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Betahaus Creative beast

Two heads are better than one; that’s the idea of Betahaus. The more brainpower in one space the better. Originating in Berlin, this innovative work area and community for creative professionals and entrepreneurs is the new big thing happening all over the globe, where creativity and ideas can be shared and explored. Barcelona’s Betahaus is home to 132 members, 38 start-up companies and 97 freelancers. Talk about an impressive résumé.

This private club is a 2000 square meter workplace and event space that is made up of a funky café, private rooms, larger communal work areas, and terraces—so you can get some work done while also getting your tan on, lounging in the sun. With all that space there’s also room for workshops, launch parties and a bunch of cultural events. Although this all may sound dandy, pump the breaks. In order to get one of their exclusive memberships you need to pass the interview process before being deemed Betahaus worthy. If you do get selected to join the club you also have special benefits at the other locations in places like Copenhagen and Vienna, and soon New York City. Betahaus is one full house of tech savvy, aspiring individuals from all over the world.

Cosmo Gallery Hungry aesthetes

Art may feed thought, but it won’t feed your stomach. Cosmo Gallery gracefully takes care of both concerns in a neatly designed part-café, part-gallery space. Delectable edibles bookend art immersion, and the cafe’s laid-back sofa-sphere make for a cozy spot to down the simple fare at Cosmo, such as hummus and guacamole, manchego cheese and Ibérico ham, fresh juices and weekend mojitos. And with your belly sated and head bedeviled by strong drink, soaking up the sumptuous visual art in the gallery will be a cinch. Cosmo’s curation includes a mixture of contemporary graphic-art and works by emerging newcomers, creating a meeting point for young artists looking to showcase their work in a professional environment.

Located right next to the university in a youthful, comfortable district of Barcelona, the friendly, neighborhood vibe of Cosmo reflects the community to which it belongs. Cosmo arranges art and education opportunities, while hosting regular concerts and pop-up stores in the gallery space.

Roca Barcelona Gallery Loos meet technology featured

Bathroom brand Roca has branched out beyond sinks and bathtubs, using their modern design know-how to develop this gob-smacking, futuristic space.

On a day-to-day basis the spot functions as the firm’s headquarters, though is also used to house the company’s showroom as well as hosting numerous social and corporate events.

MNAC High art placed high up

MNAC’s setting could hardly be more grand; the Palau Nacional, built in three years and opened in 1929, overlooks Barcelona from atop Montjuic mountain. Montjuic is also home to countless other attractions, including the Fundació Joan Miró, Museu d’Arqueologia and Olympic complex. Approaching it, you will commonly encounter people spilling out of large business conferences and temporary art exhibitions. Yet you’ll also find yourself facing the wonderful fountains, which erupt each evening in a spectacular light show along with a view that is just as breathtaking as in the daytime.

The museum itself houses the principal collection of Catalan art in Barcelona, spanning the Roman, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods through the first half of the 20th century. The Palau Nacional would be worth seeing even without the accompanying interior splendor, but the full package makes the MNAC an indispensable experience.

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