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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
The last week has seen a series of reports regarding the soaring weather temperatures across Spain. It is then no surprise to see the rise of “heladerias” open for the summer and making money at a crazy rate. Ice-cream brings back those lovely childhood memories, that urge to choose your favorite flavors and take a seat in the park or beach disconnected from the rest of the world.
Dragons, human castles, giants in processions and incredible firework displays by the beach all mean one thing – La Mercè festival Barcelona is back. Close to the end of September, Barcelona city hosts its largest street party marking the end of summer – ensuring that you bid farewell with a bang. The festival first took place in 1902 and continues to unify the city and surrounding zones.
Perfectly located on Paseo de Gracia by La Pedrera and Casa Batllo this rooftop bar hosts views of some of Barcelona’s main sights, including the lights of Montjuic. The pool is exclusive to guests staying at the hotel, however, the bar is open to Barcelona from 7.30pm till midnight. It makes the deal haunt or drinks, snacks or caviar.
There is always something to be said about straying from the well-trodden path and Joaquin Costa in Raval is no exception. On the same street as Les Topettes and hot dog takeaway spot The Dog is Hot, you can find Wilde, a store dedicated to vintage sunglasses. Owned by Venezuelan Cao Azuaje and Teppei Kikugawa from Japan, this store is perfect if you are seeking a good assortment of sunglasses as they stock styles from 1950 to 1990.
Looking for a tour guide in Barcelona with a difference? Want to discover interior design, base your tour on boutiques, culture or perhaps focus on gastronomy? If yes, The Treasures is the ideal company for your choice. Set up by Carolina Carassco and Marianne Krauss (both extensive travelers), the boutique styled private walking tour company is based on unvealing the beautiful hidden gems in the city, ensuring that you are guaranteed to get to know Barcelona beneath the surface. We took a tour with The Treasures to discover their favorite haunts in Barcelona city – well if their’ tour grabbed the attention of The Cool Hunter, we clearly have to pay attention.
With our skylines dominated by skyscrapers, it is easy to forget the sheer height and phenomena of these beast of buildings. “Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai“, an exhibition currently running at Caixa Forum, looks at the grand evolution of the skyscraper where mankind embarked on a quest to advance it’s creativity and push boundaries in architecture.
What comes to mind when you see guacadog, piña dog, mush dog, basil dog and green dog? If you answered- simple yet cool hot dog joint in Raval, you are right! These are just some of the variety of hotdogs served up at, The Dog Is Hot on Calle Joaquín Costa, Barcelona. When walking along the street it is hard not to notice the takeaway place as the bold graffiti on the exterior certainly makes an impression.
We are all familiar with the famous phrase, “mi casa es tu casa” and we had the opportunity to experience this recently whilst attending the Openhouse gallery. Now, we are huge fans of the design concept store based in Calle Notariat, which is unfortunately closing soon and re-emerging as a different entity, but are happy that the company has extended to The Openhouse Project where Andrew Trotter, Mari Luz Vidal and Nobu Kawagoe house private galleries and dining experiences in their very own home. The project is a growing one, experimenting with opening their home to the public, “our home is open to all”.