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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 want to know where to eat slightly off the beaten tracks or are interested in going for a food walk in a small group, you must check out Culinary Backstreets. They are the ideal choice if you want to unearth more underground places and experience eating among locals, and tucking into dishes prepared by some of the best cooks. With gastronomy being at the forefront of many a conversations in Barcelona, we met with Paula to find out her favorite places and things to do and see in the city.
The hazy sun is out in full glory and it seems that indoor cinema in such extreme temperatures is all to testing. Good thing that Barcelona has taken this into their own hands with a variety of outdoor venues throughout the cinema to watch local and international films. Depending on the location, it can be a romantic experience or a simple and nice thing to do with a group of friends. Find some of the events listed below.
Located on the other side of the gothic district is Raval, an underground district with a variety of up and coming restaurant, bars and cafes in addition to art and cultural gems such as the pivotal MACBA museum and the CCCB museum. We love this area because there is a wonderful element of surprise with pop up places, new design stores and a laid back environment. Spots like Asian cuisine restaurant Dos Palillos offer a gastronomic dining experience with its incredible selection of food all perfectly set to artisan perfection. Then there is the casual but sophisticated Bar Lobo restaurant, with a great lunch menu and brilliant selection of Mediterranean food, and of course Carmelitas - all set aside from the bustle of La Rambla.
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. So what makes this store a perfect haven for those essentials? Well, many assorted espadrilles, fresh dresses, sandals and an effortless style of dressing when it comes with the Med. Most of these items can be purchased at Medwinds and at a reasonable price point.
It might not be the first thing that you think of when it comes to Barcelona, but having not had an Indian dish pass my lips in several months it was time. Now, positive things have been said about Bembí (run by the same owner), so when a friend mentioned that she was craving a good Indian we decided to give Rangoli, it’s sister company, a whirl.
Seeing as today is officially the day of love we caught up with wedding planner Clare Doane from Barcelona Wedding to find out the team’s favorite things to do and see amongst other recommendations. Many people go ahead with weddings in Barcelona and just outside the city for it’s incredible gastronomy, scenic locations, stunning venues and climate. As Clare and her team work hard on ensuring that all details are arranged in order to create the best weddings possible for their clients it only makes sense that we pick their brains and discover their Barcelona.
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.
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.
If you love great service, a varied menu and being located in the up and coming Ravel neighborhood new venture Caravelle is a must. Set up by Australian chef Zim Sutton and wife Poppy Da Costa, this cafe/restaurant is a perfect spot for brunch with friends and family. The menu changes every day adding a nice element of surprise and is also open from breakfast right through to dinner. Breakfast choices range from baked eggs to hot ricotta pancakes with bananas and chocolate sauce to childhood favorite jam on toast.
After a serious overdose in Japanese we decided to tap back in to some much needed Vietnamese at Bun Bo and it didn’t fail to get my tastebuds racing. They do an incredible menu del día at just a fraction of the normal price between 13.00 and 16.30, where you can tuck in to three courses and a drink. Bun Bo Vietnam offers succulent dishes, tasty noodle soups and delicious entrees. They now have a new establishment in Raval, but the original restaurant in the glorious Gothic quarter still proves popular.