Delitto e Castigo
Calle de Claudio Coello 69, Salamanca
Delitto e Castigo is considered one of the most superior fashion emporiums in the world—with racks brimming with everything from McQueen to Givenchy, in a dramatically lit, architectural space—this accolade is is well deserved.
Le Marché Aux Puces
Calle de Fernando VI 2, Centro
Aside from expertly tailored clothing (predominantly for guys), Le Marché Aux Puces offers an assortment of beautiful coffee table books and accessories, all housed in an imposing, dizzyingly beautiful former bookstore. A dream for the male sartorialist expect everything from Balenciaga to Dior clothes-wise with a stellar selection of all the additional accoutrements—ties, foulards, cufflinks—required to be stylishly suited and booted head-to-toe.
5 Calle Ortiz de Zúñiga, Centro
There’s an emphasis on fair trade and environmentally friendly clothing here, but you wouldn’t know it from the racks, which are lined with high-waisted trousers from Orla Kiely, cute little Veja sneakers, and soft striped t-shirts (made from bamboo, of course).
MUTT Bookshop & Art Gallery
Comerç 15, El Born
Juanjo Fernandes is a popular local figure and long-time bookseller, and his MUTT gallery has a drool-worthy collection of books on art, architecture, graphic design, music, and more. Located in the arty Born neighborhood, it's also a great place to get a taste of the local art scene, as Fernandes always has an exhibition from a local artist on the walls. Pop in early on your trip to see if there are any events on the calendar; they often host lectures, live music, and fun openings.
8 Carrer de Sèneca, Gracia
This hole-in-the-wall garage located steps away from the Passei de Gracia is a real find, housing designers Marc Morro and Oriol Villar's wooden furniture along with their favorite vernacular design, from traditional earthenware dishes made by local craftsmen, to HAY desk accessories. If you don't fall for one of their perfectly Mediterranean-feeling wooden beach chairs, or their re-release of Catalan designer Miguel Milá's rattan chairs, you'll at least leave inspired and with a small trinket or two.
17 Calle Comerç, El Born
We like to think of this dizzyingly fun retail concept as a cross between Urban Outfitters and Colette, meaning that the buy is eclectic and vast—pillows, gift-ables, accessories, clothing, kids furniture, etc.—but the prices, for the most part, are reasonable. There’s also an industrial-looking gallery that is host to edgy art shows and installations.
93 Passeig De Gracia, Eixample
Historically, this 170-year-old design house has been in the business of haute couture, and while they still produce a house line for women and offer custom tailoring and suiting services for men, the lush space is mainly devoted to a handpicked assortment of big-name lines. For women, there’s Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Saint Laurent; for men, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and Nick Wooster.
Mar de Cava
293 Carrer de València, Eixample
With a focus on Barcelona-based designers and under-the-radar lines from all over the world, this two-story multi-purpose space (shop, gallery, and studio) offers a little bit of everything, from furniture to home décor to clothing to kids toys to art. And while the assortment is vast, the fun, modern aesthetic acts as the unifying factor. To make the best use of the space, the owners host workshops, talks, and exhibits for the local community.
30 Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, Ciutat Vella
In a town that’s pretty heavy on color and pomp, this cozy home décor shop is a standout for adhering to a refreshingly restrained aesthetic. Think: canvas totes, imported woven baskets, linen throw pillows, and utilitarian items like hooks, candle holders, and bowls that are carved out of natural wood then dipped partially in pastel paint.
La Manual Aspargatera
7 Carrer d'Avinyó, Ciutat Vella
Like Antigua Casa Crespo in Madrid, La Manual is where you want to go for authentic Spanish espadrilles. With roots that go back to the Spanish Civil War, it’s really no wonder the handmade slip-ons, slides, lace-ups, and wedges have amassed a cult-like following among locals. Tourists tend to get a little overwhelmed at the sight of floor-to-ceiling cubbies packed with shoes, but at under $50 a pop, leaving with multiple pairs is totally justifiable.
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