Where were you born?
A neighbourhood called Collblanc in Barcelona. There’s a market there, right in front of my house, where I could always buy all the fabrics, zips and buttons that I could imagine.
Where do you live?
In Barcelona, in an area called Lesseps.
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
It’s a relaxed neighbourhood with several parks nearby. I can easily walk down to the city centre.
If money was no object, where would you live?
I would like to live in Eixample, on Enrique Granados street, in a loft apartment! It’s a pedestrian street with a lot of shops, quite relaxed but parallel to the Rambla Catalunya. The buildings are old, with high ceilings.
What’s your favourite Barcelona neighbourhood?
Eixample, because of the variety of shops and its location close to everything of interest. We happen to have opened our first store there on Provença and that’s meant I’ve been getting to know the area better. It has really captivated me.
Which is your favourite Barcelona store?
One of the stores I go to most is Ivo & Co, an interiors shop on Rec street in the Born district. I redecorated my home recently and I always find things I like there.
And your favourite restaurant?
I recently discovered a café called Petit Comité. It’s in the Born district and specialises in French food, croques monsieur, salads with mustard vinaigrettes and foie with fig jam.
Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
There’s a place I really like that’s just opened: Cornelia and Co. More than a café, it’s practically a food concept store. It’s close to my shop, which is very handy. Whenever I can, I have a quiet breakfast there while I plan my day. A ham sandwich, a Coca-Cola Zero and my diary!
Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
Without a doubt: the empanaditas (little pies) at Papitu on Passatge de la Virreina, next to La Boqueria market; the bikinis (ham and cheese toasted sandwiches) at Comerç 24, with Jabugo ham and truffles; the sweet wines at Monvínic (I’ve suffered their effect many times); and the turrón (similar to nougat) with quicos at BCN Cookies (I’ve also suffered their effect).
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
For a walk through Barceloneta, to see the beach and enjoy the tapas of the city.
Where do you like to celebrate?
In summer we love to have barbecues in Cadaqués, a small fishing village north of Barcelona where we can disconnect on weekends.
Do you have a favourite Barcelona walk?
I like to ride my bike along the seafront on Sundays, until I get to a chiringuito (beach bar) outside the city for an aperitif.
How do you like to travel around the city?
I walk a lot, I don’t have a driver’s licence. If I have to go somewhere further away I use public transport.
What’s Barcelona’s best attraction?
I really like visiting the markets, maybe because I live in front of one. One of the most recommended in the guide books is La Boqueria, but it’s really crowded and is very touristy. I’m a huge fan of the Mercat de Santa Catarina; they renovated it recently, the building is really beautiful and the stalls inside are spectacular!
Any advice for visitors?
Watch your bags! Unfortunately that’s typical of Barcelona. If you visit in summer try the horchata (tiger nut milk) at Planelles Donat. It’s something most visitors don’t do, but it’s well worth it.