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 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 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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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 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 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/
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 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.