Top 5 English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona

BEST ENGLISH-SPEAKING HAIR SALONS IN BARCELONA

There are a lot of English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. As a vibrant and multinational city, many hairdressers around the world chose Barcelona as their second home to develop their skills and careers. A new haircut can refresh your look as well as boost your confidence totally. Choosing a hair salon is risky and difficult, especially when you move a new city. You will ask a lot of questions such as “Where would I go ?”, “How would I explain to them what and how I would like to do with my hair when I do not speak Spanish well ?” But don’t worry, today Suitelife will help you pick out the best English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. All these hair salons have already been in Barcelona for years. They understand what customers want well and surely will not disappoint you.

ANTHONY LLOBET

Anthony LLobet is definitely the most well-known and oldest English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona.  Having already been in Bcn for 14 years, Anthony Llobet has 5 salons in the best neighborhoods in Barcelona, from Gracia to El Born.  When you come here, you do not have to be worry about language boundaries because their friendly and welcoming London-trained staff are from all around the world. There are 11 languages are spoken between them and you can explain exactly what you would like. With 25 years experience in hair dressing, Mr Anthony Llobet, who is of English-Catalan decent, has traveled around the world to style in various fashion shows, catwalks, TV and so on. He is also a TREsemmé Spain ambassador. You can feel his passion reflected in the retro interiors and the slogan “Don’t let your Spanish come between you and your hair”. If you want to book an appointment, you should telephone the salon directly. Their website has lots of useful info that you can check here

English hair salons in Barcelona

ONDA SALON

If Anthony Llobet can make you feel like you enter a friendly and casual pub, Onda Salon is like having dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. The salon was founded in 2009 by Piero Zatra, an Italian stylist who used to be a style director of Toni&Guy in London and finally chose Barcelona as his home. The staff at Onda are laid back Italians who speak English very well. The salon offers variety of services both in hairdressing and aesthetics. At Onda, you can find hairstyle for every occasion, latest hairstyles trends as well as waxing, massages, treatments, make up and so on. The staff are very friendly and they can give you the best advice for hair and beauty services. The salon follows the luxurious interior design with flourish wallpaper and big chandelier lights. The price might not be as cheap as many other hair salons in Bcn, but it is reasonable for their excellent services. Their website is very cool, especially their 3D virtual interior tour letting you see inside the shop. If you wish to schedule an appointment, you can contact them via telephone, Whatsapp, email or contact form on their website.

English hair salons Bcn

TOUCH

Elegance and sophistication is what Touch brings to its customers. Touch hair salon is owned and managed by the Dutch hairdresser Gijs Hoogendam who has diverse experience as a stylist for different fashion shows. The mission of Touch is to enhance your look, bring out the best of your features and boost your confidence. With Gijs’s incredible artistic flare  and his 20-year experience on and off catwalk, Touch’s aim is to ensure you leave the salon feeling like a million dollars. When you come to Touch, Gijs will be a great listener and consultant as he will discuss with you carefully about what are you looking for.  His excellent eyes for details can be reflected in the salon’s black and white interior design with the ornate Baroque mirrors and furniture being imported from his old salon in the Netherlands. If you want to feel like having your own stylist in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, Touch always welcomes you. Check out their website here

English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona

DTOX

The cool thing about hair salons in Barcelona is that they are so trendy, which makes you admire the design and never get bored waiting for the haircut or treatment process. Dtox is another hair salon opened by a Catalan and Spanish team who speaks English well. Dtox will amaze you with their professional team who were featured on Catalan newspapers “el Periódico” and “La Vanguardia”. Although Dtox is hidden in an old 50′s building located in El Raval, the salon is very lush and beautiful with modern furniture and industrial look. If you want to find a place to spend an afternoon before having dinner or drink at the evening with a new look, Dtox can be a good choice ! Unfortunately, their website is only available in Spanish, so if you want to know more about their services, you should contact them via telephone at here

English hair salons Barcelona

SHIBUYA WORLD

You definitely know the two most popular hair-straitening treatments recently: Japanese Hair Straitening and Brazilian Keratin Treatment. And if you want to go to a place specializing in Japanese treatment, why not try Shibuya World, a small quirky salon which is opened and operated by a passionate Japanese team. With 2 branches in Barcelona, Shibuya World is the place where nothing is impossible. They specialize in different treatments and dyeing hair from popular colors to rare ones such as green, blue and orange,…Also, they have a large stock of hair extensions in different shapes and size, which can please any clients with any weird hairstyle ideas. Once you enter this small salon, you will experience the feeling of being in Shibuya neighborhood known as fashion and nightlife area in Japan.

If you are into Japanese culture, you can check out our blog Best of Japanese culture in Barcelona

English-speaking hair salons Bcn

Winter is coming, why not have your hair cut and recharge your energy ? If you know any other English-speaking hair salons in Bcn, we would like to hear about them, leave us a comment below !

~Trang

 

Drums in Barcelona!

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*DRUM ROLL* If you’re interested in drums in Barcelona, this is the blog for you! The first blog from SuiteLife Barcelona about everything related to drumming within this wonderful music loving city – where to beat them toms, where to buy your rig and also where you can find the best gigs in town! This is definitely the best place to start, improve or excel your drumming skills, as Barcelona is unofficially named the European capital of performance arts and music!

Alright rockstars, let’s get started!

 

DRUM SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA

If you have lots of free time and a huge passion for drums, you can always enrol in a university course! Down below is a list with the institutions offering programmes for drums aficionados:

 

CONSERVATORI MUNICIPAL DE MUSICA BARCELONA

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Yes, we know it looks like a castle and probably you don’t think it’s the proper place for practicing on drums in Barcelona, but this amazing building hosts some of the greatest budding musicians from Spain! Their percussion courses range from 4 to 8,5 hours a week, perfect to cater to every schedule. Being a public institution, there is higher competition for admission, but don’t despair! Confidence is everything, am I right or not? Wanna find out more? Why not check their website out?

 

CONSERVATORI LICEU (L’AULA DE MUSICA MODERNA I JAZZ )

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An affiliated member of the American university of music performances Berklee College of Music Boston, Conservatori Liceu can offer you private drum lessons, ranged from level 1 to level 6. So no matter how experienced you are with drums in Barcelona, they most likely have a programme for you, be it bachelor, postgrad or masters! Don’t trust me? Take a look at their website!

 

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE MUSICA SUPERIOR JAM SESSION

 

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The newest music school in Barcelona, this private institution has the most modern equipment and facilities and is authorised by the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya to provide the best musical education. They guarantee that their graduates possess a very high expertise in their fields, as they specialise in all instruments (drums, obviously the most important are included). Take a peek at their website here!

 

PRIVATE DRUMS CLASSES

For those of you with a very busy schedule or on a budget, the best solution in following your drumming passion – private lessons with a tutor! We’ve done some research and found the best drums tutors in Barcelona just for you! Here they are:

 

PABLO CRUZ

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This Argentinian drummer has a great personal record of performances – played his acoustics on stages throughout the whole world. They include Brazil, Spain, France, Helsinki and even in the Eurovision song contest for Bulgaria. With 15 years of experience in teaching drums and other acoustic instruments, he has a fully equipped studio for lessons in the neighbourhood of Poble Nou. Curious already? Better check his Internet page!

 

EDUARDO CERVERA

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Also a drummer with vast experience in acoustics, Eduardo Cervera’s CV is rather impressive – apart from teaching drums, he’s also a singer and a songwriter. A former philosophy student, he chose the drumsticks instead of overthinking and we’re glad he did. Now he’s specialised in jazz and flamenco instruments. His blog is just one click away!

 

WHERE TO BUY YOUR DRUMS IN BARCELONA

We drummers know that couple of hours a week of playing drums (the ones with the instructor) is definitely not enough to excel in this area, so we’re going to need our own rig, available 24/7. Everything comes with practice, so thanks to our friends’ from Yelp help, down below you will find a list with the most important shops that sell drums in Barcelona!

1. NEW-PHONO

Barri Gòtic

Carrer Ample, 37
08002 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 933 152 561

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2. RICOMA & FILLS

L’Eixample

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 571
08011 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 515 838

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3. MUSIC FACTORY

L’Eixample

Carrer de Sepúlveda, 79
08015 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 236 608
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4. RICOMA & FILLS

L’Eixample

Carrer d’Entença, 192
08029 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 302 869

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5. MUSIC MEGASTORE

L’Eixample

Carrer de Rocafort, 131
08015 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 234 285

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6. UNION MUSICAL – ADAGIO

L’Hospitallet de Llobregat

 

Carrer de Sants, 304
08028 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 402 448

 

You can find a lot more places that sell musical instruments in Barcelona here, but not all of them sell drums like the ones above!

 

DRUMS IN BARCELONA IN ACTION

Every artist needs an idol or a mentor, right? What’s better than having one? Watching them live, of course!!! Accordingly, (and hold your horses, drummer) here are the venues where you can actually go and analysing their technique!

Drum roll please! *DRUM ROLL* *BA DUM TSS* Sorry, but we’d rather keep them as a surprise! OK, since you are insisting so much, here is the list with live music locations in Barcelona.

 

Hope this helps. I think it does and I am glad to hopefully have helped my fellow drummers!

From a drummer to you all,  never forget – ROCK AND ROLL!!!

 

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (aka El Dragon)


 

Catalan Recipes: Pass Yourself off as a Catalán Mother

Catalan Recipes – Open Your Eyes to Catalan Cuisine and its best dishes!

Catalan Recipes

Barcelona, symbol of the Mediterranean cuisine, has been a must-visit location for food lovers for many years. Catalan recipes are geography, history and culture here.  Catalan cuisine has constantly absorbed influences that have helped to shape the country’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Cooking here has great character influenced by Greek, Roman, Italian and French culture, which have left their mark on this complex cuisine by taking the best of each country and creating a culinary package of the region. Catalonia is also made up of coast, mountains and fields and this is why a lot of typical Catalan recipes use concepts revolving around fish and meat. We find many fresh and elaborated products thanks to local farmers who are developing work on the land and bringing the tastes and traditions of Catalan gastronomy to the people and positioning it as a symbol of Mediterranean cuisine.

Behind the cuisine of Catalonia today, lies the story of a country, a way of being and of doing things.

Catalan eating habits – leisure activity!

Food is a huge part of life in Barcelona and all Catalonia and because of this  it really dictates the schedule of the day here. Catalan people tend to eat their meals later in the day than is usual in other parts of Europe. To get the best culinary experience here you have to know the habits of local people and know the best Catalan recipes.

Breakfast! El Desayuno!

A lot of Catalan and Spanish people skip this meal and don’t put much importance on it at all. People tend to start breakfast here between 8 and 10, or just don’t eat at all much passed their coffee and cigarette. Usaully it consists of a coffee, juice, hot chocolate or tea + a croissant, toast with butter or toast with olives & tomato, or a slice of Spanish Omlette. At this early hour you will find special deals in the cafes and bars giving you opportunity to buy coffe eand pastry at a great price.


Coffee time! El Café!

Time for a little snack or just a coffee,  is normally after sitting in the office for an one or two, between 10.30am and 12.00pm. You can order different kinds of coffees , and we are presenting you the most popular options in Spanish:

  • Café solo – a shot of espresso
  • Café cortado – like espresso macchiato
  • Café con leche – like a latte
  • Café Americano – American style coffee

You can be lucky and find special offers to buy a mini entrepa (a small filled baguette) with your beverage.

Lunch/ La comida

Time for the main meal – the largest and the most important during the day in Catalonia. It takes place between 2pm and 4pm. In the restaurants you can ask for “menu del dia” which changes every day and allows you to choose from various options at a reasonable price. A lot of places are closed during lunch time: like small shops, businesses, public places and ect. so keep this in mind coming to Catalonia.

Afternoon Snack/ La merienda

Since in Catalonia dinner is eaten late, you can have a light afternoon snack between 5pm and 6:30pm to keep you going. You can get at this time of the day typically some pastries, hot drinks, or small sandwichs. It can be an ideal time to try chocolate and churros. (Gran Viader churros place is one of the most famous in Barcelona!)

Dinner/La cena

So let’s start from this that you are eating dinner quite late in Catalonia – between 9pm and 11:30pm. It’s a much lighter meal than many foreigners think and it’s typically smaller than lunch. At this time of the day you can try tapas, which are not as popular in Catalonia like in other parts of Spain, but still without any problems you can find many places which are serving them, although we think that you should try dishes made by following Catalan recipes.

As well, you have to know, that the last meal can last several hours. The most enjoyable part would be sobretaula (post meal chat) and in typical Mediterranean style by sharing a fusion of dishes with friends and family by the table.

We are warmly inviting you to enjoy Catalan food and we are giving you few simple catalan recipes which you can try by yourself at home!

Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

Sometimes called Pan a la Catalana in other parts of Spain, it is one of the simplest, most well-loved, and most widely eaten dishes from Cataluña.

Ingredients

  • Baguette
  • 2 juicy, ripe tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3-4 tbs olive oil
  • Salt to taste

 

Preparation

  1. Cut the baguette lengh-wise and then in the smaller pieces. Toast the cut sides under a broiler, or in a toaster oven.
  2. Peel tomatoes and garlic, place in food processor and crush and thoroughly mix. This mixture you can pour into a small bowl to serve.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the toasted sides of baguette. Sprinkle salt on top. Spoon tomato mixture on bread and spread evenly.

Optional

If you wish, add thinly slices Spanish cheese, chorizo or ham.

 

Escalivada

Catalonians eat this dish as a first course or as an accompaniment to meats.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 small eggplants
  • 4 spring onions or large scallions
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil for brushing, plus 1/3 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt

 

Preparation

  1. Prepare an oven – 260 C
  2. Brush the eggplants, onion, bell pappers, and tomatoes with olive oil. Arrange the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan and roast, turning every 10 min, for 20 minutes, or until the skins blacke and the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the oven and slip into one or more plastic bags, and let cool for about hour.
  4. Unwrap the vegetables. Peel the eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes and peel away outer layer of the onions. Split the bell peppers in half, discard the seeds and stems, and cut lengthwise into strips. Transfer to a bowl. Trim the stems from the eggplants and core the tomatoes, and then cut them into strips of the same size as the papper strips and add to the bowl. Trim the onions, cut into rings, and add to the bowl along with the garlic.
  5. Add the 1/3 cup olive oil, season with salt, and toss to mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Optional

You can use seasoning of minced garlic.

 

Esqueixada

This is a traditional Catalan recipe. Cod fish is used in many different ways in Catalan cuisine and this one is in my opinion the one that accentuates the flavor of the fish the most.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 pound salt cod (previously soaked in water at least 6 hours, rinsed, then patted dry
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 4 firm yet ripe tomatoes
  • About 15 black olives
  • One onion
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. Shred the cod into pieces with your fingers and place it in a serving dish.
  2. Finely chop onion and bell peppers. Cut the tomatoes in half, then, with a cheese grater, grate the tomato pulp (some prefer the tomatoes chopped rather than grated, you can try this way as well) Mince the garlic.
  3. Throw all of the previously prepared ingredients onto the plate of fish and toss. Top with the olives, then dress with olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Toss once more and you’re done.

 

Suquet de Peix

“Fish stew” in the Catalan language, and it is a traditional dish from the region. Like all traditional dishes, there are many variations of this fish stew.

Ingredients (4-6 Servings)

  • Picada Sauce:
  • 50 gr peeled whole almonds
  • 2 slices stale bread
  • 3-4 Tbsp flat leaf parsley (stems removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Stew:
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) pieces solid white fish (such as halibut or gilt-head bream)
  • 8 shrimp
  • 1/2 to 1 liter seafood broth
  • salt to taste

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Preparation

  1. First prepare the picada sauce:
  2. Toast the blanched almonds under the broiler or in a frying pan. Chop the parsley leaves. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  3. Place the almonds, parsley, garlic into a food processor. Crumble the stale bread and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mash or process the ingredients as you slowly add oil and vinegar, forming a paste. Set aside for later.
  5. Now:
  6. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes. Peel and slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and heat on medium. Sauté the onion for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and garlic, and continue to cook. Add the potatoes and stir to coat.
  8. Mix a few tablespoons of seafood broth with the picada, then add to pan and simmer.
  9. When potatoes are almost cooked, add fish to pan and simmer. If liquid evaporates, add seafood broth as needed. Sauce will thicken. As soon as potatoes and fish are cooked, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp is done. Adjust salt to taste.
  10. Serve hot in open soup bowls.

 

Romesco

A sauce made from almonds, roasted garlic, olive oil and dried red peppers.

 

Ingredients (1 ¾ cups around 8-10 serves)

  • ½ cup of roasted almonds
  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 45 grams jar roasted red peppers (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt

Cook Time: 10 min

Preparation

  • In a food processor pulse almonds, parmesan and garlic clove.
  • Add roasted red peppers, olive oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt and blend until smooth.
  • Serve wth bread and vegetables.

 

Crema Catalana

Version of the French dessert, crème brulee, but we are giving you Catalan recipe of it ;)

Ingredients

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • Colored part of ½ orange peel
  • Colored part of 1/5 lemon peel
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 95g sugar, plus 6tbsp extra, to serve
  • 10g cornflour

Preparation

  1. Put the milk, orange and lemon zests, cinnamon and vanilla pod in a saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the suger and cornflour until pale and creamy. Pass the milk through a sieve and discard everything else. Return the milk to the pan over a medium heat. Just before it reaches boiling point, slowly add the egg mixture, whisking continuously until it begins to thicken, about 7 minutes.
  3. When the mixture is think anough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, remove it from the heat and pour into individual dishes or remekins. Cover each serving with a disc of greaseproof paper to prevent a skin from forming, and let it cool before placing in the fridge.
  4. To serve, remove the greaseproof paper, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each crema and caramelise using a blowtorch. Alternatively, place te sugared cremas on a tray under a preheated gas grill for a few minutes, until the sugar turns dark brown. Allow the sugar to harden, the serve immediately.

 

Panellets

Traditional sweet which you can find in Cataluna. Very popular at “Dia de Todos los Santos” or All Saints Day and served with “cava”, Spanish sparkling wine.

Ingredients (for around 32 cookies)

  • 500g ground raw almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 -1 cup water
  • 1 small potato
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 drops lemon juice

Toppings:

  • pine nuts
  • sweetened cocoa powder
  • candied fruit
  • Flavorings:
  • instant coffee powder
  • coconut flakes
  • Preparation

Preparation

  1. Blanch almonds, then grin in food processor until almonds are a fine dust.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Boil potatoes in a saucepan until cooked. Drain water and mash with a fork.
  3. Place sugar in a medium saucepan. Pour ½ cup water into the pan and stir to dissolve sugar. Add moe water to completely dissolve sugar if necessary. Place on medium heat on stovetop and bring to a boil, stirring often. Add 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is a thick syrup.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Using a large wooden spoon, gradually stir in ground almonds, potato and grated lemon peel. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 190C degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Spoon out dough with a teaspoon. Roll dough into small balls in your palms. Then roll the balls in powdered cocoa or pine nuts. If using pine nuts, brush each with a bit of egg white.
  6. If you want to flavor the cookies, separate a portion of the dough and with your hands, work in a bit of instant coffee flakes, candied fruit or cinnamon. Then make individual balls.
  7. Bake cookies just long enough to brown the pine nuts – about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, remove immediately before cookies cool.

 

Bonne Appétit, or as they say here in Catalonia ‘Bon Profit’!

Enjoy our Catalan Recipes!

 

~Natalia

Shopping in Barcelona: Best Concept Stores in Barcelona

BEST INSPIRATIONAL CONCEPT STORES IN BARCELONA

Shopping in Barcelona is truly amazing and fun because the city offers shoppers a big variety and number of shopping destinations from the high fashion and fast-fashion brands to boutiques and craft shops around its districts and neighborhoods.  That’s why Barcelona has become one of the shopping capitals in Europe,  set many new trends in the fashion world as well as updated rapidly to new concepts and ideas. Today, SuiteLife introduces the best concept stores in Barcelona where you will be impressed by the experiences they bring.

If you want to have a whirlwind tour of the best shopping that Barcelona offers, check out our ebook Shopping in Barcelona

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WHAT ARE CONCEPT STORES ?

The definition can be defined by this saying of Coco Chanel: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”. Starting from the fashion capital of the world – Paris, a concept clothing store is a retail store that goes beyond simply selling products and instead appeals to a general sense of lifestyle. The customer visit the shops not only for buying clothes but also for having a full emotional and sensory experience. Concept stores usually offer items of different designers and brands addressed to the particular segments: high-fashion, urban fashion, hipster fashion or ecological-friendly fashion. Since there were more and more people choose to shop online, concept stores have been born to attract more customers to visit the physical stores. Apple and Burberry are the leaders of this experience-focused trend. Some famous concept stores in Europe are Collette (Paris), 10 Corso Como (Milan), Dover Street Market (London), Simple (Prague),…In Barcelona, concept stores are also called as “object shops” or “fetish shops” that are outstanding with exquisite interiors.

Best concept stores in Barcelona

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

BOO

Located in the cosmopolitan Gracia neighborhood, Boo is one of the most well-known names representing for concept stores in Barcelona. From the name they borrowed from Boo Radley of the classic novel “To Kill A Mocking Bird” to its retro interior design, the shop is full of a distinct air of 1950s. You may be immersed in thought with its nostalgic atmosphere here. The shop is decorated with many sets of items such as rotary phones, cloth bags, glass snow balls, books, flowers, and especially a deer collection. Basic colors like black, brown, gray, white,… dominate Boo. Everything is well-ordered and detailed.

Boo’s clothes, shoes and quirky accessories are hand-picked carefully by the owner, Àlex González, who has worked in press departments in various fashion labels. Boo sells premium American, British, Nordic clothing as well as local designs. “Simple but elegant” is what the shop brings to its customers. Feature brands are Birds Denim, Nudie Jeans, Filippa K, Gentle Fawn, Penguin, WeSC and Sugarhill,…

Address: Carrer Bonavista 2

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BON VENT

In contrast with the simple and minimizing Scandinavian style of Boo, Bon Vent is a colorful Mediterranean concept store located in the charming Born district. This shop is perfect for people who are in love with Mediterranean, with its culture, lifestyle and craft industry. Once you enter to this cute little shop, you will see a lot of items reminding you of a sunny beach such as espadrille, straw hats, summer garments, woven baskets,… Hot colors like orange and yellow will bring you joy and let you smell the nice sun. Beside clothes, hats and footwear, the shop also sells handcrafted toys and painted pottery  showing local life in Barcelona.

Address: Carrer de l’Argenteria, 41

Fashion in Barcelona

LURDES BERGADA

This is another shop following the simplicity, minimalism and enigma. Having four shops in Barcelona, but the most impressive store is the one installed in one of the best shopping mall centers in Barcelona, L’illa Diagonal. From storage, fitting rooms, electrical quarter; all of them are brought together in a huge unique timber structure made from about 1000 pieces of wood and assembled together with 2400 screws. This wooden skin is formalized with irregular triangles, making you feel like being in a contemporary cave. Lurdes Bergada and its brother Syngman Cucala (for men) set a concept: simplicity, purity and industry. In order to simplify the architectonic reading of the store as well as to emphasize the concept, basic materials such as concrete for the walls and fine cements of the floor were used. The brand ‘s womenswear features a taste for unstructured pieces and simple colors like black, while and grey. The winter is coming soon and this is a great place for those who want to have a new mysterious look. If you have not had time to visit this amazing store, you can check out its new collection on its website.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557

Concept stores in Bcn

COQUETTE

“Born to be beautiful” is a slogan of this shop. Born is definitely the trendiest area of Barcelona and a heart of concept stores. Coquette’s interior and clothing design are influenced by French style. Isabel Campelo, a fashion graduate, opened the first Coquette store in Born district in 2005 and it has soon received visits from many fashion lovers, which leads to the opening of 2 more stores: one in the nearby area and one in the upmarket area around Turó Park.The shop follows the wear-house style and sells an elegant edit of tailored womenswear to style-conscious Spaniards, as well as an impressive collection of jewellery, handbags and shoes. Coquette stocks the finest elegant and feminine French womenswear brands including See by Chloé, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Les Prairies des Paris,…Furthermore, Coquette’s collection is complemented with select Spanish and Italian brands such as Masscob, Hoss Intropia, M.Grifoni and especially Vincent du Sartel for leather purses. In Coquette, you can find everything you need for polishing your look.

Address: Carrer del Rec, 65

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FOOTWEAR

MUNICH L’ILLA DIAGONAL

With the help of Dear Design being a well-known interior design company whose clients include Burberry, Nike, Moritz, Custo and Misako, Munich is always remembered not only as a flagship brand focusing on sport shoes but also as its unique concept stores around the city. The most talked store is Munich L’illa Diagonal. The design of Munich store in L’illa Diagonal focuses on the concept of carefree movement and angular pieces. Dear Design has came up with the ideas of “strolling” and being free in a poetic and imaginary set that makes the walker dream again. To let this ideas become real, the design team has transformed many natural elements such as trees, hills, rocks and birds into its morphology style. The surfaces are finished with black glass, mirrors, metal trees, hanging cage-like boxes from the ceiling, which carries a carefree, experimental air and an energetic space.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557

 

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JEWELRY

TOUS

The prestigious jewelry brand Tous opened its new elegant and spacious concept store in Avinguda Diagonal, the best shopping area of Barcelona.  Its open space of 200 square meters with a wide exposure of products can satisfy and enhance the experience of any brand customers. A wide variety of luxury goods exhibition incorporating with a new furniture allows the client to have a greater interaction with the product. What makes Tous disassociate from traditional high-end jewelry is that it creates original jewels crafted in unique materials: day-to-night jewelry following the latest trends.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 479

Jewelry in Barcelona

Last but not least, there is an exciting news for all fashion lovers! Urban Outfitters will be opened the first store in Barcelona and also in Spain on 20, November 2014 ! The brand has drove many shoppers crazy not only by its amazing collection of clothes but also by its interior design ! Let’s visit our Urban Outfitters blog for more info about this exciting news.

We hope that you like this blog and inspire you to visit new shops besides many famous brands. If you know any cool concept stores, leave us a comment !

~ Trang

 

Spanish Citizenship (Ciudadania Espanola) – 5 simple steps on how to get it!

Spanish citizenship

The Spanish Citizenship Joke

What is the main difference between a person that has a Spanish citizenship and a person without a Spanish citizenship? It’s the degree of coolness and awesomeness!

Now that you’ve tasted a little bit of our SuiteLife inside humour, it’s time to get to the serious business. Becoming a Spanish citizen is definitely a big deal, as you will basically be one of the King’s ‘subjects’ from now on!

Here you will find the steps that you need to undertake in order for you to actually get the Spanish citizenship.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 1: Reside in Spain for 10 years.

However, there are also some exceptions:

  • if you are a political refugee, you will only have to reside in Spain for 5 years.
  • if you are from Latin America, Andorra, Philippines, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal or for Sephardic people – 2 years
  • people who are born in a Spanish territory / do not properly exercised its right to acquire Spanish nationality by option / have been subject to legal guardianship (under the supervision of a guardian), guardian or foster care (foster care that allows the reduction of legal residence one year is one in which there is resolution of the public entity in each territory have entrusted child protection and foster care who are legally recognized) a Spanish citizen or institution for two consecutive years, even if I will continue in this situation at the time of application / who, at the time of application, have been married a year Spanish or Spanish and is not legally separated or fact / the widow or widower of a Spanish person, if they were not separated, legally or in fact at the time of the death of the spouse / born outside of Spain parent, (also born outside Spain), grandparent, provided that all of them had been originally Spanish – 1 year

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 2: In order to fill in the documentation, you will have to go to your Residence Civil Registry

Note – not to the Ministry of Justice!

In Barcelona, you can find the exact location with this link.

The address is Plaça Duc de Medinaceli, 2, 08071, Phone: (+34) 934120474.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 3: You will have to fill in the application form.

You can find it right here.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 4: Prepare the other documents.

These include:

  • Foreign Identity Card, Family Card of the citizen of the European Union or the Central Registration Certificate for Foreigners
  • Passport
  • Certificate of Registration in the Community (Certificado de Empadronamiento). If you require info about Certificado de Empadronamiento, you can find everything it by clicking here!
  • Birth certificate of the person concerned, duly translated and authenticated
  • Criminal record in their country of origin, translated and authenticated in accordance with existing or consular conduct international conventions
  • Livelihoods to reside in Spain (employment contract, payroll employment report from the Treasury of Social Security, or any other evidence)

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 5: Wait for the documents.

Once you have filled out all the paperwork required of you in the registry, this will be in charge of sending the case to the General Department of Nationality and Civil Status Directorate General of Registries and Notaries. When your file is received you will be notified in writing.

Once informed, where appropriate, the granting of Spanish nationality must perform the subsequent steps in the Civil Registry where you applied.

For more info go to the official Ministry of Justice website!

Info will be presented in Spanish, so it’s better to read our blog first!

Keep Calm and Wait for the Spanish Citizenship

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