8 Apr 2012

Slow shopping in Barcelona: Gràcia district

I used to be a big fan of shopping malls when I was a teenager.
I would go there with my girlfriends and spend the whole day buying cheap, cute clothes that usually fell apart after the first wash.

I'm so glad I got over it!
I cannot tolerate anymore the perfume-poisoned air, the loud music, the cheap clothes made in China by exploited children. Not to mention the 16-year-old salesgirls (no offense) who couldn't care less about you.

If you feel identified, welcome to the Slow Shopping movement!
I encourage you to walk away from the mall with your perfume-induced headache, and support small business.

To make it easy for you, I am going to share all those crafty markets, tiny lovely stores and boutiques - where you will be greeted and given personal attention.
I will start with one of Barcelona's nicest neighborhoods: Gràcia.
Gràcia is full with one-of-a-kind stores. There you will find young entrepreneurs who actually pay attention to their clients, and selects their products with great care and love.

Some of my favorite ones:

Penedès, 11 (Barcelona)

Trendy craft shop full of nice things made with love.
The owner is a very sweet girl who always receives every customer with a big smile.

From Kebonikö
From Kebonikö
There are so many cute little things that I always end up buying something. Like this reversible fox necklace I got the last time I was there. I love it!

From Kebonikö, made by LadyDesidia
To get there, check out the map.
Or if you live far away from Barcelona, do not miss their on-line store.

Ramón y Cajal, 11 (Barcelona)

Full of good ideas for you and your home.
This cool store has everything from furniture to designer clothes, including ceramics, pillows, prints, wallpaper... and lots of other carefully selected objects and accessories.

To get there, check out the map.

From here
I specially like their adorable collection of Donna Wilson stuff:

From Verdejade, made by Donna Wilson

Verdi, 6 (Barcelona)

A very good selection of clothes and accessories made by catalan and spanish designers.
Worth a visit if you are in Barcelona.

To get there, check out the map.

From Suite

If you want to know more, check out this map with all the best stores (and a bagel shop) in Gràcia.
Or follow the "Slow Shop a Gràcia" group in Facebook.

Shopping makes you hungry??
Check out the Ultimate Barcelona Food Guide!

1 comment:

  1. Its really good to watch that the creativity work is being importance and the other trends are mentioned are great to watch and have some idea for shopping.



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