Carrer de Valldonzella, 2, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Based in Barcelona since 1992, Holala! Plaza is the best Barcelona shop for vintage clothes, furniture, video games, accessories, books and more. It’s hard to leave empty-handed, but even if you don’t have cash to spare, stop by to check out their awesome window dressings. This shop is within walking distance of pretty much anywhere in Barcelona’s city center, but the nearest metro stop is Universitat (L1, L2).
62 Carrer de Joaquín Costa
Fusta’m is a small and inviting space to search out unique housewares and furniture. Unlike other shops in Barcelona selling similar wares, there’s plenty of space to move around, and everything is carefully restored and repaired by staff. That said, even for Barcelona’s generally expensive vintage scene, this store can be pricey, so bring lots of willpower, and in its absence, wads of cash.
Shop for everything old, antique and secondhand at Barcelona’s largest flea market. Once a collection of ramshackle stands, Els Encants moved into a modern mirrored structure in 2013. Come for auctions Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8am to 9:30am or try your luck at negotiating a deal on your own schedule.
Carrer de Bertrellans, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Unlike some of Barcelona‘s other Vintage stores (ahem, Holala), Love Vintage focuses on wearable antiques, and clothes that don’t resemble costumes. This is a great shop for vintage newcomers who are looking for something different to wear at a reasonable price. Just don’t buy Levis. For whatever reason, they’re pricey, even second-hand all over Europe.
Carrer dels Banys Nous, 20, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
L’Arca, formerly known as L’Arca de l’Avia, specializes in recreating historical clothing, especially ball gowns and wedding dresses, but it’s a great place to pick up antique and vintage accessories like lace gloves, Spanish fans, and jewelry, as well as fabrics and housewares. Things here are beautiful, but far from cheap. Of course if you plan on attending a fancy dress ball or getting married, a dress from L’Arca would be an incredible souvenir...
4 Carrer de la Canuda
Stock up on vintage books, comics and magazines in English, Spanish, Catalan, French and other languages at Llibreria Canuda. Carlos Ruiz Zafón fans can head to the basement, also known as the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”. Whatever you do, go soon, as this historic Barcelona bookstore is slated to close November 25th, 2013.