Going for gold! Crisis or no crisis – Barcelona believes in itself. And it has every reason to – even two decades since the Olympic Games when a veritable wave of investments washed over the harbour city. And this is not only demonstrated by Barcelona's 4000 restaurants; the Mediterranean metropolis also astounded us with its choice of shops. J'N'C explored the narrow side streets of the Born, Gótico and Raval barrios and checked out the hip Barceloneta neighbourhood. What we discovered: 20 inspiring hotspots and the realisation that as an architecture fan, it's not easy to choose between Antoni Gaudí and Jean Nouvel.