Barcelona New Year’s Resolutions 2015 – promises you have to keep in 2015 in Barcelona!

New Year's Resolutions Barcelona 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR ladies and gents! We hope you had a blast in the night between the years and that your holidays were awesome and that now you have your batteries recharged for the new year, because you’re gonna need that energy! Why? As any beginning of a year must have some resolutions, here are ours - Barcelona New Year’s Resolutions for 2015! And remember, always be a DO-er, not a DON’T-er! So let’s get started, peeps!


1. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #1 – ENHANCE YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

Gyms Barcelona

As people might say: ‘Beauty comes from the inside’, being strong and healthy is extremely important in order to prolong your life, so that you will prove to people that that saying is actually true. Here is all you need to know about gyms in Barcelona! In addition, also take a look these tips of how to stay healthy in Barcelona! Wanna join a sports club? Sure, we’ve got something about sports clubs in Barcelona as well!


2. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #2 – ENHANCE YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING

Mental well-being Barcelona

From ancient times, people have been fascinated about mental wellness, which is why latins had the saying ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ (healthy mind in a healthy body), just to emphasise how important it is to have a perfect balance between your brain and your flesh. Accordingly, start thinking more positively, laugh more and basically enjoy your life in Barcelona! Perhaps some chocolate might cheer you up? Or a new movie?


3. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #3 – INCREASE YOUR WEALTH

Financial increase Barcelona

Money doesn’t bring you happiness, but still can’t move around without it. It is important to have enough money, as when you achieve that you could help others less fortunate than you. So why not join a course in Barcelona to help your raise some cash? Barcelona business schools are famous worldwide for their quality, so a course done here in definitely pure gold in your vault!


4. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #4 – IMPROVE YOUR EDUCATION

Education improving Barcelona

Did I already mention how many high quality universities there are in Barcelona ? Oh yeah, I think I did. Anyway, improving your education makes your CV go BOOM! when analysed by the employers, so better check out the most essential stuff that you need to know about studying here in Barcelona!


5. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #5 – LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

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Nothing trains your coordination better than a musical instrument, and coordination is something that you need every day. So this year we suggest you learn or improve your skills of playing an instrument (the younger the better). If you’re into drums, click here to see the places where you can practice drums in Barcelona!


6. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #6 – TAKE A TRIP

Trip Barcelona

Travelling is awesome! It doesn’t only improve your general knowledge, but also your capability of empathy, the experts say. So this year you need to take at least one trip from Barcelona to see the places around it, as Catalunya is not just Barcelona. There are dozens of other amazing sites that you should not miss!!


7. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #7 – SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE DEAR ONES

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Aristotle once said: ‘Man is a social animal’, meaning that if we do not socialise we are practically dead. This is year it is crucial to spend more quality time with your family and friends, as they are the only people you can always count on! Here’s a list of the best places in Barcelona especially crafted to provide you with a great night out!


8. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #8 – DISCOVER A NEW CULTURE

Exploring cultures Barcelona

Different cultures is what makes this planet Earth beautiful! As Barcelona is starting to turn into a more and more multicultural city, now it’s your time to explore them a bit more. Here are our blogs about Catalan culture: #1 and #2, here you can find the one about  Japanese culture in Barcelona!


9. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #9 – BE MORE SPIRITUAL

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This year, also take care of your spirit! Meditate and reflect more, because this is the only way you can change, by acknowledging your current state. In other words, be closer to God! Here‘s how you can do that in Barcelona!


In conclusion, we wish you the best year of your lives and bear these words in your mind: BALANCE and LOVE! These are the precursors of a marvelous life!

Till next time, muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon).






Top things to do at Christmas 2014 in Barcelona


Like many places in the world, during Christmas, Barcelona is full of lights, decorations and energy to celebrate the most magical holiday of the year. The vibe and traditions here are unique, exciting and fun, which you will never forget. The weather in Barcelona during this time is around 10-15 degrees, which is cold but not freezing so you can still definitely go out and enjoy the festive atmosphere through  tons of activities. And SuiteLife would love nothing more than to share with you in our blog “Top things to do at Christmas in Barcelona 2014″.

Christmas in Barcelona

Christmas market and shopping

Fira de Santa Lucia Christmas Market

Christmas in BarcelonaThis is the most well-known and largest outdoor Christmas market in Barcelona. It celebrates its 228 anniversary this year (1786-2014). The market is opened in front of Catedral de Barcelona in the Gothic quarter from 30th November 2014 to Monday 23rd 2014. With 287 market stalls, you can easily find traditional items for example the famous el Caganer (the pooper), Christmas Caga Tio (a smiley face log), moss, Christmas trees and other handicrafts.



Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia

From 29th November to 23th December, in front of the famous Sagrada Familia, there are around 120 stalls selling traditional Christmas items. On two Saturdays from 6pm to 8pm, Santa Claus will collect letters from children and hand out balloons and cookies.

Christmas lights

“Els llums de Nadal” is the Spanish name for Christmas lights in Barcelona. It will be switched on 29th November at 17:45 by the Mayor of Barcelona. The ceremony is held Plaza Catalunya. The lights will be on until 6th January at almost 400 locations on Barcelona’s streets and the illuminations cover a total distance of around 85km.

Christmas lights Barcelona

Magic Fountain

In December, on Fridays and Saturdays, there are special Christmas water and music shows between 19:00 to 21:00. There will be additional sessions on 25th ,27th, 31th December as well as 1st and 5st January.

If you are curious about New Year’s Eve 2015 in Barcelona, check out our new blog: New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2015

Christmas in Barcelona


Pessebre in Plaça Sant Jaume

In Barcelona, nativity scenes play an important role in Christmas traditions. It is called as “Pessebre” in Catalan. You can find many different nativities in Barcelona, mostly on plazas and in churches. But among all of them, the most impressive nativity scene in Barcelona is the one in Plaça Sant Jaume which attracts thousands of locals all eager to see what has been created this year. The production of the crib is changed from year to year. In recent years, both traditional and contemporary styles are applied, but always with the familiar characters of the Holy Family, shepherds, Three Kings and angels,…You also can see the caganer, an elf or a gnome-like figurine who will be found in the scene, crouching down to defecate. It is quite a strange and unique tradition in Catalonia. This tradition means that the caganer drops his britches to “fertilize the Earth”. The fellow is believed to bring good luck.

Christmas in Barcelona 2014

Eating out

Barcelona is always famous for its outdoor activities, nightlife and amazing food scene.  The typical Christmas dish is “Escudella i carn d’olla”. This is a bowl of pasta shells “galets” in a meat and vegetable stew or soup.  Another dish is the “carn d’olla” which is a meat dish of stuffed capon or turkey. About dessert, the typical  ” Turrón” is on sale at Christmas markets and supermarkets in Barcelona. It is nougat made with almonds, hazelnuts and honey. “El Pa de Nadal” is Christmas bread in Barcelona and is sold all over the city. During Christmas, a lot of restaurants in Barcelona serve Christmas menus, which you can check on this link from bcnrestaurantes.

Christmas in Barcelona

If you have any other suggestions about how to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to comment below.

So, this is probably our last blog of this year. We hope you have an amazing holiday season and New Year’s Eve ! See you in 2015 !



Top 5 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 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


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


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


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


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 !



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!



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:



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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?



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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!




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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!



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:



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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!



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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!



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!


Barri Gòtic

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

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

drums in barcelona drumming




Carrer de Sepúlveda, 79
08015 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 236 608
drums in barcelona drumming




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

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

drums in barcelona drumming



L’Hospitallet de Llobregat


Carrer de Sants, 304
08028 Barcelona
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!



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)


Shopping in Barcelona: Best 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

shopping in Barcelona


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



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

Clothing in Barcelona


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


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


“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

shopping in Barcelona




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


Munich Barcelona



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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