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One of Europe’s largest travel bookshops is popular with travellers and adventurers of every kind (including the armchair variety). Altaïr is also a travel publisher, and produces its own guides and books, as well as an excellent magazine. Arranged on two huge floors, with a scattering of armchairs and friendly, informed staff always on hand to help, it’s a genuine pleasure to shop here. There are hundreds of guidebooks, many in English, plus glossy photography books, handy travel gadgets, notebooks and novels. On the lower level, you’ll find a café where you can flick through your finds.
Contact: 00 34 93 342 71 71; altair.es
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Bimba & Lola
The Bimba & Lola fashion collections – which include bags, shoes, and accessories – are always bang on trend and feature a charming logo of a leaping greyhound, modelled on one of the founders’ favourite pets. Although the whole collection is usually very strong, the bags stand out: if you’re looking for luxury at an affordable price, they are a fantastic buy. The company must be doing something right: even in these times of economic crisis, it has become the fastest-growing fashion brand in Spain. This is the most central of the Bimba & Lola outlets in Barcelona.