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The Best Shopping in Barcelona In 2020

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Any honest tourist can admit that once in awhile it’s nice to leave behind the culture.

I mean who needs Gaudi when you’ve got Gucci, right?

In addition to memories I want you to go home with a suitcase stuffed full of treasures. So here’s the guide. Take my advice on the best shopping in Barcelona and run – just don’t blame me when that bank statement rolls in!

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Get in touch in the comments below for custom advice.

Best Shopping Areas in Barcelona

For shopping in Barcelona you have two main streets: Passeig de Gracia and Portal del Angel. Both start at the famous Plaça de Catalunya.

The metro station for either street is Catalunya (red and green lines).

Portal del Angel

Portal del Angel is your spot for cheap shopping in Barcelona.

This 250 meter long shopping street runs downhill from Plaça de Catalunya (towards the water). You’ll notice it from the enormous neon thermometer lurking above the street and the sea of shoppers and their bags.

You’ll find all the deals at major clothes shopping chains like Pull and Bear, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Springfield, Benetton, H&M, Bershka, Mango, and more.

It’s also a cool place to find local shoe shops, mobile phone retailers, and even the Disney Store.

Passeig de Gracia

Big spenders looking for high end shopping should pay a visit to the luxurious Passeig de Gracia – the highest grossing shopping street in Barcelona. You’ll find it walking uphill (towards the mountains) from Plaça de Catalunya.

There’s probably no other shopping area in the world with so much world class architecture – it’s here that you’ll find La Pedrera and Casa Batllò.

For shopping there’s a lot to choose from like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Gucci, Diesel, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and many more. There are also great jewelry and accessory shops like Bvlgari, Cartier, Rolex, Chanel, and Swarovski.

You’ll also find the Apple Store for free Wi-Fi.

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Barcelona Shopping Malls

Diagonal Mar

Variety: ★★★☆  Central: ★★☆☆  Atmosphere: ★★★☆

If for some reason you wanted to combine a day at Barcelona’s beaches with shopping this is it.

You’ll find this shopping mall about 300 meters from the famous Mar Bella beach. The main draw here is that its Barcelona’s most central Primark location – a great place for insane clothing deals. It’s also a who’s-who of clothing shops and fast food restaurants.

Tourists with Bus Turistic tickets get a special VIP Tourist Card good for up to 30% discounts at 70+ stores.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 3.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (closed Sunday).

Website: Diagonal Mar Shopping Mall.

Centro Comercial Glories

Variety: ★★★★  Central: ★★☆☆  Atmosphere: ★★★☆

The best Barcelona shopping mall because it’s brand new and it’s got great variety.

This is without a doubt the best place for clothes shopping in Barcelona. It has over 160 shops including a cinema and a flagship Carrefour Hypermarket. There’s also a great selection of both fast food and gourmet restaurants.

To get there grab the red line of the metro and get off at Glories.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 208.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (closed Sunday).

Website: Glories Centro Comercial (Spanish only).

Las Arenas Shopping Centre

Variety: ★★★☆  Central: ★★★★  Atmosphere: ★★★★

I can safely say this is the only shopping mall in the world found in an ex-bullfighting arena.

Stepping into the multi-story area and seeing all the modern shops, sleek escalators, and glass elevator shafts is an amazing contrast. Here it’s all about mid-range fashion and quality restaurants. If you’re looking for some great shopping and a drink with a view come here.

Go to the top of the arena via the escalators (don’t pay for the elevator) for a great view of Plaça de Espanya and Montjuic. Time your visit with a trip to the Magic Fountain Show for an added bonus.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 373.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (closed Sunday).

Website: Las Arenas Shopping Centre.

L’Illa Diagonal

Variety: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★☆☆ Atmosphere: ★★★☆

If you’re looking for shopping near Camp Nou stadium this is the one.

This one too boasts a mass of big box stores including electronics giant FNAC and Barcelona’s second Primark location. There’s also a concentration on higher end fashion here, and it has even dubbed itself the ‘fashion shopping centre of Barcelona’.

What I like about this place is the high end food court downstairs where you can get tons of typical local food products.

170 shops in total.

El Triangle

Variety: ★☆☆☆  Central: ★★★★  Atmosphere: ★★★☆

The most central Barcelona shopping mall is unfortunately its most limited.

Right above La Rambla at Plaça de Catalunya is at aptly named El Triangle for its noticeable triangular shape – you’ll find about 20 shops to choose from here.

This is the place to go for electronics and multimedia as it’s the flagship store of Spanish gadget and entertainment retailer FNAC. Other popular stores include Foot Locker, Urban Outfitters, Massimo Dutti, and Brazilian sandal wizards Hawaianas.

If you’re missing home badly there’s also a Starbucks.

Address: Plaça Catalunya 1-4.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (closed Sunday)

Website: El Triangle Centro Comercial.

Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Variety: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★★  Atmosphere: ★★☆☆

The convenience of this medium sized Barcelona mall is what brings people in. Just walk all the way down La Rambla and across the mini bridge over the water to the mirrored building that’s famous for being the only mall open on Sunday.

You’ll get all the clothes shopping classics here like H&M, Lefties, Pull and Bear, Mango etc. There are also some great gift shops and the Barcelona FC Official Store.

Address: Edifici Maremàgnum, Moll d’Espanya 5.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

Barcelona Department Stores

El Corte Ingles

As far as traditional department stores in Barcelona go look no further than the legendary El Corte Ingles. It’s actually the only department store left in Spain. It’s also the largest in Europe.

The nine floor flagship location can be found in Plaça de Catalunya. Here you’ll find pretty much anything under the sun in high end shopping to basic furniture to electronics and the city’s most celebrated supermarket.

Other locations are found at Portal del Angel or at 617 Avinguda Diagonal (Maria Cristina metro, green line L3).

Hours: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm (closed Sunday)

Website: El Corte Ingles.

Outlet Shopping in Barcelona

La Roca Village

This luxury outlet shopping village with over 100 shops is found about 40 minutes northeast of Barcelona in a town called Santa Agnès de Malanyanes. Here you’ll find premium outlets offering discounts of up to 70% off regular stores.

There’s a great atmosphere with the cool mosaics and deco tiling. They’ll also give you a tax refund if you’re a non-EU citizen. A great location to combine with a trip to the nearby beaches of the Costa Brava.

It’s great if you’ve rented a car but there’s also a Sagales bus leaving from Calle Casp 34 (near metro Urquinaona) which costs €16.00 aboard or €15.00 bought online for a return ticket.

Buses run once an hour from 9 am to 8 pm. Tickets include a shopping guide, free WiFi, and discount booklet.

Address: La Roca Village, s/n.

Hours: 10 am to 10 pm daily.

Website: La Roca Village.

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Boutique Shopping in Barcelona

Pinza’t

This artisan shop is famous for its hand-painted technical bags made from recycled lorry materials like seat belts and buckles.

35 different street artists decorate the unique pieces here. These double-stitched bags are great for cameras, ‘bike ready’, and practically indestructible.

There’s only one location of this sustainable and fair trade shop and it’s found in the Born district of Barcelona – the perfect place to pick up a gift for a loved one.

Address: Carrer de Grunyí 7.

Hours: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri).

Website: Pinza’t.

Lydia Delgado

One of the biggest names in Spanish fashion. The slogan ‘the bohemian side of elegance‘ really applies to the chic, feminine collections and colourful accessories you’ll find at the designer’s only shop just steps away from Passeig de Gracia.

Get in touch and make yourself an appointment to find the perfect look with their style consultants.

Address: Calle Séneca 28.

Hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sunday).

Website: Lydia Delgado.

Imanol Ossa Design Art

If you can make a lamp out of it chances are Imanol Ossa has done it. You can’t go wrong buying one of the designer lamps made here using items found in the street of Barcelona’s rough and ready Raval neighbourhood.

In using anything from drum cymbals to chemistry beakers to wood trunks the consumer is left with a truly unique gift that won’t be found anywhere else.

Also check out the jewelry and hand made furniture.

Address: Carrer Peu de la Creu 24.

Hours: n/a.

Website: Imanol Ossa Design Art.

Souvenirs

I’ve got an entire post dedicated to shopping for souvenirs in Barcelona.

In it you’ll find not only what to buy but where to buy it.

In general I would advise avoiding cheap shops which sell the traditional stereotypes: bull t-shirts (bullfighting has been banned in Catalonia), Spanish flags, Mexican sombreros, and flamenco outfits.

Here’s a few quick ideas:

Galeria Maxò

This space dedicated to art and creativity is the brainchild of owner Maxò.

Here you’ll get cute little wooden picture frames with three dimensional images inside. Typically the images feature top Barcelona attractions.

My Italian colleagues have posted a beautiful photo album of the shop so you can get a better idea. The price of each frame is around €20.00

Address: Carrer del Portal Nou 29 (El Born) or Carrer de Petritxol 18 (El Gotico)

Papabubble

This shop isn’t too Barcelona but in my opinion warrants a visit, if even just for the sensory experience.

Papabubble is an artisanal candy factory with some impossibly unique shapes and tastes which can even be customized to your liking.

Your tastebuds will thank you!

Address: Carrer dels Banys Nous 3 (Liceu metro station)

La Bufanda

It’s hot here! So this cute accessory shop is ideal for bringing home a cute little Spanish fan.

Prices range from €19.00 to €39.00 depending on the models. There is ample selection and some of them are even hand painted.

Here you’ll also find scarves and hats which make great gifts for just about anyone.

Address: Carrer del Pi 2 (Liceu metro station).

Vidrio Sanjuan

Here’s a real glass factory found in the heart of Poble Espanyol.

You’ll find a ton of items here from large sculptures to trinket souvenirs. You’ll watch the glass blowers make the products right in front of you, moulding Barcelona-themed objects with pliers and adding colourful powders.

Barcelona FC coach Pep Guardiola actually had a replica glass Champions League trophy made here. This shop has also made glass destined for mega attractions La Sagrada Familia and the Catalan Music Palace.

The ovens here reach 1400° centigrade – watch out!

Best Shopping in Barcelona Tips

  • Most retailers should accept Visa credit/debit but keep a bit of cash just in case.
  • Unlike Canada/USA the sales tax is included in the price – so no surprises!
  • Wander around El Born for your best shot at finding stylish boutique shops.
  • Go to Calle Tallers in El Raval for all your second-hand/vintage needs.
  • Check out some of Barcelona’s best markets for local goods.
  • There are many Oxfam charity shops with one near Sagrada Familia (Carrer de Provença, 478).
  • Check out Calle Verdi in the Gracia district for independent clothing shops.

Shopping Hours in Barcelona

As a general rule shopping hours in Barcelona are between 9:30 am and 9:30 pm.

There are always exceptions. Don’t expect to shop on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Barcelona shops are also generally closed on September 11 for the National Day of Catalonia.

Be warned that some smaller shops take a siesta between around 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

I’ve tried to include the shopping hours when possible but make sure you double check in the links provided.

Sunday Shopping in Barcelona

The unfortunate fact is most shops in Barcelona are closed on Sunday.

This includes nearly all supermarkets and most retail shopping.

If you’ve got a Sunday emergency and need something like a phone charger I suggest wandering around attraction-heavy locations like Sagrada Familia. Or anywhere in El Raval where there are a ton of mobile shops.

For supermarkets the one chain open on Sunday is OpenCor/SuperCor – but expect to pay about 10% more. They’re open late night typically until 1:00 or 2:00 am.

Need food late? Check out the OpenCor location finder for the nearest one to you.

If you’re going to go shopping in Barcelona on a Sunday your only choices are La Roca Village and Maremagnum Shopping Centre – more on them later.

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Barcelona Primark Locations

Yes, Primark gets its own category.

For cheap shopping in Barcelona (and anywhere really) look for this low cost Irish fashion brand. You can end up with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, and some new shoes for less than 20. But be warned: these places are crowded!

If you look carefully though you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy; about two years ago I bought one of my favorite t-shirts there.

You’ll find Primark in Barcelona at the aforementioned Diagonal Mar and another a L’illa Diagonal shopping centres.

Address (2): 3 Avinguda Diagonal, 557 Avinguda Diagonal.

Hours: Diagonal Mar (10:00 am to 10:00 pm, closed Sunday) and L’illa (9:30 am to 9:30 pm, closed Sunday).

Website: Primark.

Tax Refunds for Non-Eu Citizens

If you’re not living in the European Union and intend to bring your shopping back to your country of origin you are entitled to a tax refund of the 21% Value Added Tax (‘IVA’ in Spain) on products like clothing, electronics etc.

This does not apply to bars, restaurants, and accommodation.

To qualify ensure that:

  • You shop at stores offering the Tax Free Shopping Service (90%+, with stickers in window).
  • You spend more than €90.15.
  • You present the appropriate paperwork/products from the shop at customs at the airport.

At this point you’ll be given cheques to be redeemed at the Bureau de Change in your currency.

Not leaving through the airport? You’ll need to request a VAT Reclaim envelope from the shop. You’ll be able to present this at customs, get them stamped, and mail them back to the Madrid Claim Office to be refunded.

For more tax refund info check out the info on the airport’s website.

Go For it in the Comments Now

If you’re still not sure about shopping in Barcelona make sure you get in touch in the comments portion of my blog below – and if you have any comments (good or bad) let me know so I can keep making this blog the best resource on Barcelona known to man.

And don’t be afraid to join the shopping discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

33 comments
  • February 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    Lisa Burnett
    I would like to put together a little welcome bag for my girls trip of 43 people. Where can I purchase some items locally that can be sent to my hotel in Barcelona?
    • February 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lisa, Apologies if this isn't my field of expertise but what would you typically include in a welcome bag? If you're looking for some novelty items and perhaps even something useful I'd check out the local shop Ale Hop. As far as bags made specifically for welcome bags (is this a hen do?) I haven't come across any companies that do them. Anyway, let me know what you like to include and I can help you find some places. Cheers, Ash
  • January 6, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    Sooben
    How do I go to primark from hotel calonia Albeniz? Is it possible to walk?
    • January 7, 2020 at 10:29 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      It'll be about a 40 minute walk according to Google. If not there's always the option to take the T4 tram and then from the Ca l'Aranyó stop it's a short walk.
  • January 6, 2020 at 3:20 pm
    Sooben
    How do I go to primark from metro Clot? Is it possible to walk?
    • January 7, 2020 at 10:26 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      You can walk down to the T4 tram and from there it'll bring you there in about 15 minutes. The directions on Google are here.
  • December 4, 2019 at 10:53 am
    Ashraf
    this article is very helpful ..... Do you know where can I find Sports wear specially for basketball in Barcelona Like basketball shoes and clothes with reasonable prices .... remember my name is Ash Raf so we look like relative Ash
    • December 4, 2019 at 11:44 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Ashraf, my relative! haha. For all sportswear and also basketball you'll find almost everything at Decathlon. I would go there for the good prices. There's one right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Also, there's a Foot Locker right near Plaça Catalunya. You'll have great options :) Cheers, Ash
      • December 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm
        Ashraf
        thanks Ash I will be at Barcelona after 10 days and I will try your advice .... thanks my friend ... I mean my relative ... ha ha ha AshrafAh
        • December 5, 2019 at 12:44 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem! Let me know if you have any more questions :)
  • September 27, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Rovan
    Perfectly listed ! Would you please give an estimate budget for shopping in local shops like inditex chain. I’m sure it’s variable but i need just an assumption
    • September 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Rovan, Thanks a lot for the compliments. This is a very general question that I'm not sure how to answer... what do you intend to buy? I imagine you could go on a fairly good spree for about €150-200... but again, I don't know what you're looking for so it could be anything! Ash
  • September 7, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Bahati
    Excellent blog- very informative!! I plan to travel to Barcelona in September and really want to take some Avarcas shoes home. Would you know if I will still be able to find these shoes in the stores? If yes please can you recommend some shops. Grateful to you!
    • September 7, 2019 at 1:13 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thanks for the kind words Bahati! Honestly I had never heard of avarcas until this message... how embarrassing! I can only say that a Google search has turned up a few in the city centre, I would simply follow the ones with the best reviews. Apologies I couldn't give you any advice from personal experience. Ash
      • September 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm
        Bahati
        Thanks Ash! Will google. Cheers.
  • August 7, 2019 at 3:19 am
    Theresa Bobev
    Are there street markets that set up on the weekends either a Saturday or Sunday that run a gamut of goods like in Madrid and Rome?
    • August 7, 2019 at 9:59 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Theresa, You'll have the choice between quite a few including the Palo Alto or the Els Encants markets. I outline it all here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-market-guide/ :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 21, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    Bela
    Any recommendations for flamenco dress shops or thrift stores that sell flamenco-ware?
    • July 22, 2019 at 10:17 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Bela! I can't say I've had this request before, haha... but after some searching it appears your best option may be this shop here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/lacavadetrianabarcelona/ Please let me know how you get on :) Ash
  • July 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    michal hadi
    Great article! Thanks
    • July 6, 2019 at 11:22 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      No problem Michal! Thank you :)
  • June 21, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Mona
    Thank you for this great article Ash so HELPFUL
    • June 21, 2019 at 11:17 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      No problem at all! :)
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