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Nani Marquina: My Barcelona

Carpetmaker Nani Marquina is passionate about design and her unique, colourful pieces have become well-known outside her native Catalonia. She gives Ana Valls an insider view of Barcelona, her home city

City Guide

by Ana Valls
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Nani Marquina

Nani Marquina

Where were you born?
In Barcelona.

Where do you live?
In Sant Gervasi, an uptown neighbourhood.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
It is very peaceful and it is close to Tibidabo mountain.

Which is your favourite area of Barcelona?
Sant Gervasi, where I live, and Gràcia, where my studio is located.

If money was no object, where would you live?
Apart from Barcelona, I would love to live in Tokyo.

Which are your favourite Barcelona stores?
For fashion I really like Spanish designer Lydia Delgado’s boutique on Minerva, Josep Font’s store on Provença and Menchén Tomás on Rec, close to the Port Olimpic. Vinçon on Passeig de Gràcia is a must for any furniture lover and Arkitektura on Vía Augusta is for those with very modern and minimalist preferences.

Which are your favourite restaurants in the city?
I recommend Mordisco, from the famous Tragaluz restaurateur group. It is located on Paseo de la Concepción and is perfect for a quick and fresh lunch. My other favourite is Bar Cherpi on Moragas, where I usually go on Saturday, with an excellent homemade menu.

Do you have a favourite local pub?
Bar Mut on Pau Clarís, which has Parisian allure.

Can you recommend any local dishes to try?
Bacalao con samfaina, cod with a delicious vegetable and tomato sauce.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
For a walk to the Gótico neighbourhood.

Where are the best views of Barcelona to be seen?
From Tibidabo mountain, particularly from the Torre de Collserola viewpoint.

How do you like to travel around the city?
In my Smart car, perfect for parking anywhere.

Which is the Barcelona’s best building?
I love La Pedrera.

And which do you think is the city’s best museum?
MACBA, the museum of modern art.

Any advice for visitors?
Lose yourself in all the neighbourhoods.

Can you recommend any good hotels?
Hotel Omm on Passeig de Gràcia is really cool and well located.

Where do you like to take a break?
Carretera de les Aigues next to Collserola park for a walk or La Barceloneta beach to meditate.

What can’t you live without?
Being close to the sea.

Nani Marquina carpets:
http://www.nanimarquina.com

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