Shopping in Barcelona -or any other town in the world- is a great way to enjoy and experience the city with all your senses and get something special -maybe just a selfie- to remember your trip or to offer as a present to your beloved ones.
Here our top six of Barcelona's historic shops where you will most certainly find unique stuff instead of tourist junk.
1. L’Arca de l’Avia - Antique and vintage-style clothes and accessories.
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L’Arca de l’Avia participated in the costuming for movies like Titanic, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (filmed in Barcelona). So even if you want to see period fashion design to find inspiration or if you are planning a Downton Abbey theme party ... then this boutique is a must.
2. Colmado Quilez - Luxury foodsuffs and wines.
Rambla de Catalunya 63
From baby artichokes packed in extra virgin olive oil to caviar and Cava, this is the place to find amazing edibles and drinkables for consumption in Barcelona, or take back home. Bring your wallet ready, for every bocatto di cardinale has its price.
3. Herboristeria del Rei - Natural remedies and cooking spices.
Carrer Del Vidre 1
Looking to find a very rare herb or spice? Chances are you will find it in this shop with more than 200 varieties of medicinal plants, spices, sweets, honey, natural cosmetics, etc.
Founded in 1823, this shop near Plaça Reial is still decorated as it was in 1860, when Isabel II declared it the official herb supplier for the royal house. Herboristeria del Rey was one of the places in Barcelona used in the filming of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
4. La Cereria Subirá - Candles and scents
Baixada Llibreteria 7
With its original Baroque décor and rows upon rows of colorful creations, Located in the Gothic Quarter, this shop is a mandatory stop on every Barcelona shopping tour. With its Baroque décor, and the colorful and vibrant decoration, La Cereria Subirá has hundreds of unique candles made out of high-quality paraffin and beeswax, each one, designed to prevent smoke and to eliminate any bad smell. Before they go on sale, the candles are also tested for functionality and duration.
5. Fargas - Chocolates, truffles and bonbons.
Carrer del Pi, 16
At Barcelona’s oldest and best-known sweet shop, you can taste any sweet confections made in-house. Any bite from this expert candy-makers that have been in business since 1827, is certainly a great way to have a taste of the city or a very special souvenir for someone special.
La Rambla, 97
We all know that if you go to Barcelona, you must visit La Rambla. If you get that chance, make sure to stop by this shop. Founded in 1880 this corner of Barcelona is packed with different kinds of sheet music, song books and books about learning to play instruments. Also, there’s plenty of sheet music of compositions by Spaniards and Catalans for sale. If you are visiting it at night, do not be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of an spontaneous piano concert.