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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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NEW SPOT: PRAKTIK HOTEL BAKERY BARCELONA

January 6th, 2014

Praktik Hotel Bakery

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love the Praktik Hotels just as much as I do (read my reviews of Praktik Garden, Praktik Rambla and Praktik Metropol here): they are gonna open a new one in April called Praktik Hotel Bakery.
  2. If you want to stay at a superb location. This Praktik is Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: SABOC BARCELONA

November 13th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

The way of cooking. At Saboc they’ve compiled a menu based on four ways of cooking: raw, low temperature, with stoves and griddles. No big plates, but small, simple dishes with an unique taste. At the square where Mercat del Born recently opened its doors after years of renovation, Saboc opened the doors in the same week. They are in good company because Cafe Kafka and Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: IDO DO BALEAR BARCELONA

November 12th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

The Balearic Islands in Barcelona. Idò do Balear is a shop and cafe where they only sell products with their roots in the Balearic Islands. Whether it’s a sausage from Menorca or beautiful packages almonds from Mallorca. The three owners are friends and have one thing in common: they all come from Mallorca but live and work in Barcelona for years already. In addition to their work as graphic designer, architect and publisher, they’ve used their talents and knowledge to open and run Ido do Balear. And that works Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: BACOA BARCELONA

November 11th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

The burgers. Best of Barcelona so they say. I’ve also tried one or two of them myself and indeed, they are juicy, big and very delicious. Perhaps you’re thinking: ‘Bacoa, Pauline, that’s not exactly a new address’. You’re right. Little Bacoa in el Born has been a great success since its opening and the owners also opened Kiosko in the same district. The new Bacoa (opened a few weeks ago) is located in the heart of the city: close to Plaza de Catalunya and Praktik Rambla. The interior (done by design studio TwoPoints) is a feast for the eye. And that is mainly because of Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: PRAKTIK GARDEN BARCELONA

August 5th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

Before the fantastic Hotel Praktik Rambla opened its doors, there was The Praktik Hotel. A budget hotel close to Plaza de Tetuan. I’ve tried them both when I was in Barcelona in 2009. Although Praktik Rambla is my favorite, The Praktik was a very affordable hotel. And que sorpresa! The Praktik suddenly has been upgraded to ‘Praktik Garden’. You understand that we (my boyfriend and I) immediately pumped the brakes when we drove past the hotel, because I just had to take a look. The Praktik Garden is Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: OVAL BARCELONA

July 16th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

Oval Barcelona opened it’s doors only two months ago and although this spot is open from morning to late at night, it’s all about the burgers in here. I’m gonna try those later. Right now I wanted to enjoy the beautiful interior. The work of an architect from Mallorca who lives in Barcelona (fyi: Flexo Arquitectura). What I really like about the place are the walls. The whitewash walls on one side of the cafe, the wooden panels on the other side. And then there’s a wall made our of red bricks. This morning I stepped inside at 10am and there were people sitting there enjoying a cup of coffee and the morning paper. Oval is located in l’Eixample (on Carrer Valencia on the corner of Enric Granados, close to those Read more…


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I’M GOING TO BARCELONA, ANY TIPS?

July 9th, 2013

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Tomorrow around this time I will be having lunch in my favorite city: Barcelona. I can’t wait to soak up the sun, visit all the cool new addresses (is it hard to get a reservation at Pakta?) and travel around in the area. I’m looking forward to go on a roadtrip to the Costa Brava and dive into the clear blue water (the photo above is taken there last year). I will be staying Read more…


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NEW SPOT: PAKTA BARCELONA

June 24th, 2013

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. It’s the latest restaurant opening by Ferran Adria, the world famous chef of El Bulli. 
  2. If you want to try the Japanese and Peruvian kitchen. Typical Read more…

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