red|guide Tipps: Barcelona
EAT in Barcelona: Roca Moo
Ten years and not a bit tired! Designed by architect Juli Capella and interior designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopéz Hotel Omm in the Paseo de Gracia district celebrates the year 2013 extensively: with a freshly renovated restaurant and a new bar. The restaurant Roca Moo is now characterised by its open spaces, combing kitchen and guest room. In the middle you'll find a big counter. And on the lower ground (which also functions as the hotel lobby), the guests are now sitting at the new Roca-Bar - to have a cocktail or snack in-between. The creators of Roca are (the name already gives it away) the infamous Roca brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi, known for their restaurant El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona (99 kilometres away from Barcelona - also highly recommended!). In the kitchen of the Rocas' Barcelona restaurant the Michelin-starred chef Felip Llufriu swings the cooking spoon. He serves traditional, Catalan dishes and prepares them in front of the guests' eyes. We congratulate the Rocas for their anniversary gift!
SHOP in Barcelona: Salva G
The decoration of the shop is very colourful indeed: green walls with red highlights and chess-coloured black and white tiles. The loft is as trendy as the hair cut you will get at this place. The exclusive young hairdressers also know exactly what to wear at the next clubbing event and they know where it will take place. If you ask them nicely they will be happy to share their insider tips. If it is just tips you need but no haircut, just go by for a head massage. Mmmh!
STAY in Barcelona: The five Rooms
Yessica had to have this apartment. But because of its 400 square metres, it was just a little too big for one person and so she decided to transform it into a small hotel. How you do that? You take 5 large rooms, furbish them stylishly and wait until a traveller magazine mentions it alongside the luxury hotels of the city. If you are staying at Yessica, it is like you are staying with a friend who is happy to provide you with all kinds of insider tips that you won't find in any guide book. Double rooms are available from Euro 135 per night
SEE in Barcelona: MACBAred|guide Barcelona
Barcelona had to wait a very long time for its first contemporary and international art museum. Only in 1995, the MACBA was opened in the Raval district. Architect Richard Meier designed this pure and cold building in white creating a contrast to the rest of rather dark Raval. Some see this as a true highlight, while others rate it a little over the top. Most of the locals, however, enjoy the building. On the square in front of the building you'll find skaters and tourists who are interested in culture. The art in the Gammel district contributed to the image of El Raval being the creative and alternative district. At the MACBA, you'll find different exhibitions of various famous artists, including sculptors, painters or video artists.