Barcelona is a shopping paradise, that’s for sure. And you can spend day after day shopping while exploring the big shops as H&M or discovering the hidden ones in the Barri Gotic. I can imagine that you will need more than a month to go shopping everyday; and to manage to see every shop in the centre of Barcelona, on the Avenida Diagonal, Passeig de Gracia, Avenida Portal de l’Angel, in Gran de Graca, Cor de Eixample, Eix Commercial de Raval and more!
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And what I like the most is the diversity. You can buy Gucci, Armani and Prada on the Passeig de Gracia or you may go shopping on a low budget in the area around Las Ramblas.
When you want to go shopping in Barcelona, you must remember that most shops are not open during lunchtime; also know as the hour of the siesta. Moreover, they’re open during the weekdays from 10:30 to 14:30 and later from 16:30 to 21:00. On Sundays, most shops don’t open their doors. But despite of the fulfilled shopping streets in the centre of Barcelona; there are also many shopping centers. Other big shopping centers in Barcelona are located below:
# Passeig de Gracia
If you are looking for international brands then the best thing to do is walk down Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia, where you will find Diesel, Miss Sixty as well as MaxMara, Chanel and Luis Vuitton. Great clothes centers such as Zara or Sfera are very easy to find as they’re situated in the very center of Barcelona. It’s easy to say that in Barcelona’s international stores you’ll have to be prepared to pay the same prices as you would in any of these shops in London or Paris. Here the clothes are good quality but a little more expensive than in other shops. If you are looking for a very original Barcelona style don’t miss Custo; near the Ramblas, it might be a very good choice. He is a well known Spanish designer, popular for his use of colour and wacky designs. This is truly one of the best fashion hotspots in Barcelona.
# Avinguda Portal de l’Ángel
If you want to buy some presents for your family or some other general goods, you can walk down Puerta del Angel and Puertaferrisa. These streets are full of little shops, you won’t find big supermarkets or shopping malls, but sometimes Barcelona’s little shops can be more charming than superstores.
# Carrer Ferran
Lined with lively cafes, bars, and souvenir shops; this popular Barcelona street has a bustling blend of locals and visitors. Extending from the Liceu on the Ramblas to Plaça Sant Jaume. Subsequently, only recently it has been changed to a walking street; making it much more pleasurable to stroll along. With an arrange of shops and cafés here; it is a very pleasant place where to spend a sunny afternoon in Barcelona. Don’t miss the groceries’ shops that still have wonderful display windows like in past ages.
# Avinguda Diagonal
For shoppers, Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal has it all; from massive department stores such as El Corte Inglés to tiny boutique clothing and shoe stores. Firts, it starts at Plaça Francesc Macià, where a quality department store has become a national institution. Second, just next door is Pedralbes Centre, an exclusive shopping mall; with brand-name shops, shoes stores, a jeweler’s, perfumeries and high-quality accessories, as well as shops which sell arts, crafts and plenty of great gifts. Last, further down stands L’Illa del Diagonal, a huge shopping mall with an entire floor dedicated to gastronomic delicacies.
# El Corte Ingles
The Corte Inglés is a shopping centre with worldwide renown; El Corte Ingles originally started out as a small tailor shop in Madrid in 1890 which has grown into the largest department-store chain in Europe with more than 80 stores across Spain. It has also consistently been in the top 5 largest department-stores in the world in terms of sales. It has also expanded into various sectors including not only fashion but groceries, electronics, household goods, jewellery, travel agency and home decor. Their opening hours go by Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 21:30; and Sundays are closed.
# Les Glòries
As well as numerous shops, the avant-garde building houses a hotel, offices and several restaurants – Moncho’s seafood cocktails are a favorite with their business clients. Head down to Les Glòries roundabout for Centre de Les Glòries, the largest in the city, popular with Barcelonians who appreciate the wide range of goods and affordable prices. Generally free parking for clients.
# La Roca Village
Although not exactly located in Barcelona (in fact it is about an hour away but do not worry, it is well connected), the Roca Village is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy a full day of shopping. This is a Village outlet, with hundreds of shops and brands available, perfect for finding the right piece for you. Also being an outlet, the prices are not very high (certainly they are lower than the shops in the city center). In addition to hundreds of stores, there are bars and restaurants where you can refresh yourself with a cold drink and rest after your immense shopping efforts . So, get your credit card ready and shop till you drop with our Barcelona’s best luxury shops guide!
Sarrià is a wonderful place to live, but also a wonderful place to shop. It is located in the upper corner of Barcelona,in a prosperous area, with luxurious villas and spectacular streets. The chic nature of this district is home to very special shops, cared for in every detail and with a unique customer focus. Here you will not find any mainstream products, only unique, once off items! This area is not frequented by tourists, so you can enjoy your shopping afternoon quietly, without waiting ages for a fitting rooms. In addition there are many places on the street where you can take a break, such as squares, bars with terraces and fantastic restaurants, where you can savor the essence of Barcelona.
# El Born
In this area there are also some of Barcelona best luxury shops from a classic point of view. The Born is starting to attract several big name brands. Carrer Rec has several minimalist boutiques such as the impressive The Comercial, which stocks items by designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.
More famous shopping places and centres in the city are:
- Shopping centre Gran Via 2; you can get there with the Bus line 9, 72, 79
- El Triangle; in the Carrer de Pelai 39
- L’illa Diagonal, Pedralbes Centre and the Plaça Francesc Macià; these located close to the Avinguda Diagonal
- You can find one at the end of the Rambla de Mar, it is called Maremagnum and it is even open on Sundays and holidays.
And last but not least the best shopping center in Barcelona, La Maquinista. It is such a big center, it is nearly a little village full of shops, restaurants, cinema, bowling centre and everything else you need to spend a day in there.
It is truly not understated when I promise you that you can spend easily one whole day there due to the numerous shops as Benetton, H&M, Levi’s, Women’ Secret, Bershka, Jack & Jones, Zara, Desigual, Springfield and many many more. Its opening times are:
- Commercial Hours: From Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 22:00
- Hours of entertainment and dining: From Sunday to Thursday 10.00 – 01:30; Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays from 10:00 to 04:00
You can reach this amazing shopping village with the L1 metro line and jump off at Torras i Bages. I wish you a nice shopping trip and as much as a shopping-loot that I had!