There’s no doubt about it, with everything from designer boutiques to some of the best high-street shopping in Europe, Barcelona is every fashion-lover’s dream come true. We’ve compiled a handy guide to some of the best places to shop, sleep and hang out in the Catalan capital for the die-hard fashionista.
Where to shop
Located in the trendy Gràcia district, BOO is one of the city’s best places to find that hidden gem piece you won’t find elsewhere. A concept store specializing in European labels – especially France and Spain – you’ll be ale to find timeless classics alongside more modern pieces by emergent designers. The store stocks clothes but also accessories, perfume, bags and the odd household item too.
Located on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, alongside the big designer labels, Santa Eulalia is a high-end fashion store which was founded way back in 1843. For years it has been the place to shop for Barcelona’s high society and stocks everyone from Saint Laurent to Alexander Wang. This is luxury shopping at its finest, complete with a Champagne bar and bistro for when you need to put the bags down for a minute.
Santa Eulalia, Passeig de Gràcia, 93, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 150 674
This hip concept store located on the popular C/ Parlament in Sant Antoni is another fine example that size really doesn’t matter. Trait Store selects a hand-picked collection of men and women’s clothing, as well as bags and accessories from a range of designer labels, including top end labels and up-and-coming brands.
Coquette opened its doors in the bohemian El Born neighborhood – which inspired its motto “Born to be beautiful” – over 10 years ago, and has since expanded to include another two stores across the city. Specializing in timeless fashion by a range of national and international brands, Coquette is a reference on the local fashion scene, featuring brands such as Isabel Marant, Jerome Dreyfus or Swildens to name just a few.
Coquette, Carrer del Rec, 65, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 192 976
Flamingos Vintage Kilo
If you’re a fan of all things retro then Flamingos Vintage Kilo is the place for you. As the name suggests, most of the clothes there are sold by the kilo, with the price varying according to the type of clothing. They have a great selection of vintage denim wear, including trousers, shorts and skirts, as well as the usual retro dresses and in-your-face patterned shirts.
What to see
The Barcelona Design Museum
The newly opened Design Museum of Barcelona is the city’s premier museum dedicated to space design, product design, information design and, of course, fashion. The Textile and Clothing Museum within is home to a large collection of old and ancient clothing including corsets, dresses and tunics from the neoclassic, baroque or even Modernist eras. The 20th and 21st century fashion collection contains pieces by Paco Rabanne, Manuel Pertegaz and Elio Berhanyer as well as Cristóbal Balenciaga.
080 Barcelona Fashion
Organised twice a year, once in winter and once in summer, 080 Barcelona Fashion is the Catalan capital’s official fashion week. A relatively recent project, the first edition was launched in 2008 but has rapidly established itself as a serious event in the Spanish fashion calendar. Drawing on the region’s history as a textile powerhouse during the Industrial era, 080 Barcelona Fashion aims to put Catalan design back in the limelight, showcasing work by established couturiers as well as up-and-coming designers from the local design schools.
Where To Stay
Casa Camper Hotel
Ever wondered what it might look like if your favorite brand decided to create its own hotel? Well the Casa Camper is just that: one of only two worldwide (the other being in Berlin) it was designed by international shoe company Camper. The brand were guided by the principle that sometimes less is more – the décor is minimalist but without compromising on quality or comfort. Located in the heart of the edgy Raval neighbourhood, this is the perfect starting point from which to explore Barcelona’s cool underground scene.
Casa Camper, Carrer d’Elisabets, 11, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 426 280
Soho House Barcelona
The first and only of its kind in Spain, Soho House Barcelona opened its doors in the back end of 2016 and has already established itself as the place to be seen among the city’s cosmopolitan movers and shakers. Located in the Gothic Quarter, just opposite from the marina Port Vell, Soho House occupies a stunningly reformed town house which seamlessly blends authentic Catalan architectural features with a slick contemporary style. As a guest at the hotel you’ll have access to the much coveted Club House which is only open to house members otherwise.