You’re in Barcelona, so chances are you’re already wearing your sunglasses, but it’s worth taking an extra pair with you for a visit to the eye-meltingly jazzy restaurant Ocaña DF. Colourful doesn’t really do this place justice at all. Located in Barri Gòtic’s Plaça Reial as part of the expansive Ocaña project, you won’t have any trouble at all finding the venue, even at night, due to the kaleidoscopic brilliance of the interior — just follow the glow.
The look has been cooked up between Mexican artist Humberto Spindola — working in papel picado, or perforated tissue paper — and French graffiti artist Gérard Zlotykamien. The yellow and pink elements have been designed as a tribute to Mexican architect Luis Barragán, and the sculptural cactus is another allusion to the country. There’s also the recognisably Mediterranean terracotta colour on the bar and the decoratively carved ceiling. This marriage of colours and motifs reflects the culinary concept of Ocaña DF, which is a mash-up of Mexican, French and Mediterranean food, with a mezcal and tequila bar in there as well for good measure.