Wer-Haus is a visionary multi-cultural space in Barcelona’s L’Eixample district. Founded by Nicolas Rossi, Jean-Antoine Palagos and Marc Miro, this former parking garage near the city’s main shopping street, the Passeig de Grácia, is a beacon of cool for those searching for high-end menswear, innovative art exhibitions and delicious coffee. There’s an industrial feel to Wer-Haus, which is unsurprising considering the building’s former use, but through light wooden accents, great lighting and the plethora of leafy green plants found throughout, it manages to avoid feeling austere. Indeed, Wer-Haus revels in and makes great use of its plentiful square-footage.
The bookshop is home to a curated selection of contemporary photography books; the stuff that dream coffee tables are laden with. And the gallery, meanwhile, has hosted exhibitions dedicated to exploring and celebrating the variety and ingenuity of photographs and photographers, with past exhibitions showcasing the landscapes of Salva Lopez and the innovative portraiture of Kazuto Ishikawa and Satoshi Fujiwara. Upstairs, there’s an expansive selection of clothing and accessories, including brands like Raf Simons and Etudes Studio.
As easy as it is to lose hours amongst the store’s clothes and books, imaginatively furnishing your brand new wardrobe and bookcase, it’s even easier to linger in the cafe and restaurant at Wer-Haus. Even if your initial intention was just to refuel with a cup of brilliantly brewed Slow Mov or Cafe Coutume coffee before heading back into the store. The food menu, available at breakfast and lunch, is ostensibly healthy and undeniably tasty. There are crisp, flaky croissants and rich brownies served with whipped cream on the petit dejeneur list alongside the deep bowls of granola. And gourmet sandwiches and salads that throw together ingredients like watermelon, feta and black olives to great effect, or slap juicy slices of pastrami onto quinoa bread and layer it with a homemade sauce, tomatoes, onion and pickled cucumber.