If Barcelona is a shopping-lover’s paradise thanks to its big-name high-street brands and designer boutiques, knowing where to buy traditional Spanish products can be a little tricky, especially if you want to avoid the kind of stores catering exclusively to the tourist market. Fear not, here’s our pick of some of the best places to buy genuine Spanish products where the locals like to shop.
Nowhere near as famous as the Boquería market and still more under the radar than the Santa Caterina market, the Mercat de Sant Antoni is a true locals’ market. Currently undergoing massive renovation work, the market stalls have relocated to a pre-fab building just across the road from the impressive Modernist building that historically houses the market. Here you’ll find an abundance of fresh produce but also Spanish-made condiments, spices and other dry goods you can easily take home.
Located just behind the cathedral in Barcelona’s ancient Gothic Quarter, La Caixa de Fang is the place to shop for traditional ceramics and glasswork. They’re a relatively small business specialising in Spanish ceramics, with pieces from Catalonia as well as other pieces coming from further afield such as Granada or Almeria. They have all sizes of plates, bowls and other household earthenware, much of which is made in small-batch production.
One of the oldest food stores still open in the city, Colmado Quilez is like a blast from the past with its old-fashioned façade, seemingly unchanged since it opened in 1906. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with wall-to-wall shelves piled high with fine Spanish and Catalan produce. Here’s where you’ll find luxury preserves and tinned produce such as anchovies, clams, olives and even foie gras. There’s also a selection of fine local wines with over 3,500 references from which to choose.
A small store located just across from the MACBA contemporary art museum, Bagana is an artisan jewellery shop run by a mother and son. Together they design the jewellery and make the pieces on-site in their workshop. The collections of rings, bracelets and necklaces are made from materials such as silver, copper and semi-precious stones, each unique and capturing something of the free-thinking Barcelona spirit.
La Manual Alpargatera is a traditional shoemaking workshop and shop located in one of the main streets of the Gothic Quarter – the Carrer d’Avinyó, which inspired Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon painting. Founded in 1940, the shops specialises in traditional Catalan shoes called espardenyes, or espadrilles, and they have counted among their clients celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Tyra Banks and even Salvador Dalí.
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