Barcelona - Around Town - Barri Gòtic & La Ribera (part 3) - Shops Gifts, Garments & Goodies, Cocktail & Conversation Spots

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Shops Gifts, Garments & Goodies

  1. Escribà Confiteria i Fleca

    If the glistening pastries and towering chocolate creations aren’t enough of a lure, then the Modernista store-front certainly is. Buy goodies to go, or enjoy them on the spot in the small café.

    • La Rambla 83

  2. Como Agua de Mayo

    Try this tiny boutique for original fashion and footwear by Spanish designers. The style is feminine and glamorous and the prices are surprisingly affordable.

    • C/Argenteria

  3. Cocotte

    Divine women’s fashions, accessories and toiletries are found in this loft-style store. Among the labels are top Spanish and French names, such as Hoss, Intropia and See by Chloé.

    • C/Rec 65

  4. Atalanta Manufactura

    This shop’s delicate, hand-painted silks are created in an onsite workshop. Unusual designs include a Klimt-inspired, gilded silk.

    • Pg del Born 10

  5. La Manual Alpargatera

    What do the Pope, Jack Nicholson and legions of Barcelonins have in common? They buy their espadrilles (alpargatas) here.

    • C/Avinyó 7

  6. Casa Colomina

    Sink your teeth into torró, the Spanish nougat-and-almond speciality. Casa Colomina, established in 1908, offers a tantalizing array.

    • C/Portaferrissa 8

  7. Cereria Subirà

    Founded in 1761, this is Barcelona’s oldest shop. Today you’ll find it crammed with every kind of candle imaginable.

    • Baixada Llibreteria 7

  8. L’Arca de l’Àvia

    Amazing antique clothing from flapper dresses to boned corsets, silk shawls, puff sleeved shirts and pin-tucked shirt fronts. There’s also a selection of antique dolls and fans.

    • C/Banys Nous 20

  9. Guantería Alonso

    This long-established shop is still the place to visit if you are looking for colourful hand-painted fans, handmade gloves, delicately embroidered shawls, ornamental combs and other traditional Spanish accessories.

    • C/Santa Anna 27

  10. Bubó

    This ultra-modern patisserie displays its sweet treats like miniature works of art. There is an adjoining café where the products can be tasted.

    • C/Caputxes 10

Cocktail & Conversation Spots

  1. Schilling

    Fronted by large windows overlooking the throngs on Carrer Ferran, this spacious bar draws a sociable mix of both visitors and locals.

    • C/Ferran 23

  2. Bar L’Ascensor

    An old-fashioned, dark-wood ascensor (elevator) serves as the entrance to this dimly-lit, convivial bar frequented by a cocktail-swilling crowd.

    • C/Bellafila 3

  3. Espai Barroc

    Filling the gorgeous courtyard of the 17th-century Palau Dalmases is this sumptuously decorated “Baroque Space”. Live opera and classical music are often featured on Thursday evenings, but drinks are pricey.

    • C/Montcada 20

    • Closed Mon

  4. Ginger

    An elegant bar that serves fine wines, champagne, cava, cocktails and a variety of original tapas to a glamorous crowd.

    • Palma de Sant Just 1

    • Closed Mon, Sun

  5. Glaciar

    Occupying a prime corner of Plaça Reial, this atmospheric café-bar brings in all types. Grab a spot on the terrace with a front-row view of the plaça activities.

    • Pl Reial 3

  6. María Mulata

    Intimate and inviting, this bar serves good mojitos and caipirinhas. Cinema night is on a Monday, on the weekend DJ sessions take over and Sundays are for chilling out.

    • C/Ample 27

  7. La Vinya del Senyor

    A classy, yet cosy, bar attracting wine lovers from all over the city, who come to sample a rich array of Spanish and international varieties in the company of other wine aficionados.

    • Pl Santa Maria 5

    La Vinya del Senyor
  8. Cactus Bar

    The main draw of this little bar is the terrace with a couple of tables underneath an elegant stone arcade, which have a perfect view of Passeig del Born.

    • Passeig del Born 30

  9. Gimlet

    The original cocktail bar in El Born, the intimate, 1950s-style Gimlet pours nice (read: potent) cocktails to a local clientele.

    • C/Rec 24

  10. Mudanzas

    This long-time favourite hang-out has circular marble tables, black-and-white tiled floors and an informal, “everybody’s welcome” vibe.

    • C/Vidrieria 15

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