Located within the district of Ciutat Vella, La Boqueria is the most famous and one of the largest markets in Barcelona. The city's restaurateurs make a daily visit to stock up from its wide and plentiful range of high quality fresh food. Don't miss it on your way along Las Ramblas. The place is also known for housing a number of restaurants and bar specializing in world class cuisine. It is kind of a flea market and is ideal for heavy bargaining and discounts.
Barcelona is known to be one of the trendiest cities when it comes to fashion, hence, you will find some of the renowned and most stylish clothing brands in and around the city. Among the many big brands, and their outlets in Barcelona, it is hard to find vintage clothing stores, therefore the Riera Baixa stands out. Tucked away in the Raval area, this street is probably one of the best places to pick up vintage clothing from, shoppers here are spoilt for choice with the many stores lined up, Each displaying extravagant clothing. With competitive prices, the stores sell sunglasses, second hand retro prints, 1970s casual wear, bikinis, tops, mini skirts, jeans and even clothing from the '40s. Besides this, one can also find vintage record stores and fancy restaurants. A cool place for shopping, the Riera Baixa brings home all fashion enthusiast from every corner of Barcelona.
In the same vicinity as Las Ramblas and the Museu Picasso, the Mercat Santa Caterina is a great place to spend some quality time, whether one is looking to do some serious shopping or just stroll around. Existing since 1848, the market has undergone a makeover, and one that's best appreciated from a high vantage point. Housed under the undulating roof are stalls retailing in the finest goods Spain has to offer, a restaurant and incredibly, the remains of an early 13th century Roman monastery, parts of which are still on display.
From humble beginnings in the 1940s, the unassuming La Manual Alpargatera now makes it to most tourists' itineraries. On sale are affordable, handmade and customized versions of traditional Spanish footwear like the espadrille and espadenya, once solely a peasant-gear. Stacks of these classics in vibrant colors and styles from the Pyrenees don the wooden shelves of this locally-owned store. From the casual slip-on kind to wedge-heeled renditions, this wardrobe essential has attracted high-profile clientele including Michael Douglas as well as the Pope.
This hundred-year-old market offers very traditional service. Inside are 175 different stalls: grocer's, butcher's, fishmonger's and more, plus 90 external stalls selling different kinds of knick-knacks like household goods, clothes, lingerie, bags, gifts and more. The large central island just for fish is particularly impressive, and everything is of good quality. They are continuously running promotions, such as raffles and free gifts. They also have their own parking, with access from Carrer Villarroel.
Any kind of object can be found at Mercat del Encants, the biggest flea market in Barcelona. Hidden among piles and piles of second-hand objects, there might be that antique you were looking for. Especially curious is the huge amount of old furniture on sale which is surrounded by stacks of clothes, books, and other curios. It is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9a. However, stop by at 8a to attend the auctions of the most valuable objects.
Escada is one of the most prestigious names worldwide in haute couture. This shop in Passeig de Gràcia stocks an enviable collection of this esteemed brand.. The most elegant women from Barcelona's high-society come here to find clothing of extraordinary quality and design: reflected in the prices. The one-of-a-kind designs and the use of only the best quality materials give this brand its highly-personalized style.
Tresserra's Barcelona showroom is only one of two showrooms in the world you can go to see this visionary designer's work. Everything from Renaissance replicas to sleek and contemporary pieces can be found here. Made from the highest quality woods, leathers and other materials, people from all over the world order these furniture pieces to elevate their homes or businesses to the next level of style.
Luxurious jewelry, fine watches, high-quality glasses, lavish leather goods and unusual accessories - this Italian label has a wide range of products which will please customers who already own what they need, but could use some lavish retail therapy anyway. The quality is splendid, the finish excellent and the design unique.
Capdevila Joiers i Argenters has crafted its highly acclaimed jewelry at its L'Eixample location since 1905, assembling high quality broaches, necklaces, rings, earrings and more right on site. Part of Capdevila's success lies in its ethos of education, offering professional training in their artisan craft. Capdevila's pieces have been displayed across Europe since the 1930s, featured in the Salon d'Automne before being moved the Catalan's National Art Museum. In addition to consumer goods, Capdevila produces national medals and awards as well as decorative religious objects intended for churches. Stop in today to browse the gorgeous collection of modern wares.