Situé dans le quartier de Ciutat Vella, La Boqueria est le marché le plus célèbre et le plus grand de Barcelone. Les restaurateurs de la ville s’y rendent quotidiennement pour s’approvisionner auprès de sa vaste gamme de produits frais de qualité. Ne le manquez pas pendant que vous vous promènerez sur Las Ramblas. L’endroit est connu pour abriter plusieurs restaurants et bars se spécialisant dans la cuisine de classe mondiale. C’est un peu comme un marché aux puces, puisqu’il est courant d’y demander des remises.
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.
Las Ramblas, une destination de choix pour les locaux comme les touristes, s’étend à travers le centre de Barcelone de la Plaça de Catalunya jusqu’à la colonne Christophe Colomb au bord de l’eau. Cette rue piétonne populaire abrite plusieurs attractions importantes, notamment le Gran Teatre del Liceu et le Palau de la Virreina, ainsi qui de nombreuses boutiques pour les fans de shopping. Ce centre culturel est bordé d’arbres et rempli de foules amicales, en particulier où les restaurants offrent des tables à l’extérieur au milieu de toute l’action. Que ce soit pour savourer la vue et les sons de La Boqueria, l’un des marchés les plus spectaculaires au monde, ou pour se fondre dans le rythme catalan à l’occasion d’une promenade de loisir, Las Ramblas constituent un endroit incontournable à Barcelone.
Aside from being one of the best places to view Catalan Modernist architecture, Passeig de Gràcia is also the city's elegant shopping area par excellence. Foreign brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, MaxMara, Escada, and Armand Bassi stand beside Spanish labels such as Purificación García, Camper, and Loewe. The exclusivity of Vogue, Bally, and Yanko are offset by more accessible shops like Mango, Globe, Benetton, and Laura Ashley. This street also boasts the Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which is excellent for antiques, as well as many restaurants and outdoor cafés, bookshops, and jewelers. At number 55, Boulevard Rosa also offers more than 50 small, elegant shops under one roof. Above all else, Passeig de Gràcia offers passerby boundless style and energy.
Wine-lovers in Spain have never been so grateful to Sergi-Ferra Salat's ingenuity at Monvínic. The reason being? An enviable wine cellar, saturated with wines from all over the world handled by a knowledgeable sommelier crew who care for their wines more than their lives. Catalan-inspired tapas and a short and sweet menu of quick-bites features alongside the extravagant wine menu. Although you'll love the small plates listed, the hero at Monvínic is wine, wine and some more wine!
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.
Flora Albaicin is the oldest in Barcelona of its kind. A one-stop-shop for people interested in Flamenco, the shop offers an excellent collection of flamenco skirts, shoes, dresses, and accessories (including flower combs, shawls, and fans). The knowledgeable staff will help you pick the perfect outfit, whether you're just starting off or an expert. Besides this, the shop also offers a beautiful collection of Flamenco-related gifts and souvenirs. Stop by and take a bit of the city's cultural flair home.
Located right off Barcelona's busy Rambla sits Etnomusic. As the name implies, this store sells all kinds of ethnic and world music. At Etnomusic you can find anything from Reggae to Tango to African music to Banda Sonora. If you're looking for some special world music that you haven't been able to find elsewhere, try Etnomusic. They also have a catalogue of music available for purchase online.
Set inside an old textile factory from the 19th Century, Ici et Là is one of the best stops in Barcelona for unique, artisanal objects to beautify your house. Opened in 1995, this gallery and showroom is elegantly decked with limited editions, singular pieces and decorative items that are hard to find anywhere else. Showcasing Barcelonian designers, you will find their range of paintings, light fixtures and furniture very appealing. Since these are handmade, the prices are also steep, but the quality and craftsmanship is worth it.
This building is the home to the Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona. Originally built in 1962 and updated in 1993, this building also houses a large bookshop that specializes in architecture books and supplies. The bookstore was started by a group of students of the college with the aim of providing a treasure of information on the subject. Browse through the massive book-collection and understand the architecture of the region better.