Hola Barcelona

I'd like to live as a poor man, with lots of money.

                                                       - Pablo Picasso





Barcelona is an amazing place, the streets are like a maze and I've found it all too easy to get lost on my travels around this breathtaking city. As well as the beautiful architecture (including Gaudi's truly inspiring 'Sagrada Familia'), there's also an abundance of shopping to be had, especially around the central area of La Rambla, a touristy street full of little shops and market stalls, selling everything from food, books, souvenirs and clothing.

In my travels I managed to track down the traditional shirt maker Xancó Camiseria. Housed in one of the oldest buildings on the strip, Xancó Camiseria first opened their doors to the public in 1820. The store produces beautiful handmade shirts out of cotton, linen and wool (unfortunately with prices starting at 175 euros for a cotton shirt they're a little over my travel budget), but they have many styles, colours and patterns to choose from and I enjoyed spending a hour or so window shopping there.




Located in central Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia has quickly become one of my most loved shopping areas here in Barcelona. The street is massive and there's a good mix of high street and designer brands including Zara, Brunello Cucinelli and Brioni.

Santa Eulalia has easily become my favourite shop in the whole city. The department store stocks both mens and womens fashion and is spread over three levels. The only way I can think to describe it would be a combination of Henry Buck's and Harrolds mixed together with a hint of Oscar Hunt Tailors.






Some of you may have seen a recent Facebook post where I mentioned trying to purchase linen clothing without breaking my bank account. I didn't want to ruin my good clothes while I was travelling, and after chatting to a couple of friends who've recently visited Spain I decided to track down Adolfo Dominguez. This store is all about linen and stocks pants, suits, jackets, shorts, shirts and even linen T-Shirts. Luckily for me, my visit coincides with the summer sales so I've managed to pick up a couple of bargains.