Press trips are totally exciting and a lovely side to what I do in life. I’ve had my share of amazing trips and experiences and during those trips I’ve been lucky enough to make great encounters, which are mostly established in quite some amazing decors.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Barcelona to meet the Seat Mii by Mango, an urban car dedicated to ladies that are very much into fashion, hence why I was invited. Mii and I met each other at the airport, where I was given the keys to test-drive her through the exciting city of Barcelona.
That was a first timer for me and to be honest it was totally up my alley, as I love it when brands immerse you in their world.
Mii turned out to be a comfy little car, perfect for wandering around in a city! Available in two colors cream white & black, the signature Mango colors.
Quite minimalistic on the outside, but it’s the inside that reveals truckloads of details and brings the tailor-made side of fashion into a car. Think: perforated leather steering wheel, embroidered Mii logo and butter soft seats …
A tactile little car with some fine references to the fashion world and totally maneuverable in the craze of a city … ideal for fashion chicks on a mission!
Places to visit according to the SEAT Mii by Mango
*Obviously the various Mango shops throughout Barcelona in case the cash flow is running low, but when you still are in urge of an on-trend fashion. And believe it or not, Spanish brands are even cheaper when in Spain!
*Say you won the lotto and you’re in Barcelona with this uncontrollable urge to buy some beautiful designer brands; then please do visit the fashion Walhalla of Santa Eulalia. They’ve got a range of the most beautiful international creations ever!
PASSEIG DE GRACIA 93 BARCELONA
*La Comercial: is like a collective of amazing shops located in El Born, with goodies for men, women and your interior.
CARRER DEL REC 73 BARCELONA
*Jaime Beriestain: a must-see beautiful interior shop, resto and flower store in one. Great for breakfast or lunch and the cupcakes are delicious!
CARRER DE PAU CLARIS 167 BARCELONA
*Boca Grande: probably one of coolest restaurants to eat at. The restrooms only are worth the visit and the interior is mind-boggling pretty. Great for seafood!
PASSATGE DE LA CONCEPCIO 12 BARCELONA
*Chez Coco: the best place to be if you like chicken and if you are into delicious mashed potatoes. Not only the food is exquisite, but also the interior is superb. Do book a table on their beautiful terrace during the summer period.
AVENIDA DIAGONAL 465 BARCELONA
*Federal Café: a lovely lunch spot in the district of Sant Antoni where you can enjoy a combo of cool and healthy shakes & yummy sandwiches. If you’re in Barcelona, then you must schedule a lunch break at Federal Café.
PASSATGE DE LA PAU 11 BARCELONA
Places to sleep according to the SEAT Mii by Mango
*W Hotel: still an iconic hotel in Barcelona and if you have the money to spend then you should really book a night at W ... the view only will have you totally captivated and the design still continues to be mind-boggling.
PLAÇA DE LA ROSA DELS VENTS 1 BARCELONA
*Hotel Brumell: located in the upcoming district of Poble Sec, nearby the city center and in the near surroundings of the Montjuic is a beautiful & intimate haven of tranquility. It’s a hotel (20 rooms including 2 penthouses) and a restaurant called The Box Social where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner (do try a table in their beautiful patio), a bar and soon also a shop and yoga-place-to-be.
Extra Extra: the Malin + Goetz beauty products available in the rooms!
NOU DE LA RAMBLA 174
*Hotel Condes de Barcelona: hip and happening and very well located on the Passeig de Gràcia. The rooftop terrace also offers you a beautiful view over the city.
PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA 73
*Generator Barcelona: when you’re on a budget but still in need of a stylish place to sleep in the city center. Generator is located in the busy Gràcia district nearby the iconic Sagrada Familia. It combines a hostel and a hotel, depending on your budget
CARRER DE CÒRSEGA 373-377
3 Things you must do when in Barcelona:
*Go sunbathing on the lovely beach of La Barceloneta.
*Visit one of the local markets: La Boqueria is a traditional one when it comes to food but if you’re into flea markets then you must visit Els Encants Vells. It’s one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and ideal when in search of lovely small finds to decorate your home.
AVINGUDA MERIDIANA 69
Also keep an eye on the Palo Alto Market agenda (every 1st weekend of the month) as this food, coffee, design and music festival in Poblenou is totally worth the visit.
CARRER DELS PELLAIRES 30
*Visit the church on Tibidabo which offers one of the most amazing views you can have over the city of Barcelona.