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Where to Find Barca’s Best Vintage Shopping

Vintage shopping in Barcelona rewards the retro fashionista with an absolute treasure trove of unforgettable finds. (Photo: Stocksy)

High street and designer favorites exist in great supply in the Catalan capital, with endless pristine, air-conditioned stores and boutiques ready to welcome you through their doors. This is all well and good, but what if you prefer to shop outside the box? Fear not – BCN is an absolute treasure trove for those who appreciate retro styling. Here’s where to descend into the best of Barcelona’s cave-esque thrift stores and browse bargain-laced streets for well-kept retail secrets…

Carrer de la Riera Baixa

This street in the El Raval neighborhood has become a real underground spot for tattoo parlors, record shops and coffee shops with vintage fashion in spades. Stop by on a Saturday to find the best bargains. This is when the stores spill their stock out onto on the street, making the area more of an open-air market. Retail therapy and the chance to catch some rays at the same time – what’s not to love?

Carrer dels Tallers

Looking to shop like a total local? This vibrant street is it. Don’t give yourself an agenda. Just wander and soak up the vibe. Street musicians will provide the perfect soundtrack while you browse through racks of clothes in the street, peep some fantastic street art and duck inside cutest little shops ever.

The Gothic Quarter

In the heart of the old city of Barcelona lies the Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic. Some of the buildings date as far back as the original Roman settling, making it a truly magical environment for unearthing vintage finds. Head to Calle Avinyo, the oldest street in the center of the city and home to the most unique, welcoming boutiques.

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Barcelona’s streets are packed with shopping options, but you have to hunt for the best vintage. (Photo: Getty Images)

Go Old School in Top Shops

Here’s our pick of the best shops (and a market) in the city. Plus, a bonus tip… don’t forget to haggle!

Retro City

Carrer dels Tallers

With items hand-sourced from cities as diverse as London and L.A., this store has a fantastic selection of truly distinctive pieces. Don’t be put off by how small this place is. There’s a great supply of hidden gems, if you’re willing to dig for them. From military jackets and battered denim to floral dresses and tie-dye tees, you’re sure to find something to suit your style.

Kilostore

Carrer de La Riera Baixa

You weigh, then you pay. Never was there a more economical way to buy new clothes, in a selling method that first gained popularity in France and Germany. From light, floaty dresses to heavier lumberjack shirts, there’s something to suit every budget here.

Lullaby

Carrer de La Riera Baixa

You’ll find plenty of designer treasures here, and it’s not just about the clothes. With garments dating back to the 1950s as well as jewelry, trinkets and quirky items for the home, this place is a dream come true for bargain-hunters.

Über Den Wolken

Carrer de Ferlandina

Owned by a German expat, who was inspired by the flea markets of Florence, it’s fair to say that Über Den Wolken is a truly unique store. The name itself means “above the clouds,” and the mix of secondhand, vintage and upcycled garments are certainly on a whole other level. There are even events like art exhibitions and cooking classes hosted on the top floor.

Els Ecants

Av. Meridiana, 69

A lot of Barcelona’s flea markets are more about household objects or specialist items such as coins and art. However, Els Ecants is an open-air Aladdin’s cave of wonder that fashion-lovers will adore. The name literally means “the old charms fair.” Expect more fantastic vintage clothing, pre-loved books, music and various jewels and trinkets. It’s on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9-5.

Blow

Carrer del Bonaire

Oozing nostalgia from every crevice, this store is not to be missed on your vintage shopping tour of Barcelona. Located in the Gothic Quarter, Blow houses a glittering collection of clothes and accessories. We challenge you to resist trying on some of those hats on for size.


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