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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.
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 Kings’, usually last up until the end of February or early March if you are lucky. Now this city isn’t as fashionably popular as say, Madrid London or Paris but there is an abundance of boutique brands in lets say El Born and other districts, which make it a very worthwhile shopping trip. Commercial fashion brands are heavily stocked in department stores and luxury brands litter the boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia.
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! We must admit that we have a sentimental value when it comes to the street Notariat. We once managed a lofty space on this very quaint street in Raval, that was just in front of the cute art and design store OpenHouse Gallery Barcelona. 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.
We previously blogged about the sheer brilliance of independent MUTT Bookshop and art gallery in El Born neighborhood that offers and extensive assortment of books about contemporary art, design, fashion, photography, street art, illustration, photography, architecture, etc. Why is this place great? Well as Barcelona is renowned for being an artistic hub, we think a contemporary book is most fitting.
Les Topettes is the brain child of couple Lucia and Oriol who were both attracted to the world of design and personal care products. The store offers environmentally friendly perfumes, soaps, creams, candles and toiletries with a hint of exclusivity. High quality is a key theme within the store, from the store front itself and it’s incredible tiled flooring emphasizes that you are in a special space.
On the 22nd of November the third edition of the Barcelona Shopping night 2012 takes place. Working late? Or perhaps you have a dinner reservation…not to worry because the event is from 8pm till 1am! The bustling boulevard that is Passeig de Gracia is the place to be during this night with live DJs, giveaways and more and the overall theme for this year’s festivities is fairytales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretal, and Goldilocks.
British designer Stella McCartney is now on one of Barcelona’s most important shopping boulevards, Passeig de Gràcia. This week proved to be a successful one for McCartney, who was awarded an award for Best International Designer by Telva in Madrid just a few days ago. The store was officially inaugurated last night and caused somewhat of a frenzy – well it is not everyday that such a prestigious designer is hanging out in a store in Barcelona.
In the ever popular era of digital media it is refreshing to see that the film strip is still alive in the form of polaroids. For those that thought were sure that all would conform to digital, how very wrong they were. Instead polaroid cameras have cult and memorabilia kudos and upon entering Impossible Project Barcelona in the Born district, it is easy to understand why. The space houses a variety of merchandise from polaroid cameras from all drags, formats, uses colors, accessories and more. You can even find collectable books, magazines and special editions in this store that serves more as a gallery space.
There is always something to be said about straying from the well-trodden path and Joaquin Costa in Raval is no exception. On the same street as Les Topettes and hot dog takeaway spot The Dog is Hot, you can find Wilde, a store dedicated to vintage sunglasses. Owned by Venezuelan Cao Azuaje and Teppei Kikugawa from Japan, this store is perfect if you are seeking a good assortment of sunglasses as they stock styles from 1950 to 1990.
Tomorrow sees the inauguration of the highly anticipated new Apple store in Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona. The building that Apple will occupy, based on Passeig de Gracia, was formerly the headquarters of illegal communist organization Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930′s.
MUTT Bookshop & Art Gallery was opened in late 2010 by Juanjo Fernandes, an active and well connected individual that wanted to offer more than books. Located in El Born neighborhood – the store is innovative and inspiring with art work beautifully mounted on the walls with a variety of literature dedicated to art, design and urban art decorating the space and presented as art itself. The balance between art, social and education is what makes this place an incredible hub for the creative types.