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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.
It is fair to say that us Barcelonians aren’t really tea drinkers, people here tend to like their coffee. Come rain or shine or even Saharan dust storms, you will find locals in a bar or café getting a dose of the much needed blend of coffee before taking on the day. If you adore your caffeine fix, then Nomad Coffee Productions is one pit-stop you need to make in Barcelona.
There are lots of claims as to where doughnuts originally come from, with one theory stating that they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers and another suggests that Hanson Gregory, an American, professed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847. Then there’s the doughnut recipe, predating earlier examples, that has been discovered in an recipe book written in 1800 by Baroness Dimsdale, the wife of Baron Thomas Dimsdale in Hertfordshire, UK. Well we’d like to say thanks to all those that contributed to the creation of the doughnut, as we love this sweet confectionary that comes in different sizes, shapes, fillings and toppings for us all to appreciate.
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.
Alaparra in the Poblenou district, has only been open a few months and is already leaving quite an impression when it comes to wine – in a city like Barcelona, that is saying something. Spread over two floors it offers over 250 varieties of wine, with a particular focus on local Catalan labels. Almost half of the wines can be tasted and the majority are affordable, priced between 4 to 10 euros.
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.
Metamorphosis is an exhibition that showcases the works of four key figures in the field of animated films: Ladislas Starewitch (1882-1965), Jan Švankmajer (1934), and the Quay Brothers (1947). Between them they boast filmographies that unlock eccentricities, surrealism, innocence and manage to blend the magical with madness and evil. Their work not only reflects a trouble existence but awkwardness and what some would argue to be ugly in a contradictory world.
The New York Times Magazine is the Sunday supplement, famed for it’s photography particularly with regards to fashion and style. You can see the new promo video for The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition—currently on view in Barcelona’s Palau Robert below. At this exhibition, you see the sheer effort visible over the past fifteen years in shaping what is now one of the most iconic and noted magazine’s for photography. Photo Editor and curator, Kathy Ryan, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made the magazine a leading entity in visual storytelling.
Drap-Art, the international recycling festival is back in Barcelona and will display over a hundred different artists from varying fields of speciality (including painters, musicians and film-makers) most of which will be showcased at CCCB and other public places in the city.
Bar Cañete is a busy tapas restaurant located right off Las Ramblas on Carrer de la Unió. It offers more than the usual tortilla and pan con tomate, this place is simple yet elegant with the waiting staff more than happy to talk you through the menu and attend to your needs. It isn’t recommended for those that have a nervous disposition about being in imitate spaces, as your elbows basically meet your neighbors but that is all part of the fun.
One of the most popular ways to see the city is by bike, not only is it more personal and fit but it is a great way to disperse yourself in to the city. You will see many residents here using the red bicing bikes, unfortuantely these bikes are for residents only but the city does have many companies that offer bike rentals to tourists and reasonable prices. We have taken the time to list some of our favorites.