Ready for shopping? YES! Barcelona is definitely a shopper’s dream and one of Europe’s top cities of fashion. Barcelona has a wide variety of top designer brands, shopping malls, and fashion boutiques. But what is the best time to shop and the best spots to head to?
If you are crazy about sales, listen carefully! Barcelona’s biggest sales only happen twice a year. The Winter sale is during January and February, and the Summer sale starts in the middle of July and it ends in August. There are 20%-50% discounts, and places even discount up to 70%!
Most shops in Barcelona open at 09:30 or 10:00 in the morning and they close at 20:00. Some small shops close for siesta (the Spanish word for “nap”) in the afternoon from about 14:00 until 16:30, just like in many other parts of Spain. The big Barcelona malls open at 10:00, stay open until 22:00 and they don’t close for lunch. Almost all shops are closed on Sundays, except the Maremagnum shopping center in Barcelona harbor.
Passeig de Gracia
In the heart of the city, there is the Passeig de Gracia which is quite probably the nicest street in all of Barcelona to shop. It is one of the city’s most elegant, fashionable and international shopping streets. It is a beautiful boulevard with lovely modernist architecture and is home to some of Barcelona’s top hotels and restaurants. You can find many international luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino and Stella McCartney. In addition, Zara, Mango, Adidas, Nike, Brandy Melville and among some of the other brands.
Rambla de Catalunya
Rambla de Catalunya is one of Barcelona’s most charming streets and it’s like Passeig de Gracia´s little sister. There are many cute small boutiques and shops, accessory shops, gift shops and cafes (perfect for a break for some tapas and vermouth!). Here you will find some well-known local brands as well as international ones, like Zara, Oysho, Massimo Dutti, Lacoste, Sephora, MAC, Lush Cosmetics and Women´s Secrets.
The neighborhood of El Raval is known for music stores and second-hand shops. The international population makes the atmosphere very peculiar and interesting. It is definitely a very different option from the mainstream shopping areas, as you won’t be able to find most well-known brands, only small boutiques owned by locals who live in the neighborhood. If you’re a fan of the alternative shopping (and low prices!), this could be the perfect option for you.
Plaça de Catalunya & Portal de L’Ángel
This lovely square is a favorite meeting point for locals and visitors. It also connects Eixample and the old town. There’s a huge department store called El Corte Ingles in Plaza Catalunya, and on the other side of the square, you can find El Triangle mall, which has small shops and cafes including Barcelona biggest perfume: shop Sephora Triangle. For a selection of top high street brands, continue onto the pedestrian street Portal de L’Àngel.
Born is located in the old part of the town. This lovely area is far from some of the noisy streets nearby. In recent years, Born has become a trendy place with a luxury designer shops. You can find there a lot of small boutiques and special souvenirs. In addition, there are a large number of excellent restaurants and cafes.
In addition to these beautiful areas and wonderful streets, there are still many great shopping malls. The biggest shopping mall in the Barcelona City is a modern shopping center Diagonal Mar in Sant Marti district of Barcelona. Then there is Maremagnum shopping mall, which is within walking distance of Barceloneta beach and it is open 7 days a week. The third one you should know about is Gran Via 2. It is the only shopping center in the southern area of Barcelona, just 10 minutes from the Barcelona El Prat airport, so it is also very well connected.
As you can see, if you’re a shopping maniac, you will certainly not get bored in Barcelona. Happy shopping!