Fash/food/sights

LUXE City Guides - Barcelona - - El Born & La Ribera -

Be­gin on the cor­ner of Lai­etana and Ar­gen­te­ria, am­bling down Ar­gen­te­ria past Banys Ori­en­tals (see Ac­com.) to #41 Bon Vent / 93 295 4053 / for Med-style trin­kets and floaty frocks; #43 Como Agua de Mayo / 93 310 6441 / co­moaguade mayo.com / for choice closet sta­ples, shoes and jew­els (w); and the more af­ford­able Les Pe­tites de Mayo at #45 / 93 310 3347. Duck left down Brosolí, to Mi­rallers for train­ers and retro specs at #7 La Clinique (see Stand­out Stores), and flirty out­fits and tas­selled sacs (w) next door at Ivori / 65 750 0041 / ivorib­arcelona.com. Exit left and cont. un­til Pl Sta María, with its su­perb cathe­dral on your left, and look ahead for more calo­rie bait at bodega La Vinya del Senyor (see Bars) and choc stock Bubó (see Coffee). Fac­ing the cathe­dral, fol­low the lane run­ning off to its right, Es­pase­ria, to find sleek de­signer brogues and boots at #7 Num­ber / 93 319 8851, and quirky rings n’ tings at #13 He­lena Rohner (see Stand­out Stores). Re­trace to Pl Sta María where you’ll im­me­di­ately hit a tasty snag at #4 La Bo­ti­far­rería De Santa María (see Stand­out Stores). Exit right onto Born, jog on past the eter­nal flame me­mo­rial and right un­der the arch­way into tiny Tam­borets for hip life­style prods at #5 Con­cret / 93 268 1922 / con­cret.es. Cont. right on Es­par­te­ria, then the first left takes you onto Pl Olles for seafood stal­wart at #8 Cal Pep / 93 310 7961. Walk the length of the square and swing right down Rere Palau for drop-dead dap­per menswear at #5 Eli­gens / eli­gens.com. Re­trace to Pl Olles, then dip right onto Bon­aire for pris­tine pre-loved finds at #6 Blow / 93 302 3698 / leswingv­in­tage.com. Next, hit up con­cept hat-trick at #4 La Comer­cial Casa / 93 295 4630, af­ter­wards turn­ing right on Rec for #52 La Comer­cial Woman / 93 319 3463 / and #73-75 La Comer­cial Man / 93 319 2435 / la­com­er­cial.info / drop­ping ma­jor names like Karl, Comme and Paul Smith. Exit right for el­e­gant, come-hither w/wear at #65 Co­quette / 93 319 2976 / co­quette bcn.com; then veer­ing slightly left, head straight down Es­par­te­ria for edgy his-n-hers cloth­ing at #15 Doshaburi / doshaburi.com / on the cnr of Calders. Exit left down Calders, straight onto Born for a java jolt on the cor­ner at #26 El Born Bar (see Coffee). Exit right. Cul­ture vul­tures cont. to the end of Born to ex­plore the ren­o­vated Mer­cat del Born / mer­cat­del­born.org / with its Ro­man ru­ins; oth­er­wise, take the first left onto Rec for slick sneak­ers you won’t want to scuff at #22 Mu­nich / 93 268 8788 / mu­nich­sports.com; then nip over to #31 for a cheeky ver­mut at Bor­muth / 93 310 2186 / bor­muth.blogspot.com.es. That’s bet­ter! More fab vin­tage good­ies await at #16 Le Swing / leswingv­in­tage.com; now zip onto Princesa for fur­ther shop­por­tu­ni­ties, then spin left onto Flas­saders. Room at #31 / 93 268 9655 / roommr.com / has trendy tid­bits for pretty young things; mini Moska at #42 / 93 310 1701 / dis­plays one-off gems via Rome, Africa and In­dia; and #44 Pastel­ería Hof­mann (see Coffee) boxes up di­vine fresh cakes and has a cute sit-down area next door. Make a right back onto Born for lovely luxe ladies’ bou­tique #19 Pour Toi Col­chone­ria / 93 116 2907 / pour­toimoda.es; then wan­der down to Mont­cada, trot­ting right and then left onto Som­br­erers to find fra­grant old spicer #23 E&A Gis­pert / 93 319 7535 / casag­is­pert.com. / cont’d

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