Must see shopping in Barcelona

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    Vila Viniteca

    One of Barcelona's best wine stores (and there are a few…), Vila Viniteca has been hunting down the finest local and imported wines since 1932. There are…

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    Step inside this enchanting vintage boutique for beautifully crafted apparel from the past, mostly sourced from local homes: 18th-century embroidered silk…

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    Formatgeria La Seu

    Dedicated to artisan cheeses from across Spain, this small shop is run by the oh-so-knowledgeable Katherine McLaughlin. The antithesis of mass production,…

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    Colmillo de Morsa

    Javier Blanco and Elisabet Vallecillo, who have made waves at Madrid's Cibeles Fashion Week, showcase their Barcelona-made women's designs at this…

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    Flores Navarro

    You never know when you might need flowers, and this vast, packed-to-the-rafters florist never closes. Established in 1960, it has two spaces on Carrer de…

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    Grey Street

    Named for the Canberra home of Australian owner Amy Cocker's grandparents, this stylishly reimagined former perfume shop is decked with tempting trinkets,…

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    Les Topettes

    Globe-trotting products at this chic little temple to soap and perfume have been handpicked, by journalist Lucía and chef/interior designer Oriol, for…

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    Joan Múrria

    Ramon Casas designed the 1898 Modernista shopfront advertisements at this culinary temple of speciality foods from around Catalonia and beyond. Artisan…

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    Stars from Salvador Dalí to Penélope Cruz and Jean Paul Gaultier have ordered a pair of espardenyes (espadrilles; rope-soled canvas shoes) from this…

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    Antique collectors could set aside a Sunday morning for a trip to Mercantic, a collection of gaily painted wooden huts occupied by antique and bric-a-brac…

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    El Magnífico

    All sorts of coffee beans, sourced seasonally from around the world, have been roasted at much-loved third-generation family-owned El Magnífico (which you…

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    Chocolates, dainty pastries and mouth-watering cakes can be nibbled behind the Modernista mosaic facade here or taken away for private, guilt-ridden…

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    El Corte Inglés

    A secondary branch of Spain's only remaining department store, selling electronics, fashion, stationery and sports gear.

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    Set inside an old chocolate-maker's store, with original wooden shelving and stained glass, Chök specialises in all things sweet, but especially doughnuts…

  • Petritxol Xocoa

    Tucked away along 'chocolate street' Carrer del Petritxol, this den of dental devilry tempts with ranks and ranks of original artisans bars in stunning…

  • Marsalada

    For souvenirs with a difference, Marsalada has hand-printed tote bags in unbleached cotton, engravings and T-shirts. Each of these is emblazoned with a…

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    La Roca Village

    For the ultimate discount-designer overdose, head 35km northeast of central Barcelona for some outlet shopping at La Roca Village, a village that has been…

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    Amapola Vegan Shop

    A shop with a heart of gold, Amapola proves that you need not toss your ethics aside in the quest for stylish clothing and accessories. You'll find sleek…

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    Mercat dels Encants

    In a gleaming open-sided complex near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, the ‘Market of Charms’ is Barcelona's biggest flea market, and one of Europe's…

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    Herboristeria del Rei

    Once patronised by Queen Isabel II, this timeless corner store flogs all sorts of weird and wonderful herbs, spices and medicinal plants. It’s been doing…