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Shopping in Barcelona

Shopping Streets in Barcelona

 Passeig de Gràcia

Street named Passeig de Gracia combines an open museum, which includes a good variety of attractive Modernista buildings, and a shopping area. In fact it is one of the most famous shopping streets in Europe.

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Avinguda Diagonal

Avinguda Diagonal is full of shops on both sides and includes a large commercial and financial center, namely Centro Comercial L’Illa Diagonal. Close to it you can find La Maquinista, a less interesting and relatively old shopping mall.

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Sants Street

Sants Street is situated in Sants district, near Plaça d’Espanya and Barcelona’s main railway station. The street is characterized by relatively cheap shops, designated for local people and not for tourists.

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Port Vell

The old port of Barcelona, Port Vell, is a famous shopping area for tourists. The area is full of immigrants’ art stores where they sell different wares. In the harbour you will find Maremagnum, one of the biggest shopping malls of Barcelona. The mall is located on a bridge (nice to see it rising when ships are passing). It is located between La Rambla, near Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument), and Aquarium Barcelona.

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Shopping Malls in Barcelona

Maremagnum Shopping Center

Maremagnum is a huge shopping complex located in the old port of Barcelona, near La Rambla boulevard. It contains not only clothes and food stores but also numerous attractions for children, mainly during summer and on weekends (for additional information – Kids and Families in Barcelona).

Address: Edifici Maremàgnum, Moll d’Espanya, 5, 08039
Official Website: http://es.club-onlyou.com/Maremagnum

Arenas de Barcelona (Arenas Mall)

Arenas de Barcelona is a new and modern shopping center. The most interesting part of the mall are not the shops, the building of the mall served as a bullfight stadium and is located near Plaça d’Espanya. Apart from international brand stores, restaurants and movies, one can take a look at Montjuic, at Font magica (Magic Fountain) and at Parc de Joan Miro from the rooftop of the mall.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373 – 385, 08015
Official Website: http://www.arenasdebarcelona.com/

Glories Shopping Center

Glories Shopping Center is another mall on Avinguda Diagonal. It is a large shopping center, half open and partly covered. Many stores are concentrated in one place, including the stores of the large chains, cafes, cinemas and famous food chains.

It is recommended to take metro L1 (red) and get off at Glories station, where you see the “Blue Cigar” or the Torre Agbar on right side. The shopping center is located across the street.

It is one of the oldest shopping centers in Barcelona. It includes three storeys full of shops of all types: you can find there both stores of the large international chains, such as Zara and H&M and small local shops.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 208, 08018
Official Website: http://lesglories.com/

Centro Comercial L’Illa Diagonal

Centro Comercial L’Illa Diagonalis a new and luxury mall in Barcelona. It is situated on Avinguda Diagonal in Corts. It is full of clothes stores, shops where you can find household devices and textiles, jewelleries, restaurants and coffee shops (for additional information – Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona). Some of the most famous brands that have stores in the mall: Max & Spencer, Zara, Mango, Springfield, Fnac, Saliou and Diesel.

Please note that this shopping center is visited mainly by more affluent residents of Barcelona which naturally affects the prices.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557, 08029
Official Website: http://www.lilla.com/en/

Heron Outlet Mall

If you would like to go shopping in Barcelona but do not want to spend a lot of money, Heron Outlet Mall is ideal for you. It includes a large number of shops where you can enjoy very good prices (they are cheaper than most of the stores in Barcelona). The car parking area in the mall is always open, during the week and even on Sundays (for additional information – Car Rental in Barcelona and Car Rental in Spain).

Address: Avinguda de Rio de Janeiro, 42, 08016
Official Website: http://www.heroncitybarcelona.com/

La Maquinista Mall

La Maquinista Mall, which is similar to a small town, is situated in the suburbs of Barcelona and it is full of different kinds of stores.

Address: Carrer de Potosí, 2, 08030
Official Website: http://lamaquinista.com/

El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles is a huge department store in the area of Plaça d’Espanya. It is known for its discounts and as a tourist-friendly shopping center (issuing easily receipts for tax refunds). The mall would be a great experience also for those who do not want to buy anything, since one can enjoy the beautiful view of central Barcelona from the mall rooftop.

Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 14, 08002
Official Website: https://www.elcorteingles.es/

El Triangle

El Triangle is a shopping mall located near Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona. The shopping center is also close to Passeig de Gracia, which is another prestigious shopping area of the city, and to the famous La Rambla boulevard. Its name comes from its structure which is actually a triangle. In the mall you can find mainly fashion shops for women and men, restaurants and coffee shops, like Subway and Starbucks. El Triangle is a popular shopping center mainly because of the reasonable prices.

Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 1-4, 08002
Official Website: http://www.eltriangle.es/en

Gran Via 2

Gran Via 2 is a shopping center located close to Plaça d’Espanya in Barcelona. In the mall you can find a great variety of stores of international chains, such as Zara, Pull&Bear, Benton, Carrefour, Celio, Desigual, H&M, Lacoste, Levi’s, Naf Naf and many others. In addition to the fashion chains there are also fast food restaurants, coffee shops and cinemas for children.

Address: Avinguda de la Granvia, 75, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Official Website: http://www.granvia2.com/web/en/

Centro Comercial Splau

Centro Comercial Splau is a shopping center outside Barcelona (it’s a ten-minute drive from the Airport of Barcelona). In the mall you can find a great variety of European and local fashion stores such as: ZARA, H&M and MANGO. There are also fast food restaurants like Burger King. The mall includes not only fashion stores and restaurants but also shops where you can buy household, optical devices or different products for your animals. Prices vary depending on stores but they are not too high.

Address: Av. del Baix Llobregat, s/n, 08940 Cornellà de Llobregat
Official Website: http://splau.com/

Stores in Barcelona

Decathlon

Decathlon is an international sports store chain, with six stores in Barcelona and the surrounding area. One can find there sports equipment for all kinds of sport and devices for a camping such as tents, sleeping bags, hiking shoes, pots and many others. Prices are relatively reasonable.

Address: Carrer de la Canuda, 20, 08002
Official Website: https://www.decathlon.es/

Zara in Barcelona

Zara is a world-famous Spanish fashion store chain. It has numerous shops in Barcelona, mainly clothes and home design shops. Most of them are situated in the city center on La Rambla avenue and on Passeig de Gracia. You can find stores outside Barcelona too, for example at the airport.

Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 67, 08008
Official Website: https://www.zara.com/es/en/

Markets in Barcelona

La Boqueria Food Market

La Boqueria is more than just a food market, it is a legendary and prominent tourist landmark of the city. La Boqueria is among Europe’s largest and most known food markets.

Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001
Official Website: http://www.boqueria.info/

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El Mercadillo

El Mercadillo is a peaceful market full of locally produced jewelry and clothes, characterized by a calm atmosphere. It is located in El Raval which is an interesting and multicultural neighborhood because it is inhabited mainly by students, Chinese and Arab immigrants.

Address: Carrer de la Portaferrissa, 17, 08002

Els Encants Flea Market

Els Encants is a popular flea market in Barcelona. The market operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the day, but after 3:00 PM the activity becomes very limited.

Address: Carrer de los Castillejos, 158, 08013
Official Website: http://www.encantsbcn.com/



Rebajas - Sales Season

The meaning of the word “Rebajas” is “reductions” or “discounts” (it is the plural form of the Spanish word “Rebaja”). In Barcelona most stores will display this word marked in red and it can be associated with special prices, lower than usual.

Sales at the end of the season takes place twice a year in Spain, and each time it lasts for a period of two months:

  • The first period begins immediately after New Year’s Eve and ends after February.
  • The second period starts on July 1 and lasts until the end of August.

Although the official dates for the opening of the Rebajas season are January 7 and July 15, shops do not wait until this official dates.

Tip and Recommendations

  • The closure time of shops in Barcelona (those who are not situated in the nightlife areas) is at 20:00 in the summer (for additional information – Visit Barcelona at night).
  • Although Barcelona is a very central and touristy city, it is a little less expensive than its European neighborhoods such as Rome, London and Paris. Nevertheless, do not expect to find as low prices as in Greece, especially not during summer or before the holidays.
  • Barcelona is considered one of Europe’s fashion capitals, so anyone who goes for a shopping tour in the city will see both luxury and simple shops, representing both international and local brands, and a good variety of malls and markets.
  • For the products and services you order or buy in Barcelona you must pay 7% tax. Visitors who are spending at least three months in the city are entitled to the refund of this tax when they leave Barcelona. Forms can be requested at all major shops and at the airport.
  • Tax Refunds – Buyers who shop for more than 91€ in the same chain (i.e. those who shop at one store on Passeig de Gracia and in another store on La Rambla) are entitled to a tax refund. But be careful, not all of the stores can do this because they need a government approval. Though 99% of the big shops have this approval, we suggest to ask it prior to the purchase. How do you receive the refund?

    1. Before you leave the city you need to go back with the receipts to one of the stores of the chain, there you will give confirmation regarding the purchase and the amount.
    2. At the airport you go to the customer service (on the ground floor) with all of the tax return envelopes you received in the shops, with the tickets, with the passports and with the permission to access to the bank branch.
    3. Bare in mind that in some cases you might be asked to show your purchases, therefore you should do this prior to the check-in process, while you still have your luggage with you.
    4. Does it seems complicated? A bit, but it is worth it, mainly for those who visit the city in a purpose of shopping.




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