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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.
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.
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.
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.