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.
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!
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.
Supermercado El Corte Ingles is a supermarket located inside the El Corte Ingles. Supermercado El Corte Ingles is a one-stop solution for all your grocery requirements. The supermarket is divided into delis, pastry, diet, dairy and many other sections and they house most of the reputed brands of the country. The supermarket also has many on-going promotions, discounts, etc.
FNAC El Triangle is the place to go to, if you are a book lover and want to grab the latest bestseller. Among contemporary authors and works, you can also browse through the huge collection of classics that they stock. Known world-wide for their excellent service and informative staff, do not hesitate to seek help or place a special request for titles you can't find.
Woki Organic Market is a beautiful restaurant serving savory and healthy food. They have a long menu outlining a variety of options and all the dishes served at the restaurant are made from fresh, organic ingredients. The place has an inviting vibe and the service here is very warm and friendly. Since the restaurant is located inside an organic market, it is a good place to buy produce to stock up your pantry.
In this pleasant bookshop you can find all kinds of books and also have a coffee while you browse or read. In fact, coming here is more of an experience than a shopping trip. You can even read in their restaurant. They have a very special selection of books, inspired and imaginative, with an impressive collection of art-related books. They do not sell newspapers though. The superb café has its own entrance and is on the top floor. It offers a great selection of cakes and coffees, and a self-service buffet lunch. It also has a terrace where you can eat or have a snack and occasionally listen to live music.
Altaïr specializes in travel guides and books about countries and cultures around the world. It is an ideal place for anyone planning a trip abroad; there are books on traveling by train in many different parts of the world, and even a large stock of maps. There are a number of comfortable reading areas where you can curl up with an interesting title. This travelers' paradise also publishes a travel magazine in Spanish that carries the shop's name, Altaïr.
Located at the entrance to the Barri Gòtic, on the quaint street Portal de l'Àngel, Mercería Santa Ana is the place to come to find all those little things: buttons, thread, yarn, wool, needles, braid, lace, tassels, and more. There's always a lot going on here: customers milling about and lots of clerks there helping them out (which is always a pleasure to see). Even if you're only curious it is worth it to come in and take a peek.