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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.

Sants Alive! Barcelona’s ‘undiscovered’ hood

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Sants Alive! Barcelona’s ‘undiscovered’ hood

When visitors to Barcelona think ‘Sants’ they conjure up images of the city’s main train station; the departure point for the high-speed AVE train and others to the rest of Spain. But there is much more to this lively and colourful barrio.

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Nani Marquina – Handmade Luxury

At the top end of Eixample district there is a shop that is like no other. It was originally a private garage, and inside you can clearly make out the ramps and large spaces where cars would have pulled in to sleep for the night. But with walls now bathed in white and hung with exquisite handmade rugs it has been completely transformed, and has the appearance of a hyper-stylised carpet bazaar, like one you would see in Marrakech or Istanbul, without the dust and pushy traders. This is the world of Nani Marquina, one of Barcelona’s most prolific and acclaimed designers.

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Haggle away like a local at Els Encants market in Barcelona

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and are prepared to stifle through quite a crowd we recommend you head to charming flea market Encants Market, which has a vast amount of things for sale. The market relocated to the other side of Plaça de les Glòries  in September 2013 and had an overhaul, with an impressive mirrored ceiling.

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Barcelona presents The Brandery 2012 summer edition

Its that time again, fashion, street style, shopping, events, and more at The Brandery Summer edition on July 13th. The three day event takes place over at Fira at Placa Espanya just by Montjuïc, action packed with the opportunity to network with business owners, enter design competitions and a cool place to chill out and have a cocktail- making it the perfect place to shop, mingle and be entertained.

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Brick Lane BCN – Vintage mecca in Barcelona

If you are like the girls in our office and have a soft spot for vintage finds you will love Brick Lane BCN – a pop up vintage market that takes place every month at different locations throughout the city under the premise that it brings the vibe of London to Barcelona. continue reading



Test of time. Barcelona’s oldest shops

In a bustling and cosmopolitan city like ours, shops flower season after season but while most of them come and go throughout the years, there’s a handful that have stood the passage of time for not only decades, but centuries. In an ever-changing world, where cities have moods and seasons, these places are like trees to many of us. Here’s my recommendation of a few magical places where it would appear that time has stood still and you can quite happily teleport to another world and another era…

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Acai, interesting piece in Barcelona’s gastronomic puzzle

At the foothills of Montjuic, tucked away in a little-known corner of Poble-Sec you’ll find this stunning gourmet restaurant. With a total staff of 4 (two in the partially visible kitchen and two on the floor), this top-quality yet intimate jewel is the brainchild of a young professional couple with a penchant for organic cuisine with conscience.

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