Did you know that two areas of Barcelona and Madrid account for 4 out of 10 purchases made in Spain? It is the exclusive neighborhood of Salamanca, in the capital of the country, and Passeig de Gràcia, according to a study by Global Blue. The report points out that Barcelona attracts more tourists with high purchasing power than Madrid. Thus, 3 out of 10 euros spent on shopping stay in the shops of Barcelona.
There are many places to shop in Barcelona, perfect for all tastes and pockets: streets, avenues, craft shops, outdoor markets, shopping centers. In addition, some are near our apartments for rent on the beach.
To this we add the fact that some of these roads stand out for their undeniable architectural beauty, which turns any shopping experience into a unique opportunity to do tourism in Barcelona. All this without forgetting factors such as the number of hours of light, the wide commercial hours or the affordable prices of public transport. Hence, Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to go shopping.
And to prove it, we summarize which are the best shopping areas in Barcelona. Take note!
Shopping in Passeig de Gràcia
It is the equivalent of the Preciados street in Madrid or the Liberdade avenue in Lisbon. That is to say, the commercial avenue that concentrates a greater number of luxury stores: the golden mile. In its little more than one hundred numbers, you will find establishments of the best international designers, such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Prada, Valentino or Hermès. The boutiques of the main Spanish fashion firms, such as Antoni Miró, Roberto Merino, Tous or Desigual, as well as large chains such as Mango or Zara, are also welcome.
The best? You can do your shopping with some of the great gems of modernist architecture, such as La Pedrera or Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera. And that’s not all: if you are going to travel to Barcelona at the end of November, you will have the opportunity to enjoy The Shopping Night Barcelona, a day in which stores remain open until dawn and where it is possible to attend fashion shows.
In addition, in the parallel street to the south, Rambla de Catalunya, you will also find brands as prestigious as Benetton or Custo Barcelona.
Shopping in Plaza de Catalunya
Both Rambla de Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia lead to Plaza de Catalunya, one of the nerve centers of Barcelona. In addition to being one of the best known places in Barcelona, there awaits you an unbeatable commercial offer led by FNAC and Corte Inglés, the French styled department stores of Printemps or Galeries LaFayette, the English Harrod’s or the American Macy’s. Likewise, there is also an Apple store and another from Desigual.
One of the streets that lead to this square, Pelai Street, is also full of fashionable shops.
Shopping at Portal de l’Àngel
This is the commercial street with the most expensive shops per square meter in Spain, ahead of Preciados street and Passeig de Gràcia, also occupying a place in the world top-20. There you will find large establishments such as Nike, Zara, Cortefiel, Benetton, H & M, Springfield or Tezenis. It also has various shoe stores, jewelry stores and a Corte Inglés building specialized in accessories and sportswear, as well as small traditional businesses in which to buy delicious ice cream and artisanal nougat. Usually, it also hosts an outdoor street market of craft shops.
An interesting fact is that this street – which connects the Plaza de Catalunya with the Plaza de la Catedral, in the Gòtic or Gòtic neighborhood – accommodates the oldest fountain in Barcelona, of medieval origin. Special mention to its giant Cottet thermometer, 22 m high and weighing two tons, which marks the environmental temperature for more than half a century.
Shopping in Las Ramblas
In Plaza Catalunya the Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. Along this stretch, you’ll find small fashion stores and souvenirs, ice cream parlors and outdoor confectionery, kiosks and centenarian florists. Of course, we could not forget the Mercat de la Boqueria, in operation since 1836 and with more than 200 merchants. Its entrance, decorated with elements of modernist forge, is one of its main claims. On the right hand side (if you go down in the direction of the port), the Raval neighborhood awaits you, dotted with ethnic clothing shops, as well as patisseries and restaurants where you can taste delicious cuisine from other countries around the world.
Shopping in Gòtic and Born
The district of Ciutat Vella, which comprises the oldest neighborhoods of Barcelona, is an area of traditional shops where the passage of time, far from being a stumbling block, becomes an ally. We talk about antique shops, old bookshops, fashion stores and hand-made accessories … Some of these unique establishments have managed to successfully challenge the logic of the current market, such as hats or even the cutlery located in front of the iconic church of Pi. Among the best shopping streets, are Argenteria, Sombrerers, Mirallers or Banys Nous.
Shopping centers in Barcelona
We close this list with the countless shopping centers that are scattered throughout the geography of Barcelona. Among them, La Maquinista stand out, in the district of Sant Andreu; Arenas Shopping Center, in Plaza España; Maremàgum, in Port Vell and with shops that also open on Sunday, and Pedralbes Center and L’Illa Diagonal, both in the district of Les Corts.
Of course, we can’t forget those centers located in the Sant Martí district, and very close to our holiday apartments in Barcelona: Glòries, Diagonal Mar and El Center de la Vila, in the Olympic Village.
A final note: if you are fond of collecting comics and second-hand comics, your place is the Sant Antoni market, recently remodeled and renovated. If you want to take a souvenir related to the manga from Barcelona, do not forget to visit the specialized shops that open their doors on the stretch of the Sant Joan promenade closest to Arc de Triomf.
What do you think about this selection? Do you think we have forgotten some important stores? In that case, do not forget to send us your comments. Surely they will help many Barcelonians and tourists!