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Shon Mott, beautiful clothing for us mamas!
As parents we often spend time looking for nice things for our kids, and forget to pamper ourselves. But in a shop like Shon Mott where they take so much care in selecting their materials, you might be spoiling yourself, but I can guarantee your kids won't complain when you wrap them up in your new ...
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Parking Pizza -- the best pizza in Barcelona
Although it is true that one of my favourite parts about traveling is discovering new flavours and types of food, there is the occasional day where all I (and my family) want is a little bit of comfort food. Parking Pizza serves finger-licking pizzas, and the wood oven and open kitchen spectacle keeps the little ...
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Aupa Organics
Having met in Desigual (Spains multinational Fashion brand) Ana and Xavi quickly became friends when they realised each other's passion for a better and healthier world. They wanted to create a space where you knew that everything they offered was a collection of carefully curated products that were organic and eco-friendly. The result is Aúpa Organics. ...
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Easy Meals
One of my favourite things about traveling is getting to try different foods and seeing new ways of preparing sometimes the same ingredients but with a different take. With kids however this can sometimes be trivial as they may not yet be adventurous as we'd like them to be…. So here is a list of ...
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Grab a quick Coffee
In Spain we are such food lovers that we have meals between meals. Before lunch we have the aperitivo (which you can also have before dinner) and after lunch you have merienda (tea time) which is one of my favourites, and is in most families an unpardonable part of the day. As we know breakfast, ...
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Take a Break
One of the many great things about Barcelona is that the weather is very mild throughout the year. During the summer months (especially July and August) it can get a little too hot for my liking, but otherwise because of the great weather part of the Spanish culture is spending a lot of time outdoors. ...
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Splendom Suites
Perfectly located in the Eixaple district of Barcelona is this all encompassing family aparthotel called Splendom Suites. Although the interiors are not the type I'd pick for my home, it still has a homely feel to it, and most importantly was set up by an avid traveler family. Meaning they know how to organise things to ...
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Barcelona Aquarium
Not having grown up by the coast, and having spent little time in seas or oceans, I find aquariums particularly fascinating, and could spend hours looking at the fish and sea creatures. Although the Barcelona Aquarium may not be the most impressive aquarium I've ever seen, nor the largest, it has a good selection of fish and ...
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Federal Cafe
Between the busy streets of the Barrio Gótico, you'll find this quiet plaza in which the cafe Federal is found called Pasage de la paz (meaning passage of peace) where it feels like the city has been put on standby. Friends calmly chat around their tables holding their warm expressos or hot chocolates, and entrepreneurs ...
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Surf House
The Surf House is a trendy restaurant on the edge of the Barceloneta, looking out over the coastline of Barcelona. Although not a Spanish restaurant, this popular eatery serves comfort food for those who seek a little home away from home, as well as some delicious and original fruit juices and smoothies. What is special ...
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Vinitus - a favourite restaurant
Nestled in the heart of the city, within walking distance to several places of interest and just off the Rambla de Catalunya, Vinitus has to be my main go-to restaurant in Barcelona. I feel however, like I am shooting myself in the foot by sharing it, but this eatery is too good to miss. Apart from ...
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Cuines Santa Caterina
Attached to the Sant Caterina market this popular eatery boasts of its fresh produce and local veggies. Most of their food is made with products from the market itself, and if not the few things that aren't are mainly from the region. The restaurant, Cuines Santa Caterina, has a large variety of cuisines, so you ...
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Pinham Cafe
Nestled between the trees and gardens of the Turo Park, is this cute little cafe called Pinhan. Recently redesigned, this is a place where you can have the typical 'aperitivo' (snack before a meal like olives and a shandy), a coffee with a friend, or a quick meal with the kids. Here you will be ...
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Al Agua Patos
This cute little shop, Al Agua Patos, located in the area of the parc Turo is sweet family run business. Originally this shop only tailored to young childrens beach wear, today it has expanded not only to having a winter collection, but also for mothers and fathers to have matching beach caftans and swimwear. What ...
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Manual Alpargateria - for espadrilles!
Although this shop may look like a tourist trap since it appears in the odd guide, this is actually a shop all the locals go to buy their alpargatas, or espadrilles as they are known in English. Manual Alpargatera is the only espadrille workshop still remaining in Barcelona, and has been there since 1940. For ...
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Turo Park, Barcelona
When the extension of Barcelona was designed by Urban architect Ildefonso Cerdá he had originally planned for each block to have a garden in the middle, and so had planned very few parks in the city since every house would have a type of communal garden. His plans where later changed against his will, which ...
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Montjuic Gardens
Although part of the point of visiting a city is being in the heart of the metropolis, and seeing what it has to offer, sometimes you also need a little bit of perspective to appreciate the overall body of what it is that you are visiting. From the verandas of the Jardins Mossèn Costa i ...
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The Zoo of Barcelona
      Although I have a love hate relationship with zoos, I can still remember the feeling I would get when my parents would tell me that we were going to the Zoo. A sudden surge of excitement would come over me, and it wouldn't go away until several days after having been to the zoo. ...
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Cafe Cosmo
This cute little cafe/restaurant is one of my favourite crowd get aways. Although it is right in the middle of the city just off the Rambla de Catalunya, Cafe Cosmo is on a quiet pedestrian street with trees on both sides, and a garden at the end of the walk. Although not a Spanish eatery, ...
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Casa Bonay, Barcelona
Located in the middle of the Eixample Dret, surrounded by the cities most iconic sites lies Casa Bonay. Originally home to the Bonay family, this establishment was built in 1869, and although the building itself has been remodelled countless times, the neoclassical facade remains untouched. Home now to 67 rooms, Casa Bonay boasts of luminous ...
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Normandie, Barcelona
This cute little shop located in the area of Sant Gervasi near the Turo Park, is an adorable children's shop with clothes that make you want to leave with a suitcase full for each of your children. Their clothes are very classic (if you like bright colours this may not be the place for you). ...
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Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona
Only a 5 minute walk away from the Cathedral of Barcelona, and near the popular shopping area of the portal de Angel, this market is a go-to for the locals. Designed by architects Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue, this building has become an emblematic building in Barcelona. The sea of colours found on the roof mimic the pigments ...
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Barceloneta - the beach!
This attractive city has a little bit of everything for everyone: hikes around the surrounding mountains and hills, visit attractions in the city, or long walks on the beach. Even though most people are inclined towards one or another, you can't miss visiting the Barceloneta. Although this may not be the most beautiful beach on ...
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