5 Top-Rated Places for Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan capital known for being particularly fashionable.

Barcelona, Spain’s second biggest city, is a cosmopolitan capital known for being particularly fashionable. It has a reputation for setting street style trends and for being home to several fashion schools.

Barcelona has a huge selection of shops for all the different shopping styles: big spending, retail therapy types and for those looking for something really unique and meaningful.

From unique Spanish boutiques and independent stores to big brands like Zara, Bershka, and Desigual, you can find everything you want and have the best authentic Spanish experience while shopping. 

While it is possible to shop in Barcelona without knowledge of the spanish language,you can learn the right words and phrases to get you the right shops and prices in a Spanish Language School Barcelona

Here is a selection of 5 of the best places for shopping in Barcelona.

La Maquinista

This is the largest and newest shopping center in the whole area of Catalonia, with over 250 stores spread across 3 floors: a real shoppers paradise. It officially opened in 2000, and it is kind of unique for being open-air.

The mall has high-street fashion brands suitable for everyone (from top-rung designers to ready-to-wear fashions), a food court, a supermarket, a bowling alley, a 13 screen cinema and a wide range of other services including the possibility to rent an umbrella (with a 20 euros refund deposit!) to be prepared for a sudden rain.

The only inconvenience is that it is not very simple to get to La Maquinista. Make sure you arrange transportation beforehand.

Passeig de Gracia

This was planned to be the most elegant, beautiful and one of the main streets in Barcelona. The project was successful, on Passeig de Gracia shoppers can find the most exclusive and prestigious brands, like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Armani and Gucci, as well as other popular brands. There are also other accessories and jewelry shops, with well-known brands such as Cartier and Rolex. 

Also, here you will find the biggest Apple Store in the city (it has free WiFi!). The other one opened in La Maquinista a few years ago.

If you are passionate about architecture, Passeig de Gracias features La Casa Batlló and La Casa Mila, two of Gaudi’s masterpieces, as well as other impressive buildings with historic facades.

Avinguda Diagonal

This is one of the largest and an extremely popular shopping avenues of the city. True to its name, the avenue divides the city in two diagonally, “cutting” the pattern of the surrounding streets. In Avinguda Diagonal you will find many famous Spanish department stores such as Zara or El Corte Inglés.

At the end of Avinguda Diagonal you will find Diagonal Mar, a modern commercial center with many shops for daily needs and clothing (including FNAC and Primark), a large food court and a multi-theater. The beauty of Diagonal Mar is that it is conveniently located opposite to the beach, so you can enjoy a large public walkway with the most amazing views

People who shop in Diagonal Mar are mostly tourists, so do not expect to see many locals, they avoid crowded places. 

El Raval

This is considered the most trendy and interesting neighborhood in Barcelona, located in the Ciutat Vella district, on the left side of Las Ramblas. It has a cosmopolitan community with an active nightlife and many great places to shop, from clothes to the most original gifts and souvenirs.

If you are passionate about vintage clothes, in the area of El Raval you’ll find independent and vibrant boutiques with the most creative accessories and clothes all at bargain prices.

El Raval is also home to many local and tourist attractions, like the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

La Rambla

This is Barcelona’s main pedestrian street. It has a vibrant atmosphere, full of designer shops, bookshops, flower stalls, and restaurants

La Rambla is a great place to check out for clothing and shoes, and it is ideal for finding unique articles such as cowboy boots or western accessories (you’ll find them at Corbeto’s Boots, a fine shop with more than 60 years of business).

While shopping, you can stop for a coffee and a traditional bocadillo, a sandwich made with fresh Spanish bread (similar to a baguette), slice in half and with many different filling options, such as chorizo sausage, cold cuts, tuna or the most famous spanish delicacy: jamón ibérico (cured ham).