|Illustration: Cecilie Okada|
"Galerías Maldà is most convenient for shopping, whether your interest is in designer and ready-to-wear shops like Adolfo Dominguez, Zara and Mango, or in the many antique shops, print shops, art galleries and curiosity shops.
Calle Portaferrissa is a favourite shopping street named for an iron gate in the Medieval city walls. Between this street and Plaza del Pi are over a hundred small shops in Galerias Malda, Barcelona's oldest shopping gallery. While built in the 1940's, incorporating part of a 17th century palace, the gallery reflects a turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau styling typical of old Barcelona. Here you will find shops dedicated to gloves, glassware, thimbles, handbags, rattan goods, baby clothes, lingerieand this is only one of three shopping galleries in this area. ". I will be in Barcelona next week and look very much forward to visit "La Augustina" and Alejandra. And go dragonhunting...