36 Hours in Barcelona: Things to Do and See


10 a.m. Shop in the artisans’ quarter

Wedged between the Barri Gotic and the Barceloneta neighborhoods, the Born was, in the Middle Ages, home to the city’s craft workers. There are hints of that artisanal history in the shops that fill its narrow streets. At Madre, Manuel Dreesmann makes bags, laptop sleeves and other locally tanned leather accessories. The designer David Valls crafts women’s garments that manage to be both flowy and modern at once. Après Ski sells whimsical jewelry and fetching jackets made from old tablecloths. Chandal offers an eclectic mix of cunning housewares, artsy magazines and an analog photography section. And El Rei de la Màgia, its treasure chest shelves filled with card tricks and wands, is one of the oldest magic stores in the world.