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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

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. Think poufs by Woouf, Vitra lamps and that is just a few to mention. 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 furniture 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 Pintor Fortuny and the surrounding streets. Fairly new to our favourite little nook of Raval is new design concept store, Nuovum. Located across the road from our favourite brunch spot Caravelle, it’s general aesthetic and shop window coolly invites you to go in. The main feature is the impressive wooden hexagonal styled wall, neatly stacked and showcasing an array of merchandise.

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Haggle away like a local at 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. Here you’ll find the regular market stalls that provide your daily needs and then there are the house clearance guys that sell the possessions from former homes. You have to put your barter hat on when it comes to these guys that overcharge hoping to make a quick win, simply go firm with your price and don’t pay asking price unless you seriously want the item and don’t think you can find it anywhere else.

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Über Den Wolken – more than just a vintage store

Über Den Wolken is a collaborative that consists of vintage fare, gallery, cooking workshops and more. Situated in Raval the project fuses all types of passion uniting creative cooks, designers and artists alike. Trends as we all know, come and go so the focus on reinventing style definitely offers a more affordable and individual alternative.

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La Manual Alpargatera – Espadrilles from Barcelona

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.
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Jaime Beriestain – New concept store and café

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.

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Pop Up Design Market at Fabrica Moritz

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.

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Formista – The design shop and gallery

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.

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