Shopping & Style

Hidden Retail Treasures; Designer Bags to Gourmet Chocolate

Discover a Surprisingly Diverse Array of Retail

What makes Barcelona so effortlessly cool? Well for a start, its retail scene is amazing. Spain maybe famous for high street brands such as Zara, Desigual and Mango, but in Barcelona you will find a thriving makers and creators culture that is unique within Europe.

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Barcelona Design Tours opens up its little black book of boutiques. Away from the main shopping strips, you’ll find handcrafted shoes and bags, fashion ateliers, ceramic suppliers, artisan rugs and jewellery workshops, often in settings whose wow-factor matches the goods for sale. If flea markets rock your world, we’ll lead you one that is located in a modern architectural masterwork. What about chocolate? Perhaps only in Barcelona will you find that chocolate making is so influenced by modern design trends. In the market for wine and olive oil? We take you to the most stylish merchants, and advise on the best buys.

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Along the way you will learn about heritage Spanish brands that have reinvented themselves for the modern era, and discover a host of other goodies that are uniquely ‘Made in Spain’.

Photo by Rafael Vargas