Guide to shopping in Barcelona: 4 Best places to explore
Shopping in Barcelona is a magical experience because you get to explore one of the most artistic cities on the planet while moving from one fantastic boutique to another. Last year, Barcelona also ranked third among the main fashion capitals of the world, climbing up four spots since 2016. It’s not a surprise that this incredible city is in the top 10 of this important list as Barcelona is a place of beauty that inspires all creative people. If you plan to go on a shopping spree in this city, you need to be careful with your money and choose all the best places to spend it.
Top 4 Places for Shopping in Barcelona
1. Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel
Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel is a street of boutiques from renowned, yet reasonably affordable brands, like Breshka and Zara. It’s a great place for shopping, especially if luxury stores are beyond your budget.
You might be surprised to learn that the rent on this street is actually the highest in the entire Spain. The El Corte Ingles department store is where you should start your shopping for the day.
2. Passeig de Gracia
If you want to see the most beautiful street in Barcelona, you have to stroll down Passeig de Gracia. It’s one of the most interesting places in the city due to the works of Gaudi. The street houses two of them, La Casa Mila and La Casa Batllo. It’s also on the list of must-visit spots for walking tours in Barcelona. The entire street is majestic in its beauty, so it’s not a surprise that many leading brands opened shops there. Those include Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Apple, and Adidas to name a few.
Despite the luxury of the location, there are some more affordable shops there as well. Study the shopping map of the street to get some idea of which places to visit.
3. La Maquinista
La Maquinista is a new shopping mall in Barcelona and it’s located away from the city center. However, this doesn’t diminish the mall’s attraction in the slightest because it’s a truly unique place.
First of all, it’s the only open-air mall of this type in Barcelona. The design of the place is exceptional, so it’s a joy to explore on a warm Spanish day.
4. Diagonal Mar
Diagonal Mar is a tiny street that provides you with one of the best experiences of shopping in Barcelona. And it’s not only fashion boutiques that you can find here. Diagonal Mar houses a wide range of shops that sell anything from fancy clothes to everyday essentials. There is also a multi-theater and a few cafes for you to relax in after a busy shopping spree.
The Diagonal Park is very close to the shops, so you can make a ‘diagonal day’ out of your visit to this part of Barcelona. There is a beach in the mix as well, which makes the place a true heaven for a girl on vacation. In case you’re unprepared, you can buy swimwear and sunscreen right there.
TIP 1: You might not know yet but Barcelona is my favorite city in the world. Find out 10 reasons why it is so in my other article.
TIP 2: And if you are visiting the capital of Catalonia, this article will help you plan your trip. Here’s 30 things to do in Barcelona.
TIP 3: There’s many things you can do in Barcelona. For many of them, such as museums and other attractions, you would need to wait in line for quite some time just to buy the ticket in person. If you’d like to skip lines, you can book your passes here online to save time. All you will need then is your mobile phone so no printing of documents needed. I recommend you to do the following while in Barcelona:
- Barcelona museum pass online
- Camp Nou experience
- Casa Batllo entrance
- Casa Milá – La Pedrera
- Chocolate Museum
- City tour Barcelona
*Have you visited Barcelona? Would you add anything else to the above things to do in Barcelona?