Barcelona is amongst Europe’s top cities for fashion and you can find most of the mainstream stores and no shortage of designer outlets.
Bargain-hunters should time their visits for the two annual sales. The winter sales start around 6 January until end of February and the summer sale lasts from mid June to the end of August. Fantastic bargains can be had with generally up to 50% discount and sometimes 75%.
The best shopping areas in central Barcelona are Passeig de Gracia and the streets to its southwest, the Barri Gotic streets such as Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Carrer de la Boqueria, and Carrer de Ferran, and around Placa de Sant Josep Oriol.
The Portal de l’Àngel,just off Placa de Catalunya, is lined with an endless array of shops selling the most exclusive brands of clothing and accessories.
Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol is usually filled with street musicians, fortune-tellers and painters. This area is full of designer boutiques and handicraft shops that will definitely tempt you into buying.
Avinguda Diagonal is the place to look if you’re after international fashion. Shops along here include Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Gucci.
Les Glòries, close to the metro and situated on the Avinguda Diagonal is a huge commercial centre with 230 well-known shops, a multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants – the complex is spread over 3 levels.
The Centre Comercial Maremàgnumis a large American style shopping mall with shops, discos, bars, restaurants, rooftop mini golf course, cinemas and aquarium. Located at the end of Moll de la Fusta open from 10am to 10 pm all-year round, and the only mall to be open on Sundays. This is the perfect spot to find what you are looking for and experience fashion at its best.
El Bulevard Rosa– Indoor arcade of over 100 shops in the heart of the Barri Gotic area – mostly clothes boutiques. The side streets in the area are lined with a multitude of antique shops – visit Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which has more than 70 antiques shops, mostly furnishings, paintings, decorative items
El Corte Inglés–spread over 9 floors and possibly the most important chain-store in Europe, can be found on the Plaça de Catalunya.
Diagonal Mar– At the end of the Avenida Diagonal can be found the newest and most modern commercial centre in Barcelona with more than 250 stores, cinemas, game spaces for children and a large public walkway with views to the sea. The complex is split into convenient to use levels. First floor White goods, TVs, and all your household goods. Second floor for fashion, design and personal care and then the top floor for a good meal.
L’illa Diagonalcomplex was the first commercial centre to be opened in the nineties. Due to its size, it was known as the “Superblock”. Home to over 100 big-name shops the mall can be found on the Avenida Diagonal.
La Maquinista – Catalonia’s largest and newest mall on three levels. The complex houses 225 shops, ranging from top-rung designers to ready-to-wear fashions There’s also a cinema, a bowling alley and a Carrefour hypermarket
Address: Passeig de Potosí
La Rambla has no shortage of decent bookshops, flower stalls and restaurants but if you are cowboy boots lover don’t miss the chance to visit Corbeto’s Boots: a western shop with more than 60 years of history and lots of finely made boots and western accessories. If you love photography then Arpi has five floors relating to all things photographic (still, video and cinema). For a good second-hand collection of cameras, try Casanova – Carrer de Pelai.
If you wander down Carrer de Montcada, you’ll find several silver specialists. Carrer del Call is lined with little jewellery stores. For gold jewellery you should go to Vasari on Passeig de Gracia.
Also along Carrer de Montcada are several art galleries, the biggest being Galeria Maeght. In Barri Gotic you’ll find several galleries in Carrer de Petritxol and due to the presence of the Museu d’Arte Contemporani de Barcelona in El Raval the surrounding area is turning into an arty zone.
There is a street market being held somewhere in Barcelona every day of the week. In Barri Gotic, there are crafts an antiques markets on Thursday and Friday, and a coin and stamp collectors’ market on Sunday morning .
El Raval . Clothes and complements shopping is a real pleasure in El Raval thanks to all the little one-off boutiques you can find in this unique area on the left side of Las Ramblas. In Elisabets/carrer dels Angels, very near the MACBA Museum, a very special group of shops with Camper, Vialis, Twigy and Juan-Jo Gallery.
Large Els Encants Vells – is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next to Placa de les Glories You can find everything there – all at bargain-basement prices.
Mercat de Sant Antoni is on the edge of El Raval and has a Sunday morning market where old maps, stamps, books and cards are sold. Also on Sunday mornings Plaça de la Virreina has stalls that sell almost every imaginable second-hand artisan item.
Of course you certainly should not miss the world famous Boqueria Marketwith it’s fantastic displays of fruit, vegetables, meats and seafoods.
Hypermarketlovers should make for Heron City, an enormous complex of shops, cinemas, bars, and restaurants. It is located well out of the centre of town at Passeig de Andreu Nin, just off Avinguda de la Meridiana