For those Vespa lovers zipping across the city from Plaza Tetuan to Plaza Espanya, hit the breaks at TaxiVespa ; a scooter repair shop/ accessory store that will keep your ride tight and looking good.
With the help of famed illustrator team Alexis Rom Estudio :: Atelier Vostok (a personal favorite), TaxiVespa has asked the design duo to pimp up their store and lend their signature touch in providing an excellent backdrop for the stylish store. With bold colors and mod graphics TaxiVespa leaves the competition in the dust, thanks to their vision and understanding of corporate branding.
C/ Viladomat, 316
08029 Barcelona, Spain
934 396 798
Every night at 7pm the rooftop of the Hotel Barcelo presents their nightly sunset session on the rooftop terrace aptly named 360, enter through the lobby take the 3rd elevator up to the 11th floor and enjoy the Barcelona Sunset. With spectacular views of Montjuic, the beaches and the entire city. You can watch the city lights turn on as you sip mojitos and experience Barcelona at a bird’s eye view. The perfect place to start up your night or wind down after work, 360 is one of those emergency exits the city hides so well as a welcome change from the chaotic streets of El Raval.
Rambla Raval, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
933 201 490
Last night thousands of people showed up at the ARCO DE TRIOMF for a night of Catalan Unity to celebrate the Catalan Independence ONZE DE SETEMBRE (September 11th). At 10 pm ELS AMICS DE LES ARTS took the stage and played a solid set that had the crowds going wild and Catalan flags waiving in the wind.
Here is a recap of the night- enjoy!
All Photos by David Naveira
Opened earlier this year Cup & Cake Barcelona, offers grownups the opportunity to regress back into childhood in a brightly lit temple of saccharine on Enric Granados (This street, a favorite among locals, thankfully never tends to be feature in any Barcelona guidebook).
Taking its cue from the now infamous Magnolia Bakery in New York City, Barcelona now has it’s very own cupcake shoppe in trendy Eixample neighborhood (think 8-year-old girls with Tous purses and Burberry sweaters). The friendly staff will give you the rundown on the treats and recommend which one is the right one for you.
With a fantastic location free of junkies and prostitutes Cup & Cake is a great way to spend a sat morning strolling up the Eixample in order to get a first hand look at how the other half-lives. Cupcakes, coffees and croissants are the order of the day and if the 34-year-old little girl in front of you grabs the last one, don’t throw a tantrum, Cup & Cake keeps them coming.
With its clean lines and casually elegant feel , the restaurant reminds me of the great seafood eateries of Charleston, South Carolina while maintaining its own distinct feel of the Born (Barcelona’s answer to SOHO). With a spectacular interior designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán from Contemporain Studio, Big Fish has become an institution thanks to their outstanding service and diverse menu.
A seafood lover’s dream, BIG FISH covers the 7 seas in just one menu. Calamari with mango chutney, Prawns, Grilled Galician Scallops, Grilled sea bass with tomato and asparagus jam, Bluefin tuna, plus a raw Sushi bar, all make for one fantastic dinner with friends any day of the week.
Big Fish tends to fills up by 2pm on the weekdays, and is close to impossible to score a table on Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged in order to snatch a great table.
Alone in Barcelona? Sit at the sushi bar apart from being great entertainment the chefs are quite nice and won’t bite.
*If you can save some room the white chocolate brownies are the way to go.
BIG FISH -C/ Comercial, 9
08002 Barcelona, España
932 681 728
A body of work that dives deep into the psyche exposing the duality of fables and fairy tales, these are the messages that have inspired Dani to create a world where it is always twilight. The meeting of day and night, where power lines, androgynous characters and nocturnal insects share the same space and become intertwined with themes dealing with the individual’s relationship to the subconscious.
Painted in a highly stylized hyper-dream like environment Dani leaps into the unknown and blurs the lines between what is attractive and repulsive.
If the butterflies are messengers of love & kitsch, the moths represent familiarity with the dark, and by extension, of the secrets of death. These are the themes that Mr. Torrent explores while giving the viewer a glimpse into the world that with a flick of a paintbrush can load a canvas with a plague of symbolism.
His paintings, which are framed in gold gilded frames, which Dani handpicked from the old antique shops of the gothic quarter to the vintage shops of the Raval, are a perfect foil for his haunting subjects.
Children so self-absorbed with their newly found companions, the subjects, seem almost surprised to find themselves being spied on as they retreat into their secret world of dreams and imaginary friends.
To find out more about Dani’s award winning works and see a broad collection of his work check out his BLOG
Àngels & Insectes,
pintura de Dani Torrent>Tuesday April 13th 2010 Galeria Tuset – C/ Muntaner 187 bis de Barcelona