From Taifa to Pia
C/Verdi can seem like another planet, where culture and nightlife go hand in hand. There are cinemas (eg, the Verdi, which shows original language films) but also the Taifa bookshop (No 12), which the owners open at will, meaning you can browse the stock of second-hand volumes on a Sunday afternoon before heading to see a film. I’ve found quality titles there such as Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes, and Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus. Just next to Plaça Revolució is the jewellery store Pia (No 3), which has only been in the area for a few years, but has established itself as a space you rarely leave empty-handed. The shiny silver pieces are eye-catching.