To be filed under â€œNext Trip to Barcelonaâ€: Café Kafka offers a place to meet and imbibe in El Born, the cityâ€™s answer to New Yorkâ€™s Lower East Side or Le Marais in Paris.
Inspired by the remains of two old tables found on site, designers Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jauma created a trendy cosmopolitan vibe while respecting the buildingâ€™s history and structure. A notable collection of 1950s lamps, recycled vintage furniture, and shelves of classical books all combine to create the ideal setting to soak up Barcelonaâ€™s creative scene.
Above: Multi-coloured rattan stools made in France sit at the bar, adding a hint of the French bistro. The front of the bar has been paneled with cast iron sheets found on a demolished building.
Above: A table is ready for its guests.
Above: A collection of light fixtures from the 1950s bring an eclectic retro feel to the historic building.
Above: A full bar.
Above: Mirrors reflecting the glowing lights are dotted around the walls.
Above: A bookshelf filled with pale paperbacks is surrounded by a gold frame.
Above: A gold-painted column and velvet upholstery add a touch of luxury.
Planning a trip to Barcelona? My favorite bookstore La Formiga d’Or is tucked away in a side chapel of the Barcelona Cathedral. Be sure to pay it a visit.
The map below shows the location of Café Kafka in the La Ribera section of Barcelona.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 15, 2013 as part of our Travels with an Editor: Barcelona issue.