Shop 'Til You Drop in Barcelona
It's safe to say that if Carrie Bradshaw ever visited Barcelona for a long weekend, she would be in no hurry to get on the plane back to JFK - and not just because of the six-packed Don Juans playing volleyball on Barceloneta beach. As millions of shopaholics have already discovered, the city offers a dizzying array of cash-splashing opportunities, and retail therapists of all budgets will discover thousands of tantalising ways to part with their money in the Catalan capital, whether they prefer shopping for designer names like Prada, Armani and Custo (Barcelona's own homegrown cloths guru) or browsing vintage fashion shops, off-the-wall boutiques and second hand stores. If you've come to Barcelona for the sole purpose of spending, then you won't go home disappointed...
Above: The boys cut a pose as they shop for new threads
Without doubt the Catalan capital is a very fashion conscious city, but the style in BCN is very different from that of Milan or Paris for example. Whilst chic chicas may strut the sidewalk in Versace dresses and 200 euro sunglasses, you'll also find hordes of counter-culture hipsters in ragged pants and recycled accessories, their skin covered in tattoos, flaunting a rockstar attitude. Barcelona adopts a very much live-and-let-live policy when it comes to individual style (ie. anything goes!) and if you're up for an extreme fashion make-over you've definitely come to the right place. (And in this case we suggest you read up on how to book a personal shopper in Barcelona who can tailor a retail tour just for you).
Not that shopping in Barcelona is about fashion alone - if your wardrobe is already oversubscribed you'll find plenty of alternative options when it comes to maxing out your baggage allowance on the flight back. Barcelona is rich in food and flea markets to visit, bookshops to browse, antique stores to stumble upon, and there's plenty of gift and souvenir shopping to be done too - and that needn't mean a sombrero from Las Ramblas and a 'I heart BCN' T-shirt. How about some Catalonian Cava, some delicious Spanish farmhouse cheeses or bags made out of recycled PVC posters? As long as you remembered to bring your credit card you won't be bored in Barcelona! To search for individual stores you may proceed straight to our shop section, or read on for a guide to the best shopping districts in the city...
Barcelona Shopping Streets & Districts
Passeig de Gracia
Barcelona's second most famous street (after La Rambla), Passeig de Gracia is without doubt the city's best boulevard for spending serious amounts of salary. Designer brands wink seductively at you from every window... Chanel, Luis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel and many more. And with some of the city's most famous Modernista landmarks on the same street, including two buildings by Antoni Gaudi, you can justifiably call this particularly shopping spree a cultural activity.
Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel
Leading down from Placa Catalunya (the central square which links Passeig de Gracia and Las Ramblas together, amongst others), Portal de l'Angel is not quite as posh as the Passeig but a great place to stock up on high quality high street bargains from shops like Zara and Bershka, with one or two high-end treats like Massimo Dutti in store.
More famous for street performers, pick-pockets and prostitutes, Barcelona's thriving - and sometimes conniving - Las Ramblas boulevard also boasts its fair share of shopping opportunities. Some are squarely aimed at tourists, but the flower markets and pet stalls are well worth a gander at least out of curiosity's sake whilst La Boqueria Market is an unmissable treat for anyone vaguely interested in the gastronomic galaxy. Spain's finest food and drink all in one place!
La Roca Village
Lying 40km outside BCN, you'll have to hop on an express bus (one is laid on especially) or take a taxi to get there, but if you're serious about your shopping you'll soon recoup that initial expense. La Roca is a shopper's paradise in more than one sense... the scenic location comprises of a recreated Catalan village in the art nouveau style, whilst the 100 or so stores of the world's top brands offer up to 60% off high street prices. A very smart way to put the gloss on your wardrobe.
To check out the above areas you'll need to book your flights to Barcelona and start shopping, but if you want to do some browsing before you arrive then check out our Barcelona shops section, where you can search for markets, fashion, accessories, shoes, books, antiques, souvenirs as well as department stores and shopping centres and malls. Happy (bargain) hunting!
Luxury Shopping Tours
Probably if you're reading this you're a natural born shopper, but even the best could do with a little help when faced with a foreign city. The fashion journalists and oft-consulted trend gurus who set up this luxury shopping concierge service know every store in the city, and - as you'll discover if you spend an afternoon with them - many of the best are very well hidden indeed (in fact some of them are open to the public by appointment only!). For a fun and extremely eye-opening day of retail therapy email us with your requirements and we'll put you in touch.
I've always loved Barcelona with Paseo de Gracia district for shopping, but last time I just get lost on its neighborhood streets and I found a real treasure for me - CHERRY HEEL, charming boutique in Mallorca street Nº 273 with lovely selection of Italian designer shoes. There I found my beloved Casadei shoes and I also discovered some new brands for me:Valetti, Le Silla, Sebastian and some brands for men. Valetti wedges just fitted me perfectly, I choose a powder rose pair (from all 8 colors available was really hard to do) and for my London daily life I've got a nice pair of black stilettos with suede details. For each and every shoe addict as me, I definitely recommend this place for various reasons: cozy designer atmosphere with peculiar details (I also had my glass of Cava), multibrand concept with great Italian quality designs (from flats to evening sandals with Swarovski crystals, very posh ones) and professional girls with fluent English.
reviewed by Jessica from United Kingdom on Jun.25.2016
Can some tell me, what is the likely cost if a jersey there?
I will be at Barcelona tomorrow. And i have recievedna lot of orders from my friends to buy them jerseys.
reviewed by Kiran from Singapore on Mar.09.2016
When I go to Barcelona, I always have to go to Santa Eulalia. It’s an historical store, one of the best in fashion stores. There you can find all the luxury brands (Isabell Marant, Moncler, Herno..) I fall in love of that store. Also the good thing is, that this store is located in the big luxury avenue of Barcelona, Paseo de Gracia. So after my shopping I love to walk around there.
reviewed by sonia from United States on Nov.19.2015
Can anyone please tell me where can we shop wholesale (women clothing)? I own a boutique and would like to visit Spanish wholesalers to get merchandise.
reviewed by Carla from Lebanon on Nov.11.2015
The best street to go for shopping and spend some days with the family is Paseo de Gracia, having fun and enjoying all its places
reviewed by Kevin from United States on Oct.14.2015
Barcelona is the best! I love shopping and the style of Barcelona. And in my opnion, Paseo de Gracia is the best to shop. The best designers are located in one street :). You can walk around there and find everything.
reviewed by Christian from United States on Sep.14.2015
Paseo de Gracia is amazing avenue. in 1,5 km you have all that you need. Best place to shop and to walk. The amazing thing, is that when you are walking there, there are culture in each corner. You can visit the Gaudi's buildings, shop in Louis Vuitton, ... amazing
reviewed by alexa from United States on Aug.14.2015
Such an amazing place! I Felt in love Barcelona!
The best place for me, was Paseo de Gracia, the best luxury brands, restaurants, architecture, hotels...
reviewed by Cris from United States on Jul.17.2015
Hi Mary, the shops on Passeig de Gracia / Paseo de Gracia stay open all day until late... pretty much all major stores don't take a siesta (too much money to be made to sleep!). Only small locally owned stores and boutiques.
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Jun.15.2015
Could anybody tell me if shops on Paseo de Gracia work full day or with siesta?
reviewed by Mary from United States on Jun.02.2015
It is really great place! It is necessary to visit in Barcelona. The best shopping, Gaudi buildings, restaurants…! Love it!
reviewed by Chris from United Kingdom on May.22.2015
Barcelona is a city which it is impossible not to fall in love. The weather is always great and people are incredibly friendly, food is delicious! Here there are mountains and sea, actually it is my favorite city in the world! I love Paseo de Gracia Street a lot. Here are located the best restaurants of the city, luxury boutiques and famous buildings of Gaudi!!!
reviewed by Tania from United States on May.14.2015
Can anyone tell me where can l buy baby clothing wholesale?
reviewed by serena from Turkey on Dec.14.2013
Can anyone tell me where l can buy the baby clothing? I am looking for wholesaler in Barcelona.I would like to import the goods.
reviewed by Serena from Turkey on Dec.14.2013
Can I know where to buy the manufacturer Prada at a lowest price?
reviewed by Esther Yeo from Singapore on Mar.04.2013
Can anyone tell me where the high end stores are in Barcelona? I am looking for top of the range china and interior furnishings.
reviewed by Rachael from United Kingdom on Nov.15.2011
No one mentions any wine store?! Wow, one of the best things in Spain is wine !!! I love the Vinus store in Plaza Sant Gregorio.
reviewed by Fredi Bassal Esteve from Spain on Sep.27.2011
I want to find the district for selling wholesale fashion. I am looking for quantity for to sell in my shops.
reviewed by Kathleen Henderson from United Kingdom on Apr.25.2011
I think the vintage stores in Raval are the most fun!
reviewed by Big D from United Kingdom on Jan.18.2011
The shopping in Barcelona is excellente, especially for chicas! So many shops, rich ones and poor ones and so many lovely garments and accessories to chose from.
reviewed by Pilar from Chile on Jan.12.2010
you forgot to mention the fake Prada bags you can buy from the African geezers on the streets for 20 euros... my missus was well chuffed, even when I told her it was a fake.
reviewed by Craig from United Kingdom on Nov.19.2009