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.
1 – Shopping areas
2 – Shopping malls
3 – Department stores
4 – Outlet shopping
5 – Boutique shopping
6 – Barcelona shopping tips
7 – General shopping hours
8 – Shopping on Sunday
9 – Primark
10 – Tax refunds
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.
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.
Barcelona Shopping Malls
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.
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.
Boutique Shopping in Barcelona
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).
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.
Website: Imanol Ossa Design Art.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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