Known as @firebombshell on Instagram, you can count on Juan Camilo Rodríguez to serve up the hottest spots in any city. Now based in Barcelona, the Colombian fashion stylist and creative consultant contributes to a wide range of publications including Numeró Berlin, Rollacoaster, Paper Magazine, Document Journal, and now, LUXE City Guides. Follow along as he takes us on a tour of his home city, Barcelona:
Bar Cañete is one of those spots that only a very few know, but once you get that first taste, you’ll be hooked for life. Serving high-end tapas in the middle of Raval, prepare your taste buds for the unexpected and amazing flavours of Andalucia. The interior is an exquisite mix of traditional and modern – both in decor and food. I like to start with some oysters and a bottle of cava, then I take my time eating through their amazing menu. Cocktails are just the cherry on top.
Bar Cañete, Carrer de la Unió, 17, Barcelona
Casa Bonay is an amazing design hotel in Barcelona that hosts cool events with different shows and DJ’s on the weekends. It’s also worth a visit from Monday to Friday for work meetings or happy hour. They’ve got an incredible brunch in the mornings and it’s usually quiet – perfect for when you need to relax.
Casa Bonay, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, Barcelona
Aula46 is a multidisciplinary space and gallery where you can find exhibitions ranging from contemporary art to antiques and even some upcoming designers. Located on a tiny street in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter with an eclectic aesthetic, the best way I can describe this gallery is avant-garde art collector meets children’s sketches.
Aula46, Carrer dels Lledó, 6, Barcelona
Le Swing Vintage
Le Swing Vintage is one of my all-time favourite shops in Barcelona. Their amazing vintage selection ranges from old Gucci by Tom Ford to more recent collections of Prada, Missoni and Versace and much more. One of the city’s prime spots for luxury shopping, you won’t need to spend too much to find something, and I always end up buying something every time I pass by.
Le Swing Vintage, Carrer dels Lledó, 6, Barcelona
Sato i Tanaka
Although it can take up to three months to get a reservation at Sato i Tanaka, it will always be worth the wait. One of the best (if not the best) sushi in Barcelona, this is where you can get an authentic taste of Japanese sushi, created by a real sushi master. I love how intimate the setting is – where you can see and interact with the sushi chef right in front of you. Their degustation menu ranges from 40 to 50 EUR and you will get 20 to 30 pieces of exquisite sushi in one of the most unique settings in town.
Sato i Tanaka, Carrer del Bruc, 79, Barcelona
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