Where to go shopping in Barcelona?

Published on December 30, 2019 by Catalan Holidays

Few cities in the entire world bring together the options that Barcelona has to offer its visitors; one of the best cultural, leisure and shopping experiences. For years, this Spanish city has been a point of reference for those people who seek to enjoy a welcoming, cosmopolitan and modern city that offers the possibility of lodgings, having fun and shopping among the wide variety of leisure areas, accommodation and shops, for all tastes and pockets.

Having fun for a few days in one of Europe’s favourite metropolises means being able to uncover its wide cultural offering, its rich and varied selection of cuisine, staying in some of its highly regarded holiday homes, and going shopping at some of its most exclusive shops. This includes big names and major brands in the main shopping streets, as well as the small, traditional shops that line the most famous markets and shopping areas in the Catalan city.

Those people who visit the city, mainly look to stay in a central holiday home that will allow them to access in little time, ideally on foot, the main leisure activities, both cultural and food-related. Equally, they seek to be able to stay near the main commercial areas to go shopping in Barcelona, one of the best cities on the continent for shopping.

Where to go shopping in Barcelona?

In Barcelona, it is possible to go shopping in various commercial areas throughout the city. Neighbourhoods and streets have really varied stores, with an extensive offering of brands and big names, from areas focused on more exclusive shopping, with stores for the most demanding clients, to the usual fashion companies located in the main city shopping centres.

Commercial areas

In the middle of Barcelona, Portal del Angel is one of the most expensive shopping streets in Spain, where the shopping experience is a big favourite. It contains the most exclusive fashion and accessory stores and brands.

By Pere O., Portal del Angel, Barcelona  Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of the capital city means also citing some of its most famous zones, such as the “Passeig de Gracia” street where, as well as exclusive stores, it is possible to enjoy a vast cultural and gastronomic choice in the area, and also admire some of the city’s most emblematic buildings, such as Casa Mila or the beautiful Pedrera.

By Txllxt, Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

One of the most historic areas of Barcelona, El Raval district, has an extensive shopping range. Besides small shops, with a varied presence of handmade products and clothing, nearby there are a large number of shopping centres where you can purchase all kinds of items, while enjoying one of Barcelona’s most characteristic zones.

By Fred Romero, El Raval, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Diagonal Street is another excellent option for those tourists who arrive in the city and, as well as staying in one of the city’s holiday homes, want to enjoy shopping in one of the most typical, recommended and beautiful areas in the Catalan capital. More than ten kilometres long, it is possible to find everything on this street, as well as indulge in a wide array of cuisines.

By Txllxt, Calle Diagonal, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Equally recommendable, is the Rambla Cataluyna, which is a must-visit for those people who wish to get to know the latest novelties of the top, most chic and trendy stores. Here there is a wide offering of luxury stores, perfect for your shopping.

By Pere Prlpz, Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Those people who want to stay in a holiday home and go shopping in one of the most Bohemian neighbourhoods in Barcelona, should undoubtedly choose the Born district. Artisanal shops on streets like Mirallers or Argentina, with unique works from local designers, intermingle with spots of great beauty along its small streets, typical of the most central and historic areas in the city.

By Kyle Taylor, El Born, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

 Commercial centres

Fans of the most exclusive and expensive brands, like Gucci or Calvin Klein, have an excellent shopping opportunity in the Diagonal Mar shopping centre. It has a wide range of all types of shops which, alongside luxury names, offer an excellent chance to shop in Barcelona and enjoy one of the most interesting days out.

At the same time, if you want to get to know one of the oldest shopping centres in the city, you should go to Glories Shopping Centre, near to Agbar tower, a huge space with leisure areas, a multiplex cinema and a large range of fashion stores.

Another excellent shopping option in Barcelona is Las Arenas shopping centre, very close to the Plaza de España. Its peculiar structure, making the most of the reformation of an old bull ring, today provides visitors with a large number of shops and small catering establishments where you can enjoy the best cuisine in the area. In Catalonia Square, El Triangle is an excellent option for enjoying another of the most important shopping centres in the capital city. Due to its location, it is perfectly placed for doing all sorts of shopping in its vast commercial offering, festooned with all types of store.

By Felix König, Las Arenas, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Similarly, next to Catalonia Square, it is possible to enjoy El Triangle, one of the most popular shopping centres in Barcelona. With many years behind it, it provides a central area with some twenty shops spread over two levels. Because of its location, it is perfect to visit and go shopping, and use it as a meeting point for getting to know other points of interest in the city, like the Ramblas.

Another of the most recommended shopping centres in the capital city is the Maremagnum. Due to its location in the bay of Barcelona’s Port Vell, it is of special interest for tourists who hope to go shopping in one of the most touristy areas of the city.

By Felix König, Maremagnum, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Big department stores

One of the most popular large department stores in the whole country is the El Corte Inglés, a chain of shopping centres that are situated in the main cities and towns of the country. In Barcelona it is possible to enjoy several centres from this brand, which are situated in key areas where there is a greater number of tourists who are looking to enjoy the shops and visit the most characteristic points of the city.

By Felix König,Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons


Those people who wish to make the most of the offers and sales from the main big names must not let the opportunity to visit the various Outlets that there are throughout the city pass them by. One example of this is, without a doubt, La Roca Village, a shopping centre with an excellent environment, where you can go shopping among various top brand shops that offer huge discounts and promotions on their clearance products.

By Manuel Pino, Roca Village, Barcelona Wikimedia Commons

Business hours in Barcelona

Barcelona, being one of the most important and touristy cities in Europe, has very interesting timetables for shopping lovers. Business hours in Barcelona are usually from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 in the morning to 13:30, and from 17:00 to 20:00 at night. The big shopping centres in the city usually open from 10:00 in the morning to 10:00 at night, Monday to Saturday.

Sunday shopping in Barcelona

Despite that, it is possible to see how on Sundays a large number of shops are open, especially in the main tourist centres. Sunday shopping in Barcelona is possible in larger areas, except when it falls on days like Christmas or New Year, when practically all the shopping centres and city stores close.

Where to Sleep Near Barcelona

Our recommendations are coastal accommodation near to the city of Barcelona. There are areas on the Catalan coast that allow you to be between the sea and the mountains at the same time as being near to the city of Barcelona.

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On the other hand, have you thought of holiday rentals of houses with private pools y holiday rentals of houses that accept dogs or other pets. Through this link you have all our holiday homes in Catalonia.

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