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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

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Gift Guide – personal care products at Les Topettes

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.

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Shopping Night Barcelona 2012

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.

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Stella McCartney officially opens in Barcelona

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.

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Wilde Sunglasses – vintage shades in Barcelona

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.

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Grand opening: new Apple Store in Barcelona

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.
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One of a kind – Mutt bookshop and art gallery Barcelona

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.

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Estilo Nordico: Hidden nordic gem in Barcelona

If like us you have a penchant for Nordic design, Estilo Nordico the distributor for Nordic interior brands, has a small furniture and decoration store that you must visit. The location says it all, as it is quaintly placed on Carrer Zaragoza in the upscale Sant Gervasi area and is just 5 minutes walk from our favorite Thai restaurant El Petit Bangkok. Bursting with an abundance of brands such as House Doctor, Affari there is an array of products to choose from.

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Gift-guide: A fine Spanish wine from Monvínic

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy fine wine. Anyone can understand the joy of uncorking a new bottle handpicked by someone dear to you – and the assistance of an expert sommelier always helps, too. With an astounding reputation as one of the top five wine cellars in the world, Monvínic houses a dizzying selection of over 3,000 hand-selected bottles. continue reading

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Gift-guide: woolen winter-wear by Mariam Ponsa

One of the freshest designers to grace Barcelona in several years, Mariam Ponsa is well-known for her classic approach to modern fashion, using traditional techniques and dyeing methods to create luxurious and unique pieces with an edge.

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Gift-guide: cheese from Formatgeria La Seu

Tucked away in the Gotico area, Formatgeria La Seu is a small cheese shop dedicated to bringing us only the finest and most sought-after cheeses from the farthest reaches of Spain, each one hand-selected by the owner (Scottish born Katherine McLaughlin).

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