Most popular shops in Barcelona
These 30 shops are the tops among Time Out Barcelona's shoppers. Stop in and find out why
Wed Feb 26 2014
Time Out Barcelona readers are a discriminating bunch, and when you go shopping, you may know what you want but not exactly the best place to get it. That's why we're here. Whether it's fashion and accessories, books, or shops that specialise in food and drink, you've searched for it all and come up with your favourites. We present the 30 most popular shops, according to what you've checked out most.
Fashion & accessories
The second-hand market with the biggest pirate spirit in Barcelona is back. Find the most unusual stuff at great prices. This time around the stars of the market are clothes, especially vintage and those by small designers.
Perfect geometric shapes, impossible arrangements of fabric, perfectly assembled pieces, attention to detail and timelessness, all in one place. This is the universe of Zazo&Brull, the creative duo formed by designers Xavier Zazo and Clara Brull. They tell stories through their clothing, anything from tales of gangsters to more personal reflections, with the cable-knit sweaters, embroidered bodysuits, leather dresses and tiered skirts that you’ll find at their shop/studio in Barcelona.
- Mallorca, 315, Eixample Dret
The Born is where Carola Alexandre and Alba Neddermann have set up this small but exquisite shop where they sell their label, Alexandre Neddermann, defined by the use of vintage fabrics and retro-inspired silhouettes. But Ivori also has room for other labels and designers the pair are related with, such as Maria Roch, Borne by Elise Berger, Mus&Roew shoes, and Lubochka handbags, among others.
- Mirallers, 7, Born-Ribera, 08003
For 40 years they’ve been fiercely dedicated to the thing they love most: vintage. And one of their headquarters can be find right in the Raval. The marché aux puces (flea markets) and the industrial furniture give life to this chain born in Saint-Tropez where you can find everything from retro clothing to furniture imported from France and the United States to accessories, books and magazines.
- Plaça de Castella, 2, El Raval
This beautiful locale in Sant Gervasi – where white walls and tiled floors dominate – is the base of operations for Sayan. The Balinese influence is undeniable: silks, embroidery and colours abound, and there's even more to admire in the display case full of scarves at the entrance. In the shop, almost all of the fabric has the Sayan tag: Soledad designs the clothes and much of it is made in Indonesia. All is practical and perfect for urban living with a definite exotic flavour.
- Madrazo, 129, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
The Flea Market is back, taking over Plaça Blaquerna to set up this second-hand market where you can hunt for little treasures among the books, records, clothes, accessories, and a long etcetera.
- Carrer Portal de Santa Madrona Portal de Santa Madrona, Raval, 08001
- Sun Oct 12
There are some pieces of home dressings that can stand the test of time, and are full of history. These are the stars of the show at L’Arca, a shop in the Barri Gótic where you can uncover treasures like trousseaus, sheets, table linens and other antique textiles from the 18th to the 20th centuries – all under one roof.
- Banys Nous, 20
Sun hats, shell-shaped candles, espadrilles, woven baskets: Bon Vent is inspired by the Mediterranean, and every lovingly decorated square metre of this little shop is a homage to the sea and the sunny side of life. In collaboration with local and international artists alike, Bon Vent also sells handcrafted toys and painted pottery, each piece showing everyday life in Barcelona, from visits to the local markets to rooftop parties.
- Carrer de l'Argenteria, 41, Born-Ribera, 08003
On Passeig de Gràcia, COS has devotees to its name-brand clothing lines, and H&M also has its loyal clientele. Somewhere in between in both style and price is & Other Stories, the latest from the Swedish house to land in Barcelona, and already with an impressive band of followers. The stars of the show are the shoes, accessories and the line of cosmetics and beauty products. But don't pass by the clothes, which are influenced by French and Nordic designs.
- Passeig de Gràcia, 8-10
Talent, determination, enthusiasm, tenacity, confidence ... These are some of the qualities you need to start and build an independent brand. Designer Isabel Vallecillo and Javier Blanco know all about it and have managed to turn Colmillo de Morsa into a cult brand. They've shown their work three times during Madrid Fashion Week, won a competition in the prestigious Parisian fair Who's Next, and opened outlets in Moscow and Taipei. But what's taking them to the top of the class nowis their studio-showroom-shop they've opened in Gràcia, a space that's also open to a stunning pool of young designers, with whom they share tastes, curiosities and a particular way of living and seeing fashion. In record time, they have managed to bring together an interesting batch of designers of clothes, accessories, jewellery and shoes.
- Vic, 15, Gràcia
When walking through Barcelona you see feet covered in espadrilles (aka alpargatas) strolling along pavements all around you, and while you will find shops where you could get your own pair for less than a tenner, for authentic handmade shoes from Spain you're better off paying a visit to La Manual Alpargatera. In operation since the 1940s, this shop carries every colour and style of espadrille imaginable. And you may not believe it, but the place draws queues, so get there before the doors open for the best selection.
- Carrer Avinyó, 7, El Gòtic, 08002
Duke is a multi-brand shop that carries both formal looks and sport attire, and it's the shop to beat for fans of street wear. Duke features classic brands like Fred Perry, chic French names Sessùn and Petits Hauts, Danish designer Ganni, urban labels like Wrangler and Carhartt, Dolfie boots, and accessories from Beatriz Furest.
- Duc de la Victòria, 12
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