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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.
We love decorative design pieces, unique objects, interesting finds from design trips and of course good furniture. This is why we were happy when we stumbled upon furniture resale store Neukölln, set up by Federico and Alessia. Yes Neukölln is a suburb in Berlin but we also have a piece here in Barcelona too. It’s name actually derived from the fact that the store has its origin in the furniture of the former German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, this mixture between the West and the Soviet world, is what lends it’s specific design.
Vai Moana is inspired by the Easter islands, and means ‘blue sea’ in Rapa Nui. Enjoy the sea breeze in an elegant yet relaxed and informal place where the people and the view keeps you more than entertained. Beach bars aren’t to be overlooked in Barcelona, they are no longer the simple playground to just simply drink until dawn. The city has seen a nice overhaul of many, some including fresh juices, good simple mediterranean cuisine and nice decor in general.
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.
We are happy to hear that the ever-popular fashion tradeshow Bread & Butter will return to Barcelona city. The last show was back in 2009, which was a major blow to the city having been a host of the show since 2005. The Brandery emerged in it’s absence, but didn’t get the same response and international press and visitors as Bread & Butter.
Seeing Barcelona from above is a must in this city. With all the range of architecture from the Modernista buildings in Eixample, to the modern Torre Agbar, Gothic Barcelona Cathedral and the way they are sprawled across the city in a grid system before meeting the sea – it is all quite spectacular! So we have put together a few of our favourite places to enjoy the incredible vistas.
If you consider yourself young, brave and somewhat a raver, Sala Apolo is a nightclub you need to head to. If you haven’t already seen the ads for their Nasty Mondays, you’ve certainly missed out (provocative beyond belief). Each night has a themed party with other nights including, Crappy Tuesdays, whilst Wednesday is Mundo Caníbal with reggae. There is certainly something for all and it is known to be energetic, eclectic and a little crazy.
During the first week of August, Teatre Grec will host OPERAir Barcelona Festival provides a full production of Bizet’s world famous opera ‘Carmen’. Unlike the Grec festival that takes place every July, this will be one of the first open air opera festivals, which has already proven to be popular worldwide. The ‘Orquestra de Sant Cugat’ and ‘The Amics de Coro Terrassa’, will be performing and are sure to captivate the audience with a chilling and unforgettable performance.
When El Mercat de Born was inaugurated late last year and it is safe to say that it wasn’t your average market opening in Barcelona. The market was designed by municipal architect Antoni Rovira i Trias and built between 1874 and 1878. In it’s former day, the market was a pivotal part of the wholesale trade, with merchants buying and selling but was closed in 1971. Much was said about a re-inauguration, but all to no avail. In 2013 it finally remerged, but instead of returning as a market, it is a museum, with the original ruins impressively showcased under the glass flooring of the space.
Sure there’s Barcelona’s Barceloneta beach but when you feel like venturing a little further out we suggest you head over to Ocata. It is approximately 20 minutes away from Plaça Catalunya and is long stretch of golden sandy beach. Unlike the city beach, you can find a nice little space to relax, and you’re more likely to find yourself surrounded by locals. Ocata is quiet, pristine and very flat, with plenty of space.
The Sant Joan festival otherwise known as the “Nit de Sant Joan” refers to St John’s Night or St. John’s Eve. It marks the midsummers eve that takes place the evening of the 23rd June. Midsummer solstice is a tradition from ancient times. The summer solstice was considered the most important event of the solar year in ancient times. Fire was celebrated on this day as the symbol of abundance, purity and fertility and up until now, it continues to be a central part of the festivities with fireworks and bonfires. Sant Joan is one of the most exciting, loudest and craziest events of the year and fireworks will be heard non-stop so brace yourselves. Other traditions include cocas, cava, water and fiesta, read below to find out why.