There’s so much going on at Artte, in the Eixample district of Barcelona, that it’s quicker to mention what isn’t on offer here. Paintball. Pretty sure there’s no paintball action here. And we didn’t see any lion tamers. But other than that, absolutely everything under the sun can be enjoyed at Artte, and after just two months open it’s been host to jazz gigs, classical breakfast concerts and painting workshops, with loads more pencilled in for the future.
Artte is a splendid 400 sqm building with cavernously high ceilings, divided into three main areas. The Bistro, serving Mediterranean cuisine, doubles as a tea room and offers a range of exotic brews to enjoy with a pastry. The teas, sourced from China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Japan and Africa and of every conceivable colour and flavour, are also dished out by the bag from the rows of attractive white caddies at the Store. Then there is the Lab, a multi-use creative space that has a bit of the mad scientist’s den about it thanks to the industrial glassware arrangement, and it’s ripe for pretty much any creative activity; musicians, dancers and visual artists are among those invited to do their thing at Artte’s Lab. Let’s get experimental!