Barcelona

Characterized by originality and relative affordability, the shopping scene in Barcelona has become a jubilant fair of fashion, design, craft, and gourmet food. Different parts of town specialize in different goods, and you can explore parts of the city through shopping and browsing boutiques.

The Ciutat Vella, especially the Born-Ribera area, is rich in small-crafts shops, young designers, and an endless potpourri of artisans and merchants operating in restored medieval spaces that are often as dazzling as the wares on sale. Even the pharmacies and grocery stores of Barcelona are often sumptuous aesthetic feasts filled with charming details. Although the end of rent protection has seen many heritage establishments close, a new law will at least ensure that their unique architectural and decorative details will remain intact. Hat shop Sombrerería Obach and candlemakers Cereria Subirà are two old town traders who have remained charmingly unchanged over the decades.

Shopping for design objects and chic fashion in the Eixample is like buying art supplies at the Louvre: it's an Art Nouveau architecture theme park spinning off into dozens of sideshows—textiles, furnishings, curios, and knickknacks of every kind. Any specific shop or boutique will inevitably lead you past a dozen emporiums that you hadn't known were there. Original and surprising yet wearable clothing items are Barcelona's signature contribution to fashion. Rather than copying the runways, Barcelona designers are relentlessly daring and innovative, combining fine materials with masterful workmanship.

Browsing through shops in this unique metropolis feels more like museum-hopping than it does a shopping spree. Design shops like Doméstico and Jaime Beriestain delight the eye and stimulate the imagination, while the area around the Passeig del Born beckons young designers from across the globe. Passeig de Gràcia has joined the ranks of the Champs Elysées in Paris and Rome's Via Condotti as one of the great shopping avenues in the world, with the planet's fashion houses well represented, from Armani to Zara. Exploring Barcelona's antiques district along Carrer Banys Nous and Carrer de la Palla is always an adventure. The shops open daily around Santa Maria del Mar in the Born-Ribera district range from Catalan and international design retailers to shoe and leather handbag designers, to T-shirt decorators and coffee emporiums. The megastores in Plaça de Catalunya, along Diagonal, and in L'Illa Diagonal farther west sell clothing, furniture, furs, books, music, and more. The village-like Sarrià and Gràcia are filled with intimate antique and clothing shops, with friendly boutique owners who add a personal touch.

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  • 1. Cortana

    Eixample | Clothing

    A sleek and breezy Balearic Islands look for women is what this designer from Mallorca brings to the fashion scene of urban Barcelona in a...Read More

  • 2. Adolfo Domínguez

    Eixample | Clothing

    One of Barcelona's longtime fashion giants, this is one of Spain's leading clothing designers, with many locations around town. Famed as the...Read More

  • 3. Aílanto

    Eixample | Clothing

    Twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz are the creative and business force behind Aílanto, an avant-garde fashion brand renowned for sculptural...Read More

  • 4. Anna Povo

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    This stylish boutique near Plaça de les Olles displays an elegant and innovative selection of relaxed knits, coats, and dresses. In general...Read More

  • 5. Carolina Herrera

    Eixample | Clothing

    Originally from Venezuela but professionally based in New York, Carolina Herrera and her international CH logo have become Barcelona mainstays...Read More

  • 6. Coquette

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    Coquette specializes in understated feminine beauty. The now three shops (two in the Born, one uptown) present a small, careful selection of...Read More

  • 7. Custo Barcelona

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    Ever since Custo Dalmau and his brother David returned from a round-the-world motorcycle tour with visions of California surfing styles dancing...Read More

  • 8. Desigual

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    Like Custo Barcelona, Desigual’s wildly appliqued and printed T-shirts and dresses, coats, and bags scream a psychedelic Mediterranean flavor...Read More

  • 9. El Ganso

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    Who would have thought that two Madrid-born brothers could out-Brit the Brits? One of Spain’s more recent fashion success stories, El Ganso...Read More

  • 10. Erre de Raso

    Eixample | Clothing

    Popular with the uptown crowd, Erre de Raso makes clothes in bright and breezy shades and patterns. With colors ranging from electric fuchsias...Read More

  • 11. Furest

    Eixample | Clothing

    This centenary menswear star, with four stores in town and another at the airport, markets selections from Armani Jeans, Scotch & Soda,...Read More

  • 12. Holala! Plaza

    El Raval | Clothing

    Holala! is more a lifestyle than a vintage store. Its owners travel the world in search of garments for the next trend, or wave of nostalgia...Read More

  • 13. Home on Earth

    El Raval | Household Items/Furniture

    Housewares and children's clothing with a homespun sensibility are on offer in this charming store run by a Scandinavian couple. Bags made of...Read More

  • 14. La Comercial

    Born-Ribera | Clothing

    This mini-agglomeration of boutiques spreads out over three streets, together defining El Born’s penchant for the achingly à la mode. Menswear...Read More

  • 15. Loewe

    Eixample | Clothing

    Occupying the ground floor of Lluís Domènech i Montaner's Casa Lleó Morera, Loewe is Spain's answer to Hermès, a classical clothing and leather...Read More

  • 16. Mango

    Eixample | Clothing

    With 25 stores (and counting) around Barcelona, Mango shares hegemony with the ubiquitous Zara over shoppers young and old, male and female...Read More

  • 17. Med Winds

    El Raval | Household Items/Furniture

    Made locally, this casual-chic clothing for men and women is constructed with natural cotton and wool in loose silhouettes to create an effortlessly...Read More

  • 18. Ojala!

    Barri Gòtic | Clothing

    Born in Madrid, based in Morocco, and with a shop in Barcelona, Paloma del Pozo is one of Spain’s most original and creative fashion designers...Read More

  • 19. Purificación García

    Eixample | Clothing

    Known as a gifted fabric expert whose creations are invariably based on the qualities and characteristics of her raw materials, Galicia-born...Read More

  • 20. Santa Eulalia

    Eixample | Clothing

    The history of this luxury fashion superstore, which moved into its 2,000-square-meter premises designed by William Sofield in 2011, goes back...Read More

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