Guide to shopping in Barcelona

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Barcelona shop © JohnSeb/Flickr

Barcelona is by far one of Europe’s most beloved cities. We so far published numerous articles on this blog about Barcelona and its unique vibe, so there is no need to tell you again about how great the Catalan capital is and how many wonderful attractions it hosts.

There is one important aspect we neglected, though, and that is shopping. Barcelona is one of the biggest cities in Spain so shopping here can be a very rewarding experience. In the following paragraphs, we will introduce you to Barcelona’s best shopping centers and districts.

Barcelona Malls and Shopping Centers

Malls are a comfortable way to shop, especially in a hot summer day. Barcelona has numerous malls, both in the center and at the outskirts. Gran Via 2, Diagonal Mar Center Commercial, El Triangle and Pedralbes Center are well known malls with convenient locations within the city’s limits. Of these, Diagonal Mar Center Commercial is the biggest – a huge center with hundreds of shops situated close to the sea.

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Barcelona shop © JohnSeb/Flickr

What is really great about Barcelona is that some of its malls and shopping centers have really beautiful locations, such as Las Arenas, bulit on the site of an old bullfighting arena or Maremagnum, a modern commercial center with views of the Mediterranean.  The famous department store El Corte Ingles is also present in Barcelona.


shopping street ©Oh-Barcelonacom/Flickr


Bargain hunters will love shopping in Barcelona. Well-known high-street fashion retailers from Spain such as Zara, Mango and Bershka all have big stores in Barcelona, and clothes here are generally cheaper than in other parts of Europe. Barcelona also has a big outlet center at its outskirts, called La Roca Village – the journey might take about an hour by bus, but the ticket is not expensive and the offers are worth the trouble.

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Maremagnum © daniel0685/Flickr


Barcelona is one of the best places in Spain to indulge in fresh seafood, so under no circumstances should you miss a visit to a local market. Mercat de Sant Antoni, Boqueria Market and Mercat de la Concepcion and three of Barcelona’s most popular markets. Here you can but a variety of products, from fresh seafood and fruits, to traditional cheeses, as well as flowers. Mercat Gothic is the best known flea market in Barceolna, taking place every Thursday.

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