Beyond the stunning Antoni Gaudí architecture, there’s so much more to Barcelona that design-savvy traveller should see. Gabriele Schiavon and Gerard Sanmartí, co-founders of Barcelona-based studio Lagranja Design (which designed the Catalan-style interiors of Pim Pam by FOC and FOC Sentosa in Singapore), select their favourite venues in the city.
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“This restaurant is one of the late gastronomic experiments by Ferran Adrià (head chef of elBulli) and his team. It’s a small, vintage-style venue that reinterprets classic tapas dishes.”
Cotton House Hotel
“Located at Gran Via Avenue, this stylish hotel is the venue of the Algodonera Market, which is held one Saturday per month at their sunny terrace.”
Palau de la Música
“This music auditorium which epitomises peak Catalan Modernism, is a breathtaking work by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.”
“This venue is a must-visit. It’s a great example of the open and highly participatory culture in Barcelona, as their exhibition program deals with all types of cultural activities, ranging from literature, visual arts to music, and urban design.”
Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
“A very beautiful yet little known place in Barcelona, the Botanic Garden in Montjuïc is a garden devoted to flora and foliage from the Mediterranean coast, South Africa, Chile and Australia, to name a few.”
“A studio and store run by designers Oriol Villar and Marc Morro, AOOO creates furniture and objects made with locally sourced materials, and crafted by local artisans and small manufacturers.”
“We like this open-air theatre that’s situated at the base of the Montjuïc Mountain—whether there’s a show happening, or when it’s empty. It’s such a mysterious and charming place that’s surrounded by nature.”
This article was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes June-July 2017.