Everything you need to know about shopping in Barcelona. Shopping centres, shopping streets, sales, and tips?
Shopping in Barcelona
If there's one city in Europe where you'll really enjoy being a shopaholic, it's Barcelona. In addition to the well-known fashion chains such as Desigual and Zara, you will also find a large number of boutiques, design stores, specialty stores and larger department stores in this city. The shops are also often open long, so that in the evening you still have the opportunity to stock up on clothes and other nice things. Afterwards, of course, settle down on one of the many terraces in the city so that you can admire your merchandise again in peace.
What are the opening hours of shops?
The opening hours of most shops in Barcelona are: Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. In the old town, shops are often open a little longer (some until 10 p.m.). Please note that there are also many shops that close in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. These are usually only the smaller shops or family businesses that still adhere to the old tradition.
Sunday shopping in Barcelona
Does Barcelona have Sunday shopping? Almost all shops are closed on Sundays, but there are exceptions. For example, many businesses in the old center of Barcelona are open on Sundays in July, August and December. And during the Christmas period, almost all shops in Barcelona are open on Sundays. The center 'Maremagnum' is open every Sunday.
Best shopping centers in Barcelona
In Barcelona you can enjoy shopping at one of the many shopping centers in the city. You are guaranteed to succeed here. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it. Moreover, the shopping centers are also very suitable for families with children and for friends outings. There is no shortage of catering establishments. You will even find cinemas, large game halls, children's play areas, bowling alleys and you name it. An additional advantage is that you can park your car for free in certain shopping centers. Public toilets are also sufficiently available here and shopping centers are easily accessible for the disabled. Below we inform about some shopping centers in Barcelona. Of course there are many more shopping centers spread over the city, but the following stand out in our opinion.
- Plaça Catalunya Shopping Center: El Corte Inglés
In Plaça Catalunya, El Corte Inglés is one of the city's best-known shopping centers. You can find all kind of fashion in this center (especially in the largest branch of the 'El Corte Inglés'). From bags, shoes and clothing to all kinds of electronics and home appliances. For a girlfriends weekend in Barcelona, this center is also worth a visit. You can get the best advice on make-up and beauty in many areas here. A popular cafe in this shopping center for its beautiful view over the city is cafe 'El Corte Inglés' (website El Corte Inglés).
- Maremagnum Shopping Center
Right on the coast you will find the shopping center Maremagnum (near the Columbus monument and Port Vell harbor). A reasonably small-scale shopping center with restaurants, shops and with sufficient opportunities for various activities. You can take a boat trip here and see the famous Aquarium of Barcelona. There is no shortage of shops in this part of the city. Moreover, they are open every day (including Sundays). Maremagnum includes the following stores: Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, H&M, Friday's Project, Desigual, Lefties, Oysho and Lacoste (website Mare Magnum).
- More shopping centers
Another impressive shopping center is Las Arenas on Plaça Espanya, located at the foot of the Montjuic. Las Arenas is a former bullring that has been converted into a huge shopping center with excellent facilities and, as a bonus, a wonderful panorama of the free roof terrace. Other malls include L'Illa Diagonal, Les Glòries, Diagonal Mar, Gran Via 2, Bulevard Rosa, Pedralbes center and north of the city the huge shopping center La Maquinista.
The designer outlet La Roca Village is a true shopping paradise about 40 minutes outside of Barcelona. The true shopper can book a tour for a bus trip to this designer outlet.
Best areas for shopping in Barcelona
Are you planning to fly to Barcelona soon? If you are a shopping enthusiast, you will certainly enjoy yourself here. In Barcelona you will find a shop to your taste on every corner of the street. But then of course you have to know where to go. Below we discuss the best-known neighborhoods with you and we indicate which type of shops can mainly be found here.
- Eixample – For fashion and luxury brands: In the 'Eixample' district, it is mainly lovers of fashion and luxury brands that you'll see. Several larger fashion and department stores have established themselves here. You should be in the vicinity of 'Passeig de Grácia'.
- Barri Gòtic – Gifts and Clothing Stores: The Barri Gòtic is the old quarter in the center of Barcelona. The name of this district literally means 'Gothic Quarter'. This is a tourist spot and it will come as no surprise that you will find nice gift shops and clothing stores here. There is no shortage of good, extensive shopping streets here either.
- El Born – Designer Boutiques: Neighborhood next to the Barri Gòtic with narrow streets full of small designer boutiques, cafes and cocktail bars.
- El Raval – Second-hand shops: This is an area where you mainly find second-hand shops and shops for vintage items.
- Gràcia – Local shops: This neighbourhood, Gràcia, is a neighborhood where you mainly find locals. The range of shops here is therefore not geared to the average tourist, but to the local residents. Really something for the connoisseur. Local designers sell their stuff here in small shops. Are you a fan of unknown, special brands? Then you've come to the right place.
Popular shopping streets
Shopping streets abound in Barcelona! There's almost no end to it. For a day in Barcelona you will therefore never have the time to fully visit all the shopping streets. That is why we have made an overview for you with the streets that you should not miss as a shopping enthusiast. Here is a list of the best known and best shopping streets. We will describe the most famous shopping streets in Barcelona in more detail below.
- Passeig de Gràcia
- Portal de l’Àngel
- Avinguda Diagonal
- Carrer de Fontanella
- Carrer de Pelai
- Rambla de Catalunya
- Las Ramblas
- Passeig de Gràcia shopping street
Shopping in Barcelona can of course make you as expensive as you want. The shopping street Passeig de Grácia is known as the most expensive in Barcelona. The street is home to many chic establishments such as Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Loewe, Max Mara, Isabel Marant and so on. You will also find plenty of jewelers here, such as Rabat and Rolex. If you like to hunt for well-known brands but the more expensive designer stores are not for you, then you can find plenty of other brands in this shopping street such as Esprit, Replay, Lacoste, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and Zara Home, Diesel, Swatch, Massimo Dutti and more such well-known brands.
- Portal de l'Àngel shopping street
Looking for beautiful clothes and don't mind walking over shoppers' heads? Of course, the latter is slightly exaggerated, but the central shopping street Portal de l'Àngel is one of the busiest streets in Barcelona and is definitely worth a visit for the shop fan. This is where the larger clothing stores have established themselves. The following clothing stores are all located on this street, among others: Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Oysho, Salsa, Uterqüe, Calzedonia, H&M, Springfield, Cortefiel, Jack & Jones, New Yorker and Women' Secret.
- Winkelstraat Las Ramblas in Barcelona
Las Ramblas is of course known for its world-famous pedestrian promenade. In this too touristy area you will find countless kiosks, stalls and shops for souvenirs. On Las Ramblas you will also find the well-known Boqueria market. And as a Real Madrid fan 'accidentally' ended up in Barcelona? That's a happy accident! Because in this shopping street you will even come across the official Real Madrid store during your walk.
Famous markets in Barcelona
Barcelona has several markets where you can indulge yourself during a city trip or day of shopping. Below we inform you about 2 well-known markets that are worth visiting.
- Mercat de la Boqueria (address: Las Ramblas 91)
The Mercat de la Boqueria is almost certainly the best known and also the largest fresh market in Barcelona. The market is home to numerous stalls selling fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, meat and spices. This is also a nice place to get souvenirs and all kinds of sweets.
- Mercat dels Encants Vells (address: Avinguda Meridiana 69)
You can compare this market with a flea market. You can score various vintage items and second-hand items here. You can wander in this market for hours and with a bit of luck you will return home with unique purchases.