Barri Gotic Specialty Shops, Barcelona (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Barcelona without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. The specialty shops are most popular with tourists. Take this two-hour tour to explore the Barri Gòtic (the Gothic quarter) best specialty shops!
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Guide Name: Barri Gotic Specialty Shops
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: Daniel
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Escriba

1) Escriba

To be in Barcelona and not to try local sweets is a crime(!), for the city boasts a long history of chocolate- and pastry-making. The latter, in particular, is overseen by the Gremi de Pastisseria de Barcelona who actively promote the use of base products in the making of pastries in an artisanal fashion. The flagship of Barcelona's traditional chocolate manufacture – Escriba – is one of the most famous sweet makers in Spain; three of its outlets in Barcelona are located at: La Rambla de les Flors 83; La Gran via 546; and Ronda litoral 42.
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La Boqueria market

2) La Boqueria market

What to buy here: Catalan Gourmet Sauces.

The Mediterranean culture of quality food and fresh ingredients is abundant in Barcelona. Catalonia produces many sauces designed to be eaten with fresh vegetables, fish and meats. Romesco is one of Catalonia’s best known gourmet products, made from roasted peppers, sun-dried tomato, almonds and garlic. Delicatessens all over Barcelona sell this sauce and its variations which are produced for eating Calcots, the Catalan variety of Green Onion which is grilled over coal or wood and then served with the sauce. Xato a close variant is designed to eat with an anchovy and cod salad or even the famous Catalan dish Xatonada, a typical dish of the Costa de Garraf close to Barcelona. Prices vary depending on the make and origin but usually range from 3 to 8€.

Barcelona’s gourmet hub and chef hangout La Boqueria market, opening times 8am to 8pm, on La Rambla 91 sells and gives advice on the best way to cook with these incredible sauces.
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Sombrereria Obach

3) Sombrereria Obach

Hats of every shape and color are available at this shop. Here you can find berets, panamas, straw hats and even a classic sombrero.

What to buy here: The Barretina simply meaning “cap” is a bag like woolen hat that usually comes in red or purple. It has a history going back to 1789. After the French revolution, it was worn as a symbol of the Republic, the hat was later revitalized by Salvador Dali who wore it on his travels around the world, today on the national holidays of Catalonia it is not rare to see people wearing the hat in the streets. Prices begin from 30€ depending on the make and the quality. The emblematic hat shop: Sombrereria Obach Carrer del Call, 2 in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, opened in 1924 Open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 1:30pm and from 4:00pm-8:00pm Saturday from 4:30pm-8:00pm, sells the traditional version of the hat and can also be fitted to size.
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La Manual Alpargatera

4) La Manual Alpargatera

What to buy here: Catalan Leather Shoes.

Barcelona has a long tradition of leather shoe making dating back 2 centuries. The Espadrille shoe is an ecological light shoe made with natural materials: vegetable fiber, hemp, jute and esparto for the sole with cotton or linen for the instep. Shoe design and overall look can vary and often uses canvas for extra protection. The Espadrille footwear is currently in fashion in the city.

Located in the gothic district Calle Avinyo 7, is the well known La Manual Alpargatera, the shoes in this store are made in a traditional artisan method to give comfort during the long hot summer months.

Opening times: Monday - Friday 09:30 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00; Saturday 10:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00
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Papirum

5) Papirum

Papirum is a store located on 2 Libreteria street, Barri Gothic district, that offers a broad variety of stationery products: books bound in leather, hand-painted paper, parchment, writing paper and accessories. There is everything for writing you can possibly imagine and even more. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 10:00-20:30, Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:30.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Barcelona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Barcelona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money getting around Barcelona and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Hola Barcelona: Transport Pass, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Museum Pass.

These city passes combine all or multiple Barcelona's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Barcelona hotels that are conveniently located: Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup, Catalonia Plaza Cataluña Hotel, Olivia Plaza Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Barcelona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.