A massive Tomahawk Steak. A bottle of Red wine. Both go exceptionally well together however you wouldn’t think that you’d have them on top of a bullfighting arena that was transformed into a commercial mall complex!
“Las Arenas” is one of the famed bullfighting stadiums in Barcelona. It has a colorful and bloody bull-fighting history which was built in the 19th century. Unfortunately the building slowly decayed and became almost unusable in the 1990’s. The city of Barcelona wanted to preserve the complex though so they poured in a ridiculous amount of money and hired one of the best Architects around, Richard Rogers, and proceeded to renovate it into a full commercial mall while preserving the structure and legacy of the arena.
Once you go inside there’s a variety of shops that you can check out (mostly fashion), cinemas, supermarket, and there’s also an electronics store at the basement. The highlight of this place though is the rooftop! They have several high-end restaurants there AND it offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the city.
Here are a couple of photos we took while we were on the rooftop.
Really amazing place! Gotta love it how Barcelona makes gargantuan efforts to preserve their culture and heritage. You can’t say the same here in the Philippines where the government seems to have a ball destroying structures and places that should be preserved.
Oh, I did say steak right? Here’s what we ate, hehe.
If ever you’re in Barcelona, check this place out. Shops are good and the view on top is phenomenal.
PS: There’s a lift on the outside which can take you directly to the rooftop but there’s a 1 Euro fee. You can refund this if you eat in one of the restaurants. Alternatively you can go inside and use the escalators to go up to the top floor.