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Word of Mouth
 

 

 

Starting April 24, American Airlines will offer direct service to Barcelona from New York’s JFK Aiport. We think there’s no better way to introduce you to this Spanish city than to ditch the guidebook and let a few famous locals show you around.

 
Global traveler that you are, you surely have favorite places in all the cities you visit. Why not share them with others? Send us an e-mail with your picks at favorites@americanwaymag.com,
or go to www.americanwaymag.com/favorites.

 

 

Ty Thorpe
Photographer

Barcelona is a place where artistic natures are drawn out of us. For my photographic art, being near Barcelona’s graffiti walls of honor — viewing the most incredible graffiti artwork the world has ever seen and watching the artists at work — drives my artistic compulsion. Graffiti experts from around the world gather at certain times of the day. Artists seek this spot as the ultimate trophy ... and enjoy onlookers while they work.”

Matthew Tree
Award-winning writer
and novelist

“Get to Quimet & Quimet, in the Poble Sec district, just before [noon]. Every conceivable type of drink is served here, from 50-odd brands of whiskey to exclusively obscure imported beers and a limitless range of wines tucked away in the many glass cabinets that line the walls. Quality mollusks are a specialty, as is the unique house vermouth that’s served on draught — once a common practice and now done only by the Quimet family. [It’s] to mass-market brands as silk is to sackcloth.”

Ferran Adrià
Chef, El Bulli

“A great place to nosh is Bar Pinotxo. [You’ll find] the owner behind the bar — and he’s the soul of the place. Inopia offers classic tapas that are of fine quality. It’s run by my brother Alberto, so I feel at home there. Drink traditional cocktails on the boulevards of Barcelona at Boadas, or, for the most modern in mixology but a very comfortable ambience, try Dry Martini.”

Georgia Taglietti
Publicist for the Sónar Festival, Barcelona’s international festival of advanced music and multimedia art

“I love to stroll in El Born and have a coffee in the many cafés of the area. [This is also where you’ll find] the best clothing shops in town for new designers in Spanish and non-Spanish trendy looks. [The stores] are exclusive but not necessarily too expensive. Creations with a twist. My favorites are: Coquette, Dou16, Zsu Zsa, Como Agua de Mayo, and La Manual Alpargatera — the oldest manufacturers of alpargatas [espadrilles], a must-have if you visit the city.”

Borja Martínez
Graphic designer, LoSiento

“Pop into the olive-oil-experts’ shop L’Olivé. Everything is made with extra-virgin olive oil, and it smells great. At Helena Rohner, [you can] find all kinds of funny gadgets for the home. ... Buy authentic sweets at Papabubble, a unique sweets workshop near Paseo de Colón. And Ras [has] new books on design and architecture, as well as fashion magazines.”

Richard Schweid
Editor, Barcelona
Metropolitan

“I think the recently discovered and restored ninth-century synagogue [Sinagoga Mayor] in the heart of the city’s medieval ghetto is worth a visit. Miguel Iaffa, an Argentine immigrant, realized that a rubble-fi lled building deep in the Old City had been the center of worship for medieval Jews. He bought it and restored it. In January 2006, a fi ve-year-old Torah — the holy scrolls — was installed on the premises, reconsecrating the site.”

Eva Bertran
Executive vice president,
Freixenet USA

“If I had an afternoon in Barcelona, I would concentrate on El Born and La Ribera — the heart of medieval Barcelona. Centered around the Església de Santa Maria del Mar, it has great walking streets, shops, restaurants, and bars. Next to [the cathedral] is the Fossar de les Moreres, an old burial ground that has an inscription commemorating the heroes who died defending Barcelona from the French invasion in 1714. There is also a large concentration of cocktelerias in the area; one of my favorites is Miramelindo. For places to eat, try El Xampanyet, Comerç 24, and Cal Pep.”

Miqui Puig
Rock singer and DJ

“I should keep the secrets for myself — to preserve my paradises. ... But in the most popular barrio is, for 15 years now, Wah Wah Records, the best vinyl store in the city and, you can say, the world. Imagine an artist, an album, a song, and a color, and everything can be there. Ask Jordi, Shaki, or Zero for help while the store cat passes between your legs. Then take a visit to the best jazz club, three streets over, and enjoy the Jamboree, and you will understand why we love to live here.”

Gerald-Patrick
Fannon

Artistic director,
Teatre-Auditori
Sant Cugat

“[Take a] walk down the Ramblas from Plaça Catalunya to the Hotel Rivoli’s Blue Moon for a mouthwateringly delicious cocktail that’s prepared and served by Eddy Collins. ... Across the Plaça Sant Jaume (St. James’ Square) and down Sant Honorat street is the Hostal el Pintor, with a wide range of great dishes such as cod with honey, pine-seeds, and raisins, or the black rice. And a great wine list! For a theater visit, check out the Poliorama or the Calixto Bieito–programmed Romea, with their always-interesting shows, or, alternatively, Poble Sec’s Avinguda Paral.lel, described in the early twentieth century as Barcelona’s Montmartre.”


Here's a list of contact information for all the places mentioned in this article:

Bar Pinotxo (Pinocchio)
Mercat de la Boquería
La Rambla 91, Paradas 66-67
011-34-93-317-1731

Boadas
Carrer dels Tallers 1
011-34-93-318-9592

Cal Pep
Plaça de les Olles 8
011-34-93-310-7961
www.calpep.com

Comerç 24
Carrer del Comerç 24
011-34-93-319-2102
www.comerc24.com

Como Agua de Mayo
Carrer de l¹Argenteria 43
011-34-93-310-6441

Coquette
Carrer del Rec 65
011-34-93-319-2976

Dou16
Carrer del Doctor Dou 16
011-34-93-318-9947
www.dou16.com

Dry Martini
Carrer d¹Aribau 162-166
011-34-93-217-5080
www.drymartinibcn.com 

El Xampanyet
Carrer de Montcada 22
011-34-93-319-7003

Església de Santa Maria del Mar (and Fossar de les Moreres)
Carrer dels Sombrerers 6
011-34-93-310-2390

Helena Rohner jewelry and home decor
Carrer de l¹Espaseria 13
011-34-93-319-8879
www.helenarohner.com

Hostal El Pintor
Carrer de Sant Honorat 7
011-34-93-301-4065
www.gruptravi.com 

Hotel Rivoli Ramblas/Blue Moon Cocktail Bar
La Rambla 128
011-34-93-481-7 676
www.hotelrivoliramblas.com

Inopia
Carrer de Tamarit 104
011-34-93-424-5231
www.barinopia.com

Jamboree jazz club
Plaça Reial 17
011-34-93-319-1789
www.masimas.com/jamboree

La Manual Alpargatera
Carrer Avinyó 7
011-34-93-301-0172
www.lamanualalpargatera.com

L¹Olivé
Carrer de Balmes 47
011-34-93-452-1990
www.rte-olive.com 

Miramelindo
Passeig del Born 15
011-34-93-310-3727

Papabubble
Carrer Ample 28
011-34-93-26-88625
www.papabubble.com 

Quimet & Quimet
Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25
011-34-93-442-3142 

Ras gallery & bookstore
Carrer del Doctor Dou 10
011-34-93-412-7199
www.rasbcn.com 

Teatre Romea
Carrer de l¹Hospital 51
011-34-93-301-5504
www.teatreromea.com 

Teatro Poliorama
Rambla dels Estudis 115
011-34-93-317-7599
www.teatrepoliorama.com

Sinagoga Mayor de Barcelona
Carrer de Marlet 5
011-34-93-317-07 90
www.calldebarcelona.org

Wah Wah Records
Carrer de Riera Baixa 14
011-34-93-442-3703

www.wah-wahsupersonic.com

Walls of honor
Located next to Placa de la Carbonera on Passeig de Josep, near the side street Jardins de Walter Benjamin (a few blocks from the bottom of Las Ramblas). 

Zsu Zsa
Carrer de l¹Esparteria 16
011-34-93-295-6659