The first Free bookshop in barcelona

The first Free bookshop in barcelona

The first free bookshop has arrived into Barcelona, they are an association with the aim to promote the culture without money, their first project is the first free bookshop in Catalonia.They get books that are donated by associations and personal donations too to give books a second life so that they can be read by others with no cost. You can find novels from foreign authors, Spanish ones, Catalan literature and in other languages as well.There are books about history, philosophy, art, self-help books,cuisine and also children books and juvenile literature. The project exists thanks to the altruism of volunteers and economic donations that allow the bookshop to survive with no income coming from the books themselves.How does it work?The concept is not to buy or to borrow books but to ad…

Maremagnum: shopping centre opened on Sundays

Maremagnum: shopping centre opened on Sundays

The Maremagnum is a shopping centre located in the old harbour in Barcelona. It is the only shopping centre opened on Sundays 365 days a year, which makes it easier for foreigners to do their last buys before leaving town. Ir received allay 13 million visitors, it is probably the most visited shopping centre due to its central location.There are big national and international brands of fashion and accessories such as Zara, Mango, Desigual, Diesel, Swatch, Lacoste and H&M among others.On the upper floor, there is the restaurant area called la Terraza is where you can find cuisines of different parts of the world and of course the Catalan and Spanish as well.Diclaimer: Picture by Anyul Rivas

La Maquinista the biggest an open air shopping centre

La Maquinista the biggest an open air shopping centre

The shopping centre called La Maquinista is an open-air mall, the only one of this kind in Barcelona and the biggest in Catalonia. There are more than 200 stores in this spread out complex, if you plan to go for shopping you will find concentrated a lot of shops as well as restaurants and entertainment such as a cinema.At the Maquinista you can find brands such as Alain Afflelou, Blue Spirit, Coronel Tapioca, Decimas, Foot Locker, Douglas, ideas, Intersport, Naturcenter, Sephora, Yves Rocher, Swarovsky...What you need to take into account is that La Maquinista is not a centric shopping centre, to get there the easiest is to get the metro L1 in Sant Andreu or Torras i Bages. You can also get there by taking the L9 Orange line (La Sagrera - Can Zam) or the L10 Light blue line (La Sagrera - …

Splau Shopping Centre in Cornellà

Splau Shopping Centre in Cornellà

The Splau is a shopping centre located in the surroundings of Barcelona, in a city called Cornellà de Llobregat. The shopping centre is located right next to the RCD Español stadium, if you plan to watch a match at the stadium, it might be a good option to stop by to grab something to eat at Splau.The shopping centre has two storeys and has chains such as Media Markt, Miró, Pull and Bear, Primark, Bershka, Zara, Oysho, H&M, and C&A among others. There is a wide variety of restoration establishments from the most fast food ones to cuisines of the world. There is a full HD cinema with 18 rooms, a bowling alley and an arcade.Splau Shopping Centre08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona

Heron City CC

Heron City CC

The Heron City shopping centre is an outlet shopping centre in Barcelona, it is not very big so do not expect a wide offer, it is more a local mall of the area and it is located in a neighbourhood that has no touristic value. If you are visiting Barcelona as a foreigner, I wouldn't recommend you to choose Heron City as the shopping centre to visit, there are plenty of shopping centres in Barcelona with a more central location and a wider offer of services. If on the contrary you live in the area, it might be a good choice as nearby shopping option in your neighbourhood. You can access to Heron City by public transport with metro L1 Fabra i Puig or L5 Virrei Amat.

Gran Via 2 Shopping Centre

Gran Via 2 Shopping Centre

Gran Via 2 is a shopping centre locates in the MontjuI-Zona Franca area in Barcelona, very near the Fira Barcelona. La Fira is the most important venues for fairs in Barcelona and one of the largest in Europe and Gran Via II due to its proximity collaborates with companies offering taxi booking services, gift cars or parking vouchers that can complete the experience of visiting a fair in La Fira.The shopping centre is near different hotels such as the Ac Som, Fira Congress, Hotel Reinnaissence Catalonia, Hotel Porta Fira or Hesperia Tower. Its proximity to IKEA and City of Justice in Barcelona, it makes Gran Via a perfect location to stop for lunch or dinner, or enjoy their entertainment facilities along with their shopping offer. You can see here their offer in fashion and stores.How to …

Les Glòries CC

Les Glòries CC

Les Glòries shopping Center is located in the area of 22@, the Palo Alto area in Barcelona where all startups are located in the city, and it is also right in front of the Agbar tower by Jean Novel.It is an open space shopping center having in it a wide variety of fashion shops for women and men such as ara, Mango, H&M, Bershka, and Springfield, Pull and Bear, C&A. There is a restaurant area with international brands such as Starbucks Coffee, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pans & Company, Golden Park, Lizarran, Nostrum...There are sometimes concerts held in the shopping centre, and it is lively area often visited by locals since there are different neighbourhoods around, so you will see more local people than tourists and less crowded than other more centric shopping centres.You hav…

Papabubble: handmade candy made in Barcelona

Papabubble: handmade candy made in Barcelona

Papabubble is a candy shop like no other in Barcelona, located in the Gothic area it was born on 2004. A little shop that was born with the objective to make the magic of artisan candy come back. It is a true experience to get into the shop as most of the times you can see how they create their candies right in front of you, you can see how they work the material.They have a wide selection of flavours in the candies they sell and they have different shapes and types. You can get lollipops, sweets with a pillow shape, a round shape or even order your own candies with the shape and flavour you want, and you can order even a logo or something written on them.Papabubble produces their candy one by one, the old way and the final product is just amazing! If you are a candy lover, this is your p…

CC Illa diagonal

CC Illa diagonal

Illa diagonal is a shopping centre located in the high end in Barcelona. La illa, means literally a block of houses, named like this as is the extension that occupies the shopping complex. Is one of high-end shopping centres, expect to see nice attendants, very well organized shops and even in Primark - a cheap clothes brand- that if you were to visit this shop in any other location it would be a complete mess.The shopping centre has more than 170 shops and restaurants, but in the complex there are also two fours star hotels, two schools, a sport centre, a dance hall, a conference centre and even a public park and a car park.Some people don't know that the building was inspired by the Rockefeller Centre in New York, it has 334 metres long in the façade and if you look closer you will see …

Palo Alto market in Barcelona

Palo Alto market in Barcelona

Palo Alto market is the new trend on street markets in Barcelona that combines the vibe of the street with the artsy and creative Barcelona. One of the things that I like the most about the market apart from the content and style is the location. Palo alto is actually the name of a block where there are 19 artistic studios located in an old factory from XIX century that is overlooking a garden.What is Palo Alto market?Palo Alto is a market that started in 2014 in the street but sophisticated, based in the concept of street market as popular as it is but full of creativity following the essence of the city of Barcelona. The market is located in an old factory in Poblenou area that is nowadays a study and artisan space of designers and artists.The market is full of innovative ideas, objects…

Eat street market in Barcelona

Eat street market in Barcelona

In 2014 there was he boom of food truck festivals in Barcelona and Eat street is one of them. Eat Street is a gastronomic initiative that is not directly related to food trucks but to street food in particular regardless of what is your vehicle or stand to cook your gastronomic offer in the festival. What I like the most about eat street is that their first thought is that there is no need to overcomplicate things, they look for simplicity but good quality. Eat on the street doesn't have to be a synonym of cheap and bad, it can be affordable and good quality. This is the objective of Eat Street, the chefs bring 2 dishes each, not quantity but quality, there is no need of endless menus but what you do, do it so it rocks! Dishes are around 5 euros each, something that is somehow special …

Barcelona shopping for foodies and gourmets

Barcelona shopping for foodies and gourmets

Barcelona is the paradise of foodies, we have a good quality of Mediterranean products from the typical ones such as cured meats, tapas, good fruit to the delicacies such as Iberian ham, cheeses, meat and incredible fish and seafood.Gourmets cannot only buy incredible food souvenir to bring home with them but also try one of the best restaurants in town, we have lots of Michelin stars restaurants with the best chefs of the country, check them out.Any gourmet lover has to know the web called bcn gourmet, they have a wide variety of shops by kind of products they sell, by style, neighborhood or price. We have done a selection of shops we like for you:Idyllica: is a shop specialized in wine, one of the stars of our country, Catalan wines are known all around. They also offer some delicatesse…

Barcelona tax refund

Barcelona tax refund

If you travel to Europe and you not a resident of a Europen Union Country, you are entitled to a Value Added Tax refund on your purchases in Spain. You can save a 21% off the price of the items you purchased on your holiday in Spain if the total bill exceeds €90.15.If you thought that prices in Spain are cheap wait to have a 21% off  on top that you can get with the tax refund. Note though that you will not get back the full 21% because for every transaction processed they charge an administrative fee. Don't be disappointed by that since you still get a good percentage off your purchases.The items need to go back with you to your country and the tax refund is not applicable to restaurants or hotel bills since they are not considered exportable.When an European citizen buys any goods in th…

Outlet shopping in Barcelona

Outlet shopping in Barcelona

http://www.thestyleoutlets.comhttp://www.thestyleoutlets.comBarcelona is the perfect place for shopping from clothes, bags and accessories to shoes and jewellery. From high-end brands to bargains, with different shopping centres and chains of shops, little designers and also artisans.Outlets shopping in BarcelonaIf you plan to look for outlets in Barcelona, there are several in different locations. I will show you around the main outlets in the city, it is important that you take into account that shops are closed on Sundays, so if you stay a weekend in Barcelona, Saturday has to be your weekend break.Lefties is an outlet brand of Inditex, lefties name actually comes from leftovers, and it is an outlet for Zara, Oysho, TRF, Pull and Bear, etc... You can find shirts for as cheap as 3 euros…

Top 10 best souvenirs in Barcelona

Top 10 best souvenirs in Barcelona

Barcelona is an international city, but souvenirs are often related with the culture and what it is typical in a place and when you bring back home a souvenir for someone you want the object to recall the place you visited. Let me show you the authentic souvenirs going around the top 10 best souvenirs in Barcelona and also the top 3 that you shouldn't buy too.1. Barcelona's food: cured meat, Iberian ham etc...If you can bring food home, for me is the very best of Barcelona. Depending on where you are coming from some of the star products might sound familiar and some others might be very unknown, here are my recommendations:Iberian ham: the star of cured meats in Spain, if you can bring some home take an Iberico. You can buy them in Reserva Ibérica in the city centre.Fuet or llonganisa:…

Barcelona shopping for women

Barcelona shopping for women

Barcelona shopping is very practical as you have the shops concentrated in the city center. Shopping for women is the easiest in a city like Barcelona and there are shops for all budgets. You have Passeig De Gràcia with all the high-end brands from Chanel, Louis Vuitton to Scada and Furla and many others. Barcelona is paradise for shopping lovers but not only for clothes, the gourmets will love the food shopping too and the furniture and decorative shops are also a big thing in the city.Young designers, new brands and local chains are all around the old city, so you don't need to go around the city to find what you need, it is all in the same area.You should know that the opening times fro most shops in the center is from 10 am to 9.30pm approximately from Monday to Saturday. Traditional …

Shopping Centers in Barcelona

Shopping Centers in Barcelona

Barcelona is a shoppers' paradise, there are shops everywhere, and there are several shopping centres scattered across the city where you will find mainstream international brands and also some local and independent shops too.Opening times for shopping centers in Barcelona are from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 21:30pm for shops, the rest of facilities are opened until later such as the restaurants and the cinema. The only shopping center in Barcelona that opens on Sundays too is the Maremagnum, in case you would like to do some last minute shopping before leaving.La Illa: One of the nicest and tidiest shopping centers in town, it is located in the posh area so no wonder why it is one of the most exclusive ones, get ready your credit card since the brands located are in the majority hig…

Barcelona shopping

Barcelona shopping

Barcelona for shopping is the best, prices in Spain are not as much as in other countries there is plenty of variety of budgets, styles and types of shops. From little artisans and hand-made clothes to big international brands that are scattered around the city.Barcelona Shopping areasI will show you around the shop areas in Barcelona, before going shopping you need to know what are you looking for and where to find it. Barcelona is the perfect size for a city, it has everything you need but it is a small city so you can be in the opposite part of town in no time. In the Barcelona shopping line, a website dedicated to shopping in Barcelona has descriptive maps with the names and locations of shops in the main neighborhoods and also the shopping centers location in the city. It will help…

Street food festivals in Catalonia

Street food festivals in Catalonia

Street food is ready to eat food sold in the street or a public place, normally from a food booth, food truck or food card. Street food festivals have become very common in Catalonia, they are in every cool event. According to the Food and Agriculture organization 2.5 billion people eat food street every day, in Catalonia I think they were born to stay. The law in Catalonia is very strict on selling products on the street, only in special events and permission is required to the city hall, but now cities have been more flexible with the installation of food trucks in different events such as concerts, fairs and shopping related events. Street food festivals in Barcelona city Van Van Encants by Van Van market We already went around vintage and s…

Organic shops and food in Barcelona

Organic shops and food in Barcelona

It is very trendy now to eat organic food, not only in Barcelona but also in other cities that are pioneers in this kind of movements as New York. I was very surprised to find in every corner in NYC organic food shops, vegan treats and ecological products. Barcelona is no exception and this trend has arrived. There are ecological products of all kind: meat, dairy, vegetables, bread, pasta, rice etc...There are even shops that only sell products that are naturally collected that time of the year. Every vegetable and fruit has a period of time, but in modern days we are used to eat all of them anytime and we don't know any longer what fruit belongs to what season. See below my favorite shops for organic food in Barcelona: Veritas It is a chain of ecological markets around Catalonia. You can…

Flea markets, second hand and vintage in Barcelona

Flea markets, second hand and vintage in Barcelona

l love markets, it is this local place where you can find anything, things that you might be familiar with but also others that will surprise you. This time is time for flea markets.I have already taken you to Barcelona markets of different kinds: La Boqueria food market in Barcelona, London markets, Christmas markets in Barcelona... I already showed you my visit to Encants vells flea market, but there are some more in Barcelona. Vintage and second hand clothing and objects are very trendy these days and pop up markets are growing and growing in Barcelona. See my selection of flea markets in Barcelona: Barcelona flea markets opened in a permanent location Encants Vells: You can't find anything, clothes, lamps, furniture, new and old and prices are lower than in normal shops. Ther…

Re-read: 2nd hand bookshop in Barcelona

Re-read: 2nd hand bookshop in Barcelona

Re read is a jewel recently discovered, it is a second-hand bookshop chain in Barcelona. I visited the one in Passeig Sant Joan but at this time there are already four in Barcelona. A lot of people love books, but why do we need to pay that much to read? The truth is that reading is an expensive hobby if you want it in paper, but Re-read helps us in getting books at a good price. I loved the decoration of the shop, it is simple but stylish. Sometimes we think that second-hand shops are places that you can only find old stuff, but I like recent books, also old books but normally you would like to buy recommended books from friends and family that have recently read. In Re read, they have new and old books and the amazing thing is that each book has the same price!! Oh yes, you heard it, th…

Humana Vintage: the new shop in Gràcia

Humana Vintage: the new shop in Gràcia

Humana is a second hand shop textile chain very famous in Spain. They develop cooperation projects to help the community development and promote education in some areas. To be able to do these actions, the income is from the spanish textile market, selling second hand clothes through humana shops. I am telling you all this because sometimes we only think about the nice clothes they have in there or how lovely is that purse but there is a social action behind that and it is important to know that you are contributing. Without further ado, Humana Vintage!! I discovered the other day walking around Gràcia area, humana vintage shop. A shop full of vintage clothes, I see my granma dresses everywhere but the truth is I started to like it! I loved the decoration, I would have bought the suitca…

Els encants: flea market  in Barcelona

Els encants: flea market in Barcelona

Els Encants vells or Fira de Bellcaire, is the flea market in Barcelona of all times, with more than 7 centuries of existence is one of the oldest in Europe, it started in the thirteenth century. The market was located in different areas in the city, and Encants was originally located in the city center in Plaça Sant Jaume in 1200. They were two separate markets: Bellcaire and Encants Vells, at the end of XIX century they were unified, Encants that started on XIII century and Bellcaire that was born in XIX century. Now you can find almost anything but at the beginning there were mainly booksellers, rag and bone men and scrap merchants. The origin of selling in Encants comes from the tradition of auctioning the goods of the dead to obtain money to pay the debt and give the rest to the wi…

Travel book stores in Barcelona

Travel book stores in Barcelona

Travel guides and travel books have helped me in numerous ocasions, knowing the place you are visiting in advance is sometimes the key to success. Of course adventure is good that comes into play, but we want to know what we want to visit, what we can do, eat, traditions that people have in that country and the do's and dont's. I am a huge fan of travel guides, I am sure you have noticed already and I have my personal shelf of all guides of places I have visited. Let me show you my two favorite places in Barcelona to find all you information you need for your travels: Altaïr: a travel book store It is a classic book shop about travel, I love it!!. They have a great collection of books, travel guides, books about cities, maps, anything you might need for your travels.You can seat down in o…

La Roca Village: ladies shopping day

La Roca Village: ladies shopping day

Ladies shopping day, yeahhh finally!!! As you know a month ago I was in Aspasios blogging night out and I was the winner of a 100 euro voucher for la Roca Village luxury brands shopping center. Who can say no to that? Sales, two ladies and a place full of brand shops waiting for us. I met with my friend Mireia and we were ready to go for a ladies shopping day, full of gossiping, talking, browsing and choosing the best outfit and of course shoes. La Roca Village is a shopping center outside Barcelona, we took the shopping express bus from Barcelona city center and it took around 40 minutes to get there. The bus left us right in the front door, very comfortable, with air conditioning and there was also a guided tour in English so we could hear what monuments we were passing by on our wa…

Reserva Ibérica: iberian ham shop in Barcelona

Reserva Ibérica: iberian ham shop in Barcelona

Iberian ham…please rise your hand if you like it. I caught you!! I know you do. Is one of the pleasures of leaving in Spain, having Iberian ham around. Although we all love it, we don't know much about it that's why I was so excited to attend an Iberian ham master class that was all about knowledge –and some tasting of course-. I went to Reserva Ibérica where Manuel López the owner and a master of Iberian ham was waiting for us. Manuel is also known to be “an Iberian ham tuner”, an interesting word for someone who knows everything about a good Iberian ham, he selects the best ones, touches them and examines them to sell them in his shop. The Iberian pig is different from the rest, is smaller and black and has a much slower growth. There are different kinds of Iberian pigs: they can …

The perfumery, discover the essence of Barcelona!

The perfumery, discover the essence of Barcelona!

Going around the Gothic Area in Barcelona I discovered a little perfume shop called the Perfumery, in a very magic location in the heart of the Jewish quarter in Barcelona. One wall of the shop used to be part of Barcelona‘s Roman Walls that surrounded the city during the roman times, in case you are not into perfume you still have a good reason to visit it. In the shop you will feel surrounded by the essence, perfumes and history not only due to the location but also because you will be next to perfumes that used Napoleon or Jackie Kennedy. Smells that can drive you to the most unique places only with the feeling that they give you through the smell. The first time I have been to the perfumery, they showed us all the shop and we learned so many things about fragrances and perfumes. It …

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