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Just two years ago, Catalan couple and Sci-Fi enthusiasts, Ariadna Canela and Boris Masramon launched www.aliens4sale.com, an online store devoted exclusively to the design and creation of decorative, handmade alien models. Following the success of their web-based business, the couple recently opened what is supposedly the world’s first ever “alien shop” on Passeig de Sant Joan. These hyper-realistic models of our friends from afar boast scarily lifelike features with the use of resins, marble dust, latex, silicon and other materials. From alien heads mounted on trophies, to under-developed embryos in fluorescent formaldehyde, it’s certainly not your conventional retail experience, but definitely worth a look.
Aliens4Sale. Passeig de Sant Joan 5
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Casa Lleó i Morera
Casa Lleó i Morera
Situated on Passeig de Gràcia on the corner of Consell de Cent, the architectural beauty of Casa Lleó i Morera will have certainly grabbed your attention at some point or another. Designed by Modernista architect Domènech i Montaner in the early 20th century, it is one of the three buildings (the other two being Casa Batlló and Casa Amatller) that earn this block the name “Manzana de la Discordia”, due to the rivalry between the buildings’ architects.
Casa Lleó i Morera is newly open to the public and offers 50-minute guided tours in English, Catalan and Spanish that show the building’s original elements of marble, ceramics, mosaics and stained glass. Like its neighbours, Casa Lleó i Morera is one of the city’s best examples of Modernista architecture.
Casa Lleó i Morera. Passeig de Gràcia 35
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Having been open barely two months, Alaparra in the Poblenou district is already making its mark on the city’s thriving wine scene. Spread over two floors it offers over 250 varieties of wine, with a particular focus on Catalan labels. As well as the store, Alaparra also offers wine lovers a warm and social space to relax, try some homemade tapas, and experiment with a glass or two of the region’s finest.
Alaparra. Pujades 136.
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This small gallery is one of the newest additions to the many arty shops and spaces on Carrer Séneca. Besides selling original and limited edition paintings and illustrations, Plom Gallery is dedicated to introducing and opening the world of art to children. Although a rather modest size, with quite possibly the most baffling front door you have ever come across, it is a multi-purpose space, organising exhibitions, workshops and activities that show young children how to enjoy the beauty and creativity of art.
Plom Gallery. Séneca 31
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Elephant in the city
The end of January saw the opening of the city’s latest nighttime hangout, Elephant Club. Previously located in the swanky Pedralbes area, this restaurant/lounge has moved venue and taken its name and reputation into the heart of the city. From flamenco dinners to blingy designer launches, this club has a lot to offer Barcelona’s glamour scene. However for those special nights where you want to impress, fear not for your wallet as the oysters and champagne are optional.
Elephant Club. Pau Claris 92
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