Gerard Piqué’s Barcelona
The March issue of Condé Nast Traveler (España) has a feature on the city of Barcelona, and they ask famous residents to talk about their favorite spots in the city. One of those famous residents is Gerard Piqué, and this is what he had to say.*
Gerard Piqué, who in many ways is still a big kid, likes to spend his free time returning to the places where his childhood unfolded. In other words, walking along the Paseo de la Bonanova, where he lived and studied (at La Salle) and where his grandmother still lives, to La Diagonal. But he’s moved a bit further north to Sant Just Desvern, where his parents also live. It’s a small town on the outskirts of the city that was once the favorite summer spot of marquises. Today, it’s one of the most coveted residential zones of Barcelona, and it’s not far from the Ciutat Esportiva of Barça, in Sant Joan Despí.
Between training sessions and games, Piqué doesn’t have much free time, and when he does, he chooses to disconnect. How? By hanging out with his friends and not talking about football. Where? He chooses restaurants according to location (El Xalet in Montjuïc for the views and Torre d’Alta Mar in the port) or for their culinary offerings (he loves Can Travi Nou in the Horta district and Crep-Nova on the Paseo de la Bonanova, where he always orders pizza with Iberian ham).
In his neighborhood, he likes L’Altre Caliu and Picoteo Can Domingo, with its traditional cooking. He feels at home there, because they always prepare for him his two favorite dishes: bread with tomatoes and Iberian ham, and fried calamari. However, they never talk about football there, because they’re periquitos. Other dishes he loves are the patatas bravas from Bar Tomás de Sarrià and potatoes with olives at Mandri.
Gerard Piqué likes to wander around, and although it’s difficult, he does so at the Camí de les Aigües, the forest trail that winds its way from Sant Just through the Collserola park until the other end of Barcelona, where you can contemplate the city as if it were a scale model. The best times to go are early in the morning or at dusk; he prefers the second option. And when the team celebrates its titles, it usually does so at the Sala B, the club next to the legendary concert venue and disco Luz de Gas. Piqué also likes to watch shows in the Tivoli theater or the Romea theater, movies at Cinesa Diagonal or Gran Sarriá, and concerts at the Palau de Sant Jordi, although he admits, “it’s complicated to go out in Barcelona. If I go to a market or a shopping mall, I’m stopped so many times that I forget what I came to buy.”
* please do not use for stalking purposes!