Barcelona – one of the most beautiful cities, the perfect location between sea and mountains and for many visitors a shopping paradise. In summer it is more of a pushing through Portal del Angel than walking, to get to Zara, Mango & Co. and be part of the clearance sales which already start in July. But there is so much more to see in Barcelona! The Eco Scene is still small and manageable, but existing and constantly growing.
Our small Eco walk starts at Plaza Catalunya, corner Portal del Angel. Before we start, you need to go and get the best ice cream in town at Amorino. Then you keep on walking to B.Huno in Calle Elisabets, located in Raval. B.Huno has mainly brands which are produced in Spain. You find as well clothes made by CUS – a Catalan brand which uses mainly organic cotton and other sustainable and eco-friendly materials.
If you are now hungry, jump into Juicy Jones in Calle de l’hospital – youll get excellent vegan and vegetarian food and great Smoothies there.
From Ravel you cross La Rambla and go further into Barrio Gotico where every Barcelona visitor needs to visit anyway. Well you need to look for Calle Petritxol where you get the world’s best Churros and cold Horchata (cold milk made out of chufas). And then there is all these Turrons in all these variants and tastes. Try and enjoy them!!! Turrons are traditionally served at Christmas, but taste great the whole year long.
After this small break you go further to Humus Barcelona. There you find popular German Eco labels such as armedangels but as well thinking MU, a young Eco Label from Barcelona.The concept of sustainability is visible in the whole shop – even the hangers are made of recycled cartons.
Now you go back to Plaza Catalunya – doesn’t matter if you are hungry or not, just have a look at Woki Market at Ronda Universitat. You can either shop organic groceries or enjoy tasty organic food. I recommend you buy bread which is made by one of the most popular bakeries (Rejkjavik) in Barcelona. Everything organic – of course.
So now keep on walking along the Passeig de Gracia – direction North – and then you arrive in Barrio Gracia – one of my favorite places in Barcelona. A very relaxed district, alternative, authentic, not too many tourists. In Torrent de L’olla (Nr. 95) you’ll find Greenlifestyle. Here you can browse through Caro E., Milch & Co. Absolutely worth a visit! But remember: you are in a very typical Catalan district – shops are closed between 14.00 and 17.00. And if you have time, try one of the Yoga Classes at Mandiram Yoga or check out Yoga classes with Sattva – wonderful yoga teachers and classes.
There is many organic shops in Gracia, another Woki Market, as well as a few kids’ shops who sell sustainably produced clothes as well as toys – best if you walk from Calle d’Asturias to Calle Verdi. Enjoy an Horchata or some nice Tapas after this walk.
Well, I hope I got you into the mood of visiting Barcelona – maybe you check out some of these locations and let me know how you liked it! Have fun!!