My first stop in Barcelona was the Cathedral of Barcelona, along with hoards of other tourists. The sky was magnificent and Mercat Gotic was bustling. The stalls are open every Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm just off the Cathedral and there are so many treasures to be found. There are bits and baubles galore but I walked away with the most stunning red coral necklace that I will treasure forever.
My next move was just walking down random streets with no particular direction in mind but I came across a little shop called CuteSun Barcelona with leather bags and accessories. I can’t link to them because they don’t have a website but google them if you’re in the city and they will show up in Google Maps.
La Boqueria is one of my three favorite places in Barcelona (all of them happen to be restaurants or places to buy food). This market is not to be skipped. Of all the reasons I would go back to Spain, I would buy a plane ticket just for this market. Puerto Latino had the best food. I ate chicken burritos and went back more than once with no shame. I also bought some fruit… that just so happened to be dipped in chocolate. I don’t know how that happened but it was tasty!
All over the city is street art of varying kinds. Murals, graffiti, sculptures, tile work… you just have to slow down and appreciate what’s around you.
I really wanted to find shoes at La Manual Alpargatera (even Pope Francis has a pair) but they were closed when I got there. So I just stood outside snapping a picture in complete disappointment because I had pre-booked tickets to The Sagrada Familia and Park Güell to see Gaudí’s works and couldn’t go back.
Foot Notes: Plaza Real is very similar to Piazza San Marco if you’ve visited Venezia (Venice, Italy). It was very crowded with a lot of people but I didn’t stop to eat and if there were shops, they didn’t catch my eye. I will say, stop and take pictures though.