Think of Seville
and you’re more likely to think Chanel and Armani than shabby-chic vintage fashion. Nevertheless, there are some wonderful second-hand and vintage boutiques in the Andalusian capital for those who like their shops with a little more personality than the high-street giants.
The five streets that nestle between Seville’s famous, distinctively shaped wooden mushrooms and Plaza Alfalfa are known as Soho Benita, and have become one of the coolest places to shop in the city. One of the stars of the area is the cute little boutique Isadora, which sells women’s vintage clothing, shoes and accessories at reasonable prices. Most of the stock is the work of local designers, and there’s kids’ toys and attire too.
Isadora, 1 Calle Pérez Gáldos, Seville, Spain +34 954 22 27 50
Another of Soho Benita’s gems is the trendy La Importadora, which sits right next door to Isadora at number two Calle Perez Galdos. One the pleasures of shopping in this vintage clothing specialist is that if you see a picture on the wall that takes your fancy, you can probably buy it: Importada functions as an art gallery as well as a boutique clothes store. Whatever you’re after, though, the shop’s shabby-chic deco, beautiful exposed brickwork and high ceilings make it one of the most enjoyable places to browse in central Seville.
La Importada 2 Calle Pérez Galdós, Seville, Spain +34 954 56 18 29
La Seta Coqueta
This cute little concept/vintage store offers women’s fashion and accessories that will appeal to those bored by the high street chains. La Seta Croqueta is full of interesting little knick-knacks for the house or bedroom, quirkily displayed on furniture that looks as if it’s come straight from an oversized dolls’ house, so you’ll almost certainly come away with something you had no intention of buying. It nestles on a pretty little back street in the shadow of Seville’s beautiful wooden mushrooms.
La Seta Croqueta, 9 Calle Regina, 9, Seville, Spain +34 955 51 83 84
The charmingly shabby Calle Feria is home to three of Seville’s best vintage and second-hand clothing stores. Ropero, especially, is not a shop you’re likely to miss: its colourful window display is always crammed full of vintage goodies and is flanked by spray-paint murals of a giant squid. Inside, giant squids are one of the few things not on sale, with a huge range of used and new vintage clothes, accessories and trinkets on offer. Ropero’s cheerful and helpful owner, herself a walking advertisement for the vintage style, is only too glad to help you out if you’re overwhelmed by the choice.
Ropero Sevilla, 37 Calle Feria, Seville, Spain +34 954 04 40 37
Colourful racks and displays make shopping at Seville’s vintage stores irresistible | © Elena Dijour/Shutterstock
Jueves Sevilla Vintage
Contributing to the colourful vintage line-up on Calle Feria is Jueves Sevilla Vintage, right next door to Ropero. Another bright and cheerful window display will entice you inside, where you’ll find all manner of vintage clothing, accessories, and cool, completely useless items. The store takes its name from the wonderful flea market that transforms Calle Feria into a kind of souk every Thursday morning. Dating back some 700 years, this is Seville’s oldest street market, and it’s a great place to hunt for vintage bargains.
Jueves Sevilla Vintage, 37 Calle Feria, Seville, Spain +34 672 04 23 99
After a opening a new store on Calle Marques de Pickman in June 2016, Humana now has three vintage and second-hand shops in the Andalusian capital. The original outlet on Calle Feria is now closed, and although the new flagship store on Pickman is about a ten-minute walk from the city centre, it’s well worth a visit. Humana’s range of second-hand clothes (often hardly worn and from top-end labels) takes some beating, and it has a solid vintage offering, although prices tend to be a little higher than at Ropero and Jueves.
Humana, 33 Calle Marqués de Pickman, Seville, Spain + 34 954 91 30 95
In the cosy interior of Demi Plié, a specialist in women’s clothing and accessories, you’ll find some of the sharpest vintage fashion in Seville. Its offering is modern and brand-name orientated and will appeal to those who want quality vintage clothing that is more chic than shabby. This is reflected in the store’s location: right in the fashionable heart of Seville, surrounded by some of the city’s sharpest designer clothes stores. Unlike many of these, Demi Plié doesn’t shut for lunch, so you can shop through the afternoon.
Demi Plié, 35 Calle Cuna, Seville, Spain + 34 954 22 69 13