Christmas present shopping in Barcelona: 13 alternative ideas
Looking for Christmas presents? Does the thought of the queues at FNAC and El Corte Ingles make you break into a cold sweat? Here is my list of alternative ideas for finding unique presents that won't break the bank. Many of them are great for foodies too!
What an adorable shop! Do you like Etsy? Then this is paradise. In a quiet corner in Raval you find this little corner of heaven. The items on sale are carefully hand-picked to suit the atmosphere of the shop. You'll find beautiful prints, gorgeous kitchenware, organic Australian chocolate, delicate jewelry and fascinating tarot decks.
Carrer del Peu de la Creu 25
A cool guide of 50 carefully selected places to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, a snack, a dinner or drinks. It's fresh out of the press and it's the perfect gift for anyone who's into eating..! This year I'm proud to say that I'm one of the writers. Order it online here!
Is your partner or friend a fan of craft beers? Then head to the Family Beer shop and buy a home-brewing kit. The package is really cute and the instructions are easy to follow, their web page has even a video in case you get lost. The guys at the shop are very helpful. Oh, and they arrange courses too.
Carrer de Joan Blanques 53
For any amateur chef (or professional, for that matter!) nothing beats authentic Italian ingredients carefully selected by those in the know. LeccaBaffi has shelves filled with old quality pasta, sauces, vinegars, oils, wine and much more, all imported from Italy. While you're there try some of the food in the deli too, you won't regret it..!
Carrer de València 341
Lovely Anjalina Chugani, a local chef with Indian roots just came out with her book Soul Spices. It's gorgeous, packed with beautiful, colourful photos and tasty recipes, inspired by spices. You can order the book online here, or maybe book a cooking class with her! Read more about Anjalina in my blog post here.
For your cooler than cool friend you can find books and magazines on design and contemporary culture that you won't find anywhere else, and very hip clothing too. While you're there check out the art exhibition and get something to eat too while you're at it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. This space is gorgeous, and I hope it will show the way for what's to come in the city.
Carrer d'Aragó 287
On a small side street in Gracia you can find this shop with gorgeous things for your home, inspired by the owners´ origins in Galicia and Portugal. It's impossible to leave this place without buying something.
Llibertat 7, bajos 2ª
This concept store is just next door to the Fábrica Moritz restaurant, and it's very much worth checking out for Christmas presents. There are lots of really interesting items like fascinating books, gorgeous pottery, quirky items for decoration... A perfect place to find something for those friends who have everything.
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39
Have a foodie friend? Then this is the place to go to find Nordic delicatessen to give away for Christmas. There is plenty of fascinating condiments, drinks and other foodie items to choose from, and you'll certainly not find these things anywhere else in the city.
Carrer de Bonavista 29
This place is perhaps a tad expensive, but it's a great place to find some very unique vintage items to give away. It's mostly furniture but you can also find beautiful lamps, kitchenware and pillows.
Passatge Mercantil 1
Another great option for finding presents for a foodie friend. This is mainly a shop for cheeses, but there is plenty of other interesting food-related items. I love their different salts (I have their smoked and their truffle salt and they are marvelous), the jams, the orange blossom water... And they have a great collection of French champagnes, the best in Barcelona according to the owner.
Carrer de Berga 4
One of my favourite markets! It's a great place to buy foodie gifts from local artisans and gastronomic entrepreneurs. And you can stuff your face with great food and drinks, too!
Seminari Conciliar de Barcelona, Diputación 231
Palo Alto Market is an excellent option for Christmas shopping! It's a good opportunity to find gifts straight from the artist: jewelry, art prints, clothes, shoes, notebooks... And the best thing is that you're supporting local designers and artists.
Carrer dels Pellaires 30
In Raval you can find this little concept store filled with unique limited edition items of clothing, accessories and art made by (mostly) local upcoming designers. Well worth a visit when shopping for Christmas presents.
Pintor Fortuny 30