Barcelona's Vintage Tours
For unique vintage style in Barcelona, Antiques and Boutiques has the best tours in townFeatured August 10 Words by Clare Considine
Vintage style has only just arrived in Barcelona, and the city's hipsters can't get enough. The shabby-chic area of Raval has seen a healthy variety of vintage shops blossom in recent months, and streets like Calle Riera Baixa and Calle Tallers are bursting with collectible sunglasses, designer couture and bargain treats. As a testament to how trendy vintage is becoming, Barcelona's popular Le Swing boutique opened its second store (17 Calle Rec) in June. Owner Lenier Guerra explains: "In the past three or four years, people in Barcelona have started talking about vintage - not just secondhand."
Lisa Richardson and Niki Robinson are two girls well ahead of the curve - these energetic and engaging Brits are partly responsible for bringing the vintage scene to Barcelona, with their bespoke tours of the city, Antiques and Boutiques. They make no assumptions about your tastes, allowing you to steer the pace and theme of a personalised city jaunt. You provide information about yourself prior to the trip, enabling them to plan a tailor-made tour.
If you want help tracking down some vintage Gucci pumps, they'll relish the challenge. If you want a more relaxed experience, they'll start the tour in an edgy locale, where sardines and vermouth await.
Tours go by theme: barrio (area), fashion, interiors or epicurean. Niki says: "People love the barrio tours as they provide a more general overview to the city." However, to get the very best from Lisa and Niki you should opt for one of their fashion tours. "We are interested in promoting the best of Barcelona's shopping and style and in promoting up-and-coming independent designers," says Niki. Both girls have fashion backgrounds and are keen to share their covetable little black books.
Catch them in August and they'll throw in a free bottle of cava at one of their favourite local bars. Prices start at €120 for a three-hour tour. www.antiquesandboutiques.com