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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.
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 (with a 10 year career at Inditex under her belt), 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 parament-shop.com came out. A place where you can find unique, handcrafted , and essential goods to create beautiful tables”. Our kinda story! Find out more below.
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.
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.
Vintage stores have popped up like crazy over the last few years, as have markets and pop up events. When we heard about La Boutique in Raval, we were instantly intrigued because they are a vintage and designer store – hurrah! Were talking Hermés scarves, YSL dresses and even pieces buy Celine. Shop until you drop, it’s rebajas (sales) time after all. What makes this cute little place a little haven, i sthe selection. We all know when it comes to vintage in particular it is very much down to the eye and picking, relevant, interesting, and some trend pieces. Erica has succeeded and I am sure many are asking for overdrafts or loans at the bank at this moment.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.