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Specialty stores in Barcelona

Specialty stores in Barcelona
Written by Paula


shopping barcelonaFounded in Barcelona over thirty years ago, in 1979, Altaïr is the single most important European travel bookshop.

This spacious store offers a selection of guidebooks, maps, atlases, globes, graphic novels, gastronomy books, nature books, travel magazines, handmade objects and a variety of travel accessories.

Altaïr is located at  Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 616.

Oryx  – La tienda del amante de la Naturaleza 

Founded in 1996, Oryx is a store dedicated to all nature lovers. The store has the largest natural history book collection in the world! At Oryx you can also find a variety of accessories for nature aficionados and professionals, like backpacks, compasses, maps, hammocks, microphones, recorders, cameras, radiotracking devices, telescopes, magnifiers, night goggles, and all sorts of material for entomology, botany, geology, environmental sciences, meteorology, forest engineering and astronomy.

Oryx  – La tienda del amante de la Naturaleza is located at Carrer de Balmes 71.

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Vicens is a brand specialized in artisanal nougats, or how they are known in Spain, torronsVicens produces more than 150 varieties of nougats like Agramunt’s nougat, hard nougat, soft nougat, egg yolk and marzipan nougats. The store also carries a selection of Nougats created by Albert Adrià, one of the best pastry chefs in Spain. Adrià has developed a line of special nougats such as a raspberry marzipan nougat with sugar and violet flower, a rosemary truffle nougat with crunchy hazelnut and raspberry, and a piña colada nougat.

Vicens is located at Carrer Petritxol, 15.

Casa Ciutad

Casa Ciutad is a family owned store that has been in business since 1924. The store specializes in brushes and combs. They sell beard and mustache brushes, nail brushes, clothes cleaning brushes, a variety of combs, hair and shaving accessories. If you are in need of a new comb or brush, browse Casa Ciutad’s online store to discover all their products.

Casa Ciutad is located at Carrer de Balmes 372.  

La Manual Alpargatera 

shopping barcelonaEspadrilles are a typical Spanish shoe that first appeared in the Pyrnee area in Catalonia. The name of the shoe comes from the Catalan word espardenya, since the shoes are made of espart, a rough and resistant Mediterranean grass used to make rope. La Manual Alpargatera was the first espadrilles workshop and store in Barcelona. The seventy five year old store is popular not only among locals, but foreigners, having served clients like Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Juliane Moore.

You can find La Manual Alpargatera at Carrer d’Avinyo, 7.

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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