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Sants-Montjuïc

Establishment neighborhood
CaixaForum Barcelona
6-8 Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Sants-Montjuïc
CaixaBank is Spain's largest bank, and its foundation, La Caixa, is one of the largest in the world. CaixaForum, their signature cultural program, exists in every major Spanish city (and a few smaller cities as well), offering cultural programs such as art exhibitions, live music, kids programs, film screenings, and more. The Barcelona iteration, housed in a renovated textile factory, is one of the largest in the country.
Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc, Sants-Montjuïc
Seminal 20th-century artist Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893, but he was most influenced by the years he spent outside Barcelona, in Mont-roig (a small Catalan town), Majorca, Paris, Japan, and New York. You can see some of Miró's work in the States (sculptures in Chicago and Houston, paintings at MoMa) but seeing such a comprehensive edit of his art at Fundació Joan Miró, a space created by Miró himself in 1975, is a whole different experience. In addition to the museum's Miró collection, other artists from the 20th- and 21st-centuries are occasionally featured in varied temporary exhibitions.
Pakta
5 Carrer Lleida, Sants-Montjuïc
Nikkei is the name for the cuisine that developed as a result of the enormous influx of Japanese emigrants to Peru back in the late 19th-century—a unique fusion that until recently had only been available in Peru. The union actually isn't as strange as it first appears; both cultures put an enormous emphasis on fresh fish (call it sushi or ceviche), so the result brings the spice and excitement of Peruvian cuisine to the sophistication of Japanese. It shouldn't come as a surprise that it was Albert Adriâ who had the vision to bring Nikkei abroad, and his touch is clearly visible in the artful dishes on Pakta's seasonally changing tasting menu, which are done with all the skill, creativity, and showmanship he's come to be known for. The restaurant's modern, geometric interior, which is decorated with colorful weaving looms, lives up to the food.
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