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new in town

La Vietnamita

This popular Vietnamese eatery has just opened a second restaurant in the Born. With dishes inspired by Asian street food, you’ll find soup, noodles and rolls, all of which have a vegetarian version. Comerç 17. www.lavietnamita.com

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If you want to try tapas, and would like something out of the ordinary, this is a great option. Sit at the stylish bar and enjoy fried eggs with caviar or crunchy marscapone-filled ravioli. If the weather is fine, head for a table out on the terrace and watch the Barcelona world go by. Enric Granados 147. www.bardotbcn.com

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VegetArt

VegetArt is a take-away restaurant specialising in Catalan vegan cuisine, located in the heart of Gràcia. Zaraida is the owner, chef and a devout vegan herself. Plates cost between €1 and €1.50, making it possible to buy a threecourse lunch with a bottle of water for as little as €5. Torrent de l’Olla 138. www.facebook.com/ VegetartCuinaVegana

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Il Magazzino

Recently moved to a new location, Il Magazzino is a well-stocked delicatessen, offering quality products from the Italian peninsula to eat in or take away. The menu is classic Italian, the design an eclectic mix of hand crafted furnishings, and everything in the shop—from the deli products and wine to the tables, chairs and decorative pieces—is available for purchase. The owners’ mission: to bring the best of Italy to Barcelona. Rosselló 253. www.delicatessenbarcelona.es

Café Godot

Dónde? On? Where? Find the location of these places with our maps on pages 40-43

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New to Gràcia is this lovely café. The interior is reminiscent of a New York City style bistro— dark and cosy with high ceilings, exposed beams, large boards listing the house specialities and an attractive cocktail bar. Offering three distinct menus, they serve everything from banana pancakes to Thai curry and Moroccan lamb. Highly recommendable is their fried fish sandwich with citrus sauce. There’s a late brunch at the weekend and, maintaining the New York vibe, the kitchen is open all day. Sant Domènec 19. www.cafegodot.com

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LIVE FREE

Take a trip around some of the historic 18th-century sites of Barcelona.

Every year in modern times, September 11th has been marked by Catalans eager to turn the clock back and see this region become a self-ruling nation. Known as ‘la diada’ and described as Catalunya’s ‘national’ day (despite it not being a nation), there are not many places that re8

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member such a burdensome historical defeat with an annual public holiday.

If you’ve visited Barcelona before, you will know that it is a city teeming with history. From its Roman wall to the cathedral of the Middle Ages and 20thcentury architectural landmarks, the past here is not so much a ‘foreign country’, but rather an intrinsic and essential part of the city’s character. With so much attention being paid to the city of the early 18th century, why not get into the spirit of that time and visit some of those places that were around in some form or other 300 years ago?

The Born neighbourhood is the obvious place to start. Renovations at the former local market ground to a halt a few years back when excavations uncovered extensive remains from the years immediately after the September 1714 defeat. As a result, plans to transform the market into a major library were changed to make it into a cultural centre—opening on September 11th this year—with a significant focus on the historic finds. They include more than

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IVE FREE’. This is a slogan you will see a lot of while visiting Barcelona at the moment. Well, what you will actually see is ‘Viure Lliure’ (the slogan in Catalan), which has been adopted by the Barcelona city council to describe the year-long activities and festivities currently underway and and which will finish on September 11th, 2014. This will be 300 years to the day when a besieged Barcelona (and with it an independent Catalunya) fell to the Spanish. The Catalans had sided with the Austrians against Spain in the War of the Spanish Succession and was to pay a heavy price for this decision as the victorious Spanish king, Felipe V, later got rid of its key institutions and outlawed the public use of the Catalan language.

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50 homes, taverns, butchers and wells, and some of them are thought to date back to the 14th century; visitors will be able to view these remains from a specially constructed walkway. As well as this, the Born Centre Cultural will feature a permanent exhibition about life here in 1700, activities for families and guided tours.

The reason why this area is so rich in historical features is that, following the fall of Barcelona, the Spaniards decided to build a citadel in the city to keep an eye on the locals. When built, the star-shaped military construction is said to have been the largest of its kind in Europe. Today, the main site for the Spanish fort has become the Parc de la Ciutadella, just metres away from the old Born market. To build the citadel, a whole neighbourhood was basically laid waste, with 1,200 homes thought to have been destroyed (leaving 4,500 people homeless and uncompensated for their loss) along with two convents and part of the city’s water transportation system, El Rec Comtal, which had to be diverted. The citadel was destroyed around 1870—visit the park today and you’ll see the modern-day Catalan Parliament, situated where the arsenal once stood; the only other surviving parts of the 18th-century construction are the chapel and governor’s palace.

Apart from the citadel, the Spaniards used two key city landmarks as a means to supress any revolutionary leanings of the defeated Catalans: Montjuïc Castle and the Drassanes. The castle (which is currently being renovated into a centre of historical memory and cultural activities) sits high above the city centre and the views it offers alone make the trip there worthwhile. You can also enjoy the sights from the short cable car ride that runs from the funicular station (which connects with Poble Sec metro) to and from the castle entrance.

Once a thriving royal shipyard, the Spanish army took the Drassanes over in the mid 17th century. Since 1941, it has been the city’s Maritime Museum and has recently reopened following 25 years of renovation work. The central exhibit is a life-size model of a royal galley built there in the 1560s for John of Austria, while you can also see remnants of life from when Barcelona was a Roman settlement, with a necropolis found during the recent works. Finally, back in the Born, a visit to the Fossar de les Moreres, next to Santa Maria del Mar church, is a must. This is Barcelona’s memorial to those who died during the siege—which lasted 413 days—a tribute to the human cost of that long-remembered event.

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09:00 Actually open from

6am, Bar Velodromo (Muntaner 213) is ideal for any breakfast timetable. One of its main specialities is fried eggs served with different toppings. (1)

10:00 Stroll over to Palau Robert (Passeig de GrĂ cia 107), which has shaded gardens and several exhibitions, both open-air and in the main building (2).

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A DAY IN THE CITY ROUND AND ABOUT RAMBLA CATALUNYA

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11:15 Take a seat on one of the many

terraces on Rambla Catalunya (main image) for your morning coffee (3).

12:00 Visit the Fundació Francisco Godia (Diputació 250, above) where the renovated Modernista building is as impressive as the artworks on display (4). 13:30 Have lunch at Ciutat Comtal

(Rambla Catalunya 18) and enjoy their range of delicious tapas (5).

15:00 Head to the shops on and around Rambla Catalunya for souvenirs and unusual gifts. Find fabulous stationery at Konema (Rambla Catalunya 43) and delicious jamón serrano at Reserva Iberica (Aragó 242, below) (6, 7).

16:30 For an afternoon snack, go to La Central bookshop (Mallorca 237) and its upstairs café with lovely outdoor space. It’s also great for browsing the novels, stationery and gifts (8).

The numbers in pink refer to location points on the map on page 15.

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17:00 Drop into the Fundació Tàpies

(Aragó 255, above) for a look at the current exhibitions featuring work by the late Catalan artist (9).

21:00 Have a stylish supper on the street-side balcony at Alba (Enric Granados 34, right) (10). 23:00 Finish off your day with one of

Cooler’s cocktails (Mallorca 196, below) (11).

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food & drink Reviewed: Llamber. By Sam Zucker

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ur first plates arrived around 10pm, just as the energy level in the dining room and bar began to build. Soon after, the bar was full and bustling, and the couples who had been seated around us began to be replaced by merry groups of friends, carrying half-finished drinks from the outside cocktail tables at which they had been waiting. ‘Cake’ of rock fish with tartare sauce and pickled vegetables was quite different than expected— perfect little squares of rock fish pâté on a long ceramic slab were topped artistically with dollops of white aioli, disks of gherkins and a dusting of pulverised black olives. Next, the simplest dish of the night arrived, but one that really

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stood out. Fried aubergine al miel (in honey) can be found in nearly every tapas bar in Andalucía, but never in my travels have I tasted an interpretation so clean, vibrant and mouthwateringly good. Chef Heras has foregone the traditional and often heavy breadcrumbs in favour of a simple dredging in flour. The meaty hunks of aubergine are then flash-fried and served wickedly hot, not the least bit soggy, and drizzled with a generous amount of sugar cane ‘honey’. An emerald dusting of fresh lime zest and a dash of salt made this twist on a classic pop. Fusina 5 (Born). Tel. 93 319 6250. www.llamberbarcelona.com Read the full review at barcelonametropolitan.com/llamber 17

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Olive oil

You may know that olive oil has essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that lower cholesterol, facilitate digestion and create a stronger immune system. And when you think of olive oil, you may immediately consider the various typical Mediterranean dishes that use it; however, you may not know the many other uses of this common household item such as shaving cream, wood furniture polish, to hydrate nails for a manicure, control hair frizz, free a stuck zip, remove makeup or create a soothing bath.

Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality and most flavourful of the many oil varieties—it has no acidity and is produced without the use of solvents. While extra virgin olive oil is basically fruit juice without additives (and free from any defects), other grades of olive oil including virgin olive oil, olive oil, refined olive oil, or olive-pomace are differentiated by their acidity level, defect value and production process. WHERE TO BUY Oli...Sal... Travessera de Grà cia 170. www.olisal.com

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El Celler de Can Roca. By Tara Stevens

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ike most restaurants at this level these days, it’s not so much lunch as theatre. Here the curtain goes up to a fleet of Chinese lanterns tied up with black, silk ribbons. On them is stamped a map of the world, and within are five little hits of flavour representing the Roca brothers’ travels of the past year to Japan, China, Mexico, South America and Morocco. There’s something very thrilling about the start of a serious degustación, the start of a journey with an unknown end. Then came the famed Bonsai olive tree, blooming with plump green olives stuffed with L’Escala anchovies that we plucked from its miniature branches and

Onion soup. Photo courtesy El Celler de Can Roca

washed down with organic cava by Albet i Noya from Penedès. A bitter chocolate bonbon filled with vermut and orange danced across the tongue, sherry consommé poured over pinhead-sized nuggets of egg yolk gnocchi soothed it. We popped white chocolate-dipped, summer Sant Joan mushrooms, swallowed lozenges of jellied tortilla like they were oysters, delighted in plump little brioche stuffed with truffled cream and white asparagus ice-cream... Can Sunyer 48, Girona. Tel. 972 22 21 57. www.cellercanroca. com. Read the full review of this and all the restaurants featured at www.barcelona-metropolitan.com

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Mercat Princesa. By Sam Zucker

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hough the variety of food offerings at Mercat Princesa is impressive, what first grabs the diner’s attention is the Gothic building in which it is housed. Here you can enjoy food and drinks from across Spain, Italy, Japan, China and Thailand, prepared on the spot at one of the 16 different stalls that flank the airy central atrium. This is a naturally-lit space with vaulted ceilings, indoor greenery and a cluster of low, communal tables of unfinished wood and iron. One may choose to order from the all-egg bar, where free-range eggs from ‘happy hens’ are made into tortillas, scrambled eggs and a handful of variations on the classic

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bar indulgence of huevos rotos. Or, if a mix of classic and new-age Catalan cuisine suits your fancy, try the plump ‘gin tonic’ botifarra (sausage) flavoured with gin and lime (or any of the other nine house-made varieties, including ‘mojito’) and cooked to order at La Planxa grill. Still not inspired? Dim sum, pintxos, paella, ceviche, pasta, croquetas, pizza, oysters and a variety of line-caught, flash-fried seafood are all available, with international beer, a good range of wines, and dozens of cocktail options to wash it all down. Flassaders 21 (Born). www.mercatprincesa.com

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Salt Beach Club. By Tara Stevens

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he Southern Californiainspired menu offers five different gourmet burgers, which one hopes would be extremely good since they are priced between €15 and €17, alongside more interesting entreés such as beef carpaccio with deep-fried crunchy oysters and nasturtium flower gazpacho. We plumped for a spanking fresh seabass ceviche with guacamole, a bright grilled prawn salad, spoon-tender and wickedly sticky barbecued ribs, and a Wagyu steak grilled over a vol-

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canic stone at the table. It was a little tough to tell the truth, but the rest was winning stuff and went down a treat with a bottle of Verdejo. Afterwards, we drifted back over to the beach club and lounged about in string armchairs sipping ginger mojitos watching the sun go down over the Med.

Salt Beach Club. W Hotel, Mare Nostrum 19-21. Tel. 93 295 2819. www.saltbeachclub.com Open daily 1pm - 2am. Around €50 p/p for three courses + wine.

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Bembí4Indian culinary

Experience authentic Indian cuisine in modern and sophisticated surroundings. Their dishes are created with passion by their head chef who has more than 10 years of experience in the best restaurants in both India and London. If you’re vegetarian, then you will love their exciting flavours and aromas. Consell de Cent 377, 08009 Metro Girona (L4, yellow) T. 93 502 4952 M. 645 257 701

keik4uptown café restaurant

International fusion dishes, plus a big variety of salads. Everything is made fresh and with top quality ingredients. Save space for their wonderful cakes and desserts - eat in or take away. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer brunch from 10am til 12.45pm, including eggs benedict, French toast and granola. Open every day of the year. Doctor Fleming 21 Metro La Bonanova Tel. 93 414 55 36 www.keik.es

Akashi GALLERY4TEA shop / Restaurant AKASHI GALLERY is a tea house and Japanese dining room with a photo gallery located in the heart of Barcelona. Enjoy top-notch Japanese tea from Kyoto Ippodo and excellent homemade Japanese dishes over wonderful photo and art exhibitions in an astonishing atmosphere. And of course, you are welcomed to stop by just to see the art exhibitions. Rosselló 197 Metro Diagonal T. 93.125.08.77 www.akashigallery.com

9reinas4Argentine Restaurant

Argentine restaurant 9Reinas has quickly become a favourite for discerning meat-eaters. Renowned for its excellent quality and value, 9Reinas is specialised in meats from all over the world. 9Reinas offers a romantic and intimate space where you can enjoy the best of Argentine cuisine. Valencia 267, 08007 Metro Passeig de Gracia T. 93 272 4766 www.nuevereinas.com

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Indian restaurant in the heart of the Poblenou district of the city, with modern design and vibrant atmosphere, offering a generous menu of typical and authentic dishes such as tandoori, biryanis, curries and baltis.

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November 5th

Suede Razzmatazz. From €35 Bloodsports (2013), their first studio effort in over three years, sees a return to the energy that characterised the group in their early years, keeping Suede’s signature sound of inde-pop and glam firmly intact.

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Eleanor Friedberger + Bill RyderJones Sala Apolo. From €12 Known for her clever word-play, wit and cool, Friedberger is touring her second studio album, Personal Record Record. Ryder-Jones, ex lead guitarist of The Coral, performs from his own second solo album.

Youth Lagoon Razzmatazz 2. From €25 North American artist Trevor Powers performs here for the first time under his stage name Youth Lagoon. His new album, Wondrous Bughouse, has been met with widespread acclaim, dubbed minimalistic, hypnotic and deeply emotional.

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November 8th

CSS (left) Sala Bikini. From €23 The Brazilian electro-pop, indie rockers come to Barcelona riding on the back of their latest album, Planta. Get ready to dance like your feet have a mind of their own.

October 27th

Foals Sala Apolo. From €25 Having evolved from nervous math rock to a more expressive pop sound, and with a loyal fan base created thanks to UK show Skins, Foals bring the danceable rhythms of their newest album Holy Fire to the masses.

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Josh Ritter La (2) de Apolo. From €18 A native of Moscow, Idaho, Josh Ritter visits Barcelona as part of his acoustic European tour, showcasing his highly personal seventh studio album, The Beast in its Tracks—13 songs of emotion after a difficult split with his wife last year.

November 28th

Daughter (pictured above) Sala Apolo. From €20 The London folk-pop trio that is Daughter bring us their melancholic and dreamy sounds ahead of the release of their LP, If You Leave.

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Polish National Ballet—The Green Chor,eography, Ed Wubbe. Photo by Ewa Krasucka

classical music October 2nd

Khatia Buniatishvili Palau de la Música Catalana. From €17 Invited back by the Palau, the rising star from Georgia returns, this time performing works by Ravel and Mussorgski.

October 13th

Chamber Choir Palau de la Música Catalana. €16 The Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Música Catalana performs works by Schütz as well as Shostakovich’s seven songs on revolutionary poems.

November 10th

Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra Palau de la Música Catalana. €25 The wind section of the Orchestra perform a symphony by Stravinsky and a serenade by Mozart, under the conductor’s baton of Josep Pons.

November 21st

Quartet Gerhard Palau de la Música Catalana. €16 Winner of the Primer Palau 2012 prize, the quartet will bring the compositions of Arriaga and Ravel to life.

November 24th to 26th

Polish National Ballet Gran Teatre del Liceu. From €24 From explosive energy to the gentleplay of light and shadows, the Polish National Ballet dances to Bach in four movements, offering new interpretations of the master composer’s work.

December 5th

Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Pires Auditori de Barcelona. From €28 The orchestra combines with internationally acclaimed pianist Maria João Pires to perform works from the three pillars of Viennese classicism: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

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festivals

September 20th to 23rd

BAM Festival. www.bcn.cat/bam Part of La Mercè (see page 38), BAM has become one of the most awaited music events in the city, hosting small independent bands, from here and afar in free concerts around Barcelona. This year expect performances from Miles Kane, The Coup and Fur Voice.

September 25th to October 20th

Barcelona Comedy Festival. www. barcelonacomedyfestival.com The multilingual comedy festival has acts performing in more than five languages. With comedy acts coming

from across Europe, there is something for everyone here, including drag acts, musical theatre and kids shows. London-based Canadian comedian, Tony Law (above) will be headlining on September 27th at Tradicionarius.

November 18th to 24th

L’Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival. www.cccb.org This year sees the 20th anniversary of the festival which promotes independent cinema from Spain and overseas, split into four sections: shorts, feature films, animation and documentaries. A must for film lovers.

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Barcelona International Jazz Festival. www.theproject.es Started in 1966, this is one of Europe’s most prominent jazz festivals, with a long history of including a wide variety styles in its programme. This year sees a whole host of acts come to the city, including rising stars ACS, Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez (left) and Israeli composer and bassist Avishai Cohen.

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Joan Hernández Pijuan. Silence & Quietness Galeria Eude www.galeriaeude.com Barcelona-born artist Hernández Pijuan (1931-2005) was considered a great innovator, continuously helping to shape the Catalan art world throughout his career. Examples of experimentation with organic shapes, placement, space, simplicity and nature are on display—a retrospective of this artist’s evolving style. September 26th until November 21st.

Espriu: I looked upon this land CCCB www.cccb.org To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Catalan playwright

Salvador Espriu, this exhibition will examine his life and works, as well as looking at his cultural and historical impact. October 29th until February 23rd, 2014.

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MACBA + CaixaForum www.macba.cat MACBA and CaixaForum explore the relationship between modernity and the avant-garde within Barcelona. Examining the different mediums through which it has established itself as a global city of the arts and experimentation, visitors will discover why painting didn’t play a huge part in its art until the Fifties and see how architecture and poetry influenced its growth. Until January 6th, 2014 / December 29th, 2013 (pictured above).

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Near Death Valley National Monument. Ansel Adams

Fundació Joan Miró www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org This exhibit honours and examines the commanding presence, powerful placement and symbolic significance of the horizon in the work of painters from the 19th century to the present; from Ed Ruscha and Claude Monet to Antoni Tàpies and the iconic Joan Miró himself. Mediums will range between pictorial, photographic and 34 sculptural interpretations of the horizon. October 24th until February 16th, 2014 (pictured above).

Barcelona Prêt-à-Porter 1958-2008: Fifty Years of the Fashion Industry

Palau Robert. www.gencat.cat/probert A look back at the past 50 years of the Catalan fashion industry with more than 300 garments on display. During the exhibition’s duration, the clothes on show will be changed twice, first in October 2013 and then again in January 2014. Until March 30th, 2014. 36

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Journey Through the Blue: La Vie

Museu Picasso www.bcn.cat/museupicasso The Picasso Museum, in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art, attempts to establish a connection between Picasso’s La Vie, the drawings related to this masterpiece, and the hidden image discovered underneath the painting Barcelona Rooftops. This exhibition combines restoration techniques with artistic elements, as it takes us on a journey through the Spanish painter’s ‘blue period’. October 10th until January 19th, 2014. Moda del sol, Presentació a Paris el 1967. Col. AdM, donation José M. Fillol

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Official poster La Mercè 2013

TRADITIONS

La Mercè September 20th to 24th The original legend of the Virgin of La Mercè dates back to the night of September 24th, 1218 yet it was not until 1687, when Barcelona suffered a plague of locusts, and placed itself in her hands, that she was named one of the official patron saint’s of Barcelona (alongside Santa Eulàlia). Over the last two centuries this festival in her honour has become a celebration of grand proportions; the biggest of the year, with a huge programme of events including concerts, fireworks, art and traditional Catalan culture. This year the celebrations will coincide with the beginning of the of the upcoming tricentenary of the end of the siege of September 11th, 1714. As an added treat, the festival’s opening speech will be given by super-chef

and internationally-recognised Catalan icon Ferran Adrià.

Tots Sants November 1st All Saints Day falls the day after Halloween and is when families visit cemeteries and other personally important sites around the city, honouring friends and family that have been lost. Surprisingly, it has its roots in the pre-Christian, ancient Gaelic celebration of Samhain, the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter. All across Catalunya, roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, panellet cakes and moscatell wine are consumed—traditional components of the ‘Castanyada’, or chesnut time, when hearts are warmed and bellies filled in preparation for the darker months ahead.

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CONTI4FASHION Designer clothes shop with top brands–G-star Raw, Franklin & Marshall, Replay, Antony Morato, Gola, Superdry, Cruyff, Bikkembergs, Adidas, Diesel, New Balance–and more.

L'illa shopping center, Diagonal 512, 08006 T. 93 416 1211 www.econti.com www.facebook.com/conti.dconti

24 KiLATES4STREETWEAR Located in the Born shopping area, this exclusive streetwear store has become internationally renowned thanks to its exciting design collaborations with many famous brands such as New Balance, Stussy, Reebok, Lacoste, Puma, Asics, Nike, Saucony, Adidas, New Era and more. Definitely worth a look. Comerç 29 T. 93 268 8437 www.24-kts.com

BATEAU LUNE4TOY SHOP

Bateau Lune is a shop for kids where you can find a large variety of traditional toys including; wooden bicycles, trains, micro scooters, kites and outdoor games and many more rare and original toys. Come visit them today and get ideas for special occasions such as birthday presents and Christmas gifts. Check out their free activities for children twice a month on the Virreina square in Gràcia! www.facebook.com/bateaulune Plaça Virreina 7 T. 93 218 6907 info@bateaulune.com www.bateaulune.com

PARRUP4CONCEPT STORE PARRUP brings together the best from local designers, carefully selected unique pieces, limited edition products and finely crafted clothes, jewellery, art and furniture. Why PARRUP? Because we love talented people. Because we want to showcase what they can offer. Because we believe in local economy and production transparency. Nothing more, nothing less. Banys Nous 20 www.parrup.com www.facebook.com/ParrupBarcelona

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Emergencies Ambulance service (Ambulància) Catalan Police (Mossos d’Esquadra) City Police (Guàrdia Urbana) Fire Service (Bombers)

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Visa - 900 99 1124 Mastercard - 900 97 1231 Amex - 902 375 637 Diner’s Club - 900 801 331

IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME

The most central place to report a crime is the Guàrdia Urbana station at Ramblas 43. Tel. 93 256 2430 (24 hr; English spoken). www.bcn.es/guardiaurbana. To get a police report for your insurance you can go to the Mossos d’Esquadra station at Nou de la Rambla 76-80, Raval. Tel. 93 306 2300. You can also fill in a report online: go to the website www.gencat. net/mossos and select ‘Denúncies’ then ‘Denúncies per internet’ (English option available). You will still have to take the completed form to the station to be signed within 72 hours.

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Barcelona general information (24h): 010 National directory enquiries: 11818

LOST PROPERTY

Anything left on public transport or found by police is sent either to the TMB office at Diagonal metro station (top of Passeig de Gràcia) or to the Oficina de Troballes (municipal lost property office) at Pl. Carles Pi i Sunyer 8-10; open Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm. Most items are kept for three months. Phone - 010.

CONSULATES

AUSTRALIA: There is currently no Australian consulate here. If advice/help is needed, contact the Madrid embassy: tel. 91 353 6600. www.spain.embassy.gov.au CANADA: Plaça de Catalunya 9, 1º 2ª. Tel. 93 270 3614. www.canadainternational.gc.ca NEW ZEALAND: Travessera de Gràcia 64. Tel. 93 209 0399 www.nzembassy.com REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Gran Via Carles III 94. Tel. 93 491 5021. www.irlanda.es UK: Avda. Diagonal 477. Tel. 902 109 356. www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk USA: Passeig Reina Elisenda 23. Tel. 93 280 2227. www.madrid.usembassy.gov

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EMERGENCY Directory Pharmacy Serra Mandri4chemist The helpful and qualified pharmaceutical staff at this well-known Barcelona chemist can help and advise each client to ensure they get exactly what they need. They also stock a great range of products, including homeopathy, natural medicine, aromatherapy and organic cosmetics. Av. Diagonal 478 Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5) Chemist T. 93 416 1270 Homeopathy T. 93 217 3249 Open every day 9am-10pm

Mary D. McCarthy4DOCTOR Dr. Mary McCarthy, a native English speaker, is an Americantrained doctor for adults with over 20 years of experience in professional, private health care in Barcelona. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and is certified as a Specialist by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Aribau 215 Pral 1ÂŞ FGC Diagonal or GrĂ cia T. 93 200 2924 M. 607 220 040

The British Dental Clinic4DENTIST Dental emergency whilst on holiday? Contact the British Dental Clinic for a fast, efficient solution to your problem, so that you can continue enjoying your holiday in comfort. The British Dental Clinic has a patient-friendly philosophy and a commitment to total oral health. Diagonal 281 Metro: Sagrada Familia (L5) Monumental (L2) T. 93 265 8070 M. 607 332 335 info@thebritishdentalclinic.com www.thebritishdentalclinic.com

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RADIO TAXI COMTAL4TAXI Looking for a speedy ride across town? In a rush to get to the airport? Call Radio Taxi Comtal for a 24-hour taxi service with a range of vehicles available, including 5 and 6-seaters. Services available to the airport, city-wide points of interest, viewing points over the city and road trips around Catalunya. Please show this guide for a VIP treatment. T. 93 519 1919 www.radiotaxicomtal.com

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Little Black Book ESSENTIAL ADDRESSES FOR YOUR BARCELONA STAY

FAMILY FUN AQUARIUM: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell., www.aquariumbcn.com. Located next to the city’s old port, this is home to thousands of sea creatures. It also has an interactive area for children to discover the nature of the Mediterranean. TIBIDABO: Plaça Tibidabo 3-4. www.tibidabo.es. Overlooking the city is this attraction park with rides and activities for all ages. Part of the fun is getting there, which can involve train, tram and funicular. LABYRINTH PARK: Passeig dels Castanyers 1. www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins. Definitely off the beaten track, this historic park (the oldest in Barcelona) has an entertaining maze at its heart that will keep the kids entertained in their search for the middle.

GIN AND TONIC The craze for this classic combo goes on and on in Barcelona. Here are some of the best places to partake... XIX BAR: Rocafort 19, Poble Sec; www.xixbar.com. Tel. 93 423 4314. IDEAL: Aribau 89, Eixample; www. idealcocktailbar.com. Tel. 93 453 1028.

UBEDA: Còrcega 339, Gràcia; www. ubedagintapas.com. Tel. 93 415 2537 BOBBY GIN: Francisco Giner 47, Gràcia; www.bobbygin.com. Tel. 93 368 1892.

MARKETS Everyone knows the Boqueria, but Barcelona has a lot of other noteworthy markets. BRICK LANE BCN. Pick up some choice pieces of vintage clothing and accessories at this popular monthly event. Check their Facebook page for venue and date details. SANTA LLUCIA. Discover unusual Christmas gifts at this seasonal market in front of Barcelona Cathedral. You’ll find Catalan nativity figures including the famous caganer (shitter) as well as other festive ornaments. Nov 25th to Dec 23rd. www.bcn.cat ENCANTS. Barcelona’s biggest flea market is due to move home soon, just over the road from its current location in Plaça Glòries. Wander around and perhaps pick up a bargain from the wild and wonderful objects on sale. www.encantsbcn.com

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