Our subscribers received adorable postcards in their June boxes illustrating the four cities that Birchbox calls home: New York, Paris, London, and Barcelona. But since we could only fit so much information on each card, we decided to provide even more insider intel on our blog—straight from Birchbox staffers around the world. Get your passport ready and check back each week for a new installment of Birchbox City Guides.
Contemporary design nuts will love of-the-moment bakeries Turris (various locations) and Crustö (Mercat de la libertat, 80-81), while the more traditional-minded should make a beeline for Forn Mistral (Avinguda de Mistral, 20) to find the city’s flakiest croissants, and Baluard (38-40 baixos, Barceloneta) for whole-grain, spelt, and dried-fruit varieties. No visit to Barcelona is complete without some serious tapas time, and you’ll find the best options in the old fishermen’s waterfront neighborhood of Barceloneta—in particular, Jai-Ca (Carrer Ginebra) and La Cova Fumada (Carrer Baluard, 56; order the bombas). For a slightly more upscale destination, try El Vaso de Oro (Calle de Balboa) and their filet of beef tapas accompanied by a caña (draft beer).
Head for the Born neighborhood, packed with small boutiques featuring local designers. Our picks: Cortana (Carrer dels Flassaders, 41) for killer dresses, Coquette (Carrer del Rec, 65), whose motto “Born to be beautiful” we can really get behind, and La Comercial (Carrer del Rec, 73), where we especially love the home accessories.
For artisanal products and lesser-known brands, we frequent Les Topettes (Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 33, right near MACBA (the Museum of Contemporary Art), and The Cosmetic Oh! (on perhaps the lovelist street in the city, Enric Granados). Indulge in a blowout-and-cocktail combo at 5º1ª (pronounced “quintoprimera,” Ronda Universitat, 20) and for the perfect manicure, check out the sophisticated Yass & Co (Avda. Diagonal 604).
Whether you like classic art or contemporary, you’ll find amazing museums in Barcelona. (Fun fac: Catalonia has a collection of Roman and Gothic art that’s entirely distinct from the rest of Europe!). You’ll get to see outstanding masterpieces of religious art from the Middle Ages in MNAC; but if you prefer contemporary pieces, head to MACBA and enjoy their amazing collection of art from the sixties to today, with a particular focus on conceptual art (a favorite of Catalan artists).
Explore the local art gallery scene starting with Nogueras Blanchard (Carrer d’En Xuclà, 7), then make your way to Cosmo (Carrer Enric Granados, 3), located on one of the most elegant streets in town.
For contemporary design and design art, don’t miss Room Service, a gallery with the latest creations from top international product designers like Jaime Hayon, Marteen Baas or Richard Hutten.
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