Shopper’s Guide to Barcelona
Unlike its rival city Madrid, Barcelona offers a totally different shoppers experience. It’s true that most of the brands you will find here are the same as in Madrid (and, if we come to think about it, like in most European city, expecting the Spanish brands, of course) – but the unique architecture of Barcelona will impregnate your shopping experience with history. Those of you willing to shop with style and go bargain hunting among narrow, baroque streets can as well start with my brief shopper’s guide to Barcelona:
Shopping malls are not quite the number one attraction in Barcelona but it’s worth mentioning them because here you can find everything you need altogether. The four most popular shopping malls in Barcelona are La Maniquista, Bulevard Rosa, Diagonal-Mar and Centre Comercial Barcelona Glories. You can also opt for the coquette Mercadillio or pay a visit to the historic El Corte Ingles, a huge department store so dear to Barcelona natives.
Luxury Items and Boutiques
There is not so much to say about boutiques and brands either. Most of the well-known fashion brands and designer boutiques are present in Barcelona: Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Prada, you name it! Most of these are located alongside central streets like Placa Catalunya, Avda Diagonal or Passeig de Gracia. Eixample and Via Augusta are two other famous shopping areas of Bracelona, this this with a more diverse offer (here you can find souvenir shops, shoe shops, arts and crafts, furniture etc.)
Souvenirs and bargains
In terms of souvenirs, the first thing that pops into everyone’s minds is La Rambla, closely followed by Bari Gothic. These two areas represent the very heart of Barcelona and are packed with souvenir shops and fridge magnets, however not the places where locals would shop. Barcelona does have a more bohemian shopping area, known as El Raval, known for its record stores and underground clothing labels. As for flea markets, there are two of them: Fira de Nautumismo and Mercat Del Encants.
Food shopping and markets
Markets are just a great place to interact with the locals and taste some authentic food. No excursion to Barcelona should ever lack a visit to one of its buzzing, colorful markets. The main markets open early in the morning and display the most varied merchandise, from fresh seafood to arts and crafts. The two preferred markets in Barcelona are Sant Antoni and La Boqueria.