In the center of the Gothic Quarter, hidden among the numerous little streets of Barcelona, the soap factory Sabater Hermanos is one of those unusual little stores that you can stumble across. The soap factory is just near the Plaza de San Felip Neri.
Sabater Hermanos is a family enterprise established in the 90’s, founded in Buenos Aires by the granddad of the Sabater clan when he started making soap in many different tints, flavors and shapes. Since then they always use skills passed from generation to generation to make their soap. The family society is known worldwide. They have customers from around the world with 4 stores based all around the world in Chile, Argentina and Greece. In Barcelona, they first opened a workshop in 2002 and then in 2006 a store was opened in Gothic, the store is run by Eliana Sabater, grand-daughter of the founder.
Sabater Hermanos offers different kinds of soap. All the soaps are made in the workshop behind the store, when you go to the store you can see the different machines used to make the soap (every time I go there I picture myself in the Patrick Suskind book “The Perfume”).
They offer different shapes of soap like card symbols, small characters or animals, and even golf and tennis balls. But their it-soap (like the designer it-bag) is the petals shape soap, you can buy those in a simple box where you can mix different smells or you can buy big boxes with different smells, this thing is a pretty good idea for a present – not so expensive and really original. You can find 40 different aromas such as traditional ones from jasmine to rose and more exotic ones like mint and ginger. If you spend a few days in the city you can also order personalized soap (a good way to get a nice present).
These soaps are a cheap and easy way to transform your bathroom into a fancy one. If it’s a present you are looking for, however, don’t forget to tell them that it’s soap as it can quite easily be confused with chocolate!!
Where is the store? This store is kind of hidden but you just have to go to the Placa Felip Neri which is for me one of the most beautiful plazas of Barcelona. There are bullet marks on the walls from the Spanish Civil War and a nice little fountain in the middle of the plaza.
Adress : Plaza Felip Neri, 1.
Go there and bring your family or friends a nice present from Sabater Hermanos Barcelona, they will love it and you’ll probably also find something for yourself too.
– by Kok Natha HEN