Visit some of Barcelona’s oldest shops around the Via Laietana
The area around Via Laietana is teeming with hidden gems from Barcelona's past. Let us introduce you to some of the area's positively venerable shops.
Some of Barcelona’s oldest and most iconic shops are going through a rough patch at the moment. The introduction of a law on urban rentals in 2014 means that owners now have the right to increase rental charges in Barcelona as much as they like.
Thankfully, the city council has taken measures to protect these shops, which form part of Barcelona’s cultural heritage.
You, too, can help to preserve these treasures for future generations, simply by choosing them for your shopping needs! Our visit begins with Barcelona’s oldest shop.
An 18th-Century candle shop: the cereria Subirà (1761)
Opened in 1761, this shop has been run by the same family (the Subiràs) for over 250 years. Respect!
Candles may not be the first thing on your list of things to buy in Barcelona – but who knows?
You might just be swept off your feet by the impressive variety of candles on offer. The shop itself is remarkable, and the atmosphere is also pretty special. Definitely worth a trip!
Where? Llibreteria, 7 Gòtic, métro Jaume 1er
When? Monday to Thursday, 9am – 1.30pm and 4pm – 8pm; Friday, 9.30am – 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 8pm
A dried fruit shop and nut grillers’: Casa Gispert (1852)
If you’re looking for a feast for all five senses, particularly the sense of smell, pay a visit to Casa Gispert. The stars of the show here are grilled almonds and hazelnuts, roasted in the original oven at the back of the shop. This is one of our favourites amongst Barcelona’s old shops – for more details, see our article on the subject.
Where? Sombrerers, 23, Born, métro: Jaume 1er
When? Monday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm.
A torron and ice cream: La Campana (1890)
This pretty little shop is located on the bustling Carrer Princesa, and specialises in top-qality turron and ice cream in the summer. We love their products so much we wrote a whole article about them.
Where? Princesa, 36, métro: Jaume 1er
When? Monday to Sunday, 10am – 9pm. Closed in February.
El Rei de la màgia (1881)
Just down the road from La Campana, on the other side of the street, you’ll soon spot the bright red façade of El Rei de la Màgia (the King of Magic). The shop gives off its own mystical vibe – it’s enough to give you goosebumps, if you’re that way inclined. Step over the threshold and you’ll enjoy a truly unique experience, surrounded by “magical” wares for all publics, from novice magicians to true masters of the art. A great favourite with children from age 7 to 107!
Where? Princesa, 12 Born, métro: Jaume 1er
When? Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 2pm and 4pm – 7.30pm
Why not continue your shopping trip down memory lane in some of Barcelona’s most iconic shops around Las Ramblas?
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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!