Shopping Barcelona: Christmas markets and fairs
Fairs, markets and alternative shops where you can get the best gifts of the holiday season
Fri Dec 13 2013
This month Christmas markets and fairs pop up all over Barcelona, providing alternatives to cramming yourself into mega complex shopping centres. If you're looking for independent and signature fashion, gifts of art and decoration, or unusual presents made by small, artesan designers, be sure to stop by the fairs and markets that fill the city and the calender in December.
Fairs and markets
Gustavo Gili publishers is putting on the new edition of GGbazar, with the theme Llibres&Paper (Books&Paper). You'll find books on architecture, design, fashion, art, and photography, but also creations in paper or card by Pegatami, Schwartz, and Londji toys, among other gift ideas.
- Editorial Gustavo Gili. Rosselló, 87-89
- 12-14 Dec, 11am-9pm.
Coinciding with the open day in the old buildings of this Eixample factory, the creatives who live there – designers such as Josep Abril and Editorial Comanegra – have organised a market. Among the treasures you'll find Florestil dolls and Abriga't collar scarves.
- 14 & 15 Dec, 11am-9pm.
- Consell de Cent, 159
The Bohème d'été market in Barcelona sets up in Sant Antoni. The stars of the fair will feature creations from Le Moulin Joly, Kokolala, Petit Argent, Abrazos, Nou Moscada, Sail & Peper, Xaruxamu & Nathnit, Maria Biosca, and more.
- Hotel Market. Passatge Sant Antoni Abat
- 14 & 15 Dec, 11am-9pm.
This small fair in Sarrià, set up by two enterprising women, is all about giving artists who are committed to fashion and handmade accessories a place to showcase and sell their work. Bonus: you'll find no shortage of cupcakes and other treats.
- Illa de l'Aire. Padró de la Creu, 24
- 13 & 14 Dec, 11am-8.30pm.
Art in small format, jewellery, fashion and accessories, and stuff for kids. It's Mezanina's Christmas pop-up.
- Mezanina. Ramón y Cajal, 2
- Until 22 Dec, 10am-9pm.
It's a great year for a recycled Christmas with the Festival Reciclatge Artistic de Catalunya. In addition to the exhibition at the CCCB – and the Recycled Art and Design fair to be held from 3 to 5 January in Plaça Reial – this fair brings together artists and artesans who can take materials we throw away and convert them into authentic pieces of art and original accessories.
- Plaça Reial
- 14, 21 & 28 Dec, 11am-10pm.
Fashion and accessories
Malahierba Christmas showroom
For three days the Malahierba studio/shop transforms itself into a meeting place for designers with like minds and spirits. So, in addition to Mariajo's and Jesús's usual detailed, illustrated offerings with a touch of the retro, you can also get acquainted with the delicious line of leather bags from Curium, and hand-crafted costume jewellery from Lucuix.
- Malahierba. Francisco Giner, 14
- 13-15 December
Nuovum, the online platform dedicated to independent creative minds, is celebrating Christmas with a couple of markets (on the 21s they'll be in The Secret Romm) where you can get your mittens on some of the labels they work with, including Lubochka, Nylon Sky, and Who. If you're a fan of independent fashion, this is your space.
- Fàbrica Moritz. Ronda Sant Antoni, 39
- 20-24 December
Toni Miret Studio & The Beat Studio are offering a special sale on fashion, jewellery and illustrations from the creatives they work with regularly. Among other names, you'll find clothes by David Miró, and you can make shopping that much more fun with a glass of Glögg, warm Swedish wine.
- The Beat Studio. Virtut, 11
- 14-15 December
CoShop Christmas showroom
Born-adjacent clothing shop CoShop has opened a new space in C/Banys Nous where, until 24 December, you can shop for can find romantic gifts from Suite 13, Abriga't scarf collars, leather goods from Bossalona, cloth dolls by Pipiripops, and other great gifts from local designers who regularly collaborate with the shop.
- CoShop. Banys Nous, 6
- Until 24 December
Shopping for art
Factoria de Nadal (Christmas factory)
- Appartshowroom. Notariat, 3
Arte & Venta
La Plataforma celebrates Christmas with a new edition of Arte & Venta, a market that features everything from art to decorations, books, and gourmet delicacies.
- La Plataforma. Pujadas, 99
- Until 31 December
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