The Director: Pau Miró
Thirty-five-year-old playwright and director Pau Miró is a rising star on Spain’s theater scene. Jirafas (the last installmenst of his Trilogía de lo Animal, a tragicomic trilogy with absurdist overtones) was performed at Sala Beckett and is set in the Raval neighborhood, which inspires his work with its “charged urban cocktail” of hipness and seediness. Miró often shares a leather booth at Bar Raval (drinks for two $18) with theater and film people, and says he loves the personal service at Discos Castelló, part of “a disappearing breed” of truly independent music shops. He also recommends the stationery store Paperam, “one of those shops that transport you back in time.”
The Entrepreneur: Helena Garriga
A Catalonia-born graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, Helena Garriga has worked for the likes of Moschino and Jean Paul Gaultier. Now she’s a curator of edibles, assembling the choicest local and international foodstuffs at her new shop, La Cuina d’en Garriga. The sweet-savory pan-con-tomate bonbons at La Cuina come from pastry artist Carles Mampel of Bubó; the buttery bread loaves studded with dried fruits and nuts are from Forn Baluard. Garriga also loves the seafood and rice dishes at the neo-traditional El Suquet de l’Almirall (dinner for two $83) and the eclectic cuisine served around the communal table at the arty yet homey Tapioles 53 (prix fixe dinner for two $104). Her pick for the best picnic spot? The saltwater swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean at the new Parc del Fòrum.