My Barcelona: ‘Mediterranean flavour, cosmopolitan character’
Fashion consultant and mentor, Miquel Angel, shares the best insider tips on where to eat, what to do, and where to party for a perfect city break by the sea
Wednesday 8 June 2022 By Miquel Angel
One falls in love with Barcelona fast: for its leafy boulevards and long golden stretch of beach; for the blend of Catalan and Spanish cultures, which flourished in its unique architecture and art, and for the international vibrant crowd in tireless pursuit of pleasure. But to truly know the Catalonian capital, this is an entirely different matter. We asked Barcelona native, fashion consultant and mentor, Miquel Angel, to shed light on some of the city’s hidden gems, style, and spirit.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Barcelona?
‘It’s a perfectly sized city with Mediterranean flavour and cosmopolitan character, where everybody is welcome to enjoy day and night.’
Best way to explore the city?
‘Walking, cycling, on a tourist bus, by taxi – or a combination of everything.’
Describe Soho House Barcelona in three words?
‘Cosy. Fun. Sexy.’
Tell us a place only locals know?
‘Joan Maragall, a truly magical garden in the middle of Montjuic, which is only open on the weekends.’
Favourite local dish and where to eat it?
‘Paella, for sure. And the place to go is a beautiful restaurant next to the beach called La Doncella.’
The ideal evening itinerary?
‘A long walk from the House by La Rambla with its colourful character, followed by Passeig de Gràcia to see the contrast with all the luxury shops and modernist buildings. Then head to Les Filles, a small restaurant with a charming terrace to enjoy nice food and drinks. After that, check out Dry Martini, one of the most emblematic cocktail bars in the city and decide if you want to continue the night or save your energy for the next day.’
Long, lazy alfresco lunch spots?
Mirablau, Terraza Martinez, Belvedere, and Jardín del Alma.
Favourite spot within walking distance of the House?
‘If you like cocktails, Paradiso will surprise you in many different ways.’
Most romantic place to visit?
‘For me, it will always be to watch the sunset on the beach.’
An independent store everyone has to visit?
‘Raima is a very charismatic paper shop in the city centre – they say it’s the biggest one in Europe… Worth having a look.’
Three places to go for breakfast?
‘La Papa, Federal Café and, of course, Soho House Barcelona.’
Essentials to pack for a Barcelona city break?
‘Your phone with enough battery to take a lot of pictures.’
Do not leave Barcelona without…
‘Visiting La Sagrada Família… It seems like a cliche, but it’s completely mind-blowing.’