The Ultimate Barcelona Shopping Guide

Visiting an iconic European city like Barcelona, it’s safe to say that shopping is a fundamental aspect of a city’s culture. With the vast array of shops and department stores on show, it is very unlikely you’ll go to Barcelona and not at least check out what shops the city has to offer.
 
So to save you some of your precious time wandering around and trying to figure out where all the amazing shops are, I’m going to give you an ultimate shopping guide to Barcelona.
 
For this, I’m only picking the streets that are located within the city centre, as they are the main areas for shopping in the Catalan city.

La Rambla (Carrer dels Tallers)

 

Barcelona street life

A city street in the centre of Barcelona. – Wikipedia Commons

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Now I imagine you have all heard of La Rambla, one of the busiest streets in the city. But for this list, it’s more the streets that splinter off La Rambla where you’ll find the clothes shops and other stores worth going too.
It’s not hard to find La Rambla and when you do, when you’re walking down, any side street will be home to some fantastic vintage shops, goth shops, boutique clothes shops. Because it would take me years to write about every single one of those streets, I’m going to suggest, Carrer dels Tallers
 
This specific street (walking from Plaça de Catalunya, it’s the second on the right) is perfect if you are a vintage shopper, goth fanatic or someone who loves those one-off boutiques. Carrer dels Tallers has it all.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

A street in Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona city centre. – Wikipedia Commons

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Passeig de Gràcia is a large area in the middle of Eixample and with that, comes a lot of really high-end high shops. I’m talking, Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Guess, Chanel and many more. It’s the place where you go shopping if you have money to spend.
As soon as you get here you’ll know what you’re in for. The streets around Passeig de Gracia are very long and all about those shops. You are not going to see too much of anything else when you’re walking around this part of the city.
 
It’s also worth mentioning here that it isn’t just full of the designer shops, just in case you’re not into all that.
Passeig de Gràcia, being such a large space, has a load of stores that may appeal to, football fans with one of Barcelona FC‘s official store being there, Nike for other sports lovers and of course, a staple of any major city, an Apple shop, to name but a few.

Portal del Angel

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Portal del Angel is a street in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona and makes up the large shopping area the runs from Avinguda Diagonal to Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Very close to Plaça de Cataluyna, you can be sure that this particular part of the city will be busy every day of the week, all year round.
 
A staple in Barcelona shopping, you’ll find numerous Zara’s, Massimo Dutti’s, Bershka’s and everything in between here. It’s a great place to experience and visit stores that you wouldn’t get too many of, back home.
 
It starts at the bottom of Plaça De Cataluyna and ends just before you get to the Catedral de Barcelona.
I guess you could say its the gateway to the Gothic Quarter.

Las Arenas Shopping Centre

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Now for the only shopping centre on this list, and for good reason. There are a couple of shopping centres in and around Barcelona but Las Arenas is the only one you need to concern yourself with.
Mainly for what’s inside but it also used to be the bull ring, they kept the building pretty much intact from those days, so they could build a shopping centre inside.
So it looks amazing! 
 
Las Arenas contains 3 floors worth of shops which could easily fill your day with its vast array of clothing stores, restaurants, and even rooftop bars.
The clothing shops within this shopping centre are generally more of the traditional high street shops you’ll find here in Barcelona.

Carrer del Comerç

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In the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Carrer Del Comerç is perfect if you want to see the truly authentic side of Barcelona shopping.
Stores full of handcrafted items, such as bags, jewellery, and clothes unique only to those shops, shopping through the Gothic Quarter is an experience that you can only appreciate in Barcelona and is a place so ingrained into the culture here.
 
You may have to get used to walking through the narrow streets to find where you need to go to, but that’s not a bad thing. The whole area is filled with authentic Catalan shops, restaurants, and bars.

 

Carrer d’Asturies

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Now, not quite in the city centre, but I feel like I have to make an exception for Carrer d’Asturies. This is a high street in the very stylish and hipster district of Gràcia, around a 20-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia and just past Eixample.
This neighbourhood is well known for its indie stores, hipster vibe and Catalan aesthetic epitomizing classic Barcelona shopping.
 
This particular part of Gràcia has it all, charity shops, hippy stores, independent clothing stores, high-end plant shops and very stylish homeware outlets that sets this apart from really anywhere else in the city.
Always busy, but a really relaxed and local “buzzy” atmosphere, walking down here, I promise you, you will be tempted by some of the items on show.

Markets

Barcelona Market

A food street market in Barcelona city centre. – Wikipedia Commons

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Barcelona is also known for the vast array of food and vintage street markets. One of the most popular is the food market on La Rambla called Mercado de La Boqueria.
It is a large food market, a hotspot for tourists to gain an understanding and experience the local food.
 
In terms of flee markets, the one I would recommend would be the El Flea on Plaça de Blanquerna, it’s only open on the first Sunday of every month in the district of Poble Sec but if you’re around at that time then it’s a must.
This is a place where you can find absolute treasures, from clothes to vinyl records to camera equipment, its a market where you can find the most random items but really is a great place to have a good old root around.
Barcelona Meet Market

Barcelona’s food markets are some of the best around. – Photo by Z S on Unsplash

 
There you go then, everything you need to know about shopping in Barcelona. It takes a fair bit of walking I’ll give you that, but if you want a break from trecking to the cultural monuments and other tourist spots, there aren’t too many better cities to go exploring the shops that in the Catalan capital.
 
The best thing about shopping in Barcelona is that it really does have something for everyone, whether you prefer the really high-end designer shops, the classic vintage shops, second-hand markets, or charity shops, Barcelona has something for every style, look, era, and beyond.