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.
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.
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.
The literal feeling of being a kid in a candy shop, a visit to Papabubble is worth the trip. Candies galore line the walls in vibrant colors and various shapes and sizes. The sweet shop was created in 2004 and has quickly become an international sensation for its simple and satisfying treats. Find lollipops, chocolates, candy drops, and more. You can even order personalized candies!
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.