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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.

Avoid the city trinkets and read where to shop



Nani Marquina – Handmade Luxury

At the top end of Eixample district there is a shop that is like no other. It was originally a private garage, and inside you can clearly make out the ramps and large spaces where cars would have pulled in to sleep for the night. But with walls now bathed in white and hung with exquisite handmade rugs it has been completely transformed, and has the appearance of a hyper-stylised carpet bazaar, like one you would see in Marrakech or Istanbul, without the dust and pushy traders. This is the world of Nani Marquina, one of Barcelona’s most prolific and acclaimed designers.

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Barcelona Insider – Parament Shop

If you follow us on Facebook or Pinterest you will know that we love ceramics and kitchenware. We came across Parament, whilst casually  browsing on instagram and when we found out they were based in Barcelona, we had to find out more. It turns out that the owner Carla Rauert is a fashion designer, turned pottery and food styling lover. Her husband is a cook, and in her own words ´we usually spend hours together reading and looking at gastronomy magazines. Whereas his eyes went always into food, mines focused on the plates. I decided that I had to do something about this, and this is how came out. A place where you can find unique, handcrafted, and essential goods to create beautiful tables´. Our kinda story! Find out more.

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Otaduy – Ethereal wedding dresses in Barcelona

It isn’t hard to understand why people flock to Barcelona in the name of love, or that some take it one step further by getting married here. The region has a lot to offer and with big events like Barcelona Bridal Week and labels such as Pronovias, some simply come to shop or get the exclusive on wedding trends in Europe. The bohemian essence in bridal gowns isn’t going anywhere and we recently visited Otaduy, a boutique bridal store in Gracia’s Torrent de l’Olla.

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Objeto de Deseo Barcelona


Objeto de Deseo – a design treasure trove

Jorge Subietas is behind the niche design store Objeto de Deseo, who has carefully curated all pieces in the gallery. If there is a reason to make your way up just off Via Augusta, this is it. Beautiful objects stand out from the moment you enter the petite store, with the pops of colours from some of the decorative pieces instantly seducing the design savvy. Contemporary and vintage pieces can be found here and vary from materials such as glass, wood, metal and other materials.

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Gift Guide – Smoked goods by Fumont

Come on, who doesn’t love a smoked trout bap, tasty smoky bacon and more? The smell enough is normally enough to lure someone over to leave you salivating. Fumont knows this only to well, as founders Margot, Maggie, David and Carles, decided to embark or producing smoked goods for our consumption after realising it was something that wasn’t commonly found, yet enjoyed.

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Ivori Barcelona


Gift Guide – Ivori Barcelona

We actually stumbled upon Ivori on instagram, and we were very happy that we did. As retail chain stores continue to take over the city, it is refreshing to come across a designer’s playground that dedicates itself to clothes and accessories made by locals. Ivori is located in el Born, a barrio well known for such initiatives and artisan creations.

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Gift Guide – Domestico Shop

We love interior design, decor and all things stylish. If you’re friends do too, this place is like a mecca for such. Here you’ll find some of the best furniture design collections in addition to some nice quirky objects. At Domestico Shop you will find lamps, chairs, shelves, sofas, signature chairs, stools, wallpapers and much more are all at your disposal!
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Espai Neukölln – second hand finds

We love decorative design pieces, unique objects, interesting finds from design trips and of course good furniture. This is why we were happy when we stumbled upon furniture resale store Neukölln, set up by Federico and Alessia. Yes Neukölln is a suburb in Berlin but we also have a piece here in Barcelona too.

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Nuovum concept store in Barcelona

We have one hell of a soft spot for Carrer Pintor Fortuny and the surrounding streets. Fairly new to our favourite little nook of Raval is new design concept store, Nuovum.

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Haggle away like a local at Els Encants market in Barcelona

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and are prepared to stifle through quite a crowd we recommend you head to charming flea market Encants Market, which has a vast amount of things for sale. The market relocated to the other side of Plaça de les Glòries  in September 2013 and had an overhaul, with an impressive mirrored ceiling.

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