Ben Holbrook is a British travel writer and blogger based in the sun-drenched Catalan capital of Barcelona. He first moved to the city in 2008 with the intention of staying for a year but, like so many people who visit, he fell head over heels in love and could never quite bring himself to leave. It was the colourful Modernist architecture and blissful beaches that first captured his imagination but it was after discovering the joys of Spanish gastronomy (and wine!) that he decided he might just have to stay.
There are cities that try to be cool, and there are cities that simply can’t be anything else. Barcelona, being the latter, is a place in a perpetual flux of fashion evolution and reinvention. And when you explore the unique stores and boutiques that grace this city’s ancient streets, it becomes easy to see why.