Ciutat Vella Shops
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.
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.
7 Carrer Elisabets, Ciutat Vella
As the name implies, this beautifully made clothing line is inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, resulting in elegant, low-key separates and accessories for men and women. While there are now outposts scattered all over Europe and the clothes are made mostly in family-run factories in Spain and Italy, the flagship boutique is situated right in the center of Barcelona with a second outpost nearby.
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