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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.

gift-guide: fresh design from Open House



gift-guide: fresh design from Open House

Rubbing shoulders with MACBA in the stylish upper part of Raval, Open House is a British-run design shop home to an eclectic blend of design wares, from the locally-based Basque illustrator Ibai Etxeberria to Swedish jewellery designer Lo Lou and unusual jewellery made of natural elements bone, carbon and wood by Karlota Laspalas.

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Rekons, an ode to pies

One of the most enjoyable parts of this time of year is the urge to start battening down the hatches and plumping for hearty, warming dishes – comfort food that warms the cockles and melts the heart; chicken soup for the soul. continue reading

Asia Festival


Asia Festival

16th – 25th September
Ten years ago this month, the authorities agreed that the melting pot of cultures here in Cataluña needed better representation and acknowledgement. And so the Asia Festival was born, held each year in the heart of the Raval district – the home of a diverse immigrant community, with almost fifty percent of its inhabitants born abroad. continue reading

Tahiti in Spain


Tahiti – bringing a tiki touch to Barcelona

Despite a generally gloomy outlook for the Spanish economy, the last several months have seen a swell in Barcelona’s cocktail culture, perhaps as a way to drown our sorrows or – more optimistically – as a clink of the glass towards a brighter future.

Until recently, cocktails had been reserved for more chic areas of the city, where some of the most famous cocteleros (or cocktail waiters) offer up their experimental creations for a discerning crowd.
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Reading between the lines. English bookshops

For me, the best thing about holidays, besides the simple joy of being somewhere else with new sights, smells and sounds (and not being shackled to my mobile and laptop) is that they provide me with the only chance I get to read a good book.

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Sushi: tapas à la Japones

From healthy fast food alternative to respected culinary art form, sushi has spread like wild fire since it first appeared at a street stall in Tokyo in 1824.

The Barcelonese certainly didn’t need much steering when the first sushi bar opened here in the early 1970s. Spaniards traditionally favour bite-sized morsels, convivial eating and the ready availability of that essential ingredient, fresh fish. So what could be better than a cosmopolitan port town? Barcelona and sushi soon saw each other as the perfect catch.
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barcelona links

TMB Public Transport BarcelonaPlan your trip with the city’s public transport. Also with information on the popular Bus Turistic

Cultural agenda of BarcelonaA wide range of links and information on the big and small cultural events in town


Palau RobertCatalunya Tourist office and Catalan information centre


Barcelona Tourist OfficeOnline General tourist information with an abundance of useful information


Barcelona MiniguideNicely designed weekly online guide of Barcelona with concerts, reviews, parties, club listings,exhibitions,etc. /Barcelona – An informative website  that gives bite size information on places to eat, see, things to do and more.


The official Barcelona City websiteExtensive information about almost anything you wish to know about the city


Articket BCNVisit 7 renown Barcelona art institutions (CCCB, MNAC, Fundació Joan Miró, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Picasso Museum, and more) for the reasonable price of 20 euros


Fira BarcelonaBarcelona Trade fair: Information on Trade Shows, Congress Calendars and more


My Favorite ThingsAlternative Walking Tours in Barcelona


Monvínic – A great wine cellar to buy wine – ideal if you want to buy gifts


Spanish TrailsBarcelona day trip company and guide service to the best of Catalonia. Day excursions and getaway side trips to the Pyrenees, Wine Country (Penedés) and Medieval Villages


The Treasures - A personalized walking tour guide given by Carolina and Marianna, tours include gastronomy, interior design, boutiques etc.


AgainstbcnDesign shop stocked with classics; murano glass, lamps, furniture, etc. Near the MACBA and Las Ramblas in Raval


Cruising Barcelona Bikes – bike rental and tour company based in the city run by Mahrou and Dirk . Expect great service, good bikes and a personalized tour



Dos Palillos, Asian Snack bar in Raval

Tagged as an Asian snack bar this place will sure make an impression on the culinary scene in Barcelona. Just opened on May 1, 2008 it is located next to the Camper hotel in Raval. Apart from the fact that the entire staff wears camper shoes, there is no direct connection between the 2 says Albert Rauric (former head chef at El Bulli).

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