La Central is one of the city's benchmark spaces for readers, authors and publishers. You can find titles on anthropology, architecture and design, art and film, and photography, but also collections of poetry and artworks, among others. La Central has one of the best selections of foreign-language novels in Barcelona, with a great variety of books in English, and not just bestsellers or classics. It's also a great spot to pin down hard-to-find editions you've been searching for to add to your shelf, and there's a lovely café on the first floor.
Our favourite shops in Barcelona are beautiful spaces with soul and well-selected products, that go for local brands, have history, and know a thing or two about good design. You can find a host of shops with famous brands along Passeig de Gràcia, but keep your eye out for smaller names and lovely boutiques in Carrer de Verdi in Gràcia, and in the Born and Gothic Quarter. We've rounded up some of our favourites where you can pick up clothes, books, footwear, gifts, accessories, flowers and plants and more. Discover them for the first time, or go back for seconds.