5 classy accessories and beauty shops
1) La Chinata
Olive oil, the basis of Mediterranean cooking, is central to La Chinata. Shower gels, skin cream, soap exfoliating creams: everything here has olive oil in it. Of course they also sell premium olive oil in bottles, plus a range of (not necessarily oil-related) gourmet products. The morcilla (a type of sausage) paté with extra virgin olive oil is particularly good.
2) Guanteria i Complements Alonso
Perfume and gloves have been sold here since the year 1700. Alonso (previously: Manos) is officially protected by the city of Barcelona. It provides a different, more classy consumer experience than just picking up some gloves in a bright new store.
Amapola creates bio-cosmetics: homemade, based on essential oils and other 100% natural ingredients. Products include hand cream with calendula oil, a Saint John’s wort cream to calm burnt skin (a tourist must-have), creams for all skin types and aromatherapy products.
4) Beatriz Furest
In 1898 Beatriz Furest’s ancestors opened their store on Plaça Reial. They sold (and still sell) men’s fashion. Beatriz Furest carved out her own niche, ‘leather accessories inspired by streetwear’ and sells them on enviable Passeig de Gràcia. Elegant, stylish handbags, plus some shoes, wallets, purses, belts and scarves.
Handbags, men’s bags, suitcases, backpacks, wallets. If you can keep stuff in it and it isn’t Tupperware, then it’s probably sold at Biba. There are several stores in Barcelona and it’s difficult to say which one is the best. Biba, although an established brand, also pops up at Palo Alto Street Market.
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