Social return

Knowing the social fabric of a city is also a way of becoming familiar with its heritage and its history. The neighborhoods boost activity if you know where to look. We recommend that you not miss the opportunity to visit each space!

The Social Economy is a way of understanding the economy based on putting the needs of people at the center of the activity. We encourage you to take your step and pull for these types of initiatives in your daily life!

Recommended stores and organizations in the neighborhood

Here you can find a sample of the associations, entities and shops that fill the streets and places where our experiences take place. Whatever you are looking for in Barcelona, you can surely find it here. Entities where you can spend your free time helping people and / or learning new skills; historical shops that are testimonies of the craft tradition of Barcelona; Workshops where local artists elaborate their designs in an ethical and sustainable way, etc.

4 Retinas

A project promoted by two graphic and photo artists who, through their innovative gaze, create objects that put in value frames of the urban heritage of Barcelona that often go unnoticed. In their store you will find several handmade accessories: wallets, shoulder bags, magnets … If you are looking for something genuine and authentic, do not hesitate to visit them.

Asociación Lápiz

Non-profit association dedicated to promoting the social cohesion of the neighborhood through the promotion of artistic and creative activities. Apart from workshops and courses, the space also hosts interesting exhibitions with the works carried out.

Barreteria Obach

Emblematic establishment founded in 1924 by the Obach family, which has been running since then. They offer a wide variety of top quality hats and caps. The building is also considered a Cultural Good of Local Interest due to the picturesque windows of its façade and its genuine interior.


Shop where you can find leather shoes and accessories manufactured by hand by local producers of Brazil, following the principles of fair, ethical and sustainable trade.

Cafè Just

Solidarity food store managed by the Fundació Futur. It offers ready meals at affordable prices in order to guarantee access to a healthy meal for everyone. The dishes are made with organic and local products. In addition, it also has a space that acts as a social dining room.

Cafès El Magnífico

For almost 30 years, El Magnífico is the best refuge in the city for coffee lovers. But the relationship between the Sans family with coffee goes much further and goes back almost a century ago. In their store you can taste and buy a wide variety of coffees, some of them imported, and enjoy all the aromas and nuances that this ancestral drink can offer.

Casa Gispert

Historic establishment especialized in toasted nuts. However, it also has a wide variety of other high quality products for all tastes: sweet, savory, ecological, etc. Its interior retains the authenticity and historical aroma of 1851, when the store opened its doors and became the first nuts and coffee roaster in the city.

Cereria Subirà

Founded in 1761, Cereria Subirà has the honor of being the oldest business in Barcelona. Dedicated from the beginning to all kind of wax products, you will find all type of handmade candles in the store, as well as related decoration products.
The place retains the original nineteenth-century aesthetic and is presided over by an imposing staircase with two singular statues on the sides.

Cansaladeria Corominas

Butchery and charcuterie that symbolizes a family tradition that is one of the last witnesses of the traditional shops in the neighborhood. At the moment, it’s managed by the third generation. Either if you are a true foodie and or if you are satisfied with a simple steak, here you can find all you need with the certainty of knowing the products are top quality.

Espai Mescladís

A leading socio-economic project in the neighborhood since 2010. In addition to activities and a magnificent terrace, the Mescladís is, above all, a social inclusion project that works with migrant young people in order to offer training and a professional future in areas such as catering. An icon of the fight for equal rights for all people, no matter where they come from. Since the beginning of 2020, he has been co-managing the space with the Casal de Barri Pou de la Figuera.


Shop and children’s clothes workshop for children from 0 to 6 years old. All the designs are artisan made and stand out for their great originality and vitality.
Textile recycling, silkscreen printing, handmade inks, knit and crocheted are some of the varied techniques that come together to create unique clothing away from the uniformity of the big brands.

Pastisseria La Colmena

If you pass through Plaça de l’Àngel and the sweet aroma of sugar seizes your sense of smell, just put your eyes on the facade of this historic trade. Go inside and you will find one of the best examples of the Catalan pastry tradition. Pastries, cake, tortell, turró or its legendary handmade candy. Surely you’ll find something to delight your stomach.

La Hamaca

Small shop located near the convent of Sant Agustí Vell that offers a wide variety of natural juices, as well as organic fruit and vegetables. They have a small spot inside the shop to sit and taste a fresh fruit juice while you enjoy the atmosphere of the square.

La Manual Alpargatera

The Alpargatera Manual is more than an emblematic espadrille store. It is, in fact, the last traditional espadrilles workshop in Barcelona. They were pioneers in 1940 when they created the first fashionable espadrilles, revolutionizing this iconic Catalan footwear, which until then was circumscribed to the field of agricultural work or traditional acts. Since then, innovation and quality have continued to be part of its philosophy, and nowadays they offer a wide range of models, hand-made manufactured.

Miriam Ponsa

Shop of the renowned independent designer Miriam Ponsa where you can find 100% designer clothing produced in Catalonia and made in an artisan way. The Miriam Ponsa team also stands out for its activism in favor of the inclusion of the criteria of proximity, sustainability and social responsibility to fashion. It is highly recommended to read the manifesto published on its website.

Ozz Barcelona

More than just a store, the idea of the Ozz Barcelona project is to promote a creative community. A space managed by different emerging artists of local design that groups art, culture and fashion. Some of their creations are marketed at the establishment, based on the principles of proximity, sustainability and fair trade. In addition, the space acts as a co-working and exhibition hall, among other uses.


Founded by two creators and leather crafters, Rossymina is a workshop and store located in the heart of El Born, where you can find a variety of handmade and hand-crafted garments of leather that include bags, belts or earrings, among many others.

Projects of social economy with which we collaborate

The Social Economy is a way of understanding the economy based on putting the needs of people at the center of the activity. Following this idea, the main goal is not profit per se, but to ensure that the management of the activity and its impact are beneficial, both for the society and for those who take part in it.

More and more projects and initiatives are endorsing this type of economy. In Catalonia, the Social Economy has not stopped growing in recent years, expanding the principles of democratic management, sustainability and social transformation. Thanks to this growth, there are currently options for Social Economy based projects in almost any area (food, supplies, mobility, insurance, leisure, etc.). Summarizing all of them in this space would be impossible, so below we suggest only some of the many initiatives that exist today. These are those with which we collaborate directly from our co-op, as members, partners or friends.

The path of the Social Economy is a way yet to be built, but grows solid, step by step, as more people travel. Therefore, we encourage you to take your step and bet on these initiatives in your day to day!

Coop de mà

Co-op that offers integral service as a consultancy and management to entities, Co-ops and companies of Social Economy. Its headquarters are located in the district of Bellvitge of l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

Arç cooperativa

Insurance brokerage with 25 years of trajectory. They’re specialized in the social economy sector, as well as in the associative field and renewable energies.


Graphic arts cooperative with more than three decades of experience. Offers printing service (offset and digital) online, with a conception of integral service and with a special emphasis on the protection of the environment.

Megafon Coop

MEGAFON is a communication services cooperative, created in 2017 by different communication professionals, to provide services to companies and organizations in the social and solidarity economy.

Federació de Cooperatives de Treball de Catalunya

The Federation of Labor Co-ops of Catalonia (FCTC) is a organization dedicated to the promotion of work Co-ops. It offers support, advice, training and organizes activities that promote inter-cooperation among its more than 3,000 partner co-ops.

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