Shopping Barcelona style

Significant Other and I have just returned from a weekend of sightseeing in Barcelona, during which we managed to find the time to take in a little shopping (I believe you can learn much from the city, even a nation, by how they shop and what they buy).  London, Paris and New York are great places to shop, but if you’re looking for some individuality, then you’ll certainly find it in Barcelona.  Strolling around the old town, I was delighted to find traditional shops dedicated to sombreros, espadrilles and I lost count at the number of gent’s outfitters.

The narrow streets of the old town, home to traditional shops
The narrow streets of the old town, home to traditional shops

I managed to find a fabric shop (Significant Other thinks I have a fabric shop radar) on one of the smartest streets in Barcelona.  This delightful emporium established in 1940 (and probably the only change since has been the introduction of the debit card machine!) was a pure piece of old-fashioned shopping.  Upon entering a sales assistant assigned herself to you, and stuck like glue.  Prices were discussed, colours were consulted, fabric was draped and it was clear this wasn’t a shop attracting the casual browser.

Too many colours, too much choice!
Too many colours, too much choice!
Gratacos established 1940, quality service and a quality bag.  UK fabric shops should take note!
Gratacos established 1940, quality service and a quality bag. UK fabric shops should take note!

The shop and the service was traditionally what I’d expected from a smart Spanish establishment, however I’m not sure having a small cinema in the back, which it did, is a traditional Spanish feature.

Spotted late Sunday evening, hard at work in the back of the shop.  Still seems to be a strong sense of tradition in Barcelona with many proprietors working their craft on the premises
Spotted late Sunday evening, hard at work in the back of the shop. Still seems to be a strong sense of tradition in Barcelona with many proprietors working their craft on the premises

 

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