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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.
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.
Barcelona is renown for it’s beautiful plazas (squares), with that of Plaça Reial lilted with palm trees and modernist architecture and the bohemian style at Plaça del Sol in Gracia . Though it must be said that the tragic tale that rests at the pretty and quaint Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one that makes it a must visit.
When we heard that a new “straight-friendly” bar was opening in Gayxample by none other than the super duo behind the successful cafe Federal and candy store Papabubble, we had to check it out. Specifically targeted as an after-work bar, we were keen to see what all the fuss was about, particularly after it’s busy inauguration. Upon entry, you know you are entering a different world with the creative retro sports theme used throughout the space – with the ping pong rackets decorating the walls and skipping ropes draped opposite the bar.
Ever imagined how Barcelona would look with famous landmarks juxtaposed against a different landscape? If so, this is what can be seen at Barcelona’s Multiverse exhibition at Palau Robert, noted as a “photographic stroll through an imaginary Barcelona”.
Perfectly located on Paseo de Gracia by La Pedrera and Casa Batllo this rooftop bar hosts views of some of Barcelona’s main sights, including the lights of Montjuic. The pool is exclusive to guests staying at the hotel, however, the bar is open to Barcelona from 7.30pm till midnight. It makes the deal haunt or drinks, snacks or caviar.