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Uterqüe

Need the perfect pony skin espadrilles or Bardot-style blouse for summer in the city? Look no further than Uterqüe, an upmarket Zara by Inditex, with steeper prices (think €89 for a pussy-bow blouse, €79 for shoes, and €250 for leather trousers) but a better shopping experience and higher quality. Uterqüe is increasingly being seen further afield in Europe and on the likes of Pandora Sykes. A store will be opening in the UK later this year, but it’s still better to buy in Spain where prices are cheaper.

Santa Caterina Market

Unlike the Boqueria on the Ramblas, real Catalans actually shop at the Santa Caterina Market. It’s smaller and easier to manage (with much less risk of getting pickpocketed) so you can browse the various market stalls dedicated to meat, wine, cheese, canned goods, produce and fresh fish at ease. The perfect place to go if you’re looking to bring back jamón serrano, manchego cheese or a good bottle of olive oil. Head next door to Cuines for lunch if you’d prefer the market goods to be cooked for you.

  • +34 9331 92135
  • Av. de Francesc Cambó 16
    Barcelona
    08003

Bimba Y Lola

An underrated brand worldwide, but a shining star for Spain. Buy in Barcelona where the prices are more than reasonable. The clothing is the ideal balance between funky and chic and their shoes are cute, practical and reasonably priced. A perfect place to buy a birthday present whether it’s from their expansive collection of small leather items, printed scarves, funky jewellery or cute sunnies.

AOO

You will see pieces from this design house and furniture store at a lot of the coolest places in Barcelona, including ratan tables and chairs from hotel Casa Bonay and Il Giardinetto and Santa y Cole lighting at Margot House. A favourite amongst design-conscious locals, AOO sells their own pieces, other items made in Spain (like beautiful olive oil dispensers from Mallorca and clay plots from Barcelona) plus some international homeware brands.

Santa Eulalia

Barcelona is very low-key in terms of fashion, with most locals wearing trainers and logo-free threads. The one place which is all glitz and glamour is Santa Eulalia, Barcelona’s most upmarket department store which stocks all the major international designers – Céline, Chanel, Acne, Stella McCartney – in a serene space. Look out for M2Malletier bags (one of our favourite designers) who have their studio in Barcelona.

Holala

A huge vintage store selling everything from denim cut-offs and floaty floral dresses to leather jackets and patterned silk shirts. The perfect place to stock up on summer dresses if you forgot how casual Barcelona is as a city. Everything is divided into sections to make it easy to shop and the menswear and womenswear section is equal in size. Prices are fair, and cheaper than most vintage nowadays – a pair of denim shorts will set you back a mere €30.

  • +34 9330 20593
  • Pza Castilla 2
    Barcelona
    08001

Ferment 9

Amid a growing awareness of the health benefits given by fermented foods, this beautiful Sant Antoni shop sells only products with pre or probiotic qualities. The rows upon rows of glass jars and their achromatic branding make them look like less like cabbage, more like expensive, organic beauty products. You’ll find kimchi and sauerkraut galore, plus more unusual combinations such as coconut kefir with açai or fermented Mexican salsa.

  • +34 637 02 27 64
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  • Calle de Sepúlveda 135
    Bajos 2 - Local
    Barcelona
    08011

Palo Alto Market

Held on the first weekend of each month, this popular market sees designers, chefs and musicians come together in the bougainvillea swathed gardens of an old Poblenou factory. Stalls sell a premium mix of local fashion, homewares and art while street food trucks offer everything from pulled pork to sushi. Make like a local and show up late, grab a glass of rosé and sit in the sun enjoying some local live music.

  • +34 931 59 66 70
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  • Carrer dels Pellaires, 301
    Barcelona
    08019

Babochka

A magpie’s nest of clothes, accessories and homewares, this quirky boutique is part vintage store, part alterations service. Either bring in your old or unloved items and let the team stitch new life into them, or have a rummage through the rails for rare items from fashion shows or shoots. Not finding your size is part of the fun – visit the tailor on your way out and leave with a perfectly fitted, one off piece of high end fashion.

  • +34 931 40 48 91
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  • Carrer Roger de Flor 142
    Barcelona
    08013

Trait Store

A perfect product of its prime location on Barcelona’s most hipster street, this little concept store plays carefully curated underground music and has suitably well-dressed staff. Amid the normal Stan Smith trainers and Herschel backpacks, you’ll find lesser-known wares like sunglasses from Copenhagen’s Han Kjøbenhavn and sustainable fashion from local brand TwoThirds. Come at the right time and the beer fridge will be open, customers casually browsing with a bottle in hand.

  • +34 936 67 16 31
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  • Carrer del Parlament 28
    Barcelona
    08015

Pastisseria Hofmann

With a legendary cookery school and a trio of restaurants (one Michelin Starred), fêted Spanish chef Mey Hofmann commands a culinary empire. But it is her passion for pastry which is really worth nothing. You cannot leave Barcelona without sampling a croissant from Patisseria Hofmann. With the crispy lacquered coatings of confectionary dreams and oozing with chocolate, raspberry jam, mascarpone, they’re the very best treat around.

  • +34 932 68 82 21
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  • Carrer dels Flassaders 44
    Barcelona
    08003

La Tercera

Tucked into a nook of el Born’s labyrinthine back streets, this minimalist women’s boutique stocks little collections of lovely things from independent Barcelona brands. Everything is Scandi cool in its simplicity, be it clothes, bags or skincare and clustered sparsely around the pastel hued space. Work comfortable cool, with chunky flats and boxy jackets from Name: or pick up some heavy framed Folc eyeware. Our personal favourites are the flirty nylon socks by Emma Pardos.

  • +34 625 30 17 96
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  • Carrer del Brosolí 4
    Local 3
    Barcelona
    08003

Uterqüe

Santa Caterina Market

Bimba Y Lola

AOO

Santa Eulalia

Holala

Ferment9

Palo Alto Market

Babochka

Trait Store

Pastisseria Hofmann

LaTercera

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