Souvenir Shopping: An Insider Guide to Barcelona with M2Malletier’s Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez

Souvenir Shopping: An Insider Guide to Barcelona with M2Malletier’s Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez

When they aren’t directing operations from their Barcelona HQ, the pair behind M2Malletier love nothing more than probing the city’s less-trodden corners. They let us in on their favourite local haunts.

a third locale to the mix, Barcelona, with its blend of
gothic and modern design, seemed a natural fit for manufacturing
their “wearable architecture”. Setting up in a renovated
19th-century cement factory home (designed by acclaimed Catalan
architect Ricardo Bofill – Melissa’s father-in-law) Barcelona remains a constant
point of return for the pair. Here they share some of their
favourite Barca haunts.

Where’s the best place to wake up?

Soho Little Beach House in Garraf Beach, which is about 30
minutes from Barcelona.

How should we spend 24 hours in the city?

Start at Casa Vicens, the first house completed by Spanish
architect, Antoni Gaudí,which has recently been renovated and
reopened to the public. Head downtown and walk to Palau de la
Musica and get lost in the tiny puzzle streets of El Born – a great
spot for shopping. Continue walking towards La Catedral del Gotico
and check out the vintage and antique stores en route. Head even
further south towards the beach and finish the day watching the

Where’s best spot for brunch?

Cecconi’s on Sundays.

Where should we go for a low-key lunch?

Auto Rosellon – it’s healthy and easygoing.

Other food spots we should try…

Terraza Martinez is the best spot for a long lunch. Amazing
food, atmosphere and a view of the entire city.

Where should we go for a big night out?

La Terrrazza has the best DJs.

Where is good for dancing?

El Bombón is a fun Latin bar in Barrio Gotico.

Where should we head post-party?

El Velódromo to eat delicious food – and indulge in a couple
more jugs of sangria.

Where’s good for a pre-bedtime tipple?

La Dama – this bar/restaurant serves the best cocktails in

What’s the dress code in Barcelona?

Very easy and relaxed. No heels.

Best day trips beyond the city…

Monasterio Monserrate, Tibidabo, Sitges, Girona and Ripoll.

Top five galleries and museums we need to visit while in

Museo Picasso, Fundacion Joan Miro, Fundacion Tapies, Macba and
Side Gallery.

Up-and-coming areas to note now?

Barrio Sant Antoni is inundated with small, laid-back
restaurants. It has a great vibe, especially during the weekends.
Visit on Sundays if you’re a literary lover – the book fair there
is great.

Which are you favourite shops in Barcelona?

Casamitjana for furniture, while La Sombrereria in Barrio Gotico
is a great little hat shop. Darial is a new concept store which
stocks a mismatch of fantastical items. Natura Casa is a must for
homeware lovers.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Go for a three-hour lunch and munch on typical and traditional
food and wine. After, divert to Barrio Sant Antoni for some walk by
Vermouth tasting.

A book to read before we go?

La Catedral del Mar by Idelfonso Falcones.

The best souvenirs to bring back home…

Some amazing hats.

And finally, what’s in your SUITCASE for a weekend in

It’s always good to pack a pair of comfortable trainers that can
be worn day to night – from pavement stomping past Gaudí exteriors
to sauntering home just before sunrise. And sunglasses – because it
is almost always sunny.

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