What you need to know about shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona is worth visiting because it is one of the world’s coolest cities and with some thirty-five thousand stores in the city Barcelona is a true shopper’s paradise. You will find a lot of shops, malls and shopping areas in Barcelona, so shopping in Barcelona is quite easy. The city is divided into different districts and areas and it takes some effort to discover them all. But as you may find out this cosmopolite has a dense and luxourious glamour level in and around the Passeig de Gracia and the Avinguda Diagonal. So if you orientate from these streets you can find all the luxury brands and shops convenient lined up for you. Please come over and ‘Shop until you drop’! The following information might come handy for you. It gives you the directions of the main shopping areas with opening hours and the Sales periods in Barcelona.
Opening hours shops in Barcelona
Remember! Many shops in Barcelona stick to an old Spanish tradition of closing hours between 14:00 and 17:00 hour. This occurs especially in small and family businesses. The department stores, malls and most shops however are open whole day. Generally shops in Barcelona are open until 20:00h. And L’illa the high-end shopping mall of Barcelona on the Ave. Diagonal is even open till 10.00h every week day and Saturday. Most stores are closed on Sundays (except Christmas). But for the shop addicts who wants to go shopping in Barcelona on Sunday, go to shopping mall Mare Magnum in the harbour.
Sales in Barcelona
Remember! The sales periods in Barcelona might be interesting for you. Twice a year stores may hold an official Sale period: after the holidays (from January 7 through February) and during the summer holidays (July 1 to end of August). So be there if you want to score and make your shopping in Barcelona experience worth it!
Shopping in Barcelona tips: Check out the shopping tips in this article if you want to get the most out of your stay in Barcelona!
Main shopping areas in Barcelona:
Below you will find all the important addresses and best malls for shopping during your visit to Barcelona. Also read the shopping tips to find the cutest clothes and the most original stuff.
The best shopping streets in Barcelona are:
Passeig de Gràcia: for ultimate shopping in Barcelona go first to the most glamorous shopping street in Barcelona where you can find the latest fashion of the luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dior, Stella Mc Cartney, Prada, Valentino, Versace, Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, La Perla, Carolina Herrera, Isabel Marant, Stuart Weitzman, Max Mara, Santa Eulalia, Loewe, Rolex, Tous, Bvlgary, Tiffany & Co, Purificacion Garcia and Gonzalo Comella.
Besides the many luxury designer stores you can also find the flagship stores of Adolfo Domínguez, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Zara, H&M, Bershka, Oysho, Shana, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Miss Sixty, Adidas, Esprit, Lacoste, Replay, G-Star, Diesel, Desigual, Sisley, United Colors of Benetton, Swatch, and Uterqüe & Other Stories in the Passeig de Gràcia.
Tip: Visit the massive concept store from Apple at the Passeig de Gràcia No 1 if you are in to luxury computers and gadgets.
Hotels in the Passeig de Gràcia: There are a few very luxury hotels in the Passeig de Gràcia to stay in. But for an ultra convenient luxury shopping trip book your stay in Barcelona at the Mandarin Orient hotel. This glamorous 5 star hotel is located in the heart of the Passeig de Gràcia. With a breath taking income and a spectacular roof top terras, from where you have the best panorama view over the center of Barcelona and the Passeig de Gràcia, this hotel definitely ads value to your luxury shopping experience! More info!
Avinguda Diagonal: the main part of the Diagonal where the shops are located passes from the Passeig de Gràcia up to the Plaza Francesc Macia. Here you can find several living store departments and a range of exclusive wedding designers (Rosa Clara flagship store) and chic shops and boutiques. Here you can also find some fashion chains (Comptoir des Cotonniers, Women’Secret, Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Uterqüe and Macson). At the Diagonal you will find two locations of the department store of El Corte Inglés with a more exclusive shopping range for luxury shopping in Barcelona.
Tip: If you walk further down towards Zona Universitària you will find the malls L’Illa Diagonal and Pedralbes Centre. Don’t forget to check out the food section in the basement of L’illa.
Portal de L’Angel: without a doubt the busiest shopping street in Barcelona where you can find all the large fashion chains like Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Oysho, H&M, Calzedonia, Stradivarius and Massimo Dutti, Mango, Springfield, Cortefiel, Jack & Jones, New Yorker and Women’Secret.
Tip: The H&M (Portal de l’Àngel number 20), designed by Spanish Javier Mariscal, is definitely worth seeing!
Carrer de Pelai: a very popular and crowded shopping street with a lot of shoe stores, ideal for shoe addicts! Also to be found here: Blanco, Massimo Dutti, Desigual, Levi’s, Oysho, Mango, Topshop, Topman, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Lefties, Stradivarius, Accessorize, Foot Locker and C&A.
Tip: visit also Sephora, the biggest and most beautiful beauty, make-up and perfume shop that can be found in Barcelona. This is located under the small shopping mall El Triangle, next to Plaça Catalunya, with stores like Fnac, Massimo Dutti, Havaianas, Watx, Habitat, Hello Kitty and Camper.
Las Ramblas: here you can find Nike, Desigual and Custo Barcelona. Furthermore, most of the souvenir shops are located here. This is an other aspect of shopping in Barcelona. Like a real tourist you can not skip this part of Barcelona, but be aware for pickpockets.
Rambla de Catalunya: a very nice shopping area and great walking zone . Here you can find among the many bars and restaurants also shops like Zara, Zara Home, Misako, Panama Jack, Sephora, MAC, Intimissimi, United Colors of Benetton, Calzedonia, Pretty Ballerinas, Oysho, Massimo Dutti, Urbaks, Mango, Morgan de Toi, Yamamay, Khiels, Armani Junior, Swarovski, System Action and Dolores Promesas.
In the crossing street Carrer Rossello you can also find Brandy Melville, Scotch & Soda and Tiger and in Carrer València the shop of Sabon.
Tip: Please visit also the lifestyle stores of Sony and Muji at the Rambla de Catalunya.
Main department stores and shopping malls
The best department stores in Barcelona are:
El Corte Inglés: Shopping in Barcelona isn’t complete without visiting an El Corte Inglés department store. This is the most famous Spanish department store and is found everywhere in the city. Comparable to department stores like Gallerie La Fayette and Printemps in Paris, Selfridges in London and Macy’s in New York.
The most easy to find El Corte Inglés store is located at Plaça Catalunya. At the upper floor is a bar, restaurant with a stunning view over the city center.
The more exclusive stores of El Corte Inglés are located at the Ave. Diagonal near Plaza Francesc Macia and Pedralbes Shopping Center. Here you can find a large variety of the exclusive luxury brands.
Maremagnum: next to the Columbus Monument and the sea you’ll find the Maremagnum shopping center, a modern indoor shopping center with open-air balconies and spaces with beautiful harbour views, has plenty of shops, restaurants, with an IMAX cinema for 3D movies, and a spectacular Aquarium. At Maremagnum you will find brands like Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, H&M, Blanco, Friday’s Project, Havaianas, Desigual, Lefties, Macson, Oysho, Women’Secret and Lacoste. And… it is also opened on sundays!
Bulevard Rosa: a cozy and intimate shopping mall in the Passeig de Gràcia, with chic boutiques and hot brands.
Tip: Looking for Ibiza style fashion and accessories? This is the place to go!
Las Arenas: the most spectacular shopping mall in Barcelona from architectural perspective. This complex has a magnificent location at the Plaça Espanya and is built in an old bull fighting arena while preserving it’s original façade. In the complex are shops like Mango, Blanco, Romà Point, Miss Sixty, Casas, Trucco, + D Conti, Calzedonia, Swarovski, Base, Desigual, Piquadro, Tous, Calvin Klein and FNAC. It hosts a gym and here you can also go to the movies. In the basement and on the top floor you can find good bars and restaurants. Overall this complex is a must visit and not for shopping alone!
Tip: the 360 degrees view over the city from the viewing platform on top of the arena is breathtaking.
L’Illa Diagonal: a luxury indoor shopping center at the Diagonal with all kinds of shops such as Massimo Dutti, Zara, Zara Home, Uterqüe, Bershka, Primark, Macson, Pepe Jeans, Diesel, FNAC, Intimissimi, Nike, Jack & Jones, Panama Jack, Dockers, Double Agent, Cortefiel, Custo Barcelona, Conti, Carhartt, Antonio Miró, Camper, Swarovski, Pandora, Munich, Hoss Intropia, Pedro del Hierro, Purificacion Garcia, Sita Murt, Ese o Ese, Blanco, Bimba & Lola , Etam, Cooked in Barcelona, Javier Simorra, Código Básico, Natura, Misako, Mandarina Duck, Sfera, Decathlon, Rituals, MUJI, Lush, The Body Shop, Calzedonia, Superdry and the Disney Store.
Tip: Don’t forget to check out the spectacular food section in the basement of L’illa.
Pedralbes Centre: is a smaller indoor shopping center in the upscale neighborhood of Sarrià – Sant Gervasi. With various restaurants and shops such as Mango, Podium, Fratelli Fratelli, Artesanos Shirt makers of resentment, Furest, Gonzalo Comella, Armani Casa, Zara Home, Clarks, Tascón and Timberland.
La Maquinista: This outdoor mall has a large selection of shops, bars, restaurants and a supermarket. Also here you can go bowling or to the movies. At La Maquinista you can find stores like Forever21, Levi’s, Mango, Zara, Zara Home, H & M, Stradivarius, Bershka, G-Star, Pull & Bear, Nike, Camper, The Body Shop, Ese o Ese, Le Temps des Cerises, Promod, Miss Sixty, Jack & Jones, Lacoste, Desigual, Adolfo Domingo, Timberland, Springfield, Natura, Blanco, Guess, Hollister, Massimo Dutti, Rip Curl, Salsa Jeans and Media Markt.
Les Glories: This semi outdoor mall close to the modern Torre Agbar building like La Maquinista offers a bit of everything: shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas. You can shop among others at Footlocker, United Colors of Benetton, Calzedonia, Etam, Intimissimi, C&A, H&M, Levi’s, Massimo Dutti, Pepe Jeans, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Mango, Springfield, Swatch, Zara, Claire’s, Swarovski, Stradivarius and Bijou Brigitte.
Diagonal Mar: Next to the subway station El Maresme / Fòrum (L4) and the Northern part of the Ronda Litoral, is this large indoor shopping mall with more than 150 brands under one roof, a cinema and many restaurants. Here you can find stores like Blanco, Jack & Jones, Bodique, +DConti, calcedonia, Celio, Desigual, Ikks, H & M, Intimissimi, Ese o Ese, Bershka, Antonio Miró, 7 Camicie, Primark, Calvin Klein, Zara, Pepe Jeans, Prenatal, Promod, Pull & Bear, Punto Blanco, Sfera, Simorra, Panama Jack, Oysho, Miss Sixty, Nice Day Nice Things, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Springfield, Lacoste, Levi’s, Mac Quinn, Macson, Fnac, Media Markt, Natura, Casa , Toys ‘R’ Us, Boboli, Imaginarium of Beneton Kids.
Gran Via 2: at the Gran Via near mount Montjuïc and IKEA is the Gran Via 2 shopping center. This indoor shopping center has more than 200 shops, a cinema and many restaurants. In Gran Via 2, you can shops like: +D Conti, United Colors of Benetton, Bershka, Blanco, Blend, Celio, Custo, Desigual, G-Star, H&M, Furest Casual, Ikks, Zara, Jack & Jones, Levi’s, Mac Quinn , Mango, Macson, Nike, Massimo Dutti, Naf Naf, New Yorker, Pepe Jeans, Pimkie, Pull & Bear, Shana, Salsa, Springfield and Geox.
Enjoy your Shopping in Barcelona experience!