If you follow The Vintage Wardrobe or myself on Instagram, you might have seen that I spent a few days in lovely Spain this week! The trip was a fairly spontaneous one, I had tickets to go and see everyone’s favourite right wing indie crooner Morrissey, but after a cancelled gig and a few days to spare, I hopped on a plane instead. (Disclaimer: I don’t support any of Moz’s right wing views)
I stayed in Tarragona, which is a small port city about an hour away from Barcelona. It’s a pretty place, with a lovely local beach and some great restaurants, the people were also quite friendly there!
The trip to Barcelona was only short, but it’s somewhere I’ve visited a few years ago and absolutely loved! You’ve probably been too, but if you haven’t, I’d highly recommend it! Barcelona’s a European city that has something for everyone, regardless of your interests and hobbies. There’s so much to do and I would have loved a bit more time there, but I managed to see quite a lot in that short time.
Obviously I couldn’t go there without having a good rummage round the vintage shops! They’re mostly in the same area, head to Carrer dels Tallers for an excess of independent vintage shops, boutiques and cafes.
So here’s my mini vintage guide to Barcelona:
Love Vintage | Carrer de Bertrellans, 7
Although I didn’t find any clothes in here, they have such a great collection of bags! I ended up buying two bags (and there were many more lovely ones) You can tell that each item is carefully hand picked and the staff are lovely too!
Holala! Carrer dels Tallers, 73 | Carrer de Valldonzella, 2
Mostly filled with on trend pieces, these two Holala! shops are perfect if you like 80s and 90s vintage. Of course, there’s some slightly older vintage too, I’d recommend the plaza store more for that, as it’s much bigger.
The atmosphere is worth noting too, they play some great music!
VV Vintage Store | Carrer dels Tallers, 23
Whatever decade you’re into, you very likely to find something in VV Vintage! The prices are really reasonable too. You’ll have to have a bit of a rummage, as there’s tonnes on offer, but it’ll be worth it when you find that gem!
Flamingos Vintage Kilo | Carrer dels Tallers, 31 | Carrer dels Tallers, 68 | Carrer de Ferlandina, 20 | C/Avinyò, 24
One of the leading vintage haunts in Barcelona (with a total of four shops) it’s not hard to see why! Packed full of vintage from most decades and styles, there’s a fixed price collection and a great kilo area. They also have a stunning collection of original kimonos, which is worth a look at!
What I wore
As it was all quite last minute, I did the old ‘throw some dresses and jackets into a suitcase’ trick, which surprisingly worked out quite well. It was all about embroidery, white dresses and statement bags!
Left: Dress – Zara past season | Bag – vintage | Shoes – Topshop past season | Jewellery – vintage
Right: Dress – vintage | Jacket – Zara | Bag – Zara | Shoes – New Look | Jewellery – vintage
Other places to check out
Mercado de La Boqueria for some amazing street food, Park Güell, Sagrada Família, Port Cable Car, Barceloneta Beach and of course the Gothic Quarter.
Have you been to Barcelona? What other places would you recommend?
Sameera, Owner of The Vintage Wardrobe