Where were you born?
In Lleida, a small Catalan city two hours from Barcelona.
Where do you live?
I live in Barcelona. It’s been more than 10 years since I moved here and I really feel like I belong to the city. It has everything you need, from the weather to the beauty of its buildings. No matter where you are, it’s one of those cities whose name brings out a big smile and great memories from everyone who ever has visited it.
Which is your favourite area of Barcelona?
El Raval, in the centre of the city, where I have just bought a new flat. It is one of Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhoods. The improvement in El Raval in the past four years is incredible and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s a pleasure living next to the Boqueria market, in front of the opera house and just 10 minutes from the beach.
If money was no object, where would you live?
Exactly where I live now, but with houses in my favourite cities around the world.
Which are your favourite Barcelona stores?
From little vintage boutiques in Raval like Le Swing at Carrer del Rec 16, to high-fashion ones like Santa Eulalia at Passeig de Gràcia 93, but it depends on what you feel like buying.
And your favourite restaurants?
If you feel like eating typical Catalan dishes you should go to Julivert Meu next to Las Ramblas at Bonsuccés 7. On the other hand, if you feel like eating in a Michelin-starred restaurant, I recommend Dos Cielos at the top of Hotel Me at Carrer de Pere IV 272. For high-quality tapas, try Bar Cañete at Carrer de la Unió 17.
Can you recommend any local dishes to try?
Esqueixada de bacalla is a good local salad with cod and romesco sauce. From my hometown I would suggest caragols a la llauna (snails) with allioli (garlic mayonnaise). But nothing will ever beat the good old tortilla de patatas with pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) and Jabugo ham.
Where are the best views of Barcelona to be found?
From the top of Tibidabo mountain, epecially if you get into the amusement park and onto the Ferris wheel.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
To the typical places – all the Gaudí monuments – and some secret spots that I would prefer to show them myself.
Do you have a favourite club or bar?
All the clubs in which I have worked or still work today, from Razzmatazz at Carrer de Pamplona 88, a big five-room warehouse-type indie-rock-electro club, to little places like Sidecar at Plaça Reial 7, or Cabaret Berlin at Bailén 22.
How do you like to travel around?
Even though Barcelona is a very bike-friendly city, I usually travel by taxi.
Which is your favourite Barcelona monument?
I love the statue of Colombus at the bottom of Las Ramblas. The best thing is that not many people know that you can actually take an elevator to the top of the statue. The views of Las Ramblas and the seaside are very beautiful.
Any advice for visitors?
Avoid eating in Las Ramblas, even though the terraces there seem like a perfect place to hang out and have a nice paella – you’ll find yourself eating gross, overpriced frozen food. Just walk a little and get into the small restaurant-bars inside La Boqueria market and El Raval. Priceless!
Can you recommend any good hotels?
Hotel W by Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents 1, is one of the newest and best additions to the Barcelona skyline.
Where do you run away to relax?
I like going to the little family house we own in Vielha, in the Pyrenees between Spain and France.
What can’t you live without?
My friends and family, my laptop, my camera and a Coke Zero!