13 Best Thrift Stores of Barcelona (with map)
Barcelona is renowned for its fantastic collection of boutique stores and independent brands. The city’s thriving youth culture and huge student population have resulted in an infestation of vintage shops and thrift stores, cementing its reputation as one of the best cities in Europe for thrifting.
The city plays host to regular weekend flea markets, abundant vintage boutiques and a seemingly infinite amount of ‘Humana’ charity shops. One is spoiled for choice so be sure to leave some extra room in your suitcase. As well as being a much more sustainable form of retail therapy, second-hand clothes shopping also ensures that your wardrobe attains a certain stylish individuality.
It is impossible to visit a neighborhood in Barcelona without stumbling across a handful of ‘Humana’ stores, making it is a dangerous city for a thrift shop junkie such as myself.
The shop’s reasonable prices and the charitable ethos of the enterprise do however make one feel slightly less guilty about walking in for a harmless browse and walking out with a bag overflowing with antiquated treasures.
At the core of the organization is the concept of ‘used clothing for sustainability’ and in a modern world where the fashion industry is responsible for approximately ten percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, recycling clothes has become more important than ever.
The money raised by the shops is donated to charitable development projects in Sub Saharan Africa, South America, and Asia. Given that there are a vast number of Humana shops in Barcelona, I have opted to recommend three of my favorite stores.
1. Humana Vintage, El Born
This particular store has two rooms, one that stocks standard second-hand clothing while the other stocks rare 1960s style vintage garments. It offers a fabulous collection of knitted everything… from ‘granny jumpers’ to eccentric knitted bags to knitted t-shirts. It is a wonderfully bizarre haven for crotchet fanatics. There is also a great selection of floral dresses and long, floaty skirts.
Carrer del General Álvarez de Castro, 2, 08003 Barcelona
2. Humana Vintage, Gracia
Gracia is one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighborhoods. The people walking around Gracia tend to be very stylish, seemingly accidentally so, which is unsurprising given the numerous amount of concept stores and designer boutiques that constantly pop up in the area.
As with any area on style steroids, the charity shops are always the best place to go to find bargain designer pieces. Head to the back of the store to rift through an exciting assortment of unique, vintage items.
Carrer d’Astúries, 41, 08012 Barcelona
3. Humana, Universität
The narrow, long shape of this shop means that you are taken on a meandering adventure through the rails of bargains and baby doll dresses. The journey here is part of the excitement, for those that enjoy the rummaging at least. There is a vintage section at the back of the store which usually stocks some distinctive pieces.
Ronda de la Universitat, 19, 08007 Barcelona
NB; Whatever you do, if you find yourself to be in Barcelona in the last week of the month, be sure to visit Humana stores as this is when they host their famous one euro sale before changing over the stock. It is a useful local trick.
4. Flamingos Vintage Kilo
There are two ‘Flamingo Vintage Kilo’ shops in Raval, there is little difference between the two other than that the shop located in Carrer dels Tallers is moderately smaller. The clothing is priced by weight, which can be used effectively to your advantage. It is the perfect place to purchase lightweight vintage items, such as summer dresses and silk tops.
Carrer de Ferlandina, 20, 08001 Barcelona, Carrer dels Tallers, 31, 08001 Barcelona
5. Holala! Plaza
Located in a gigantic warehouse in the Centre of Barcelona, ‘Holala vintage’ has rightfully asserted its reputation as one of the city’s most charismatic vintage stores.
The sheer quantity of garments that are on offer here means that it is unlikely, near impossible, to not find something to tantalize a customer’s style taste buds. The shop’s interiors, old-school soundtrack, quirky homewares, and authentic vintage pieces make shopping here a mesmerizing experience.
It is easy to get lost amongst the shops heaving racks for a few hours, slipping in and out of each era as you try on each outfit. The store has something for everyone, the classic, retro baseball jacket for the jock, a leather jacket ripped from the back of an original Harley Davidson motorcyclists for the biker chic and a bohemian sheepskin coat for the 1960s flower child.
Despite the large size of the store, the clothes are impeccably curated having been carefully handpicked from around the world.
Carrer de Valldonzella, 2, 08001 Barcelona
6. Trash Closet
There are two Trash Closets in the city, one is located in El Born and the other, in Raval. I would recommend visiting the Raval store as it usually has a more diverse collection of vintage clothes.
Trash Closet is cheaper than most other boutique vintage shops in the city which makes it a great shop for those shoppers that crave the euphoric satisfaction of finding a cheap designer item amongst the store’s rubble of worn sweatshirts and tie-dye t-shirts.
The two shops mostly sell second-hand clothes from brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, North Face and sportswear brands like Nike and Adidas.
Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell, 16, 08003 Barcelona
7. Magpie vintage
Situated in a scenic square in Born, this delightfully quirky vintage shop houses a small, but eclectic selection of bohemian vintage clothing. It offers a selection of white thrilly cotton tops, ethnic textiles and a shelf that displays a unique range of retro sunglasses.
The store also has a collection of beautiful, statement jewelry. It is worth popping into if you find yourself in the area.
Carrer dels Tiradors, 1, 08003 Barcelona
A few centuries ago this building was a horse stable nowadays, it plays host to one the most visually striking vintage boutiques in Barcelona. The ancient stone walls and high wooden beams create an enchanting setting in which one can spend hours getting lost amongst the treasures.
The clothes are displayed exquisitely in antique cabinets and there are endless racks of vintage prom dresses, each one gleaming against the backdrop of the traditional architecture. The store has been decorated with a scattering of old-fashioned objects such as record players, typewriters and sewing machines.
Vintage posters and ancient maps adorn the walls alongside an array of rusting musical instruments. Though the clothes are a little more pricey, it is worth paying a visit here if you wish to find something unique and elegant.
Carrer dels Flassaders, 42, 08003 Barcelona
9. Produit National Brut (PNB store) Barcelona
Nestled amongst Raval’s cluster of vintage stores is this treasure chest of rare 60s/70s/80s clothes and antique homewares. The stock here consists of the usual statement vintage pieces, Hawaiian shirts and Levi shorts, as well as some more unusual items such as hand-painted bowls, retro magazines and racks of kaleidoscopic waistcoats.
Carrer de les Ramelleres, 17, 08001 Barcelona
10. La Principal
La Principal is an independent concept store that stocks vintage streetwear brands at reasonable prices. It is a small space with a well-curated collection of the 90s/noughties branded clothes.
It has a great selection of menswear, stocking t-shirts and sweatshirts from Fred Perry, Burberry, and Lacoste. The womenswear also consists of some funky finds such as fila tennis skirts and designer sunglasses. Be sure to check out the sale rack at the back of the store.
Carrer de Valldonzella, 52, 08001 Barcelona
11. Off Vintage
This shop is one of my favorite vintage stores in Barcelona, it is a gallery to the counter culture style of the 90s and early 00s. The shop itself is an ode to the golden era of fashion that gave us the outfits of Gwen Stefani, Wynona Ryder and NWA.
The shop sells perfectly preserved sweatshirts, t-shirts and trousers from 90s brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Lacoste. Occasionally one might even stumble across some rare vintage Supreme. The shop’s suave decor and extremely friendly staff make it a store worth visiting.
Carrer de Valldonzella, 29, 08001 Barcelona
12. Lullaby vintage Boutique
This charming vintage store is organized according to each era, taking customers on an evolutionary journey from the 1950s right through to the 1980s. You can drift through the racks of 1950s feminine mode dresses right through to the tartan punk that defined the 80s. The shop also has a great selection of designer handbags, scarfs, and sunglasses from all eras.
Carrer de la Riera Baixa, 22, 08001 Barcelona
13. Vintage A5E
Vintage A5E is a unique vintage shop that has been themed around the ‘rock and roll’ counter-culture that came to define the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Posters of Jimi Hendrix, Blondie and Lou Reed cover the shop’s walls alongside spray painted peace symbols and electric guitars.
The shop is filled with crates containing old records and memorabilia of bands that came to be the voice of a lost generation. The store is a paradise for customers that nostalgically long for the era in which shoulder pads and head to toe leather was the accepted norm.
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 53, 08003 Barcelona