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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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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 pho and their refresh­ing homemade lemonade.

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

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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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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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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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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