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ARTTE BARCELONA

August 27th, 2014

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At Artte in the l’Eixample district of Barcelona art comes together with great food and tea (that explains the two t’s in the name). In the restaurant there’s a stage where they organize poetry, theatre and music performances, they also have a website where you can support local artists and throughout the whole property you will see beautiful pieces of art. The tropical print in the cafe is definitely striking. It’s only temporarily, because every few months they paint it white again and another artist gets the chance to fill the wall. Nice! Then there’s Read more…


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ULTIMA PARADA CORCA

August 25th, 2014

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Near the village of Corçà in Bisbal (Spain), you will find Ultima Parada, a beautiful interior store. Once this was a ceramic factory, but since five years photography duo Bèla Adler and Salvador Fresneda turned it into a design heaven full of industrial furniture and a stunning collection of vintage design. The couple travelled all over the world, for more than twenty years, to shoot fashion campaigns for magazines like Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. They still do that on a regular base, but they also have two vintage design shops. One in Barcelona (on Calle Rosselló, close to Hotel Omm) and a more recent one on the beautiful Costa Brava. Salvador Fresneda says he mainly collects stuff which touches his heart. When he buys something it doesn’t necessarily have to be of a world famous designer, he just has to like it. So Read more…


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NINO VIEJO BARCELONA

August 18th, 2014

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Let’s start this week with a world premiere! An inside look of Nino Viejo: the newest restaurant of Albert Adrià and Paco Méndez in Barcelona. Only open for two days when I went there for dinner on Friday and I want to shout it from the rooftops: you must go here when you’re in Barcelona! Vale, let’s start with a short introduction before I tell you about my experience. Albert Adrià is the brother of Ferran Adrià, the man behind the legendary El Bulli restaurant, and he is rapidly changing the Sant Antoni and Poble Sec neighborhoods into a gastonomic heaven. First there was restaurant Tickets, then Pakta, Bodega 1900 and now there’s this new Mexican kid on the block called Nino Viejo. In this last restaurant Adrià works together with chef Paco Méndez. Born in Mexico, worked for El Bulli and now he has the ambition to be the best Mexican restaurant in the world – outside Mexico. Nino Viejo means old child which means that we should never lose our young spirit: therefore there’s no stiff atmosphere in this taqueria style restaurant, but it’s rather loose and casual but with extremely high service. If you, for example, take Read more…


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BLITZ BARCELONA

August 14th, 2014

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From the same owners as Oval Barcelona comes the brand new Blitz Barcelona. Oval is a burger bar in l’Eixample and at Blitz they don’t focus on burgers, but on the most delicious sandwiches. From ‘normal’ ones to Frankfurter’s and Bikini’s. I’ve ordered a Bikini (croque monsieur) with jamon and cheese and it was really good. Can’t wait to try out more of the menu. Like the chicken sandwich or the one with tuna. If you don’t eat fish or meat they also have Read more…


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PRAKTIK VINOTECA BARCELONA

July 29th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you already like the other Praktik Hotels such as Praktik Rambla, Praktik Garden and Praktik Bakery in Barcelona and Praktik Metropol in Madrid. They are gonna open a new Praktik Hotel on October 30th.
  2. If you like wine. Praktik Vinoteca has a wine-theme: in the interior, but they also have wine tastings and a large terrace where you can try wines from famous Spain wineries.
  3. If you like to explore the l’Eixample district. They are really close to Toto, Cornelia & Co and Oval.

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TANIS IBIZA

July 4th, 2014

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While I was discovering the island of Ibiza I spotted a new decoration store called Tanis. It’s a small store in Santa Gertrudis, in between Can Pau and la Galeria Elefante. Inside you can find the most beautiful furniture, home accessories, a lot of fabrics and there’s also Read more…


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COTTON BEACH CLUB IBIZA

July 3rd, 2014

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Let’s continue our journey through the newest spots in Ibiza immediately! After the post about Beachouse Ibiza, I love to share this new beach club with you, called Cotton Beach Club. The color white dominates in the interior (100% cotton ofcourse) and together with the view over the kind of clear blue sea you can only find in the Mediterranean, it makes Cotton Beach more than stunning place. You can have breakfast, brunch of lunch here (the team has experience with working at Cipriani in New York, Nobu in London and Read more…


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BEACHOUSE IBIZA

July 1st, 2014

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It’s the 1st of July and the summer season has started! Ofcourse Ibiza is the ultimate summer destination and yesterday a great new beach club officially opened its doors, called Beachouse Ibiza. From the same owners as the successful beachclub El Chiringuito in Es Cavallet. They have managed to create a unique and relaxing atmosphere that you don’t expect to find on Playa d’en Bossa. Because it is small, luxurious and intimate compared to other establishments on that beach strip, with a beautiful Mediterranean interior overlooking the clear blue sea. There’s a juice bar, a Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: PRAKTIK BAKERY BARCELONA

April 24th, 2014

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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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