Of course, Barcelona is known for its interesting architecture, world-class museums, art galleries, tapas bars and incredible restaurants and cafes. But, when in Barcelona, don’t forget to go shopping. The city has some of the best shopping venues in Spain. Shopping malls, department stores, markets, boutiques – Barcelona has everything and here are the best places to shop.
El Corte Inglès – There are several massive El Corte Inglès department stores in Barcelona, with probably the most famous one on Plaça Catalunya. It’s the best department chain in Spain, if you believe most people, as they really do sell everything. Of course, most things are not cheap, so if you’re looking for bargains you’re not likely to find many here. But, if you enjoy a one-stop-shopping venue for clothing, accessories, children’s toys, shoes, electronics, groceries etc. El Corte Inglès is the first place to start looking.
La Maquinista – If you love a good shopping mall then La Maquinista is for you. It’s an open-air lifestyle mall with more than 200 shops, cafes and restaurants, a world-class movie theater, a bowling alley and an enormous Carrefour hypermarket. Stores include Zara, Lacoste, Hollister, Foot Locker, Timberland, Sephora, Oro Vivo and more.
La Maquinista dining includes Cantina Mariachi, a good Mexican restaurant, K’wai K’wai for excellent noodles, and Gino’s if you’re looking for a quick pizza or pasta.
They’re located at Paseo Potosí, 2. Barcelona.
Maremagnum – Located in Port Vell,Maremagnum is famous for its independent designers and brand names. Look for Lacoste, Mango, Casas Kids, Slam, Kiko, Swatch, and H&M, as well as a whole slew of fast food joints and restaurants.
Moll d’Espanya, 5 Port Vell. Metro Drassanes.
Gracia – A wonderful neighborhood in Barcelona, the Gracia area is one of the top places in the city for independent boutiques, small art galleries, cafes, restaurants and basically just plain cool stuff. Prices aren’t cheap, but the products are unique and the atmosphere fashionable and fun.
Get to it by taking the metro to the Fontana stop. It’s just a few minutes walk from here.
Las Ramblas – Of course, still one of the most famous shopping districts in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is the best place for independent shops selling unusual items or just for a wander around lots of winding, tiny side streets right off the main Rambla. In particular, look for fashion items, jewelry, vintage clothing, crafts, photograph frames, and antiques.
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