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Where to shop…

Department stores and shopping centres

The most well known department store is El Corte Ingles in the heart of the city in Plaza Catalunya. There are also others in Avenida Diagonal & Plaza de la Reina Maria Cristina. The Plaza Catalunya store has a great food department downstairs.
You can also find the French-owned store FNAC in El Triangle in Plaza Catalunya specializing in music and gadgets.

For larger shopping centres try l’Illa del Diagonal – considered one of the city’s more interesting architectural developments since the Olympic Games and also Diagonal Mar shopping centre, which you can get to by tram. After shopping you can then spend a few hours on the beach, which is just behind it…
Paseo de Gracia/Diagonal

Aside from being one of the best places to see some fabulous modernist architecture, Paseo de Gracia is one of the best streets for shopping in Barcelona.  You can find a whole array of national and international designers including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Adolfo Dominguez, Loewe, Hermès, Laurel, Hoss, Camper, Zara, Mango, Benetton and Laura Ashley. Avenida Diagonal is one of the biggest shopping streets in Europe – boasting a 5-km Shopping Line , which stretches from the sea to the uptown Diagonal district.

 

el Born

El Born has some fabulous boutiques and shoe shops as well as artisan & jewellery shops, all of which are great to find that one-off piece. Go to ‘Custo’ for some of the city’s most colorful clothing. Custo was created by a Spanish team of brothers, whose signature style of vibrant color combinations is hard to miss. Coquette in Calle Rec offers chic and feminine pieces from one of Barcelona’s best designer boutiques. ‘ a Copenhagen’ sells only Scandinavian brands which are renown for their good quality and simple elegance. Bodega La Tinaja in Calle Esparteria has some of the best in specialty wines and cavas from Spain. Casa Gispert in Calle Sombreres is a fabulous, old-fashioned delicatessen selling delicious Mediterranean foods such as chocolates, organic produce, coffee and nuts.

Markets

If you are a bargain hunter or a fan of antique markets, have a wander around ‘Els Encants Vells’ held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next to Placa de les Glories Catalanes. You can find everything here – but be prepared to barter.
You can get their by tram or metro (stop: Glories)

In the Barrio Gotico, there’s a crafts market in the Plaza de Sant Josep Oriol on Thursday and Friday, an antiques market in Plaza Nova on Thursday, and a coin and stamp collectors’ market in Plaza Reial on Sunday morning. On the western edge of El Raval, Mercado de Sant Antoni (metro: Sant Antoni) dedicates Sunday morning to old maps, stamps, books and cards.

El Born & Barcelona
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