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. AOO

    Gràcia | Household Items/Furniture

    Among the posh interior and fashion shops along the Carrer Sèneca, AOO or "Other Things" stands out for a more humble "anti-design" ethos. Started...Read More

  • 2. Arkitektura

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    Lighting design and kitchen and bathroom fixtures, along with furniture and diverse objects by acclaimed architects and designers, are on display...Read More

  • 3. BD

    Poblenou | Household Items/Furniture

    Barcelona Design, a spare, cutting-edge furniture and home-accessories store, has moved into a former industrial building near the sea. BD cofounder...Read More

  • 4. Fins de Siècles

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    The third of the Fins de Siècles shops is, like its siblings in Brussels and Isle sur Sorgue, the product of the undying passion of its Belgian...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Jaime Beriestain Concept Store

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    The concept store of one of the city’s hottest interior designers provides mere mortals the chance to appreciate the Beriestain groove. Reflecting...Read More

  • 7. L'Appartement

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    This bright and quirky design shop fits right in with this part of the Eixample, known for its abundance of gay bars. Oversized wall decals...Read More

  • 8. Mar de Cava

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    This Aladdin's Cave of design, housewares, furniture, clothing, and accessories bursts with creativity and color. The carefully curated collection...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Nanimarquina

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    A lover of both traditional methods and exuberant design, Nani Marquina makes textural rugs that look just as good on a wall as they do on the...Read More

  • 11. Noak Room

    Poblenou | Household Items/Furniture

    The sleek style of Scandinavian design has truly taken hold in Barcelona, as seen in the cafés and restaurants of the Born and Eixample. Started...Read More

  • 12. Room Service Gallery

    El Raval | Household Items/Furniture

    Room Service is a commercial gallery focusing on limited-edition, handcrafted furniture by top-notch designers. Piet Hein Eeek, a Dutch cabinetmaker...Read More

  • 13. Servei Estació

    Eixample | Household Items/Furniture

    It's a hardware store, yes, but one like you've never seen before. Servei Estació is situated in a rationalist-style landmark building dating...Read More

  • 14. Vitra

    Born-Ribera | Household Items/Furniture

    This dazzling two-story glass-front showroom specializes in chairs and displays all you would expect from the referential Swiss design company...Read More

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