Wednesday, April 08, 2009

My Barcelona: Shopping

At the risk of sounding vapid, one reason I keep returning to Barcelona is that nice clothes are sold there.

Plus, I get to buy caganers in Barcelona. But I could get those mail-order.

But I can't buy clothes from the small Barcelona designers online. Maybe someday, but not yet.

My absolute favorite Barcelona designer is named Boyd Baten and his clothes are sold at a little shop called Bionic on Petritxol (#18), a tiny alley between Plaza del Pi and Portaferrissa (which is home to a number of low-cost chain clothing stores such as H&M).

I've never found anything at the Mango Outlet, or at Zara or Camper, but I do sometimes stumble over something nice at Il Corte Ingles, the mega-department store on Plaza Catalunya.

I buy cool European Pumas on Jaume, to the east of Avinyo, but damned if I know the name of the store. It's a generic sneaker shop. All I know if that it sells Pumas we don't get in the States, so I always stop there. Not that I'm some huge Puma collector—but I like to have some super-lightweight, comfy shoes in my pack. From there, I always stroll down Avinyo, stopping in all the boutiques along the way.

My other don't-miss clothing stores:

Fete makes interesting—cheap—T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts. I go to their outlet shop at Princesa 13 near Argenteria.

On Land is about a half-block further down Princesa, at #25. It is NOT cheap. But it has a lot of lovely clothing. Sometimes I even buy some instead of just browsing.

Anna Povo in Born always gets a visit from me, in spite of having more girly clothes than I usually wear. But they are lovely, not too expensive, and best of all, the shop is open on Sundays.

1 comment:

BZero said...

Hey, Marie! I met you at a Comic Con ages ago, used to email you on your birthday, and avidly followed you on your world tour (you sent me cool stuff from Kenya -- a keychain, a soapstone box and a wooden mask). I guess at some point after your tour ended I got distracted, but I just found your blog and wanted to say Hello and how glad I am you're doing well. Now, to buy all of your books when I can afford to!