Thursday, 12 November 2015

Myplayz - Sharing Economy Seville style

You still staying in hotels, travelling by train, eating in restaurants and paying professional tour companies to show you the sights? Well frankly, you need to get with the programme dear friends and embrace the burgeoning sharing economy that´s taking the world by storm.

By now, even the likes of my 79-year-old mother has heard of AirBnB, but for most that´s about as far as their ´peer-to-peer´ experience reaches.

Spain currently ranks 5th in European countries using the fluffily titled, ´Sharing Economy´. Suddenly to your average Jose, renting out a spare room to tourists or inviting complete strangers round to dinner has become completely normal. Equally as a consumer, if you can save a few Euros sharing a car instead of taking the train, then why the heck not?

Seville´s been rocking the sharing economy for a while now with alternative currency the Puma taking the lead. But in the last few months a new peer-to-peer off shoot has appeared on the city´s entertainment scene; ´Myplayz´ courtesy of cultural events company, La Matraka.

Billing itself as a ‘revolution in culture,’ it's a web-based community of users who create and attend their own cultural events from private locations. Put in simple terms it’s AirBnB for culture where ‘hosts turn their living rooms into a theatre, a garage into a cinema or a garden into a concert venue’. As a user you create a profile and then express interest in any gigs you´d like to attend. Then it´s down to the hosts to send you an official invite, with the cost on average being €5. As a host it´s a great way to create your own event, something particularly attractive for music acts, who of late are severely restricted due to the punitive entertainment licensing laws.

So on Monday night I found myself wandering into the unknown as I experienced my first Myplayz event. Performing was an American dude, Calvin Johnson and the location was a rehearsal studio in the Corralones on Calle Castellar. Waiting outside in the tiled courtyard, I couldn´t help but reminisce about those heady days of the Corralones, when by night almost every studio dramatically transformed itself into a bar or concert venue.

But tonight it was down to Calvin and in the blacked out rehearsal studio he had no where to hide. A few people in the intimate audience were pleased to see him and nodded appreciatively as he meandered through his one-man, acoustic set, which was peppered throughout with the staccato sound of flamenco feet tapping from the dance studio next door.

And when his set ended and Calvin walked off into the audience (where else could he go after all), there was an uncomfortable moment where no one knew quite what to do next. And nor did I think, poor Calvin, as that line between performer and audience somehow gets blurred when your public are so close that they can see the beads of sweat dripping off an artist´s top lip. But a little bar at the back selling Cruz Campo, soon put an end to any awkwardness and everyone seemed pretty pleased by the evening.

Myplayz is in its infancy. The idea is that eventually, rather like its successful, grown up cousin AirBnB, it will stretch across the globe. But right now it´s a Seville thing and one that is definitely worth checking out.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Flamenco, Flamenco, where for art thou Flamenco?

So the other day I overheard a conversation between a local and their tourist friend. ´Forget seeing Flamenco in Sevilla´, he stated curtly , ´it´s all just for tourists these days´. And at this he suggested his acquaintance wander around the Corralón in Plaza Pelicano and eavesdrop on one of the many rehearsals taking place. But under no circumstances should she part with any cash and see a show.

It seemed a pretty bold statement. After all, Sevilla to Flamenco is like New Orleans to Jazz or Nashville to country. But was he right?

A litmus test to try out this assertion has turned out to be my most recent Airbnb guest. For a month of her life she had decided to come to Seville and live and breath the whole Flamenco experience. Every night at about 8pm after she´d finished her classes, she´d head off out into the night. In passing I´d say, ´Flamenco?´ and in return she´d nod enthusiastically. And I think she pretty much covered the gamete of Flamenco offerings in the city, from trusty favourite ´La Carbonería´, tablaos ´La Casa de la Memoria´ and ´El Tabanco´ and Peña ´El Niño de la Alfalfa´.

The following day, I´d ask ´So how was it?´ And rather resignedly she´d murmur ´It was OK, just a lot of tourists´.

El Niño de la Alfalfa was the exception. Tucked away inside part of the Corralón on Calle Castellar, as a Peña, it´s like a social club for Flamenco enthusiasts, be they grizzly voiced, hard licker drinking purists ´de toda la vida´ or fresh faced, Scandinavian flamenco ´baile´students. The point being that if you end up in the Peña, it´s because you´re probably very passionate about the art. Performances are usually on Friday and Saturday evenings at 10pm and often sell out, especially if there´s a dancer with a name on the programme.

Another Peña that has just reopened its doors after a summer of refurbishment is ´La Peña Cultural Torres Macarena´, just the other side of the Almohad wall and well hidden away down a cobbled backstreet. For a while now it´s been plagued by complaints from a very determined neighbour and as a result only has performances on Wednesdays at 9pm. But it´s worth the trip as from the demographics of the audience - immaculately turned out, Sevillano couples, professional flamenco artists and only the occasional, particularly adventurous tourist - this is about as authentic as flamenco gets in the city. Don´t expect much information though on their website or Facebook Page, which haven´t been updated in months.

So while it´s true Seville is no longer a city where flamenco spontaneously combusts on every street corner, there are alternatives to splashing out a shed load of cash and watching it in a sterile atmosphere, with not an óle or ´fin de fiesta´ in sight.

Peña Flamenca El Niño de la Alfalfa, C/Castellar 52 Acc C (Zona Plaza de San Marcos)

Peña Cultural Torres Macarena, Calle Torrijano 29

Sunday, 1 November 2015

La Suite del Reloj - Flamenco goes experimental

I live and write about Seville, the clue´s in the title of the blog. I feel pretty at ease writing about cute bars or out of the way secrets, but get me on the subject of Flamenco and I feel utterly out of my depth. You see, I am a flamenco dullard. I have no idea of compas (flamenco rhythm), I cannot differentiate between a bulerías or a soleá and don´t even get me started on the art of ´tocando palmas´ (the effortless clapping in time that accompanies most flamenco performances). I´m also not that savvy about jazz either. I like it on the whole, apart from the more experimental kind which to me seems more like musical masturbation, but I don´t really understand the nuances.

So last night it was with some trepidation that I found myself at the Jose Torres Trio's latest Project, ´La Suite del Reloj´ at Teatro Quintero on Calle Cuna; a contemporary flamenco show with heavy shades of jazz.

Kicking off proceedings were the aforementioned trio: Jose Torres on guitar, Jasio Velasco playing the viola (and later on the very atmospheric, musical saw) and Karo Sampela on drums. Also on stage was Carmen Mori, who I only realised after the fact was interactively operates the lighting as the show unfolded. The performers entered stage, stood around, gazed into mid distance, Carmen stirred a coffee and then they all sat down. Any flamenco/jazz confusion I might have had prior to this, had now reached panic attack inducing levels.

But anyway, I hadn't come to the wrong place and it was in fact a concert. With just the trio playing to kick off, it was a gradual start, but a few songs in, invited artist Cristian de Moret entered stage and blew the audience´s socks off with some serious 'cante'. Soon fellow invited guest, flamenco dancer Asunción Peréz, ´La Choni´ assumed her position, prowling like a tigress, before exploding into action.

In the show´s publicity it promises to suspend time and normally I´m very suspicious of such assertions. But weirdly time seemed to speed up and slow down at will as the intensity and rise and fall of the performance lulled the audience into a state of calm, concentration before whipping us into a state of frenzied, excitement.

As someone who doen´t fully understand the technical aspects of dance, I really loved the moments when ´La Choni´ vibed off her fellow artists, with a wantonness and humour not usually seen in a straight flamenco performance. Probably for an aficionado of the art, they were the least choreographed and demanding sections, but for me they were by far the most exhilarating.

´La Suite del Reloj´ continues for two more nights at the Quintero Theatre (1st and 2nd November). If you´re at a loose end in Seville and want to experience what the experimental flamenco folks are up to, then this is just the ticket.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

To menu del dia o not to menu del dia, that is the question

Mid-week lunchtime eating out has always felt like a naughty, luxury for me. Not so apparently for Seville´s suited and booted funcionaries who cram into their favourite haunts, nipping out between courses to smoke an obligatory cigarette to cleanse the palate.

But when I do allow myself a daytime, eating liaison, I feel obliged to make it count and take advantage of a ´Menu del día´ option. The word menu in Spanish has a very specific use. It´s not the thing that you open to see what culinary delights are on offer in an eating establishment; that´s a ´carta´. The menu actually refers to the lunchtime set menu that many restaurants and bars offer to get bums on seats during what is traditionally a tough trade to crack.

´El menu del día´ always sounds like an exciting proposition. ´3 courses, plus wine for 10 euros´ sounds pretty good to the average northern European or American trudging the streets of Seville. And in relative terms it ain´t that bad. But, and as ever there is a but, it´s always the same old, usual suspects on offer: a limp salad or vegetable soup as starter, some fish or meat with chips as a main and the confusingly named ´flan´ which is really a creme caramel, as dessert. It fills a whole and that´s the extent of it.

But right now my days are free to do as I please and accept any invitations that come my way and so this week I found myself at Kaede, in the basement of the Hotel Macarena. By night it´s a slightly out-of-my-price-range sushi restaurant, but at lunchtime it offers the holy grail of the budget eater, ´el menú del día´ and without any of the usual dreary offerings. In fact it was one tasty, tempting delight after another. To start a little bowl of edamame beans is popped on the table while you mull over your choices. A seaweed salad, miso soup and pork mini rolls come as standard and then for the main one can choose between mixed sushi (nigiri and sashimi), sashimi with egg fried rice, chicken kebabs with rice, yaki soba or tempura vegetables with rice, followed by ice cream or coffee/tea.

I went for the sashimi, which was a decent sized without being over-facing, portion of salmon, tuna, mackerel and butterfish. The egg-fried rice was fresh and light and I finished off with some green tea ice cream and all at the very palatable price of €8.50. As I left I had a spring in my step, knowing that I'd eaten a healthy bite which had been kind to my stomach and with not a flan or crema catalana in sight.

Kaede Macarena (in basement of Hotel Macarena)
Calle San Juan de Ribera 2

Monday, 14 September 2015

Fun times at Feria Market

September, oh how I love September in Seville. Everyone is back from their summer sojourn, the colour of creosote and intent on still squeezing every last drop out of the heat that remains. The shops still pretend it´s summer, only opening in the morning (not such a fan of this as it happens). The nights are warm, but not sweat inducing like August, but just enough to wander coat free from bar to terraza until the early hours of the morning.

One place where locals are milking September for all it´s worth is the collection of tapas stalls at the back of the fish market in Calle Feria. Things all kick off once the fishmongers have packed up their wares and the historic market is transformed into a modern eaterie offering sushi, rice dishes (including paella), Mexican food, oysters, salmorejos and artisan croquettes.

Most folk tend not to loiter too long inside the market and instead position themselves outside eating, drinking and chatting animatedly. There are some high tables ro park one´s behind, which if you manage to nab one, are set against the stunning backdrop of the Algaba Palace.

It´s been a while since I´ve been somewhere there´s a palpable buzz, probably not since the heady days of the Corralones on Calle Castellar. But on Thursday - Sunday evenings the market really takes on a life of its own with live music and all the people you normally see in the Alameda, crammed into the tiny adjoining Plaza Calderón de la Barca. It probably helps that prices are reasonable - for €3.50 you get a tapa and a drink or just a tapa on its own costs €3.

But right now in Seville for unbeatable atmosphere, taste, value and fun, there´s no better place to be.


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Monday, 13 July 2015

Magnum Summer Club - outdoor pool

One of the most bewildering aspects of summer in Seville is the striking lack of open air swimming pools available to the public. Even on those most hellishly hot days of the year I´ve never been quite brave enough to saunter into a hotel, passing myself off as one of their paying guests, in order to gain access to a pool of water that´s not just a puddle of my own sweat.

But dear friends, there is a swimming pool in this fair city that does not require any silly disguises or resorting to identity theft. It´s just a matter of heading over to Magnum Summer Club, officially part of the Hotel Melia Lebreros in Nervion. You pay 10 Euros per visit and they throw in a towel.

It´s a curious place, I won´t lie. The pool is lined ´exclusive´ looking white double beds, all Ibiza´d up with billowing drapes and shisha pipes. On arrival we spotted a vacant bed, lay down our bits and pieces, only to find out that in order to occupy such a grandiose space one has to ´buy a bottle´ and by that I don´t think they mean a botellín of Cruz Campo.

There are other poolside lounging paraphernalia that don´t require aping the ostentatious naffness of Kim Karshadian and Kanye West, but there is more than a whiff of Jersey Shore about the whole set up, particularly on a Saturday afternoon when you throw a few stag/hen parties into the mix.

But the pool itself is wet and cool and in the absence of many other options, it does the trick. It´s up to you if you embrace the ´copas and cocktails´ by the pool vibe, or just surreptitiously sip from a bottle of water, smuggled in inside your sarong (I think you can probably guess which option I went for).

Magnum Summer Club, Calle Luis De Morales 2

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Keep cool and carry on 2015

Have you heard the one about the Northern European tourists who decided to come to Seville in July and August, proceeded to march around the streets in the baking 40 degree afternoon heat before passing out in a sweaty, sodden mess? Doesn´t sound much like a jolly jape, does it? That´s because it´s not. Seville in summer is to be treated with the uttermost respect and is not for the faint hearted (I mean literally, if you have a heart complaint, best come in March or April).

So if you want to stay out of Accident and Emergency and spare a few Euros for an already cash-strapped Spanish Health Service, follow my annually updated guide to surviving summer in Seville.

1. Become a night owl

Please, please, please put any silly idea of doing anything, be it everyday chores or touristy stuff, out of your pretty heads between the hours of 12pm and 8pm. I know that´s practically a whole day, but that´s just how things roll in these parts. If you head out on to the normally bustling Alameda during these no-man´s hours, you´ll be greeted by only the hardiest of cerveza drinkers (insert alcoholics here) and maybe some passing tumbleweed.

Anyone who has any sense (and air conditioning) will conserve their energies until the streets have started to cool down, which can be as late as 9 or 10pm. Long siestas are of course obligatory, which will leave you fresh and ready to enjoy the hopefully cooler summer nights.

The powers that be in the city understand this, and lay on a whole season of cultural events to entertain the folk who for what ever reason haven't abandoned ship and headed off to the beach. The picturesque gardens of the Cartuja monastery play host to 'Nocturama', a series of live concerts featuring up and coming pop, indie and electronic groups from around the country. Starting at 9pm every night and tickets costing from 7 Euros, it's like a mini festival every Wednesday and Thursday in August until the beginning of September.

If you want something a little more civilised then check out the 'Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar´ which are 75 concerts over 75 nights. The music covers many musical genres from the city´s eponymous Flamenco to Baroque, classical, world music and jazz. The setting is enchanting, and is a chance to visit the stunning gardens while basking in the melee of exotic aromas such as jasmine and and lady of the night, all again at a very reasonable 5 Euros or 6 Euros if bought on Internet.

The Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS) also get in on the act with their summer programme of music and open air cinema, which has a cooler, hipster vibe.

Plus more open air film is available in the enormous courtyard of the atmospheric Diputatión buildings, but make sure to go on Sunday evenings when films are shown in original version or face putting up  with some dubbing barbarity.

2. River life

In a Seville summer the River Guadalquivir becomes a place where those that haven´t made it to the beach can fool themselves into forgetting that they live in what is affectionately known as the 'frying pan of the world'. Those of you who have followed my blog from the start or who live on Spanish shores will be familiar with the term ´Pijo´, which is roughly translated as preppy or sloany, and from what I can tell a lot of the bars by the river tend to be a natural habitat for this variant of the local population. But don´t let this deter you, there are some stunning spots where you can sip on your ice cold beer or overpriced Mojito, while staring across at the beautifully lit Giralda or Golden Tower. Head to any of the bars on Calle Betis in Triana, or if you fancy a bit tropical greenery with your cocktail, Puerta de Cuba seems to hit the spot.

However, if sloansville isn´t your bag, Espacio Pescao Crudo further along the river on the Paseo de la O lays on live music, themed food nights, and not a Ralph Lauren shirt in sight.
Pescao Crudo

3. Raise the Roof

I know they say heat rises, but in Seville in summer life happens on ´azoteas´ which is the Spanish for roof terraces and any hotel worth its salt will have one, as will most apartment blocks and even municipal buildings.

If you´re a tourist you´re in luck, because hopefully if you´ve been prudent enough to check into a hotel with a pool, you´ll be able to lounge around under a sombrilla, while drinking something wet and ice cold. I´ve heard of some locals booking into a hotel if they´re stuck in Seville for the weekend, just so they can join in the poolside activities, because for some reason, elsewhere in Seville, public open air pools are decidedly thin on the ground. But if you don´t happen to be a patron of the hotel, you can still drink in their terrace bars, and the city´s slightly pretentious jewel in the crown is the decidedly hip, EME hotel, whose roof terrace is within spitting distance of the cathedral. You pay for the privilege in the bar prices, but the EME isn´t the only hotel with a roof terrace in town, you could also try Casa Romana, Terraza Puerta Catedral or Espacio Azahar if you want something a little more low key.

Many of the city´s cultural activities happen on multitude of roof terraces, such as the annual Redetejas series, which organise live music events, cinema screenings and theatre throughout the summer months on private roof terraces. And the Microteatro guys have got in on the act also offering cultural activities from the comfort of their terrace.

4. The Moors weren't stupid you know

Before I came to Seville I had no idea how ingrained in the fabric of the city the Moorish influence was. It was after all part of the Al Andaluz kingdom for 500 years, and the city's architecture remains the most noticable reminder of this time.

The Moors were big on water features, through which they created their own little gardens of paradise, and the gardens of the Royal Alcazar Palace are testament to this. You can spend hours mooching around from one shady corner to the next, reading a book or imagining the city's pre-christian history. If it's too hot to visit during the day, you can check out the night time visits which also include a guided tour, with theatrical enactments representing historical events that happened within the palace walls.

Or, while we're on the topic of water and Moorish times, you could head to the Arab Baths. I know this sounds slightly counter intuitive, why on a dehydration inducing, boiling hot day, would you choose to hang out in the some steam baths? But seriously, it's an option to consider. Firstly because it's one of the most relaxing places I've ever visited - think padding in hushed tones before immersing yourself in a bath of scented water - and more importantly inside you can forget about the hellish heat that awaits you upon leaving. And as a 2015 update the baths have opened a roof top terrace complete with infinity pool and juice bar.

5. Hang out with the locals

Sometimes though on a hot summer night, rather than being entertained on a terrace, you just want to find a cool breeze and quench your thirst with your cold beverage of choice. Current local hot spot is the fairly recently opened Mercado de Feria bar with outside tables at the back of Feria Fish Market, where you can get a tapa and a drink for 3 Euros and from Thursday-Sunday be entertained by some low key, live music. Or if you really want to mingle with the locals ´La Pastora´ has a huge garden for big groups and specialises in local favourites such as fried fish or cold tapas like ensaladilla or patatas aliñadas. Just bear in mind that prices are based on weight, so if you have a large tapa, you get a large bill.

Bar La Pastora. C/ Muñoz León, open 8.30pm - 1.30am

So there you have it. With this, you will survive the heat, remain hydrated or should I say lubricated and be culturally enriched. Result!

Monday, 22 June 2015

´Best breakfast in town´ title challenger

It´s been a while now that La Cacharreria has been the undisputed champion of breakfasts in Seville. Open any hipster guide and there it pops, tempting you in with its delicious homemade jams and luscious cakes. But that´s the only snag, unless you happen to nab one of the two tiny tables outside, there´s no choice but to cosy up within its bare-bricked interior. All well and good on a damp Seville winter´s morning, but right now before 11am is the only time you can sit outside until night falls without melting into a sticky heap, so breakfast ´al fresco´ becomes a premium.

Last week a new contender stepped into the ring, with a culinary pedigree that got me salivating at the mere thought. La Cuba in Plaza San Marco, is the new venture from the team behind ConTenedor, but don´t go expecting the same high-end elaborate cuisine as their self proclaimed slow-food original offers. That´s not to say the food isn´t good, it is just La Cuba isn´t equipped with a kitchen as you would know it. In fact it would appear at first glance that inside it isn´t equipped with anything at all. That´s because the main focus of La Cuba, apart from the food, is the terraza outside nestling at the foot of San Marcos Church. In fact it´s a table outside or nothing, because step inside the bar itself (to go to the loo for example) and you find yourself amidst chopping boards, juicers and all sorts of culinary capers.

´old´ cheese, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, rocket on toast
Breakfast errs on the side of fancy. Granted you´ve got a whole load of toasted options, but instead of the usual tomato and olive oil staple, there are wildly exotic possibilities like ghee and homemade jam, hummus (exotic in these parts), roasted peppers and aubergines with anchovies, and sun dried tomatoes, rocket, manchegoesque cheese with avocado.

And that´s without even getting to the ´bols´ (which are breakfast bowls filled with a whole bewildering, smorgus board of stuff). It was after I had consumed my avocado, cheese and rocket toast extravaganza that I noticed the non-breaded goods options, so I can´t speak from first hand experience. But the menu does include intriguing combinations such as organic goats cheese yogurt with homemade muesli or possibly the most mind blowing breakfast combination of  them all; avocado mousse with cocoa, agave syrup, cayenne pepper, muesli and fruit.

It is easy to get a little bit over-awed by breakfast at la Cuba, particularly when choice in most other places is limited  to ¨tomate triterado o en rodajas¨ (tomatoes mushed or sliced). The menu is extensive and slightly bonkers, though does try to cater to all dietary limitations providing a key for any possible allergy or intolerance issues.

Apart from breakfast they´ve got a fresh, lunch and dinner menu with light, inventive salads, hot and cold soups (I tried their deliciously wholesome warm, pumpkin soup ladened with roasted vegetables and croutons), salmon tartar, venison tataki and cheese/ham/ pate platters.

It´s only been open a week, so time will tell whether Seville will go wild over ghee and jam on toast or not, but I for one am already planning my next trip back to try some avocado mousse, agave syrup and muesli. I may never look back.

La Cuba, Plaza San Marco
Breakfast served 9am-1pm daily except August when it closes at the weekend.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Estraperlo - Organic Treasure

It´s easy to bandy about the term 'hidden gem' and without it this blog would have no content. But in all honesty sometimes the places I write about are gems and sometimes they are hidden, but rarely are they the two words together. And indeed a hidden gem if you´re running a business, has its drawbacks. It´s all very well for the ´in the know´ to give their loyal custom, but there comes a time when a few hoi palloi wouldn´t go a miss.

This perhaps is the case with the beautifully discreet, organic store Estraperlo. ´Estraperlo´ means contraband in Spanish and this could explain why it is so hidden away from passing trade. But what it sells is very much above the law, in fact more than that, its products are positively good for you. Estraperlo sells organic food such as fruit and vegetables, grains, quality olive oils, artisan wines and beers and more exotic fayre such as fresh seaweed and ingredients for Asian cooking.

Located on the shady side of the Alameda close to the restaurant Al Ajibe, it´s not a place you just stumble across, as beyond the gate there´s a secluded courtyard and then the shop within. I say shop, but in reality it´s much more than that. At the back there´s a working kitchen from which a daily menu of tapas are cooked to be taken away or as I did this week, eaten at a giant wooden, shared table. As well as that there are regular cooking workshops that seek to push the boundaries beyond the usual suspects on offer. Coming up there are workshops on Thai cooking, making pestos, tartars and ceviches, plus a monthly ´Murder Mystery Dinner´ that I definitely hope to be writing about in a future post.

I assumed, due its location in Boho Alameda that it would be on the pricey side, but both the organic products and the tapas menu are eminently affordable and utterly delicious. So far I´ve only bought tomatoes and lettuce, but for the first time every in my life I was brought close to tears by the bursting flavour of a humble tomato. And the tapas were simple, tasty and vegetarian friendly.

So if you want to find the definition of hidden gem in Seville, at Estraperlo you´ve got it!

Estraperlo, Alameda de Hercules

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Wanna stay cool? Say no to Nylon

Top heat beating tip for the day; eschew nylon at all costs. It´s obvious really, 40 degree heat plus synthetic fibres = pongy armpits and less friends. But step foot in any shop on the high street and you will be greeted by an array of man made fabrics that no amount of anti-perspirant can temper.

The solution dear friends is good old-fashioned cotton and if you want to go one step further towards fresh smelling loveliness, go organic. Verde Moscu, which has just transferred from happening Calle Regina to Calle Ortiz de Zuñiga in the ultra hip Soho Benita district, specialise in natural fabrics that are organic and/or locally designed and produced.

Run by a quartet of sociologists they impart their social vision into their business. At Verde Moscu there are no owners or workers, their clothing is fair trade and as much as possible they minimise the distance travelled by each item of clothing.

I love the simple yet stylish cotton summer dresses and T-shirts. Plus if you´re cut from vegan cloth there is animal cruelty free footwear to fit your principles, while any leather stocked is naturally treated rather than using chemicals.

The new shop near independent staples Isadora and La Importadora, is light and breezy, rather like their clothing ranges. Watch out for their uber trendy, vertical wall garden stocking over 40 luscious indoor plants, further imbuing the atmosphere with natural, plant goodness.

Verde Moscu, Calle Ortiz de Zuñiga 5