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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 Bor
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
Characterized by originality and relative affordability, the shopping scene in Barcelona has become a jubilant fair of f

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. Casa Gispert

    Born-Ribera | Food/Candy

    On the inland side of Santa Maria del Mar, this shop is one of the most aromatic and picturesque in Barcelona, bursting with teas, coffees,...Read More

  • 2. Cacao Sampaka

    Eixample | Food/Candy

    This centrally located shop is perfect for chocolate addicts. While it's perfectly possible to dash in and fill your bags with boxes of Cacao...Read More

  • 3. Caelum

    Barri Gòtic | Food/Candy

    At the corner of Carrer de la Palla and Banys Nous, this café and shop sells wines and foodstuffs such as honey, biscuits, chocolates, and preserves...Read More

  • 4. Demasié

    Born-Ribera | Food/Candy

    The shop's motto, "galetes Exageradament Bones" (biscuits that are exaggeratedly good) may seem like a bit of hype, but these rich colorful...Read More

  • 5. El Magnífico

    Born-Ribera | Food/Candy

    Just up the street from Santa Maria del Mar, this coffee emporium is famous for its sacks of coffee beans from all over the globe. Coffee to...Read More

  • 6. Foix de Sarrià

    Sarrià | Food/Candy

    Pastry and poetry under the same roof merit a stop. The verses of J. V. Foix, a major Catalan poet who managed to survive the Franco regime...Read More

  • 7. Formatgeria La Seu

    Barri Gòtic | Food/Candy

    Scotswoman Katherine McLaughlin has put together the Gothic Quarter's most delightful cheese-tasting sanctuary on the site of an ancient buttery...Read More

  • 8. Ískia

    Sarrià | Food/Candy

    Good wine advice and a perennially changing selection of bottles make Iskia one of upper Barcelona's best wine emporiums. The proprietors speak...Read More

  • 9. La Botifarreria de Santa Maria

    Born-Ribera | Food/Candy

    This busy emporium next to the church of Santa Maria del Mar stocks excellent cheeses, hams, pâtés, and homemade sobrassadas (pork pâté with...Read More

  • 10. La Casa del Bacalao

    Barri Gòtic | Food/Candy

    This cult store decorated with cod-fishing memorabilia specializes in salt cod and books of codfish recipes. Slabs of salt and dried cod, used...Read More

  • 11. Oriol Balaguer

    Eixample | Food/Candy

    Owner Balaguer is surely running out of room to store all the "Spain's Best…" trophies he's collected over the years. He's a consultant to some...Read More

  • 12. Pastelería Escribà

    La Rambla | Food/Candy

    Barcelona’s wave of creative cake makers owe a lot to Antoni Escribà, a pastry chef who elevated the craft to an art form, especially in the...Read More

  • 13. Pastelería Hofmann

    Born-Ribera | Food/Candy

    The late Mey Hofmann, a constellation in Barcelona's gourmet galaxy for the last three decades through her restaurant and cooking courses,...Read More

  • 14. Planeta Te

    Gràcia | Food/Candy

    With more than 1,000 products on offer, this must be widest variety of teas and infusions available in Barcelona. Planeta Te sell herbs and...Read More

  • 15. Queviures Murria

    Eixample | Food/Candy

    Founded in 1890, this historic Moderniste shop, its windows decorated with Ramón Casas paintings and posters, has a superb selection of some...Read More

  • 16. Reserva Ibérica

    Eixample | Food/Candy

    Purveyor of fine hams in Spain and abroad for more than 30 years, Reserva Ibérica has a shop in the Eixample where it not only sells a selection...Read More

  • 17. Sarrià

    Sarrià | Food/Candy

    A small Tuesday antiques markets in Sarrià's town square provides another good reason to explore this charming once-outlying village in the...Read More

  • 18. Mantequeria Can Ravell

    Eixample | Food/Candy

    Can Ravell is one of Barcelona's best, and most charming, fine-food and wine emporiums. Open for the better part of a century, it is a cult...Read More

  • 19. Big Sur La Cave

    Sarrià | Wine/Spirits

    When in Sarrià, stop at this original wine cellar, tapas bar, and restaurant. With every bottle in this barrel-shaped space color-coded by taste...Read More

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