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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


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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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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Flores Navarro – blooming marvellous

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.

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& Other Stories on Passeig de Gràcia

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.

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Vintage furniture stores with charm in Barcelona

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.

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Medwinds – Pure mediterranean lifestyle

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.

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Rebajas – Sale shopping in Barcelona

With all this talk of the crisis we are simply happy to hear about rebajas as it is in Spanish or rebaixes in Catalan, which refers to sales shopping. The winter sales in Barcelona start today as it is the day after ‘Festival of the three kings’, usually last up until the end of February or early March if you are lucky.

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Gift Guide – Skateboarding treats at FTC

Christmas may have been and gone but we still have Three Kings Day and the fortunate ones are still on vacation, so our gift guide in Barcelona continues! Times have changed and although things have come and gone, skateboarding is something that isn’t likely to leave the city anytime soon. FTC is the elegant niche store dedicated to skating and it’s prime location being just by MACBA, the space that attracts an abundance of thrill seekers and veterans, is sheer brilliance.

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