If Barcelona is one of the best Spanish cities for fashion, then the Eixample is one of the best neighbourhoods to shop until you drop. The famous Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s answer to the Champs Elysées and while you’ll find all the top designer brands in the Eixample, you’ll also find some great value high-street brands and independent boutiques.
BOO is one of Barcelona’s most popular concept stores, offering a carefully curated selection of men and women’s fashion from leading designers. The store’s speciality is European labels with a particular penchant for French and Spanish designers. As well as clothes, the store offers accessories, perfume, bags and a handful of household items to match. BOO has all the charm of an independently run boutique and you’ll find yourself struggling to pull yourself away from the soft lighting and plush sofa.
Located among the top designer labels on Passeig de Gràcia, Santa Eulalia is something of a fashion institution in Barcelona. Founded in 1843, this is where Barcelona’s wealthiest and most fashion-conscious have been coming to dress for generations. Alongside top brands such as Sonia Rykiel, Chloé or Kenzo the store also sells their own brand for both men and women and its tailoring department is considered one of the oldest in Spain. Be sure to stop off for a glass of Champagne at the bistro before you leave.
Dolores Promesas 2018 collection Courtesy of Dolores Promesas
This independent fashion boutique feels a bit like a dolls house at times thanks to its pastel coloured wallpaper and vintage furniture – especially true in the cute little café found upstairs. Floral patterns, flowing dresses and feminine cuts dominate across the rails but you’ll also find more geometric patterns and cuts, as well as t-shirts with playful messages scribbled across. Prices start from just €75 for an every day dress but range upwards of €300 for a stylish evening dress – many of which have proved popular on the Spanish red carpet recently.
In the ten years since its launch, the Swedish brand COS has managed to become a staple of high-street fashion in Europe. Owned by the H&M group, COS offers modern, minimalist fashion which doesn’t care much for the latest trends – it offers timeless pieces which can be worn year after year. Geometric patterns, colours, and shapes are what distinguishes COS clothing and it’s the perfect place to shop for all your basics.
Silvia Garcia studied fashion in London before returning to Barcelona to launch her own brand of women’s fashion, designed and produced in the Catalan capital. Her universe is one of sensuality and exuberance, defying typical gender-types: there are flowing floral dresses and tailored suit jackets. While some pieces reflect current trends, others have a story and character of their own. The store also has a small collection of homeware which Garcia collects on her journeys abroad.
If you like designer labels and a certain sense of bling then Jean Pierre Bua is worth a visit. A multi-brand designer boutique Jean Pierre Bua stocks top designers such as Carven, Antonio Marras, Comme des Garçons, Lost & Found and more. There’s a nice mix of well-established big name brands and smaller, up-and-coming designers to choose from including clothes and accessories.
Just five years old, & Other Stories has already managed to become a favourite of the fashion world thanks to its eye-catching designs. The brand operates with three design ateliers around the world, one in Paris, one in Los Angeles and one in Stockholm – yep, this is another member of the H&M clan. Each atelier reflects the identity of its local women but all three collections are sold in each shop around the world, reflecting the fact that not every woman wants to dress the same way. The stores also stock a range of cosmetics and toiletries which reflect the playfulness and versatility of the brand.