Barcelona is a large shopping center where modernity and tradition go hand in hand. The offering is unlimited and includes international and Spanish brands, small antique and art shops, book stores and souvenir stores for tourists.
The Shopping Line is impressive: it starts at the old harbor and goes along las Ramblas, Barri Gotic, Portal de l’Angel, continues from Plaça de Catalunya and up to Passeig de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya with even more shops along Av. Diagonal.
In the narrow old streets of the Gothic you will find historical selling antiques, books and crafts , as well as an excellent selection of souvenirs concentrated especially on La Rambla together with kiosks and flower shops, and the precious market of La Boqueria.
Av. Portal de l’Angel connect near Plaça de Catalunya, offers the best selection of young designers at affordable prices such as Zara, Camper, H&M, Pull&Bear, Footlocker, etc…
In the Born district, the quarter around the Picasso Museum, it’s easy to find fashion shops from little designers, art galleries and excellent crafts.
In the Eixample is concentrated the elite of fashion and major international names (Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Armani, etc…) just by walking on the beautifull street of Paseo de Gracia, where you will also see the Boulevard Rosa, a wide department store along the way.
All over Avenida Diagonal shoppers can find all sort of stores, from furniture and home accessory shops, like Habitat, to clothing shops and big shopping centers like Illa Diagonal, El Corte Inglés or Pedralbes Centre.
Also in Barcelona there are many large department stores.
Two of the largest are in the centre of Barcelona, in Plaza Catalunya, El Corte Ingles and Fnac.
In El Corte Ingles you will find just about anything you want: a supermarket with Spanish delicatessen, clothes from the most famous brands, cosmetics, electronics, toys, change of currency and even a travel agency; go to Fnac if you are looking for electronics devices, books, DVDs music or concert tickets.
And last don’t forget that the sales start around the 10th of January in the winter and the 1th of July during the summer.
The big department stores and shopping complexes open from 9am or 10am until 9pm or 10pm at night, Monday to Saturday.
Smaller shops often close for a few hours at lunchtime around 2pm to 4pm for (Siesta time!)