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
- 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the Rambla’s other classic menswear establishments – like Modelo, run by the Pantaleoni family, or Bonet shirts – have been replaced by chain stores and souvenir shops, at Xancó you can still buy made-to-measure shirts in a modernista shop that’s almost 200 years old.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
On a trip to New York, Iu and Estela uncovered so many treasures they wanted to export to Barcelona to fill up their own shop, but for now they're placing their bets on creators and the house brand. OMG BCN has brought together clothes by Krizia Robustella, pottery by Miriam Cernuda, alphabet books by Anna Tilche, Cush cushions, Alba Casares jewellery, and rings from the Mediodesign studio made with a 3-D printer, among other fun gift ideas. OMG's interior design itself is something to behold: a team of young architects designed the furniture and incorporated flowered Puig i Cadafalch into the floor. They have also kept the loft, where you can occasionally catch exhibitions and pop-ups from international brands.
- Plaça de la Llana, 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 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
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
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
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
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
A shop that's full yet neat and pretty. This is Colmado, the space where Susana Rey has set up in the Born. Here the stars are the clothes and accessories from experienced designers: Manuel Bolaño, Anntian, Revisited Matters, shoes from Deux Souliers and watches by Waiting For The Sun, plus Pleguezuelos, a label known for its dresses, blouses and trousers for women that are easy, lightweight and feminine, and designed by Rey herself.
- Mirallers, 5, Born-Ribera
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
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
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.
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
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