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District Guide: El Born, Barcelona

seen by Anabel Luna, fashion photographer

Accord­ing to Anabel, Barcelona is a city that nev­er sleeps — and, judg­ing from her vast CV, tak­ing a break is not real­ly her thing either. Work­ing as a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­ph­er can already be exhaust­ing, but own­ing and man­ag­ing two event and stu­dio spaces on top must be quite a chal­lenge. She shares the pas­sion (and respon­si­bil­i­ty) for these cre­ative hubs with her part­ner, musi­cian and DJ, Ger­ard Dau­rel­la. Togeth­er they’re already plan­ning their next big thing: NOU-STU­DIOS which will be opened soon. Born and raised in Barcelona, Anabel knows the city inside out, her new favorite neigh­bor­hood El Born she actu­al­ly explored only recent­ly though. Being the rest­less open-mind­ed per­son that she is, it didn’t take long to dis­cov­er all the secret spots that made her fall in love with this district.

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Mercat del Born

The Neubau dis­trict in my town would be El Born. In this neigh­bor­hood, the tra­di­tion­al and the mod­ern coex­ist in har­mo­ny. It’s one of the most charm­ing areas in Barcelona, with lots of cul­ture and nightlife to dis­cov­er, the best cafés to hang out in, and the coolest shops to spend your mon­ey in.“

Do you have one beau­ti­ful mem­o­ry that will always be asso­ci­at­ed with El Born? I didn’t know the area too well until Ger­ard — my busi­ness and life part­ner — showed me around. Strolling through the streets of Born, you can dis­cov­er a fas­ci­nat­ing side of Barcelona where old tra­di­tions are still thriv­ing. The streets are lit with beau­ti­ful old lanterns, the shops wow with high ceil­ings, and you can find bars that have been around for more than 40 years. The El Born mar­ket, which has now become a muse­um, is anoth­er stun­ning spot in this neigh­bor­hood — don’t leave the city with­out vis­it­ing it!

1. Mer­cat del Born Plaça Com­er­cial, 12, 08003 Barcelona

When you want to impress your date bring them to Café-Bar Mudan­zas. It’s a bar that has been around for more than 40 years and real­ly rep­re­sents the spir­it of the neigh­bor­hood. It’s close to the Church of San­ta Maria del Mar, one of the city’s most beau­ti­ful church­es. Here they cre­ate the most per­fect cock­tails and have a huge selec­tion of Whiskeys from all over the globe. Some­times they even have live musi­cians play­ing a fine selec­tion of tunes.

2. Mudan­zas, C / Vidri­eria | 15, 08003 Barcelona, @barmudanzas

To make a food­ie heart beat faster go to Koku Kitchen Buns. Found­ed in 2016 by Ross, Mark, and Robert — who also own anoth­er Koku Kitchen that spe­cial­izes in Ramen — they serve the best Hira­ta Bun’. You should also try the edamame, kim­chi sal­ad, calf phở and their refresh­ing home­made lemonade.

3. Koku Kitchen Buns | Car­rer del Com­erç, 29, 08003 Barcelona, @kokukitchen

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Blow Store

You can find the nicest vin­tage clothes in Blow store. The guys who run it are adorable and they always help you find the best stuff.

4. Blow store | Car­rer de Bonaire, 6, 08003 Barcelona, @leswingvintage

The most pho­to­genic place in the city is the Estación de Fran­cia (Sta­tion of France) — a must-see for all visitors! 

5. Estación de Fran­cia | Av. del Mar­quès de l‘Argentera, 08003 Barcelona

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Henna Morena

My urban oasis is Hen­na More­na. It’s a beau­ty salon for your hair and skin with all sus­tain­able and nat­ur­al prod­ucts. When­ev­er I can, I escape to this oasis in the mid­dle of Born where they take care of me and mes­mer­ize all my sens­es with the scents of laven­der and pine. 

6. Hen­na More­na | Car­rer de l‘Esparteria, 12, 08003 Barcelona, @hennamorena

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Passeig del Born

The best place to peo­ple watch is sit­ting on a bench in Pas­seig del Born. All kinds of peo­ple pass through here: tourists, work­ers, wait­ers, nuns who go to the church of San­ta Maria del Mar, young peo­ple who go par­ty­ing, moth­ers with their babies, dogs and their own­ers, and so on…

7. Pas­seig del Born | Pas­seig del Born, 08003 Barcelona

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Find Anabel on Instagram: @anabeluna

Why does your job per­fect­ly match your city? I am a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­ph­er and I own two stu­dios that we rent out for shoots and events. And Barcelona is made for this par­tic­u­lar branch! Work­ing here is very inspir­ing; you meet peo­ple from all over the world and you just nev­er know who might become your next client. Barcelona is an easy-going city with a very pos­i­tive and hap­py vibe where peo­ple can find relax­ation from stress no mat­ter how big the dis­trict might be. It is and will always be inter­est­ing to live and work here.

07 Jul 2019 · neubau eyewear