Discover Gracia’s Boho-chic Boutiques
Leading on from our recent feature ‘Unique Barcelona Shopping Guide’ in the beautiful Born we wanted to cover the fabulous boutiques located up in gorgeous Gracia. As the Born is more on the tourist track down in the old town, the independent boutiques and sassy shops of Gracia are often more undiscovered by people passing through Barcelona. Therefore we wanted to share with you some of the most unique shops Barcelona has to offer that are usually only frequented by the cities ‘in the know’ fashionistas.
Gracia, located up at the top of the city, home of the infamous ‘Parc Guell’ is one of the cities most interesting and eclectic areas. As there are not so many tourists up there you really feel like you’ve discovered something diverse and unique. This bohemian area feels like a different world compared with its neighboring street of Passieg de Gracia and this is partly due to the fact that it was in fact an independent town until the late 19th Century.
Full of trendy bars, restaurants and shops Gracia is the ideal area for those who are looking for something a little bit different and for those who like exploring a little off the tourist track. With it being so accessible from the city centre there really is no excuse not to explore the bohochic shopping experience this charming little neighborhood has to offer.
A veritable institution for the creative crowd of Barcelona, the ‘Oslenas’ as they call themselves are a group of 40 artists and artisans that run this intriguing space. Ran as both a workshop and a shop this is a must see when in the area as this is no ordinary ‘tienda’. Creating and selling everything from fascinators, fashion, jewellery through to gift cards, each artist has something extraordinary to offer. From photography, textile printing, hand illustrated bags and pads, and a hat collection unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
As the artists are working in-house the place has a truly artisan feel, like you’re right in the heart of where the magic happens. It goes without saying that everything is handmade but it is their attention to detail that is truly astounding. This place is a much revered and much loved academy of creation and innovation which will leave you inspired if not a little lighter in the wallet department.
Carrer del Torrent de’Lolla, 164, 08012 Barcelona
In keeping with the originality and authenticity of the area is the uber chic boutique of Philo. In the area that goes hand-in-hand with discovering new styles, this boutique could not be better placed. With a strong 50’s influence this beautiful space specializes in ‘Bohochic’, mixing vintage style with functionality. Bringing together brands from Milan, London and Paris their carefully selected ranges are aimed to dress ‘Women with personality’.
Carrer Montseny 21, 08012 Barcelona
If vintage is more your vibe then don’t miss ‘Retro City’. It is a floor to ceiling vintage lovers paradise as it is crammed with accessories, shoes, hats, bags and of course clothes, many of which are completely wacky and super fun. This shop is extremely easy to miss however so keep your eyes peeled. There is no sign and its plain exterior can mislead even the savviest shopper as there is really no indication of the endless amount of goodies that lie within.
Travesera de Gracia 154, 08012 Barcelona
Boo is the perfect place if you’re shopping with the other half as it offers top range fashion for both women and men. This personalised boutique with a thirst for the 50’s carries a wide variety of fashion labels sourced from Scandinavia to The States. This retro themed shop is famous in the area for its deer themed design decor and eclectic collections of homeware, art, books, accessories and of course clothes, both international and independent.
Carrer de Bonavista 2, 08012 Barcelona
The creative and enticing window displays at Verde Jade are usually enough to lure shoppers inside. This charming boutique offers a wonderful range of goodies for the home including artwork, crockery and handmake decorative feature pieces.
C/Ramon y Cajal 11, 08012 Barcelona
Selling La-aavely lifestyle objects this sweet little place sells all sorts of wondrous bits and bobs from handcut wooden letter to ornate hanging orbs. This place get the big thumbs up for anyone looking to deck out their homes with interesting and unique knick knacks.
Carrer de L’olla 86, 08012 Barcelona