Wondering what to buy from Barcelona? If you are then this post about 20 of the most unique Barcelona souvenirs is for you!
Because if I’m being totally honest:
You definitely won’t have a problem finding a place to buy souvenirs in Barcelona.
Walk around the city center for about 2.5 seconds and you’ll immediately be overwhelmed by the sheer number of souvenir shops that lay before you.
The cold, hard truth is that many of these souvenir shops are generic AF and sell the same signature, Barcelona shot glass that you’ll see in the 10,000 stores that you’ll find along Las Ramblas during your perfect weekend in Barcelona or your one day in Barcelona.
If you’re desperately seeking some primo Barcelona souvenirs that are of the slightly more unusual variety, then you have come to the right place.
Because I’ve been to Barcelona countless times, have a slight shopping addiction, and can tell you exactly where to get some totally unique things to buy in Barcelona.
A series of Barcelona souvenirs and gifts that people might actually want and that may authentically reflect the culture of the city that you’re visiting.
An item that, GASP, shows you put some modicum of thought into the item that you’re giving someone.
I know, I know, Talk about a beyond CRAZY concept (insert my signature brand of New York sarcasm here).
However, if the idea of buying something super cool, for either you or someone else, is even a little bit appealing to you, then continue you onwards my friend.
Because we’re about to swan dive into this wicked awesome post about all of the raddest things to buy from Barcelona.
Hold onto your granny panties ladies (and maybe a few gents) because you’re in for one wild ride.
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***Let me guess, you’re planning a trip to Barcelona and have no idea where to stay? Yup, I’ve soo been there. That’s why I created an entire post about some of the best hotels in Barcelona, Spain. But, if you’re short on time and want the abridged version of this post, then check out Hostel One Paralelo if you’re on a budget Not only are the comfortable, custom-designed pod beds here just $30 per night, but this hostel is also centrally located and has a fantastic, communal atmosphere that makes you feel right at home, especially if you’re traveling solo in Barcelona. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, then check out Eco Boutique Hostal Grau. And if hostels aren’t your thing, not to worry because hostal in Spanish actually means boutique hotel. Which is exactly what you get at this well-appointed hotel off of Las Ramblas, where rooms start at just $100 per night. But, if you’re a total BALLER and really wanna take your Barcelona travel experience to the NEXT LEVEL, then check out Hilton Diagonal Mar, a SWANK AF hotel in Sant Marti with a rooftop beach club, an all you can eat breakfast buffet, and a plethora of gorgeous rooms that are all within walking distance of the beach. Seriously, it does not get much better than that!***
Hi, my name is Girl with the Passport and I have a serious cheese addiction.
Phew, glad I got that off my chest.
But, is the above proclamation really all that surprising?
Because if you read my blog even a little bit, then you already know that I have a severe cheese obsession,
Which is why:
It should come as a shock to absolutely no one that cheese made it on this list of epic Barcelona souvenirs.
Especially since the Pyrenees mountains are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Barcelona.
And guess what?
This region is known the world over for making Tupi, a soft, delicious, creamy, fermented goat cheese that has an intense flavor profile that makes it the perfect, after dinner cheese.
I definitely just made it sound kind of gross but I swear, it’s really good.
And if you’re feeling extra cheese-erific:
Some other types of cheese that you may want to try during your 3 day Barcelona itinerary include Alt Urgell (a creamy, fruity flavored cheese from the Cerdanya Valley) and Val d’Aran (an aged, semi-cured, cow’s milk cheese with a rich flavor).
If you have absolutely no idea just where to procure all this divinely inspired, cheesy goodness, then just mosey on over to Formatgeria La Seu.
Located in Barcelona’s famed Barrio Gotico:
This charming little cheese shop was started in 2000 and actually sits exactly where a former butter-making factory once stood.
With a teeny weeny tasting room in the rear of the store:
Formatgeria La Seu showcases a divine selection of delicious Spanish farm products, with a limited number of hand-crafted cheeses available for purchase.
Which makes sense since all of their cheeses are produced in limited quantities, by independent farmers from across Spain.
So, if you love the ambiance and kind fo want to stay awhile:
Then you can always opt for their stand-up tasting, which features a selection of three different cheese that are paired with wine, or their sit down tasting, which includes five different cheeses (like their signature Torta de la Serena cheese from the Extremadura region) that are paired with wines,
If you do decide to do a cheese tasting, then just be sure to make a reservation since this place can accommodate a maximum of eight sit down guests at any given time.
Address: Carrer de la Dagueria, 16, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (closed Sundays and Mondays).
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Barceloneta Station and walk to the shop from there.
Price: A cheese tasting here can cost anywhere between €9.50 and €32.00. Gift boxes are also available upon request.
If you read my post about how to prepare for Barcelona (and if you haven’t yet then you totally should):
Then I’m sure you realize that you should take a hard pass on the Sangria and say hello to that minxy, mood-altering (hopefully for the better) substance known as Cava.
Because even though tourists typically associate Spain with pitchers full of fresh Sangria:
The truth is that most people in Barcelona just don’t order Sangria at the bar.
They might whip some up while hanging out at home, but when it comes to rolling with their homies at a restuarant, locals typically order a Cava.
And you should too!
Since Cava is a flipping delicious, local, sparkling wine that is made up of three distinct varieties of grapes; Maccabee, Parellada, and Xarello.
95% of all the Cava in the world is actually grown within the Catalan region of Penedès, inside a tiny little town known as Sant Sadurní d’Anoia.
I love chocolate, yes I do. I love chocolate, how about you?
And if you’re emphatically nodding your head “yes” in response to the above statement, then good.
Because you’re gonna L-O-V-E Barcelona.
I mean, the city has it’s very own “sweet” street, Carrer de Petritxol, where you can stop and imbibe in some of the best drinking chocolate in town.
If you do happen to find yourself admiring some of the historic granjas and quaint, family owned bakeries that line this immortal road, then be sure to stop by Granja Dulcinea for some of the best hot chocolate in the city (Spoiler Alert! They also serve an amazing crema catalana that is basically a Spanish version of crème brûlée).
Since you can’t really shove a steaming hot cup of drinking chocolate into your carry on, then you’re gonna need to go somewhere else for some delectable chocolates to take home with you.
If a selection of divinely inspired chocolates are at the very top of your list of things to buy in Barcelona, then run, don’t walk, to Xocolates Fargas.
Because this shop is the stuff that chocoholic dreams are made of.
Founded in ye olde 1827, this store sits in Barcelona’s exquisite Gothic Quarter and is known for being one of the oldest chocolate shops in the city.
However, let’s be real:
You don’t exactly stay in business for over 200 years without producing some top notch chocolate.
And this fine purveyor of all things chocolate does just that.
They even use the exact same stone grinder, to mill their chocolate, that they did way back when.
Which is why:
The scent that first hits you when you step inside this shop is totally intoxicating.
And even though deciding what to order won’t be easy here:
Do sample either their Cava Bonbons or their Catànies, which are Marcona almonds that are coated in caramel, white chocolate, and then dusted with a fine layer of cocoa powder.
Because after eating either one of these confectionary delights:
I could honestly die a happy woman.
***If you are a true lover of all things chocolate, then you MUST visit Bubo since their iconic, “Xantina” chocolate cake received the title of the “best chocolate cake in the world” in 2005! And since I tried it myself, I can 100% assure you that this thin slice of heaven totally lives up to all the acclaim.***
Address: Carrer del Pi, 16, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 3 to Liceu Station and walk to the shop from there.
Read my blog even once:
And you’ll immediately understand the expansive depth and breadth of my coffee addiction.
Which is why:
I could not create a list of the best souvenirs from Barcelona without mentioning one of my all time favorite coffee shops.
And that place is Nomad Coffee Roasters.
Because with no less than three different locations in Barcelona alone, this specialty coffee shop does one thing, and one thing extremely well…espresso.
Stop by and pursue through their small menu, which is filled with classic espresso based drinks like americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, etc.
Is sipping on a latte while admiring the shop’s industrial, minimalist style decor (Think bare wood, steel, and glass everywhere. Very no-frills) totally essential to your Barcelona-related happiness and well-being?
You betcha! But:
The good news is that the coffee fun doesn’t end here.
Because while you’re here:
You can also order a bag of their signature, Villa Rosita (lime) coffee to take home with you; a delightful blend of coffee that features a delicate array of lemon, ginger and lime sponge cake flavors.
If lime ain’t your thing, then you can always order a bag of their Villa Rosita (Lychee) coffee instead, which has a slightly more fruity flavor to it that includes hints of lychee, passion fruit, and tropical yogurt.
Talk about the perfect Barcelona souvenir for anyone out there who adores coffee even half as much as I do.
***Want to experience more of what Barcelona’s stellar coffee scene has to offer? Then check out my list of the 15 best cafes in Barcelona!***
Address: Carrer de Pujades, 95, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Llacuna Station and walk to the coffee shop from there.
Price: A 200 gram bag of coffee will cost you €21.00.
5. Modernist Ceramics
In case you’re not in the know:
Badass architect Antonio Gaudi is kind of a big deal in Barcelona.
Which is understandable since he did design almost every beyond beautiful, modernist style building that you see in Barcelona.
Buildings that are characterized by their freedom of form, vibrant colors, varied textures, and organic unity.
This unique design style is not limited to buildings alone, which is why you should pick up some brightly colored, hand-painted, Antonio Saudi-Inspired ceramics while you’re in the city.
And the Gothic Quarter is the perfect place to do since everywhere you turn you’ll find a wealth of different workshops and showrooms with various ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs on display.
Look a little closer and you might even find Gaudi’s signature, mosaic tiled lizard there, silently willing you to take him home with you (and I mean that in a totally non-creepy kind of way).
If you find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the number of shops that stretch out before you, then head to Art Escudellers.
It’s an enormous, almost warehouse like ceramics store that is brimming over with vibrant, mosaic tiled ceramics as far as the eye can see.
Founded in 1997:
This dynamic store was first established to help restore the use of traditional handicrafts making and pottery techniques in Barcelona.
This shop now works with over 200 local artisans and displays more than 30,000 creative, one of a kind pieces; art work that now stands as an enduring fountain of art, culture, and local tradition.
A place where guests can go to find plates, bowls, tiles, sculptures, glassware, mugs, and vases of both the highest quality and the greatest originality.
***La Caixa de Fang also has a selection of shockingly inexpensive, hand painted, rough-hewn, brightly- colored plates and bowls that you might want to check out as you shop for souvenirs in Barcelona.***
6. Some Artisan Turrón
Not sure what the hell Turrón is?
Yeah, welcome to the club. Because I literally had no idea it even existed before I set foot in Barcelona.
Now that I’ve eaten my weight in this Spanish, confectionary delight, I can safely say that it should be at the tippity top of your list of must-buy Barcelona souvenirs.
Because this beyond delicious, culinary delight is more commonly known as nougat (even though I personally think that Turrón sounds infinitely more chic) and is typically made of a delicious combination of honey, sugar, egg whites, and toasted almonds (or other types of nuts).
Depending on your personal preferences, and the size of your sweet tooth, you can enjoy two distinctive varieties of this Spanish treat, a smooth, soft type (like the one you’d find at the center of a candy bar) and a harder, almost peanut brittle like variety that has beautiful chunks of nuts inside.
And if you’re currently mopping up a puddle of drool from your computer keyboard (or maybe that’s just me):
Then head on over to Casa Colomina to sample some fo the best turrón in the city.
Because this epic candy creator has been tucked away in in Barcelona’s Old Town since 1908 and serves up a delicious assortment of hard and soft turrones that will make your dentist cower in fear (or rejoice and be glad at the behemoth size dental bill that you’re about to wrack up after eating all this candy).
Now, are all of their candies beyond delicious?
Hell to the yeah. But my personal favorites are the Alicante Turrón (a traditional hard turrón made with honey, almonds, and sugar) and the Yema Nougat (an incredibly flavorful, soft turrón that is made of almond, egg, and a bit of cinnamon).
Both are insanely delicious and have definitely earned a highly coveted spot inside your carry on.
If you really want to live it up, you can also opt for their Delicatessan Nougat, which contains a trio of granulated jijona, alicante supreme, and cream nougat. All of which are rich, delicious, and food coma inducing from the first bite.
Address: Carrer de la Cucurulla, 2, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Jaume I station and walk to the store from there.
Price: 300 grams of turrón will cost €9.95.
7. A Custom Made FC Barcelona Shirt
8. Handmade Espardenyes
Originally from the Pyrenees:
Espardenyes, also known as espadrilles, are a casual, flat shoe that typically uses a canvas material to cover the feet and a flexible esparto rope material for the flexible sole of the shoe.
Traditionally worn by the peoples of Catalunya and Valencia:
This ancient piece of footwear was named for the tough Mediterranean grass, esparto, that the shoe was designed to traverse through and perfectly encapsulates each region’s distinctive culture and wealth of folklore.
Espardenyes are a bit more mainstream and now come in a number of different colors and styles including flats, high-heels, open toe, closed toe, and strapped varieties.
If you’re desperately searching for a fly AF, handmade pair of your very own, then visit La Manual Alpargatera.
Because this Barcelona institution was founded in 1940 and has been expertly combining innovation with exquisite, shoemaking tradition ever since.
They were even one of the first shops in the world to produce uber-fashionable espadrilles that have been worn by no less than Salvador Dali and Tyra Banks (I said smise damn it! LOL) themselves (PSST, they even hand-make shoes for the traditional uniforms worn by Catalan police).
If you’re seeking a shoe that exudes nothing but quality, tradition, and comfortability at every level, then this is the store for you (I particularly love their classic, canvas shoes with silver stripes. But, they do have a multitude of different shoe styles that will suit fashionistas of every variety).
Because truth be told:
A Barcelona souvenir really doesn’t get much more authentic than this.
***What can’t make it all the way to Barcelona right now? Then head on over to Amazon and check out this handmade pair of Espadrilles right now! Manufactured by Viscate Barcelona, these beyond comfy shoes have a 2′, wedge heel and come in a variety of beautiful colors, like the one shown above.***
Address: Carrer d’Avinyó, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Jaume I station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Most pairs of shoes cost between €50.00 and €75.00.
9. A Caganer Figurine
I don’t entirely understand the appeal of this Barcelona souvenir.
I mean seriously:
Who actually wants a Caganer, or a small figure of a Catalan man taking a dump, in their home?
I’m also not Spanish and probably don’t fully appreciate the cultural significance of this somewhat peculiar, Catalan Christmas tradition.
This small statuette is supposed to represent the inherent equality of all men since, well, we all have the same fundamental, human needs and are required to heed nature when it overtly calls to us.
Visit Barcelona during the Christmas season and you’ll be sure to find Christmas markets full of these nifty little guys, in every conceivable shape and size possible, since he often makes a guest appearance in many a Catalunya nativity scene.
If you plan to travel to Barcelona at any other time of year, don’t fret because you’ll still be able to procure a Caganer of your very own from just about any souvenir shop in Barcelona’s old town.
We’re going old school with this Barcelona souvenir.
Straight up Donald Draper style a la Mad Men.
Because Vermouth has long been considered a drink of bar crawls gone by.
Except in Barcelona where this aromatized, botanical flavored, fortified wine has increased in popularity and is typically served as a precursor to a Sunday vermuteo, or a small selection of savory snacks that include things like olives, chips, and canned seafood.
If you’re seeking out an authentic Vermouth drinking experience in Barcelona, then stop by the ever-charming, Quimet I Quimet.
Walk inside and you’ll find exposed, wooden beams and shelves full of dusty Vermouth bottles, an aesthetic that perfectly embodies this bar’s more than one hundred year history.
And because you’ll obviously need something in your stomach to absorb all that Vermouth:
Try one of their legendary conservas (a popular local snack of canned shellfish) or a freshly made montaditos (think like a Tapas size Spanish sandwich).
You can just skip the local bar scene altogether and grab a nice bottle of Vermouth from Bodega Maestrazgo instead.
Part wine shop, part tasting room, part bar:
This fine purveyor of wines has been selling some of the best vinos that Spain has to offer since 1952 (and by best I mean that they literally sell thousands of different bottles of wine).
Located in the El Born neighborhood:
This shop actually has its very own unique brand of blended Vermouth (locally known as vermut casero) that sells for just €24,00 per bottle.
You could always get a bottle of Miró instead, which is manufactured in Reus, Catalonia, and is known for being a reasonably priced, but altogether delicious, local brand of Vermouth.
Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Baix, 90, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Mondays 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Except on Tuesdays when the store closes at 8:45 pm).
How to Get There: Take metro line 1 or 4 to Urquinaona station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A bottle of Miró will cost you €10.00 while a bottle of their in house, Bodega Maestrazgo will cost you €24.00.
11. Traditional Catalan Cookies
Starting way back in the 18th Century:
Barcelona, and all of Catalonia in general, began to bake a special cookie, or dessert, for nearly every single holiday and season of the year.
Even today, it can be difficult to figure out which Catalonian cookies to add your ever-growing list of Barcelona souvenirs,
And that’s where my beyond enormous sweet tooth comes in mighty handy.
Because I can wholeheartedly assure you that Panelllets, a simple little ball of Marzipan and pine nuts that is traditionally served on All Saints’ Day, are well worth trying.
Typically served with a glass of Moscatel (sweet wine):
This almond flavored cookie can come with a diverse array of toppings and are best enjoyed at either Mauri (they also have amazing “ossos de sant” which tend to have a stronger egg and sugar flavor) or Patisseria Escriba (their butter croissants are also epic since they tend to sell about 50,000 of them per year), two fo the best bakeries in all of Barcelona.
If almond really isn’t your jam and you’re looking for a slightly drier, almost biscotti-like cookie, then Carquinyolis is the dessert you’ve been searching for.
They’re made from a mixture of wheat flour, sugar, egg, and almond and have an elongated shape that allows you to dunk them in coffee or any other hot drink of your choice.
And one of the places to buy them is Pastisseria La Colmena, a divine local Barcelona bakery that has been giving people a total sugar high since 1849.
While you’re here:
Definitely opt for their Traditions gift box, which features a selection of five authentic, Catalan desserts that include honey balls, crunchy almond cookies dipped in chocolate, Tortosa cupcakes (stuffed with angel hair and a touch of muscat), Catannels (caramelized almonds coated with white chocolate and cocoa powder), and Carquinyolis.
All of these divinely inspired desserts are stored safely inside a beautiful tin box that has the Barcelona coat of arms on it.
A wonderful, Barcelona keepsake that will remain long after your cookies have disappeared.
Address: Plaça de l’Àngel, 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Jaume I station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A Tradition gift box costs €18.90.
12. Jewelry from Bagués Masriera
Established all the way back in 1837 as a silversmith shop:
Bagués Masriera is now THE oldest Barcelona jewelry store in Barcelona and is known for its exquisite, Art Nouveau designs, which can be found inside their Masriera Collection.
You should expect elaborate, vibrantly colored, modernist style, Catalan jewelry that represents both the artistic and cultural life of Barcelona during the late19th and early 20th centuries.
This Masriera selection of jewelry also includes various floral and serpentine elements that seek to fuse feminine sensuality with the beauty of nature,
The store’s chic, Bagués jewelry collection is inspired by the Mediterranean and showcases a series of gold and silver pieces that are accented by a wealth bright colors and geometric mosaics; patterns that perfectly reflect the designer’s strong ties to Barcelona’s dynamic music and art scene,
Visit their flagship store, located on the ultra-posh Passeig de Gràcia, and marvel at the elegant, modern, Barcelona-inspired collection of rings, necklaces, and bracelets that lay before you.
Just have your wallet at the ready because these designs definitely don’t come cheap.
***Tous is another fantastic, Catalonian jewelry company that is best known for their iconic teddybear shaped designs, which have been worn by A-list celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Thankfully though, their youthful designs are still relatively affordable and start at just €50.00 for a teddy bear pendant.***
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 41, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take metro lines 2,3, or 4 to Passeig de Gràcia and walk to the store from there.
Raise your hand if you wanna walk around Barcelona reeking of BO (aka body odor)?
Yeah, me neither
Somehow, I just don’t feel like becoming THAT CHICK who puts the funk back in funky.
At least, not when it comes to my own, personal aroma.
Which is why:
You, me, and your brother’s sister’s cousin should all head on over to Museo del Perfum and see some of the snazziest perfume bottles that Barcelona has to offer.
Located along Barcelona’s famed Passeig de Garcia:
This museum was originally founded in 1961 and has quickly become one of the best places to learn about, and purchase, some of the most marvelous fragrances in the city.
Feel free to explore the museum’s vast collection of more than 9,000 perfume related antiquities, learn about how magnificent fragrances are created, and even indulge in the wealth of beautiful aromas that come from some of the finest perfumes in the world.
Along the way:
You can even marvel at a series of ancient perfume bottles from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Roman Empire, as well as a perfume bottle that was owned by no less than Marie Antoinette herself.
Simply stand in total awe of the slightly more modern, 18th-century perfume bottles here, some of which were hand-painted and designed to look like people, flowers, and more.
Pretty crazy, right? But:
If you’re looking to take a bit of Barcelona’s perfume magic home with you, then visit the Gothic District’s The Perfumery.
It’s a small but beautiful, elegantly appointed space where you can shop for a variety of different scents, some of which were actually used by historical legends. like Napolean and Jacqueline Kennedy.
The real purpose of this shop’s unique design is to enable customers to properly savor the seductive fragrances that are on offer. A selection of creative niche and in-house perfumes that capture the beautiful relationship that exists between a person and their preferred fragrance.
And added bonus?
The staff here are also incredibly friendly and will happily use their expertise to help you pick out a perfume that perfectly matches your personality, all while simultaneously regaling you with tales about some of the store’s most amazing fragrances.
Start rolling like a big shot today and add some of their chicest scents to your list of best Barcelona souvenirs, like Giovanna Antonelli – 611 Extremo (€150.00), Nomenclature – Luman_Esce (€150.00), Beaufort – Vi Et Armis (€130.00), and Nomenclature – Holy_wood (€175.00).
Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 58, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 1 or 4 to Urquinaona station and walk to the shop from there.
Price: Most bottles of perfume here cost between €100.00 and €200.00.
14. Olive Oil
I know olive oil is supposed to be Italy’s “thing”.
Contrary to popular belief, Spain is actually home to more than 260 different varieties of olives and is responsible for producing about half of the world’s total olive oil.
And the region of Catalonia?
Well, they’re responsible for manufacturing about 4% of Spain’s total olive oil since the area is home to a distinct climate; a geographic landscape that can support the growth of more unique varieties of olives.
Moral of the story? You MUST add some typically smooth and fruity, authentic, Catalonian olive oil to your list of things to buy in Barcelona.
Because failure to do so will result in countless years of gastronomic despair.
Choosing the perfect olive oil can be more than a little daunting with a seemingly endless number of varieties like extra virgin, cold-pressed, refined, Lampante, and more.
I’d suggest visiting the experts over at Olis Oliva, a tiny little gourmet shop in Santa Caterina Market that sells a variety of high-quality, Spanish, extra-virgin olive oils, as well as delicious wines, vinegar, and various other foodie related gifts.
Between the gorgeous packaging and the delicious taste of their many olive oils (especially the ones from Southern Spain), you’ll definitely have a hard time selecting just one bottle to take home with you.
Address: Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 4 to Jaume I station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Olive oil here typically cost between €5.00 and €10.00 a bottle.
Wine is a BIG deal in Barcelona, and, well, all of Spain in general.
If you’re going to bring a piece Barcelona home with you, then make it a beyond delicious wine. Especially if you’re looking to get your drank on when you’re stuck, I mean back, at home.
And the cool, winerific beverage that all the wine-savvy locals drink?
Why bottles from either the Penedés or Priorat regions of Spain (PSST, remember that in Spain people typically order their wine by the region and not by the grape).
Because although winemaking sure ain’t easy in Priorat, just to the South of Barcelona, what the 60 bodegas here do produce is nothing short of extraordinary.
The wine produced here is of such high quality that the area has received a prestigious D.O.C. (denominación de origen calificada) seal, an honor that makes this some of the most expensive wine in Barcelona.
If you find yourself on a bit of a tight budget, then you can always opt for a nice wine from Spain’s Penedés region instead, where the tradition of winemaking dates all the way back to the ninth century B.C.E.
Located just an hour outside of Barcelona:
The dynamic terrain here is known for cultivating a wide variety of grapes, resulting in a number of fantastic reds, whites, and cavas that you’re sure to enjoy.
How to Get There: Take Metro line 2, 3, or 4 to Passeig de Gràcia Station and walk to the store from there.
16. Romesco Sauce
Located in the autonomous community of Catalonia:
Barcelona is known for its Mediterranean style, Catalan cuisine, which largely consists of fresh vegetables (aubergines, tomatoes, artichokes), legumes (chickpeas and beans), wheat (pasta and bread), olive oil, wine, pork (sausage and ham) and fish (cod, tuna, sardines); all of which can be found in ample supply along the Eastern coast of Spain.
To truly enhance the flavors of these local ingredients, an assortment of Catalan sauces were created, the most famous of which is Romesco Sauce.
Originally created by local fisherman:
This traditional, tomato-based sauce was first served with fish and is typically made from a mixture of roasted tomatoes, garlic, toasted almonds, pine nuts (and/or hazelnuts), olive oil (or sunflower oil), and nyora peppers.
Romesco Sauce has grown in popularity and can now be found in a wide variety of regional dishes, including calcots or green onions that are grilled over an open fire, wrapped in paper, and then served with a side of Romesco Sauce.
If you’re a foodie of even the smallest measure, then you may want to take some traditional Romesco Sauce home with you, which typically costs between €3.00 to €8.00 per jar and can easily be purchased in either Colmado Quilez gourmet food store or at La Boquiera Market.
***Other popular Catalan sauces that you might want to bring home with you are Aioli and Xato. Aioli is usually made by crushing garlic in olive oil, until it becomes creamy in texture, and is then spread atop a toasted piece of bread. In contrast, Xato is typically prepared with a mixture of almonds, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, vinegar, garlic, olive oil, salt, and nyora pepper and is served with a tuna/salted cod/anchovy and endive salad.***
17. A Catalan Flag
Just in case you weren’t aware:
Barcelona is actually the capital of Catalonia, a region in Spain that has been trying to obtain independence from Spain for, well, a really long time..
And while I may not know much about the political situation in the region:
What I do know is that Catalonia is one of the wealthiest regions in Spain.
As a result:
The Spanish government likes to take money it earns from this area and redistribute it amongst some of the poorest parts of the country.
As you can imagine, Catalonia is none too happy about this.
And while this isn’t the only reason behind the independence movement here, it is a contributing factor and something that you might want to be aware of during your Barcelona vacation.
It is also one of the many reasons why the Catalan flag is so important.
Before you go out and snag a Catalan flag of your very own, you should know that there are two distinct versions of it, La Senyera and La Estelada (blava).
The La Senyera flag is the official flag of Catalonia and is the one you’ll probably see outside of most official government buildings and tourist-friendly shops and restaurants in Barcelona.
It is also one fo the oldest flags in Europe, dating all the way back to the 11th Century, and showcases a series of red stripes on a solid, gold background (a pattern that is meant to represent the coat of arms of the Crown of Aragon).
The La Estelada (blava) flag is probably the most common flag that you’ll see in Barcelona. It has the same design as the La Senyera flag except that is has a blue triangle with a five-pointed star inside that sits on the left side of the flag.
This is probably the most prevalent flag that you will see in Barcelona! They are draped all over balconies within the city. The flag uses the same design as the la Senyera but incorporates a blue triangle with a five-pointed star over the stripes.
Hence the name of the flag since Estelada is the Catalan word for “starry”.
The flag is flown by nationalists who want to express their desire for Catalonia to become separate from the rest of Spain.
This flag has come to represent the fiercely independent identity of the region and is proudly displayed all across the city.
Feel free to purchase a Catalan flag of your choice and share the unique history of this incredible region with all of your friends back at home.
18. Flamenco Music
No trip to Spain would be complete without some Flamenco, am I right?
Of course, I am!
Because dazzling dance performances that showcase this traditional Spanish art form can be found all throughout Barcelona, with varying degrees of awesomeness ( FYI, I saw a Flamenco performance at El Gran Teatre Del Liceu and absolutely loved it).
What all these shows have in common is that they are made up of three distinct parts: a guitar performance (“guitarra”), a song (“cante”), and a dance (“baile”).
Regardless of the intent of the performance (it could entertaining, romantic, comforting, etc.), Flamenco is at its core, a very intimate, extremely emotive style of dance and music.
Dancers typically use an array of body movements and facial expressions to reveal the deepest emotions to audience members, all while clapping their hands, kicking their feet, and snapping small handheld percussion instruments known as castanets.
If you kind of feel like Flamenco music speaks to your soul, then why not take a musical recording of your favorite live performance home with you?
You could always stop by a local music store, like Disco 100, and pick up a copy of the Gipsy Kings CD to relive the intense passion and raw emotion that emanate from this throaty, almost earthy style of music.
Because I promise:
One listen to ballads like Trista Pena (#18 Medley is still my fave though) and you’ll immediately be transported back to Barcelona.
***If you’re really into Flamenco, you can also snag a pair of castanets, which are typically used in zambra and siguiriyas styles of flamenco.***
Address: Carrer de l’Escorial, 33, Bajo 1, local, 08024 Barcelona,
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take metro line number four to Joanic station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Flamenco Cds here start at €7.95.
19. A Hat from Barreteria Mil
I know you wanna look fly like a G-6 after your trip to Barcelona.
Which is you should totally jazz up your perhaps slightly mundane wardrobe with a sophisticated piece of headgear from Barreteria Mil.
This immortal, Barcelona hat shop is a veritable institution of hat-making awesomeness that has been around since ye olde 1856.
It’s also a quaint little boutique, tucked away inside of Barcelona’s famed Gothic Quarter, that specializes in selling top-quality, designer hats from Borsalino, Stetson, Marzi, Bedacht, and Göttmann, just to name a few.
Sprinkle in some chic, house-made hats for men and women (like their red, Sombrero Pamela Doria and their delightful Pamela plegable Two), as well as some beyond helpful staff members who give advice based solely on the specific needs of their clients, and you have the perfect place to get your shopping swerve on while hunting for some of the best souvenirs in Barcelona.
Address: Carrer de Fontanella, 20, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take metro line number 1 or 4 to Urquinaona station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Designer hats here can cost anywhere between €25.00 and €200.00.
20. A Replica of La Sagrada Familia
When you dream of Barcelona:
I bet one of the first things that comes to mind is the stunning, Modernist-style architecture of La Sagrada Familia. A large, unfinished, Roman Catholic Cathedral that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I can’t really blame you since the scale and grandeur of this stunning cathedral is the stuff that architectural dreams are made of.
The real beauty and charm of this edifice sits inside, where you can experience the true greatest of Gaudi’s special brand of genius.
Because everywhere you turn:
You’ll find colorful facades that depict a multitude of religious events. Throw in some swirling lines (because Gaudi hated straight lines and Gothic style buttresses) and bulging towers and you’ll find absolutely nothing “traditional” about this building.
Which is why:
Even if you hate churches, you’ll still love the kaleidoscope of colors and awe-inspiring, modernist designs that you’ll experience inside.
Do yourself a favor though.
Try to visit as early in the day as possible (to beat the crowds) and book tickets well in advance since, not surprisingly, they have been known to sell out for months in advance.
Spring for the audioguide/guided tour so that you can better understand and appreciate what you’re looking at.
But other than that, just enjoy.
Because I’m sending one massive shout out to engineering genius Antoni Gaudí, who started construction in 1882 (okay, the basilica was actually started by Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano who quickly resigned due to creative differences) and who never actually lived to see the structure completed since it remains unfinished, until this very day.
Something that is all thanks to a distinct lack of fundage.
In spite of that sad fact though:
This structure has still become an integral part of any Barcelona itinerary, especially if it’s your first time in the city.
Which is why:
You’ll probably want to take a little piece of La Sagrada Familia home with you.
And while you can’t, in fact, take THE Sagrada Familia home with you, you can bring back a memory in the form of a keychain, magnet, mug, snow globe, statuette, shot glass, or whatever else you like from the church’s official gift shop (Yes my friends, funding for the eventual completion of the project comes directly from donations. So, support the church and buy Barcelona souvenirs directly from their on-site gift shop).
You betcha! But hey, sometimes things are cliche for a good reason.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take Metro line number 2 or 5 to the aptly named Sagrada Familia station and walk to the church from there.
Price: A single adult admission ticket costs €20.00 with items in the gift shop varying in price, depending on what you purchase.
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