Barcelona’s Secret Block
Published: April 2009
By Sarah Wildman
This boutique-lined alley between Carrer de la Princesa and the Passeig del Born may be the best-kept secret in Born-Ribera.
Café de la Princesa
This 14th-century stone palace houses the minimalist dresses and suits of Barcelona designer Julie Sohn (think Jil Sander with an Asian twist), and narrowly cut men’s wear from Danish haberdashers Sand, as well as travel bags from France’s sleek Lexon. Don’t miss the courtyard café. No. 21; 34/93-268-1518.
Part industrial-looking art gallery, part cooperatively run, vegetarian-friendly café (try the house-made spinach ravioli), La Báscula has one of the city’s most idyllic, sun-filled dining rooms. No. 30 bis; 34/93-319-9866.
Argentine designer Marabí’s tiny atelier is filled with her handmade patchwork animals; the playful dolls, which have been displayed at the Museu d’Art Contemporani, appeal to both toddlers and adults. No. 30 bis; 34/68-618-7645.
This unassuming shop stocks exquisite Italian leather goods: buttery-soft black flats from Pompeii (a steal at $113) and bags from the Sicilian line Bid Hand Made. No. 33 bajo; 34/93-310-4077.
Owner Maka Abraham travels the world collecting jewelry from near (chunky cuffs and earrings designed by Barcelona silversmiths) and far (antique gold and silver from India and Rajasthan). Abraham’s own necklaces and bracelets are cast in pure silver or crafted from glass. No. 42; 34/93-310-1701.