It is rare to come across a lifestyle store that actually has everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING related to the subject.
A few weeks ago, we went on a mini Europe trip to attend my brother-in-law’s business school graduation at IESE in Barcelona. It was my first time in this lively up-beat city, and we only had 3 days to make the most of it. My brother-in-law and his girlfriend who had been living there for two years had organised a couple of cultural and historical tours for us. I finally got to see La Sagrada Famila in person, which was absolutely spectacular and mind boggling at the same time, a 'must see' for anyone who visits the city. We also roamed around Las Ramblas district where we visited the famous Boqueria food market and devoured Jamon Serrano and fresh seasonal fruit (another must!). The shopping was equally amazing, too!
One afternoon they took us for lunch at a place called Jaime Beriestain Cafe. The cafe was decorated like a cozy lounge bar, but with bright glass stained chandeliers and colourful, plush upholstered club chairs. The flooring was a rustic oak wooden parquet and the walls were finished in raw cement with painted brick columns. You could tell that this was no ordinary restaurant.
The James Beriestain Cafe is adjacent to a concept store, also named after the owner. James Beriestain is a Chilean interior designer who moved to Barcelona in year 2000, where he completed his studies and put up his design studio thereafter. He collaborated and designed products for several renowned names in the industry, such as MARSET and DAB lighting, and even designed a collection of rugs and carpets annually for the rug company DAC. A few years later, he decided to open his own concept store.
At the Jaime Beriestain store, you will find a whole range of design-related things for the home. From restored vintage furniture pieces, to lifestyle coffee table books, to linens, lighting, candles, fabrics, throw pillows -- you name it. They have it all, and a beautifully well-curated collection if I may add! Oh, and they have a fresh floral stand at the front of the store.
Jaime Beriestain also created his own line of olive oil, chocolate, honey, candles, notebooks and rugs, which he sells there as well. Talk about going to the next level! Some of my favourite things from the shop: an aluminum brass stained tray table, a hanging round submarine mirror, and a two-branch floor lamp post with the craziest natural fiber lamp shade.
If you are an interior and design enthusiast, don’t miss out on this lovely little store on your next trip to Barcelona! And don’t forget to have a meal at the Cafe next door. The Burrata, truffle pasta and burger are a must!
Hasta luego amigos!
Jaime Beriestain Cafe
C/ Pau Claris, 167