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An Insider’s Guide to New York: Birchbox City Guides

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.

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Every weekend, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and DUMBO waterfronts play host to Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave at North 7th Street and 30 Water Street), an edible market featuring foods from across the five boroughs and New York State, from lobster rolls and local oysters to classic smoked meats and Mexican huaraches. Sweet tooth? Run, don’t walk, to the legendary Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side (167 West 74th Street) for the best cookies you’ll ever eat. And for delicious cocktails and superlative snacks (the kabocha squash toast and roasted carrot and avocado salad are among our faves), snag a bar stool at ABC Kitchen (35 East 18th Street), close to Union Square.

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An Insider’s Guide to Barcelona: Birchbox City Guides

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.

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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).

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