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

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

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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.

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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

Barcelona Outlet Stores

Barcelona Outlet Stores : Shopping for Less

Barcelona Outlet Stores

Wanna go shopping this weekend but need to save money ? You can now do both with the guide of Barcelona outlet stores so you can shop without spending all your money at once.

You must have noticed that when it comes to shopping, Barcelona is heaven but what you don’t know is that there is plenty of outlet stores all over the city. Fancy clothes for almost nothing, I already feel the shopping fever… Don’t you ?!

La Roca Village

First one is La Roca Village, the biggest mall of Barcelona outlet stores and even the biggest outlet mall in Europe. You’ll find a nice little street and a lot of outlet stores, actually, this mall is a luxuary one. There is only fancy brands for less. If you like brands such as Gucci, Guess, Liu Jo, Michael Kors, Versace and more you’re gonna love this place ! But if you prefer simpler clothes you’ll be in heaven with Comptoir des Cotonniers, Maje, Sandro, Zadig & Voltaire, Superdry, Tommy Hilfger etc.

Barcelona Outlet Stores

Furthermore the mall is open everyday from 10:00 to 21:00 and you can access the shopping centre with two buses leaving from Barcelona or by train from Barcelona Sants station. Here is the link to access La Roca Village website.

 

Lefties

If you don’t want to move too far there are also Barcelona outlet stores in the centre of the city. Of course I’m thinking about Lefties, the outlet shop of Inditex, that means Zara, Oysho, Pull & Bear, TRF and other spanish brands discounted. The concept is that they are working with a lot of brands (Inditex is their biggest partner) and they offer clothes for very cheap prices. They are really convenient because there are several of them and you can find one next to Plaza Catalunya (Pelayo 2 the corner of street Pelayo and Plaza Universitat).

Barcelona Outlet Stores

You can also find it in Mare Magnum (Port Vella area) or in the Heron City Mall, they are very popular in Spain. Check the link to Lefties website.

 

Heron City Outlet

Another outlet mall is Heron City outlet, located in the Heron City shopping centre. It is the only real mall in the centre of Barcelona (Sant Andreu). The shoping centre is not all outlet but you will find some outlet stores such as Bershka, Diesel, Pepe Jeans, Mango and more. The discounts can reach 70% off. Here is the adress of the shopping centre : Heron City shopping centre, Avenida Río de Janeiro, 42. Access to Heron City website.

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Mango Outlet

If you’re just looking for Mango clothes, there is a unique Mango outlet in calle Girona, 37. You can find clothes and accessories up to 40% off and they put new stock out everyday. So, if you’re in a hurry, you know what you want and don’t wanna spend the whole day shopping in a wide range of stores, this place is made for you. Here is the official Mango outlet website.

Barcelona Outlet Stores

 

Factory Shop Burberry

This is the place to be : 50 to 70% off on classic pieces for men, women and children. The shop is located in Calle Valencia, 640 and is open from monday to saturday from 10:00 to 20:30.

Barcelona Outlet Stores

 

Viladecans The Style Outlets

This one is not opened yet but is being built and should open soon. This is a brand new village of Barcelona outlet stores. 150 outlet stores at just 10 minutes from the city centre by car. You’ll be on the first ones to visit. You can shop clothes from Asics, The Body Shop, Roberto Cavalli… As La Roca Village it’ll be luxuary shopping centre with classy brands. Ready to be on top this summer ? Go ahead.

You can check Viladecans website here.

Barcelona Outlet Stores

Now you know where to go to shop for less. Share with us your Barcelona outlet stores experience, we are very interested in hearing from you !

Mathilde

Chocolate places in Barcelona

Chocolate places in Barcelona!

Mecca for chocolate lovers!

 

As a chocoholic I have to say that Barcelona should be famous not only because of its special relationship with the sea but also because of the cacao. Barcelona is a Mecca for chocolate lovers! You can find here delicious churros and chocolate, perfect hot chocolates, shops selling delicious chocolate products, and… a chocolate museum!!! Have a look at our blog and enjoy the chocolate taste of the city – the taste of chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

CHOCOLATE SHOPS!

 

Walking through the city you will see a lot of chocolate shops which can be pretty attractive by themselves, and trust me their products will melt in your mouth and leave you happy for the rest of the day!

 

Pasteleria Escriba

Historic patisserie and café in Barcelona. It has two locations in the city and one of the places is called “Antigua Casa Figueras” on La Ramblas – a beautiful shop which you can consider  as a city attraction. It is family owned since 1906, and it has his own place in the history of the city. This is one of the most famous chocolate places in Barcelona. It is a place where chocolate is transformed into art. For special days like  Valentine’s day and Easter, for example, they display a spectacular exhibition of chocolates and sweets made decorations. So don’t wait and sweeten your day with one of their chocolate products or divine hot chocolates, which is available with chilly powder or cream.

Worth to check their impressing website where you can find out more about all services, their history and about various locations in Barcelona. And here is the video of heir chocolate and sweet art! I guarantee that you will be impressed!

 

Bubo

MUST VISIT place among other chocolate places in Barcelona! Why?! Let’s start their their “The Xantina” chocolate cake that won “best chocolate cake in the world” in 2005!!! And you have to believe me it is the best chocolate cake which you can get in Barcelona, in Europe and most probably in the world! But bubo is not only the place where you can try the best chocolate cake ever, it is also the place for  the chocolates, sweets and pastry lovers. You will find here various treats and cakes of all shapes and sizes. I am sure that you will enjoy it a lot.

Address: Carrer de les Caputxes, 10; 08003 Barcelona

Cocao Sampaka

It is an elegant shop and cafeteria where you can enjoy range of hot chocolates like the 80% cacao Asteca dark and slightly spicy. This is a spot which offers a lot of different kinds of chocolate, in a variety of sizes, of high quality, unusual, fun, adventurous flavours like chocolate with thyme, chocolate with parmesan cheese and gin & tonic bonbons. It is not only one of the many chocolate places in Barcelona but it is a chocolate paradise! Chocolate lovers will find there as well classic flavors like sea salt dark chocolate bars, which is better than great! It is a perfect place to get some gifts for friends or to take back home from Barcelona visit.

Address: Consell de Cent, 292; 08007 Barcelona

 

Xacoa

Modern chocolate shops in Barcelona. Their sweet treats are different from others with unforgettable flavors and wrapped in a unique way. The shops are specially designed to bring you unforgettable and chic experience. They have a lot of different chocolate bars to choose from: sugar free, rosemary, lemon verbain, Jamaican pepper, wild berries, green tea, orange and this is just few of them. But that’s not everything! Imagine they are also selling CHOCOLATE BEER!  Another super thing which you can find there is a CD for… Exactly – for chocolate lovers! You will find a lot of branches of this shop in Barcelona, so just google it ;)

 

HOT CHOCOLATE PLACES!

 

Are you thinking ‘how can a city that has such a warm Mediterranean climate have so much hot chocolate culture’? You would be surprised that during the winter most people are choosing Spanish hot chocolate which is served thick, rich and very sweet and sometimes they serve it with cream for that extra wow! We are suggesting you two hot chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

Buenas Migas

It is a nice little café where you can enjoy cup of delicious hot chocolate in four varieties: normal, double chocolate, Swiss or Galleta. Swiss chocolate is served with cream and sweet chocolate sauce while Galleta chocolate involves cream and fractured biscuit pieces. As well it is perfect place if you’re looking for something to eat in a casual setting. The design of the place is rustic and really cosy, which gives it the rural image. Worth mentioning that you can find 12 Buenas Migas cafes/restaurants in Town, so it won’t be difficult for you to enjoy those chocolate places in Barcelona of our choice.

 

Dulcinea

It is just in the heart of Barcelona and I can promise that it will take you back in time. Established in 1941 still keeps tradition of making lovely thick, rich and smooth chocolate. Perfect place to celebrate special moments with family and friends.

Address: Carrer de Petritxol, 2; 08002 Barcelona

 

Churros and chocolate!

 

Not only chocolate chops and cafes with hot chocolates are chocolate places in Barcelona! Time for Churros now! In Barcelona churros are colled xurros, as they are called in Catalan. Xurros are the long, skinny, sweet fried crullers which have beed enjoyed for centuries in Spain. You should enjoy them with small dark chocolate and try as well with extra whipped cream on the side. To find out more about churros and how to eat them, check our other blog.

You never had freshly made churros before?! What are you waiting for. Check our two the best places where you can get  churros with delicious chocolate!

 

Comaxurros

Here you can get the best xurreria combined with the best modern creativity. The churros are perfect and served with unique filling and toppings, so you can try them not only in the traditional way with chocolate. You’ll even find savoury churros – with cheese, mushrooms and jamón iberico (Iberian ham) among other delicacies. Everything is fried in pure olive oil and presented with the wonderful pink characteristic for this place. Aren’t chocolate places in Barcelona amazing?!

Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 562; 08022 Barcelona

 

Xurreria El Trebol

A place where the chocolate churros are so good that they are to die for. It is the oldest Xurerrio place in Barcelona, launched in 1950.  You can find a variety of churros and try them as well in the traditional way with hot chocolate which is great. It is an inexpensive place, but unfortunately with no place to sit, but it’s open from Friday to Sunday 24h! So any time you can enjoy the taste of the best churros in the city with a great chocolate.

Address: Carrer de Corsega 341, 08037 Barcelona

 

Chocolate Museum


Most people think of Switzerland or Belgium when they think of the chocolate. But as the place where chocolate first entered European culture, Spain holds its own, chocolate places in Barcelona are the best! And Barcelona is the city in which you can visit the Museo de La Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). When you first walk in, you see chocolates everywhere. This is a must visit museum for all the chocolate lovers! Learn the history of chocolate, admire the impressively detailed chocolate sculptures and enjoy taste of your ticket – chocolate bar ;) So don’t wait and just come to the sweetest museum in Barcelona.

Address: Carrer Comerc, 36; 08003 Barcelona

 

Barcelona is ‘Loco’ for Chocolate!

If you are chocolate addicted it is place for you!

Enjoy it from the coco perspective and try to visit all chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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