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
This social event for the Raval neighbourhood fills up with locals and anyone curious who wants to sell or buy items at reasonable prices. This is the philosophy of Fleadonia, th second-hand market sponsored by the Freedonia Association. What's the plan? In addition to the market, there will be music, entertainment and vermouth to draw them in to the 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
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
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
- Critics choice
Like all the best tailors, Tristany Xancó always has a tape measure at hand to take his customers’ measurements. While some of the Rambla’s other classic menswear establishments – like Modelo, run by the Pantaleoni family, or Bonet shirts – have been replaced by chain stores and souvenir shops, at Xancó you can still buy made-to-measure shirts in a modernista shop that’s almost 200 years old. We’re looking forward to their bicentenary.
- La Rambla, 78, Gòtic, 08002
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
For 40 years they’ve been fiercely dedicated to the thing they love most: vintage. And one of their headquarters can be found 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
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
First came Miu Miu, and now mama Prada's in town. The flagship store of the Italian firm is a temple of accessories: perfect leather handbags, sunglasses with romantic frames, and of course, the shoes, starring the beloved platforms. There are also the collections that Miuccia Prada surprises us with season after season, such as the winter 2014 unevenly cut skirts (in leather they'll run about €2,000) and coats with wide sleeves.
A neighbour of the posh Mandarin Hotel, Mango's flagship store shows off all the brand's lines (womenswear, He by Mango, Kids, Sport & Intimates and Mango Touch). Step inside and you'll find out why this isn't your everyday clothes shop: the well-kept and spacious interior gives the clothes and accessories room to breathe and stand out.
- Passeig de Gràcia, 36
Indie brides looking for a unique, artisanal dress made in Barcelona: Otaduy is the place for you. It all started with a design for a rocker friend, and with the first collection made in a home studio, and now the brand has its own shop in Gràcia, with a section for party dresses as well. Otaduy brings back filet lace for romantic, rustic weddings and light fabrics with low backs for the city. But Otaduy, above all, strives to strip away the extra glitz and glamour and celebrate real, genuine love.
- Torrent de l'Olla, 45, Gràcia
This venue is now closed. 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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