Best Home Stores in Barcelona: Part 2

Best Home Stores in Barcelona : Part 2, let’s continue

Hola a todos ! There are so many home stores in Barcelona that I couldn’t list all of them on my first blog! So, here is another selection of the finest decoration and furniture stores that you can find in Barcelona !

Home Stores in Barcelona

1. Maisons du Monde

This is one of the most complete home stores in Barcelona. As a matter of fact, you can find pretty much everything, wardrobes, armchairs, TV, bookcases, beautiful furniture, sofas… At the beginning it was meant to promote an exotic style and atmosphere with objects from all around the world (Maisons du monde means Houses of the world in French), but they expanded their style and now offer different styles and inspirations : exotic, romantic, baroque, vintage, classic, contemporary… So basically you should find what you want, no matter what you are looking for. Good to know : they also have an outdoor and a junior collection. Also, you can shop online on their website. There is only one store of this french brand in Barcelona, located on Avenida Diagonal, 405. Looking for more info ? Check Maisons du Monde website.

Home Stores in Barcelona

2. Zara Home

Of course, we can’t not to talk about Zara Home in a blog dedicated to home stores in Barcelona ! The spanish brand Inditex decided to launch a new kind of store in 2003 and the first Zara Home opened in Zaragoza in 2003. Since then, it has been a huge success and there are now more than 400 Zara Home stores all around the world. They offer 4 different styles of decoration : ethnic, contemporary, the “white line” and classic. Their products are very elegant and quite affordable. They provide a wide range of products : tablewear (napkins, bowls, mugs…), lamps, occasional furniture… There are seven Zara Home stores in Barcelona, you can check their exact locations on Zara Home website.

Home Stores in Barcelona

3. Vinçon

Vinçon is one of the oldest home stores in Barcelona, and they first opened their doors to the public in 1941 on Passeig de Gracia. The first main business of the store was the wholesale of porcelain, fine china and glassware. What they sell is defined by their emblematic quote : “Extensive range of objects of all kinds in general”. The concept of this store is to display the work of artists from varying disciplines and backgrounds. The atmosphere of the store is very unique, they sell contemporary designed objects and furniture in a very classic and old decor, Barcelona’s architecture heritage. You’ll also find an art gallery in the store : La Sala Vinçon. It is actually really difficult to define the atmosphere of Vinçon, you should go and see for yourself on passeig de Gracia, 96. You’ll be falling in love for sure ! Check for more info on Vinçon website.

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4. Deko Palace

Of all of the home stores in Barcelona, you won’t find a cheaper one than Deko Palace ! This one sells a lot of gadgets and garden stuff such as flowers or fake plants, garden tools and so on. Their clients are mostly professionals : decorators, people who organize events, florists etc.. but you can shop at Deko Palace even if you are a private individual. They are on a spririt to bring new objects all the time, that’s why they often offer limited-edition decoration objects. The DekoPalace store in Barcelona is located on Avenida Diagonal, 458. You can check DekoPalace website if you’re looking for more info.

Home Stores in Barcelona

 

5. Natura

Even though this one is not just about decoration, it provides a quite interesting home collection if you like an uncluttered style. This is for you if you like very classic and elegant furniture, and wood ! Their quote is “Articles to feel good, to share, to have fun, relax…” and you’ll understand why when you go to their store. Even looking at their objects is relaxing ! Their mentality is to have a positive attitude and they provide a strong environmental policy, trying to create the least amount of environmental impact. You’ll find all kind of prices from very cheap to expensive. Have a look at Natura website to find the closest store from your house !

Home Stores in Barcelona

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my blog and that it gave you a lot of ideas for your house ! Let us know if you know some other home stores in Barcelona that you’de like us to write about!

Mathilde

English Speaking Locksmiths in Barcelona

English speaking locksmiths in Barcelona – quick, reliable, emergency 24h service

Good day Señoras & Señores! Let me tell you a story. A very unpleasant story that happened to our beloved boss Benny alomost 10 years ago. In a nuthsell, he got locked out his flat at 3am in the morning and the next day he had to fly to Canada. Wanna know what he did? He called an English speaking locksmith in Barcelona who charged him 300 bucks, as he called him for an emergency. Now everyone would like to avoid that situation, right? That’s why we’ve put together a list of the English speaking locksmiths in Barcelona that could help you out of a bind. So save these contacts in the memory of your phone NOW!

 

1. CERRAJERIA BCN

English speaking locksmiths Barcelona

  • CONTACT NUMBERS: + 34 93 752 54 10 / + 34 659 536 536
  • WEBSITE: http://www.cerrajeriabcn.es/en/
  • EMAIL: info@cerrajeriabcn.es
  • DESCRIPTION: With a call centre open 24/7 that can assist you in English, Cerrajeria BCN operates throughout all Barcelona and also in the cities located in close proximity (Terrassa, Badalona, Barbera, Sitges, Castelldefells, Cornellá, etc.). With proficiency in emergencies, residential or commercial locksmith services and also high security systems, they will make sure you get in asap.

 

2. OPENDOOR LOCKSMITH

English speaking Locksmiths Barcelona

  • CONTACT NUMBER: +34 658 668 478
  • WEBSITE: http://www.opendoors24h.com/english/
  • EMAIL: mail.opendoorv@gmail.com
  • DESCRIPTION: Targeted specifically at tourists, Opendoor Locksmith provide a reliable and fast service, not charging a preferential fee for foreigners (like other locksmiths in the city). They can be employed both from inside Barcelona and from the cities around, such as El Baix Llobregat, Garraf, Maresme, etc. In addition to opening closed doors, Opendoor Locksmith sells locks, safes, domestic rolling shutters, bars, security blinds, and anti-shatter glass for businesses.

 

3. CERRAJEROS BARCELONA EAC

English speaking locksmiths Barcelona

  • CONTACT DETAILS: +34 670 774 733
  • DESCRIPTION: Cerrajeros Barcelona EAC is another locksmith company operating 24/7 as well as during holidays (and for the love of God, Spaniards do have loads!), with professional English speaking workers that open people’s door locks in the city centre and nearby. Besides from opening property doors and changing locks, they also do lock repairs and even car doors. They offer people discounts on each operation, so make sure you don’t forget to ask for yours!

Tips

We wouldn’t be anywhere without our dear SuiteLifers and we’d like you to always keep safe, so that’s why our friends from Cerrajeria BCN have provided us with a guide on how to make burglars’ attempts harder. Here are their pieces of advice:

  1. Do not let anyone into your house that you don’t know. If they claim to be a service worker of some sort, make sure to ask for the proper identification prior to you letting them in!
  2. Make sure to always lock all your doors and windows!
  3. Install dead bolt locks on all of the external doors!
  4. Always change all the locks when you first move in!
  5. Never give your keys to any service workers, gardeners, cleaning crews or anyone else not you do not know well!
  6. Never have an ID tag with personal information and home address attached to your keys!
  7. Install keyed window locks and locks on your garage!
  8. Make sure to have the outside of your home well lighted as a deterrent!
  9. What should you do when you are away!
  10. Always leave your outside lights on, so that it appears as though someone is at home!
  11. Ask some you know and trust to check up on your home periodically!
  12. Have your mail held at the post office while you are away or have you know and trust pick up your mail every day or every other day!
  13. Make sure all windows and doors are shut and locked. Don’t forget about your garage door and shed!
  14. Tell neighbors and the security patrol in your neighborhood (if you have one) that you will be out of town and for them to keep a look out for any unusual behavior!

Till next time, stay safe SuiteLifers!

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon)

 

International schools in Barcelona

Hello, SuiteLife gang.

Last week we talked about the best International Day Care Centers In Barcelona where your toddlers can be trained to be multilingual. On a similar note, I decided to write a post on the best International Schools in Barcelona for those of you whose children are all grown up now.

You’ll be surprised at the number of International schools Barcelona has to offer and their variety. But, of course, I want only the best for my SuiteLife peeps, therefore in this post I will list only the finer ones.

The Benjamin Franklin International School

International schools in Barcelona

Truly International is what this school is aiming for. With a mix of approximately 1/3 American, 1/3 Spanish and 1/3 Foreign students, be sure that your child will have a lot of cultural exchange and appreciation (a bit too much maybe). There are 608 students enrolled in Benjamin Franklin International School as of 2015 forming a global community consisting of 48 nationalities.

The school opened doors in Barcelona in 1986 and while relatively new it came along with the new standards, new requirements and new passion the modern education system expects. So don’t be thrown off by the fact that the school has been running only for three decades, the teaching staff is fully motivated and driven by the common goal to mend your kids into future individuals seeking excellence in their lives.
Benjamin Franklin International School teaches students mainly in English. However, Spanish and Catalan are introduced later in the curriculum to ensure the pupils achieve good command in the two languages. If languages turn out to be your child’s strong suit they can also choose optional French to add to their program.

International schools in Barcelona

 

The school adopts an American standard of teaching with a typical American curriculum and lesson delivery. Your kids can benefit from Benjamin Franklin International School by receiving three different academic diplomas: the American High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and the Spanish Bachillerato Certificate. Consequently meaning that they will immensely boost their future prospects for getting into a high quality university.

These are the tuition fees for the different divisions for 2015/2016:

  • Early Childhood ( Nursery & Pre-K ) – 8,985 €
  • Kindergarten* – 8,985 €
  • Elementary School ( Grades 1 – 5 ) – 11,220 €
  • Middle School ( Grades 6 – 8 ) – 11,525 €
  • High School ( Grades 9 – 12 ) – 13,750 €

 

I know, I know it is pricey. What you need to take into consideration, however, is that this is one of the finest International Schools in Barcelona with one of the highest educational quality standard. If you live in Barcelona and find these fees affordable, be sure that you will be making an excellent investment in your childrens’ future.
The school provides all the necessary services to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. Transportation is provided picking up and dropping off students in 10 areas in Barcelona. The cafeteria always prepares fresh and healthy meals for its students. And the nurse’s room is always prepared and available to anyone at all times.

English School Barcelona

International schools in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A personal touch. With one class per year group and a maximum of 18 students in a class English School Barcelona’s teachers have a very personal approach to their students. Catering to every student’s individual problems or queries this system assures that every child is dealt with care and they achieve an extremely high academic level. Dedicating time and attention to every student individually is one of the things that sets this school apart from the other International schools in Barcelona.

The school was opened in 1957 and operates effectively and successfully until present day. The school always aspires to follow the newest trends in education and their years of experience allows them to be extremely good at it.

English School Barcelona strongly believes in the idea to teach their students to be multilingual. Lessons are taught in English, Catalan and Spanish evenly. No one language is favored over the other. This ensures that by the time their students graduate they will be completely fluent and speak freely in all three languages. When the child reaches secondary school they will start learning French as part of their program. This allows them to take the International Baccalaureate (IB) or its Spanish/French equivalent – the Batxibac.

Again the huge presence of an International community can teach pupils cultural appreciation and tolerance for their peers of different backgrounds, religion and ethnicity. There is no better way than to learn these things from first-hand experience.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. From sport activities including tennis, basketball, skating and yoga; going through music orientated activities such as ballet and drum lessons and ending with the creatively intellectual activities like robotics, chess and arts & crafts.

Kensington School

International schools in Barcelona

 

 

A piece of Britain in Barcelona. Opened in 1966 Kensington is the oldest British curriculum school in Barcelona teaching their subjects in accordance with the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Similarly to English School Barcelona, Kensington relies on a relatively small student body in order to offer a better quality education.

If you are moving to Barcelona from the UK and you insist on your child to be taught British style, then Kensington would be the perfect school. The school incorporates A-level studies and examination via Edexcel in London and all other examination and accreditation any British university might require for future studies. A common practice after graduating from Kensington school is students moving to Britain to pursue their higher education in one of the best universities on the island.

International schools in Barcelona

 

The majority of lessons are presented in English, apart from the Spanish and French language classes. Once again your kids are exposed to a variety of languages helping them develop amazing communicational skills.

After school activities at Kensingon school include sport activities such as basketball, football and table tennis. Other extra-curriculars include chess and choir singing.
Kensington also organizes summer camps at the end of each academic year both for Junior and Senior schools and ski trips to Espot Esqui every February for Senior students only.

Oak House School

International schools in Barcelona

 

 

Modern meets tradition. The first thing that will strike you about Oak House school is the modern facilities and technology this institution incorporates in their students’ education. The school opened its doors to students in 1968 and during the course of its management it successfully foresaw the importance of new technology which it effectively adopted as part of the learning process.

From the start of Primary until the end of the division pupils are taught their classes in English. At the start of Secondary school a trilingual study scheme is introduced adding Catalan and Spanish to the curriculum which are exploited quite vigorously. Additionally students can also pick a fourth foreign language, German or French, to go along with their studies.

Following the British educational system pupil are prepared for Cambridge IGCSE exams in subjects including:

  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Business Studies
  • Sociology
  • Combined Science
  • Environmental Management
  • History
  • ICT
  • Drama
  • Art

International schools in Barcelona

On and off-site services include transportation, dining services and medical care.The school buses commute on three different routes covering the entire city of Barcelona. The buses are scheduled to leave at 4:45pm after extra-curriculum activities the students might be involved in.

The food preparation is covered by chef D. Juan Ramos who prepares different menus including: normal, vegetarian and menus for students who suffer from celiac disease. The food is healthy and nutritious to make sure the students are part of a healthy diet.

Oak House has a qualified on-site nurse and if any emergency or special medical attention is required the schools insurance covers such medical care at the Quirón Clinic in Barcelona.

There you have it gang, the best International schools in Barcelona. I hope this blog was informative for you, if not enough you can always go on to the schools websites for more information. Tell us in the comment section which school you like the most and sounds best suited for your child’s needs.

Time for your well-deserved weekly joke:

Two boys were arguing when the teacher entered the room.
The teacher says, “Why are you arguing?”
One boy answers, “We found a ten dollar bill and decided to give it to whoever tells the biggest lie.”
“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” said the teacher, “When I was your age I didn’t even know what a lie was.”
The boys gave the ten dollars to the teacher.

 

Sincerely,

Chris

 

Home Stores in Barcelona

Best Home Stores in Barcelona : time for changes

Spring has finally sprung and today we are going to talk about home stores in Barcelona. There are so many of them, for all budgets, so if you’ve just rented or bought an apartment in Barcelona, or just wanna spice up your current place, this is a great blog to inform you on all the great home furnishing store options you have at your fingertips!

Homes stores in Barcelona

Home on earth

The most exotic of the home stores in Barcelona ! As soon as you get in you’ll be surrounded by the serenity as well as the exoticism of the atmosphere. All of their products are hand-made, using organic and sustainable raw materials, and traded fairly. The purpose is to create the least amount of environmental impact possible, and to make their products as natural as possible. They sell decorations for home as well as garden pieces. This is for you if you want your interior to be more green and less industrial, if you care about environment and want to bring exoticism to your life. Where to find them ? Carrer hospital, 76 and carrer boqueria, 14. And if you’re looking for more info, check home on earth website. Zen !

Home stores in Barcelona

Gal Gallery

This one is not just one of the random home stores in Barcelona, it is actually an antique. So you’ll find interesting and unique pieces from all around the world in this very elegant establishment. They have a wide range of style from ethnic to contemporary and there are all types of prices. The clientele is composed of decoration experts (decorators, hotels, restaurants…). This one is made for you if you’re looking for a refined and unique interior. The store is located carrer san eusebio, 47.

Home stores in Barcelona

Amato Sole

This one is my favorite of all of the home stores in Barcelona. It’s all about quality of the material : organic and aged. All of the furnitures are designed and constructed by the owners : Anna Maria Amato and Ramon Sole. They also recycle broken objects to give them a new life. Furthermore they make pieces to order if you have a precise idea of what you want. You’ll be charmed by the rustic style of their furnitures. Find them on carrer Perill, 39 on Gracia neighborood. Check more info on Amato Sole Website.

Home Stores in Barcelona

Aliens 4 Sale

For sure, the most contemporary and design oriented of the home stores in Barcelona. Opened very recently (2014) this store is not really typical, but is certainly really interesting if you love art and science fiction. They sell alien sculptures made in every possible material: silicon, resins, latex and so on, crafted by the sculptress Ariadna Canela. This is kind of weird but very interesting if you’d like to have some, well, surprising decorations at home. They are located on Passeig de Sant Joan, 5. You can check their entire collection in Aliens 4 Sale website

Home Stores in Barcelona.

Nordic Think

As you can guess with its name, this shop sells Nordic designed objects and decoration for your house. The online store opened in 2010 and the showroom, located next to plaza Tetuan, in 2011. It’s a good place to go if you like bright open spaces and contemporary furnishings. You can also shop for your children : they sell toys, lamps and wallpaper for kids. Find the store on carrer Consell de cent, 412 on the neighborhood of Eixample. Learn more on Nordic think website.

Home stores in Barcelona

Homevice

This one is a little bit different from the other homes stores in Barcelona. Actually it is more like a concept store in which you’ll find some gorgeous objects selected by the owners : a Barcelona based interior designer and a Madrid based art director. It’s just the top of the top ! It’s all contemporary design but not in the way you usually find it : it’s not the classic elitist view of contemporary art and design. As a matter of fact you’ll find a lot of local designer prototypes at any kind if prices. You’ll fall in love I can assure you. They are located on carrer Portal Nou, 5. Find more info on Homevice website.

Home stores in Barcelona

La Variété

Another original one : the concept of La Variété is to take existant object, furniture, broken or not and transform them, re-imagine them and re-create them to give them a new life, to obtain something really different than it was before. Interesting isn’t it ? The inspiration of the owner and designer, the french Ricard Commeleran, is mostly from northern Thailand, where he went to explore nature. You’ll find pieces made in wood, colorful bracelets and much more. Find them on carrer Pintor Fortuny, 30, and for more info check La Variété website.

Home Stores in Barcelona

Well guys, I hope my blog was helpful ! Let us know what you thought about those home stores in Barcelona and if you know of any great ones that we haven’t mentioned!

Mathilde

Record Stores in Barcelona – that’s My JAM!

 

Record stores in Barcelona

RECORD STORES IN BARCELONA – PARADISE FOR THE VINTAGE MUSIC LOVERS

Record stores in Barcelona? Yep, they exist. *authentic vinyl music in the background* Good day, vintage music aficionados! How is it going? We know many of you out there have awesome taste in music (that usually means music left to us by our predecessors), so we thought why not provide you with a complete list of record stores in Barcelona? As knowledge means power, next time you have a hankering for the warm vinyl sound you’ll know exactly where to go! But enough with the chit-chat about and we’ll let the music do the talkin’!

 

1. CHANDAL

Record stores in Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Valldonzella 29, Raval,  Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://shop.chandal.tv/
  • DESCRIPTION: A vintage shop with an eclectic variety of cool stuff, amongst which you can find not only music on vinyl but also other artsy hipsterish articles like old magazines or cameras!
  • OPENING TIMES: 11am-9pm

 

2. DAILY RECORDS

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/ Sitges 9, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.dailyrecords.es/2/index.php
  • DESCRIPTION: One of the coolest record stores in Barcelona, Daily Records possesses an amazing range of old music formats (some say the best in Barcelona). If you have even the most exotic taste in music, rest assured they have a record for that specific band or genre!
  • OPENING TIMES: business hours

 

3. DISCO 100

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/ Escorial 33, Gracia
  • WEBSITE: http://www.disco100.com/?___store=en&___from_store=es
  • DESCRIPTION: Biggest record store in Barcelona, Disco 100 also has a large collection of vinyls and the customer service is absolutely flawless. They specialise in commercial old music though, so if you are looking for a really really specific sub-genre, you might leave the store a bit disapointed.
  • OPENING TIMES: 10am – 1:30pm / 5pm-8pm (Monday-Saturday) ; 10am-2pm (Sunday)

 

4. DISCOS CASTELLO

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Tallers 7, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.castellodiscos.es/
  • DESCRIPTION: The oldest record store in Barcelona, Discos Castello are most likely defined by a very long heritage. Tradition precedes Discos Castello, pretty much the foundation this market is based on. Better check them out soon!
  • OPENING TIMES: 10am – 8pm (Monday-Saturday)

 

5. DISCOS IMPACTO

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Tallers 61, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.discosimpacto.com/
  • DESCRIPTION:  Specialised in vinyls, this record store in Barcelona is always ready to surprise their customers with their daily collection changes, so if you feel undecided on what you wanna buy, then this is definitely the place that you have to hit up!
  • OPENING TIMES: business hours

 

6. DISCOS JUANDO

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Lluna 27, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: https://discosjuando.wordpress.com/
  • DESCRIPTION: Discos Juando is a really nice and cozy record store in Barcelona, the owner of which is a real DJ that plays exactly the type of music that you can find in the store! Interested much? Why not go there and have a chat with him in person?
  • OPENING TIMES: business hours

 

7. DISCOS PARADISO

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Ferlandina 39, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.discosparadiso.com/en/
  • DESCRIPTION: This is the newest record store in Barcelona! Focused more on electronic such as house, dubstep or funk, Disco Paradiso is the perfect location for the new gen music lovers!
  • OPENING TIMES: Business hours

 

8. DISCOS REVOLVER

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Tallers 13, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.discos-revolver.com/
  • DESCRIPTION: This 2-level record store in Barcelona is extremely well supplied not just with music, but also old books and magazines and all kinds of memorabilia. It is considered to be the most popular record store in Barcelona!
  • OPENING TIMES: Business hours

 

9. JAZZ MESSENGERS

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Corsega 202, Eixample
  • WEBSITE: http://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/
  • DESCRIPTION: As you may have already guessed, they sell only and only jazz music, so they kind of address the jazz listeners niche market. And be certain that you have a ton to choose from if you visit their store, as their records are countless!
  • OPENING TIMES: Business hours

 

10. WAH WAH RECORDS

Record stores Barcelona

  • WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND: C/Riera Baixa 14, Raval, Ciutat Vella
  • WEBSITE: http://www.wah-wahsupersonic.com/html/index.html
  • DESCRIPTION: If you’re looking for the oldest music in town, this is the spot! These guys have records dating even from the 1900′s! However, their newer collections are not too extensive, but anyhow absolutely worth your time!
  • OPENING TIMES: 11am-2pm / 5pm-8:30pm Monday-Saturday

 

Hope you find this blog about record stores in Barcelona useful, guys! Till next time, MAKE LOVE – NOT WAR!

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon)

 

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