Pastels for your nails? Photo: Shutterstock
Pastels for your nails? Photo: Shutterstock


Magic manicures for a modest price

There's no reason not to have glossy nails when you’re traveling. At these nail bars in London, Paris, Barcelona, Málaga, New York and Tokyo, you'll get good service and the latest colors at a great price.

The Nail Kitchen, Paris

This fun nail bar in BHV Marais department store offers minimal nail decor. But it will probably take many shades to get the minimalistic look they create, because here, you've got a choice of 700 colors.

52 rue de Rivoli, Paris

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Prices from €28

Blinkbrowbar in Notting Hill, London.

Blinkbrowbar, London:

This is a chain with several branches in London, including at department store Harvey Nichols and on Oxford Street. Here you can gorge on various offers that will make you want to gesticulate that bit more. If you’re heading to a meeting, why not try a Blinkbrowbar polish and go for £17. If you prefer a major overhaul, try the house signature manicure for £30.


51 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London

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Prices for a gel lacquer that can last up to three weeks, start from £40.

D-uñas, Málaga

This city in Andalucía in the south of Spain has plenty of exciting stores. And beauty salons. There's no mistaking appearance being an obsession here. The D-uñas chain has branches in many Spanish cities, including Málaga and Marbella. If you opt for a file and varnish – or limar y esmaltar as the Spanish say – this will cost from around €12.90 if you book online.


Calle Hilera 6, Málaga

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Pink, red eller grey? You decide, Kolors Nail bar in Barcelona delivers. Whatever your choice of color.

Kolors Nail bar, Barcelona

This luscious location close to the Eixample district of Barcelona, offers an incredible 500 colors. Prices start from €14 for a file and varnish to €25 for their hand and nail treatment with varnish that lasts seven days. Want to take Mini Me with you? A children's manicure costs €8.

Kolors Nails bar

Carrer de Pau Claris 112, Barcelona

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Hortus Nailworks på Manhattan, New York, offers not only novelty designs for nails, their varnishes are environmental friendly too. Foto: Hortus Nailworks

Hortus Nailworks, New York

There are said to be about a thousand nail bars in New York. Many really buzzing and crowded. But head downtown to delightful Forsyth Street. Here, you'll find Hortus Nailworks, a cute little nail bar with exposed brickwork and beautiful, earthy interior. They offer a quick manicure, called the New Yorker, for $15. If you want a mani-pedi the full package costs $55. The nail bar claims its nail varnishes are environment friendly. Don't forget to tip.

210 Forsyth Street, New York

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Sugar Nails, Tokyo

Having lived in Paris for several years, Laura Suga, owner of Sugar Nails in Tokyo, came home and opened her own nail bar. Here, she offers a standard French manicure but also eye catching nail art. This can range from metallic accessories to cute cartoon figures on your nails. The personnel speak English.

5-2-38 Sakura Bldg. 2F Minami-Azabu, Tokyo

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Vanlig manikyr med lack kostar från 4 500 yen, medan gellack kostar från 5 500 yen.

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