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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.
La Manual Alpargatera is a cross between an espadrille archive and a shoe shop and is located in Barrio Gótico. Pamphlets in worldwide languages translate the history of this charming monumental little store that opened just after the Spanish Civil War, in the 1940′s. Sure it is known amongst locals, but nowadays informed travellers frequent this store to top up on cotton covered shoes ladened with a rope or rubber sole, to add to their summer wardrobe.
Barcelona’s Jaime Beriestain is not your ordinary concept store and cafe, in fact, it is rather exciting as there is nothing else remotely like it. Imagine buying yourself some new design items for your pad, fresh flowers from the floristeria flown in from Holland and then stopping by for lunch before heading back out. This is exactly what you can do here. The café / restaurant offers breakfast, brunch and dinner.
We recently recommended Formista, a design store and gallery perfect for gifts if you are still snapping up some goodies for Christmas. Another place that we have to mention is Market Design 2013, with the second edition being held in the Factory Mortiz. The collaboration of ADI - FAD (Association of Industrial Design Promotion of Arts and Design), diarioDESIGN (online magazine about design and architecture) and Moritz (beer factory, fully restored by French architect Jean Nouvel) has given the go ahead for the flea market for the design obsessed to take place in the lead up to Christmas.
If you like high quality products at affordable prices, you will love Formista. With Christmas just round the corner, you may be looking for a little something special for that someone special, or perhaps you want to treat yourself. Just round the corner from Barcelona cathedral, this little space has been set up as a gallery / store showcases beautiful products from independent designers in the region.
We have a long standing love for flowers, as we make sure that the majority of our apartments have plants or flowers to welcome guests. There is something to be said about having something else living in your space, a pleasant aroma and of course a nice pop of color. As our main office is located on Ronda Universidad we are rather spoilt when it comes to buying flowers but we don’t resort to Las Ramblas, we have an excellent and long standing relationship with Navarros in Eixample.
Swedish brand & Other Stories is an exciting concept by the makers and shakers behind H&M and big sister Cos. The offering that this brand has includes more trend-led and edgier pieces in comparison to it’s counterparts. With ateliers in Paris and Stockholm you can expect an array of leather boots, buckled loafers, masculine tailoring, directional pieces and much more.
Affordable vintage designer furniture in Barcelona exists, and can be found in a variety of specialized stores throughout the city. It is hard to believe that such finds were once a rarity, as now there is a fab selection of places to pick up gems, some of which have been restored and others at brilliant prices that are sure to make your home look like a masterpiece from an interior design magazine.
It isn’t everyday that you find many of the classic items that you need for the season in one shop, but that is most definitely the case with Medwinds. Located on 7 Elisabeth Street in the neighborhood of Raval in Barcelona. So what makes this store a perfect haven for those essentials? Well, many assorted espadrilles, fresh dresses, sandals and an effortless style of dressing when it comes with the Med. Most of these items can be purchased at Medwinds and at a reasonable price point.
With two ladies in the office it is safe to say that we commonly talk clothes. We don’t like to throw anyone under the bus but, even some of the guys get involved in the debate about platforms vs wedges and skinny jeans vs palazzos. The team here are savvy when it comes to shopping, so we were happy to hear about new online shopping initiative dress2b.
Happy New Year! 2013 is the year of change, that year when things are going to really happen, the year when we say…time for change. As repetitiveness as this may sound, we must admit that it is the same promises we make each year. If you are one of those people that want to take better care of your body, we know just the place to help you achieve that very resolution.