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Ailanto: My Barcelona

Born in Bilbao and now based in Barcelona, twins Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz are the creative force behind Ailanto, one of the most innovative and exciting womenswear brands in Spain

City Guide
Gary Cohen,

What’s best about your neighbourhood?

Enrique Granados is a pedestrian street that is full of trees and very relaxed. You can find small art galleries, antiques collectors and charming restaurants.

If money was no object, where would you live?

Tibidabo, an area in the mountains but close to the centre, with lots of early century modernist houses hidden away in the forest.

What’s your favourite Barcelona neighbourhood? Barceloneta, which is full of small tapas bars where you can enjoy local treats at good prices.

What is your favourite Barcelona store?

Fins de Siècles on Carrer Enrique Granados, a shop owned by a Belgian couple where you can find a fantastic collection of furniture from the 30s and 50s.

And your favourite restaurant?

The new Mordisco on Carrer d’En Grassot, an iconic restaurant from the 80s that has just reopened its doors. Their blinis (pancakes) and fried artichokes are addictive.

Do you have a favourite local café or pub?

Il Giardinetto on Granada del Penedés, a restaurant and cocktail bar dating back to the 70s. It has been preserved just as it was and is full of fine details from that era.

Any recommendations for local dishes to try?

The strawberries with chocolate at Delishop.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?

There’s a marvellous boutique hotel in Aragón, two hours from Barcelona, built up in the hills and surrounded by pure nature. Being there gives you the sensation of camping out in the mountains, but in a luxury hotel. It’s called Mas de la Serra.

Where do you like to celebrate?

At home.

Do you have a favourite walk in your city?

We love the labyrinth in Horta. It’s an area outside of the centre that’s always practically deserted.

How do you like to travel around Barcelona?

By car or AVE train. We hate planes and all their delays.

What’s the best city landmark, building or attraction?

The best landmark is Hotel W, an icon of Barcelona that you’ll see on any seafront stroll. The best building is the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

What do you think is the best museum in Barcelona?

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Art Museum of Catalunya) – MNAC. Even the views from the museum are worth going for, let alone the superb collection it houses.

Where are the best bargains to be found?

At the Mercantic in Sant Cugat, 15 minutes from the city centre, a market for affordable antiques.

Any advice for visitors?

Visit the Sant Felip Neri plaza, where they shot some scenes of the film Perfume.

Can you recommend any good hotels in your city?

The Mandarin Barcelona. The interior is very cosy and the terrace is full of beautiful mimosas that you can enjoy all year.

What can’t you live without?

We couldn’t live far from the sea. Swapping the Cantabrian coastline for the Mediterranean one is enough already.

Tell us a secret.

If you want a drink on a tennis club terrace that feels like a scene from the film Grey Gardens visit the Camí de la Foixarda courts in Montjuic.



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