Xavier Berneda: My Barcelona

Xavier Berneda is the marketing director of Munich, a Catalan shoe brand whose sport and casual collections are the epitome of cool. He shares his Barcelona favourites

City Guide

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 by Ana Valls

Xavier Berneda, Marketing Director at Munich Shoes

Xavier Berneda, Marketing Director at Munich Shoes

Where were you born?
Sant Boi del Llobregat, a small town quite close to Barcelona.

Where do you live?
Santa Coloma de Cervelló, 10 minutes from the airport, which is perfect as I travel a lot. It is a quiet, peaceful area where I can watch my children growing up without stress.

Which is your favourite area of Barcelona?
Gràcia, I think it is the most original, village-like part of the city.

If money was no object, where would you live?
Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Berlin, Florence – every place has something special and charming about it.

Which are your favourite Barcelona stores?
I love Santa Eulalia, a very cool multi-brand boutique at Passeig de Gràcia 93. Vinçon along Passeig de Grácia 9 is one of the most famous and traditional stores in Barcelona, where you can find modern furniture and objects – and trendy designs. Nino Álvarez on Muntaner 339, is the perfect place for menswear collections.

And your favourite restaurant?
Shojiro on Ros de Olano 11 is a cosy restaurant which combines Mediterranean and Japanese cuisines masterfully.

Can you recommend any local dishes to try?
Arroz mar i muntanya is a spectacular rice dish with seafood. Delicious!

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
To a Barcelona football match.

Do you have a favourite club or bar?
Any around El Born or Gràcia. Moving around is the best part and the best way to discover more places.

How do you like to travel around the city?
By motorbike, a TMAX scooter.

Which is Barcelona’s best landmark?
I admire the cathedral, it is spectacular.

And which is your favourite Barcelona museum?
The Picasso museum on Carrer Montcada.

Can you recommend any good hotels?
Hotel Condes, the best one in the city, Passeig de Gràcia 73.

Which Catalan artists or designers do you admire?
I admire what modern architects do in Barcelona these days.

Do you have any advice for visitors?
Discover the city on foot or by bike to appreciate it better.

Where do you run away to relax?
To the Vall de Lord, close to the French border, a very natural and peaceful place with not too many people around.

What can’t you live without?
My family and friends.

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