With so much to see and do in a city as vibrant and dynamic as Barcelona, shopping might be the last thing on your list. Indeed, once you’ve spent time in the La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the Gothic Quarter and La Ramblas, the chances are that you’ll be ready to sample some authentic Catalan food and hit the hay, ready for another day of city sight-seeing.
But if you’ve still got some energy left, then Barcelona is the perfect place for some retail therapy. You can spend all day (and a small fortune) flicking through pieces from designers such as Luis Vuitton and Stella McCartney in the Passeig de Gracià shopping line and some time in La Maquinista, where you’ll find more than 200 outlets including an Apple Store. However, if you’re looking for a trinket or two, there are other places to check out.
The most commonly-purchased Barcelona souvenir is a mosaic animal, but if you want to buy a thoughtful and memorable gift to immortalise your visit, check out these original gift shops in Barcelona:
Located in the Carrer de Trafalgar, it’s hard to miss MICA with its red awning and cactus wall collection. This Japanese store sells “beautiful and functional design and craft objects” such as handbags, handkerchiefs, sunglasses and water bottles – perfect for stocking up before you return home.
As well as Japanese brands such as Siwa and Link Collective, you’ll find products from France and Germany, offering a unique balance of local and international products in the heart of the city, whilst owners Judit and Felip design their own products using their unique visual language and welding skills, offering stools, tables and birdhouses.
Bon Vent can be found by the old sailors’ district of La Ribera, close to the old guilds that once formed the heart of the community. Their products are inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, sunlight, local scenery and the Barcelonian lifestyle, harking back to the past and looking towards the future, too. Their “treasure,” if you will, includes crockery, antique fabrics, old tiles, and unique homeware pieces.
What’s more, they regularly feature products from local artists, artisans and small companies that stand out for their authentic character, whether that be clothes, jewellery, glass, candles, or soap, so climb on board and enjoy a voyage at one of Barcelona’s most exciting – and Instagram-friendly – gift shops!
Whether you’re looking for a handbag, an ornamental lamp or a necklace, you’ll find it all at Nuovum, Barcelona’s first concept store. Chock-full with authentic Catalonian merchandise that you’ll treasure for years to come, this original gift store is different in that everything has been lovingly designed and manufactured locally, and though none of the products scream Barcelona on the first look, each tells a unique story of the city.
If you love exclusives and limited-time offers, you’re in luck: there are three Nuovum stores dotted across the city – one in Elisabets, one in Pintor Fortuny (in El Raval), and one in El Born, so go explore and see what they’ve got!
Once you’ve spent time exploring La Tercera, Colmado, Ivori, La Clinique and the wine bar El Diset, you’ll likely want to head towards CLAY, one of Barcelona’s concept stores. This stunning outlet features beautiful ceramic pieces, designed and manufactured locally, alongside sustainable skincare products and lifestyle pieces such as baskets and candles. Everything in the store has been hand-picked by founders Helena (designer), Gustavo (interior decorator) and Paula (artisan), with the trio selling their own designs and brands that follow their Mediterranean nuances, shapes, and flavours. It’s authentic and oh-so-beautiful!
If you’re looking for a quirky gift or two, you’ll be sure to find something that wets your whistle at OMG Barcelona – one of the city’s most recognisable gift shops.
Alongside striking objects made by designers and artisans from across the region, you’ll find clothing and artwork that stands out from the crowd. OMG has a signature style – loud, colourful and unapologetic – so whilst not every piece in their collection will suit your home or wardrobe, you’re bound to pick up something that reminds you of your travels, whether for yourself or for friends.
Look for the OMG logo on Plaça de la Llana or Carrer dels Corders, both open seven days a week.
Colmado means ‘full of’, and this boutique is certainly full of creative and beautiful pieces to take back home. The El Born-based fashion outlet features dresses, tees, and accessories that have been handpicked by designer Susana Rey, from independent designers around the world, resulting in a truly eclectic mix. You’ll find options for men, women, and home, with designers such as Waiting For The Sun, Pleguezuelos, FFixed, Manuel Bolaño, Claus Porto and Revisited Matters in stock at any one time. Call in on your next visit and buy a piece of Barcelona to wear with you every day – or have items delivered to save on excess baggage!
The final original gift shop on our list is Espai Joliu in Carrer de Badajoz, a concept store where “plants meet coffee”. This breathtaking coffee shop doubles as an art gallery and houseplant store, and everything you see can be purchased – including their speciality coffee.
Whilst you’re deciding how on Earth you’re going to get all of your new cacti in your suitcase, try one of their mascarpone and marzipan croissants – they’re truly delicious!
Mad about shopping? Explore these original gift shops and more on one of our Barcelona tailor-made tours, where we’ll create an itinerary just for you and your party, designed to fit your needs and help you explore as many sights (and shops) as you can. From exploring the hidden nooks and crannies to trying out delicious restaurants and wine bars, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch to find out more about our bespoke Barcelona tours today…