Barcelona is famous for having a trendy and casual blend of European and Mediterranean style. To no surprise, shopping in Barcelona is a very easy and pleasant experience, as the city is home to the best names in the industry, and offers many different ways to make the most of your shopping.
Shopping centers in Barcelona
This concept has been introduced in Barcelona with great success and it slowly has become the new way to shop. These are the most popular shopping malls in Barcelona:
Much more than just a shopping mall. Maremagnum is almost completely surrounded by water and accessible through a sophisticated wooden lifting bridge – for pedestrians only – called Rambla de Mar, very close to Columbus Monument. Features high quality, international brands.
Located right next to the Forum, Diagonal Mar is one of the biggest shopping centers in town. True to the American style, it features over 150 stores distributed in 80,000 m², a shopping paradise. Offers leisure activities for all the family, including 18 regular and 3D cinema screens, bars and restaurants.
Stretching along the elegant Diagonal Avenue on Les Corts District, L’Illa, has an impressive continuous 350 meter facade and it was inspired on New York highrises, like The Rockefeller Center. It features large department stores, Spanish and International fashion boutiques, a park, a sports center, two four star hotels, a convention center, several restaurants and coffee houses. L’Illa Diagonal is one of the most prestigious in the city.
Resembling more an outlet center, Glòries Shopping Center has plenty of open air spaces. It features large department stores, Spanish and International fashion boutiques, children’s playcenter, a gym, a cinema, several restaurants as well as coffee houses. It’s right next to Agbar Tower, the newest Barcelona landmark.
Most likely the most unusual and historic Shopping Mall in Barcelona, Arenas wasn’t built for commercial purposes, instead it was originally conceived as a bullring in the early 1900’s, and after years of abandonment, it was turned into a modern shopping and entertainment center by Plaza España square.
Barcelona shopping districts
True to the European lifestyle, in a typical neighborhood you’ll find every residential building with one or two stores on the ground floor; this is very common for almost the entire city and it’s where most of the locals make their neighborhood shopping. In a single block it’s easy to find supermarkets, hardware stores, hairdressers, clothing and groceries stores, and so on. However, if you prefer to shop by the Barcelona downtown, these are the most confortable choices:
Starting on the city center and spreading to many of the principal arteries of the city, you can find a 5 kilometer, non-stop shopping line with the best selection in Spanish and International designer shops ranging from clothing, luxury accesories, perfumes, furniture and jewelry to name a few. Starting in Rambla Catalunya, Portal de l’Àngel, Ronda Universitat, Passeig de Grácia and Diagonal Avenue.
Portal de l’Angel
Most are located in the city center or close to crowded avenues and places of interest. The biggest are El Corte Inglés, where you can find practically anything you might need under the same roof. Also, Fnac is the biggest store in town for technology, music, sound and books. And Decathlon, the place to go if you’re looking for all-range sports wear.
Barcelona Shopping tips
If you’re a non EU resident you should know that 90% of the stores in Barcelona offer a tax refund in purchases exceeding 90,15€. This is only applicable if you’re taking all these belongings to your country and can only be requested at the Airport or at the Tourism Office in Plaça Catalunya. Not many people know this fact and it can save you 21% in tax money. Check out more practical facts about Barcelona.
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