You would think that being one of the rich and famous would be a full time job. However, many stars like to branch out onto the hospitality scene. If you fancy sipping a cocktail somewhere that you might get to rub shoulders with the stars, then think about visiting one of these places.
Lionel Messi – Bellavista del Jardin del Norte
The Barcelona forward swapped the ball for an apron when he and his family opened El Bellavista del Jardin del Norte. This restaurant has a very sweet design quirk – it is based on the design of a Spanish town. There’s the town square (central dining area), a church complete with a bell and a cinema (large screen.) Situated close to Barcelona city centre, it is surprisingly well priced for the prime location. Many dishes are less than 10 euros.
The Lineker Family – Lineker Bars
Gary Lineker is famous for chasing a football (or appearing in his underwear on Match of the Day after losing a bet that Leicester wouldn’t win the league!) His brother Wayne however is making a name for himself with his chain of Linekar bars. He has bars in Marbella, Majorca, Ibiza, Costa del Sol, and the chain keeps growing. The bar owners’ colourful life has bought him into the limelight in his own right, with his highly…interesting stints on reality TV shows like The Only Way is Essex. With a reputation like that, it’s obvious that Lineker bars aren’t exactly known for being low-key watering holes, so don’t expect a sit-down meal!
Situated on the coast between Fuengirola and Marbella, former reality TV star Elliott has swapped Essex for Spain to open up his dream restaurant. Olivia’s La Cala is named after his daughter Olivia. The teething stages of his new venture were covered in his own reality spin off ‘Playa in Marbella’. The restaurant is reportedly doing very well, and is a great place for reality star spotting.
Another Barcelona football player, Pique is a main investor in ‘Yours’. It’s a fun bar/restaurant, with great hamburgers and occasional events like jazz nights. For from the flashy crowd at Olivia’s or the party atmosphere of a Lineker bar, Yours has a more intimate feel. There’s a nice tapas menu to choose from, or you can build your own personalised burger.
Do you know of any other bars or restaurants in Spain that are owned or funded by celebrities? Let us know!
Church bell at Bellavista del Jardin del Norte – bellavista.barcelona
Bar at Olivia’s La Cala – oliviaslacala.com
Building a burger at Yours – yours.cat