As Spain’s second-largest city, you can bet that your options are many for where to shop in Barcelona. So in between checking out its most famous sights, consider scoping out a few of these spots to do some of your travel spending.
Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gracia earns fame as perhaps the city’s most famous street thanks to its selection of Gaudí sights like La Pedrera and Caso Batllo, but also for its abundance of shopping opportunities. Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, the wide avenue is dotted with recognizable brands ranging from Zara to high-fashion names like Loewe and Gucci.
If you’re already in the Gracia neighborhood to visit Parc Güell, you might want to consider a little shopping excursion as well. The barrio, which once used to be its very own city, maintains a traditional and relatively tourist-free vibe, which means you can still come across authentic-but-unique gifts.
Here, in one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, you’ll find the Picasso Museum, but also scores of other stores worth perusing. Think funky clothing boutiques and shoe shops, minus all the tourist frenzy that you’ll find elsewhere.
If you still seek more choices off-the-tourist-shopping-path, go to El Raval. In this gentrifying neighborhood, you’ll discover a selection of alternative options from vintage boutiques to foreign-inspired shops.
El Corte Inglés
No list of shopping options would be complete without mentioning Spain’s largest department store El Corte Inglés. In Barcelona, there are several locations, with the largest situated in Plaça de Catalunya. Inside its walls you’ll find just about everything, from porcelain Lladro figurines to Barça soccer jerseys.
For still more shopping under one roof, head to the Diagonal Mar shopping center, home to over 150 different stores. There, you’ll find all the mall amenities one might expect, from a food court, to a play area, and even free WiFi.
- Contributed by Erin Ridley