By Clare Considine
Antiques & Boutiques are the Barcelona tour guides for those with the most discerning of tastes. They offer a personal shopping service that stretches to custom-made fashion, specific barri tours and even a wrapping and delivery service. They have let us in to a few of their most treasured Barcelona gems. For shoes the Born is the area to head to these days for cool shoe shopping. One of their favorites is Number, a tiny but well-stocked store selling great contemporary brands like Opening Ceremony and B Store. For gifts head up to Gràcia’s concept store Silensi. There are homewares, accessories, clothing and cosmetics brands that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. For ribbons try out Mokuba; this famous Japanese brand stocks an amazing selection of top quality ribbons in a variety of colors and fabrics. For toiletries, Barcelona’s answer to Liberty is Les Topettes where you can find a great selection of unusual and beautiful soaps, perfumes and all things wonderfully smelly. If you love retro and vintage furniture and quirky homeware accessories then head down to El Changuito.
NUMBER. C/ l’Espaseria, 7 (Born)
SILENSI. C/ Sant Gabriel, 22 (Gràcia)
MOKUBA. C/ Còrsega, 220 (Eixample)
LES TOPETTES. C/ Joaquín Costa, 33 (Raval)
EL CHANGUITO. Passatge de la Pau, 13 (Barri Gòtic)