktik Garden in Barcelona and about Praktik Metropol in Madrid. The design is always outstanding and always done by Lazaro Rosa-Violan. He always takes care of the building and the theme of the hotel so not one of the Praktik Hotels look the same. The theme of the new Praktik is ofcourse ‘the bakery’. So if you follow the smell of fresh baked bread and pastries, then you know you’ve find the right place. Forn, or in English Bakery, Baluard is one of the most famous bakeries in Barcelona. They have Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: FIRMAMENTO BARCELONA

April 23rd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

Barceloneta is more than a popular tourist beach, because surfers come here often to find the perfect wave. You will see surfers walking with their boards along the boulevard towards the sea and at chiringuito Gallito you will see the surfboards hanging on the wall – not only as decoration because you can also rent them. New is Firmamento, a surf shop that is only open during the weekend and where you can buy all kind of surf products. From the boards itself to wax (which has an oh so good coconut smell). But there’s more: the Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: TRAMUNTANA HOTEL CADAQUES

April 22nd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

It is only open for about twenty days when I visit the new Tramuntana hotel in the beautiful village of Cadaques. It even smells new. The former house of the owner’s father was refurbished completely by Barcelona design company INTSIGHT and now it’s a hotel with eleven rooms which the couple rents to guests who wish to stay for the weekend (or longer). They have three types of rooms, all named after a certain kind of wind. Tramuntana is a special northern wind that occurs in Cadaques, so that’s where the name of the hotel comes from. The rooms are basic and have wifi, a television, rain shower and ofcourse a view of Read more…


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NEW SPOT: ABCYOU VALENCIA

January 29th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re looking for a beautiful b&b in the center of Valencia. Close to Dulce de Leche.
  2. If you like the fact that it’s owned by a young Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: FEDERAL CAFE MADRID

January 25th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The location and the healthy breakfast. The owners of Federal Cafe are from Australia and they decided to open a cafe named after a village in Australia in the Sant Antoni district in Barcelona. That was an area where hardly anything happened (hotspot-wise) during that time, but by bringing the Australian atmosphere, good coffee and a fine rooftop to the area Federal Cafe became an instant hit. And nowadays it’s an area where other great spots just like Taranna, Cometa and Ido do Balear also opened their doors. When they were looking for a place to touch down in Madrid they also wanted to chose an upcoming area. And they found a place Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: DRAY MARTINA MADRID

January 24th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The beautiful interior. Maybe you’ve remembered my visit to the Madrid in Love pop up store in 2012 (if not, see the review here)? Well the same creative team who organized that event is behind the interior and design of Dray Martina. A lovely cafe in the area called Las Salesas (close to other cool spots like Do Design, Pez en Malababa). When you enter Dray Martina you’ll first find a bar on your left where you can sit down later during the day for a dry martini or another drink. What caught my eye Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: MR FRANK MADRID

January 23rd, 2014

Mr Frank

Most striking feature:

They sure know what to do with pallets and it looks pretty good too. Mr Frank is a fairly new restaurant which is located in a quiet street South of the Gran Via. You will find the restaurant on the first floor and downstairs they have a bar. They are open for lunch (a menu del dia for 9,50! Not bad at all. A menu del dia is a three-course-menu with a drink for lunch), drinks and dinner. I’ve tried their Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: MALABABA MADRID

January 22nd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The green interior. Malababa isn’t exactly a new address, but when I got there I still was pleasantly surprised by the modern interieur. It looks like a theme in Madrid to bring the garden inside (see also my posts of restaurant Ana la Santa and Blanca 6). That, in combination with the raw walls, een old door that now serves as a table and some small vintage tables makes this shop special. But what Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: BLANCA 6 MADRID

January 21st, 2014

Blanca 6

Most striking feature:

The wooden table with plants above it. Blanca 6 is located on the street Blanca de Navarra and on number 6, so the name is easy to explain. It’s close to Bar Tomate. Blanca 6 is open for lunch and dinner and then remains open for anyone who wants to go there for a drink. On the menu I see salads, burgers, hummus and Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: ANA LA SANTA MADRID

January 20th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The lush green interior. They really brought the outside inside the ME Madrid. You may remember that famous hotel on the plaza Santa Ana with a stunning rooftop? When I first went to Madrid in 2008 I went there with my sister to drink cocktails and watch the beautiful view from The Roof. But now, six years later, we don’t have to go up, because Ana la Santa Madrid has opened the doors on the ground floor. A beautiful restaurant designed by Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, just like Luzi BombonThe doors opened Read more…


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