Creative Barcelona

The city is teeming with projects that put the avant-garde in the spotlight

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Food, cocktails, art, dance, shops, music... Barcelona has always been a centre of modern creativity, and this spring is looking good. We present the venues and the events that make the city get up and get out (in spite of the economic crisis, cutbacks, and the generally low morale) on the map of avant-garde creativity. Maybe it's just the local way of life, but what's certain is that in the museums, bars, designers' studios, and restaurants, it seems like Barcelona is constantly trying to challenge and outdo itself. If you want to know what risks and excellence truly are, take a look at some of the boldest projects in the city.

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Dos Palillos

Dos Palillos

Dos Palillos

  • Price band: 3/4
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Albert Raurich creatively demonstrates the close links between Asian and Spanish tapas, and at such a high level of quality and innovation that it earned the restaurant its first Michelin star. Dos Palillos is a perfect fusion of a blue-collar bar and haute cuisine Asian restaurant, a place where

  1. Elisabets, 9, El Raval, 08001
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The Box

The Box ©Maria Dias

The Box

Three fashion designers with the same qualm: visibility. Nerea Lurgain, Elena Gallergo and Olga Prat are the owners of The Box, a shop that resembles a stark, white box where they display their collections as well as those of other budding independent designers on the local scene, like Angela Band,

  1. Brosolí, 8, Born-Ribera
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41º Paral·lel

  • Price band: 4/4

The cocktail bar has been in fashion locally for a while now, but the twist here is their snack bar, the likes of which popped up in bars all over the country during the 1980s. The idea is obvious: pairing a drink with a snack or a tapa. Brace yourself for the show the three bartenders put on as

  1. Paral·lel, 164, Eixample, 08015
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Àbac

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Jordi Cruz has regained Àbac’s second Michelin star, making his restaurant once again the essential haute cuisine establishment in Barcelona. He reached such heights by creating cuisine filled with expertise and sophistication. Take, for example, the egg with asparagus. Sounds simple enough, but

  1. Av. Tibidabo, 1, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08022
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The Antic Teatre turns 10

Ten years of avant-garde stage projects at the Antic Teatre, going against all things ordinary On 23 April, 2013, the Antic Teatre celebrated ten years of exploration and presentation of advanced dramatic arts - some would call them alternative, but really they're the same thing. The celebration

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RooM

RooM

RooM

A chuch pew, wooden drawers, modernist tiles, rope, chalk goats' heads, natural flowers, fluorescent light that changes colour and felt cushions. The eclectic interior of RooM, an open project by Anaid Kupuri and Maria Roch, is a cover for creativity and insight.

  1. Laforja, 112, Sant Gervasi, 08021
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Moments

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  • Price band: 4/4
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Raül Balam, son of Carme Ruscalleda, has earned his second Michelin star with this leading hotel restaurant. Like the original in Sant Pau, the concept is impeccable, innovative – but very Catalan – cuisine, with dishes such as the veal 'fricandó' (beef fillet with mushrooms) with Scotch

  1. Passeig de Gràcia, 38, Eixample Esquerre, 08007
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La Martinera

  • Rated as: 4/5
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If you’re one of those people who doesn’t appreciate lemon thyme or vodka infused with beets in your drink (and you don’t want to pay more than €6), steer clear of La Martinera, the bar attached to restaurant Casa Chelis. If you understand cocktails to be a form of fine art, however, this

  1. Muntaner, 102, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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In search of the real Mickey Mouse

Samuel Salcedo exhibits his sculptures at the 3 Punts gallery At some point in the day, those big-headed characters spreading joy throughout Disneyland have to take off their heavy costumes and reveal their true selves. In many cases, it's an out-of-shape body with a tuft of chest hair and a pot


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