Favorite thing: This is terrible, BUT I have to say this... if you're coming from another EU country (like France for example) or traveling through Europe, stock up on cigarettes in Spain! They are SO MUCH less expensive, and I'm just speaking as a French resident. Less than half price...
The FLEA MARKET (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) "LOS ENCANTES" takes place on the Plaça de Glòries.
If you are curious as I am you surely will go there at least once....
In the CALLE BISBAL (Ciutad Vella) near the Cathedral you will find lots of very nice things: dolls, papier-machée masks, glass and earthenware.
Beeswax candles, a local speciality, you can buy at SUBIRA CERERIA in BAIXADA LIBERTARIA 7. (founded in 1761!!).
Fondest memory: JUST BEING THERE, FEELING FREE AND ENJOY SUN, WARMTH, KIND PEOPLE AND MUCH MORE......and walking the RAMBLAS each morning before breakfast!
LA BOQUERIA in the RAMBLAS is without a shadow of a doubt the best place to buy fresh food, vegs, meat, fish, cheese, dried fruit, nuts and oh, so much more and everything is high quality!
One of the best DELICATESSEN (there are many!) is GRAN COLMADO on Consell de Cent 318
Fondest memory: For chocolate and ice cream you go to ESCRIBà, the shop with the modernista-façade, RAMBLAS 83.
For those great shoppers (non EU residents only) -
you may like to know this bit.
On exit at the Barcelona airport (we were catching the flight to Singapore via Paria CDG),
and we claimed our VAT (Value Added Tax) at the airport. It is at the right hand side of the airport, and you need to show all your documents to officer at the booth. It is very unlikely your goods are checked. After that you claim your money (either in USDollar or Euro), and then you can go in to get your boarding pass and check in your luggages. This mean that you can checked in your shopping goodies into the plane - no need to hand carry them on board.
While I was in Rome, you are required to carry all your goodies through the immigration check point, and therefore you have to carry everything on board. I find this really silly esplly when you have bought 10 suits, and possibly 10 pair of shoes etc!!!
I like the way things are done in Barcelona - after all we are giving their country revenue by shopping there - why make life so difficult for tourist otherwise!!!
Raval specialty shops
You can find great bookstores, music stores and specialty stores all around the Raval area, You should try them instead of going to all those well-known commercial venues in the city.
Go shopping! Between the Plaça de Catalunya and C.Portaferrissa and along Av.Portal de l'Angel,you can find an important shopping area. There's also two department stores there.
Único en el mundo, denominado Shopping Line que desde el mar hasta la parte alta de la Diagonal, aglutina la más representativa oferta comercial de la ciudad y forma uno de los mayores centros comerciales a cielo abierto de Europa. A lo largo de toda la zona del Shopping Line y en otros puntos de Barcelona, se encuentran las tiendas identificadas con el distintivo Shopping Line. Estas tiendas, son sinónimo de marca de calidad por su atención y servicios a sus clientes, sus excelentes productos y sus atractivos escaparates que convirten el paseo en una experiencia inolvidable. Cuando visite Barcelona busque las tiendas Shopping Line y compruebe Vd. mismo, cual es nuestra diferencia.
Fondest memory: I wouldn't describe this as a fond memory, quite the opposite actually but I thought I'd tell you about it. Soon after arriving in Barcelona, we got lost. We had no idea where to go or how to find the town centre. We found a corner shop and my parents tried to force me to go in and use my limited spanish to ask where the shops were. It was awful. I was very shy at the time and really didn't want to do this. In the end, my dad with a very strong english accent tried to say the spanish which I would tell him but not use myself. It didn't work and I felt really bad :(
Favorite thing: Flea-markets are a great experience, and yes I have to confess that when I first visited one, I did expect to see lots of glass boxes with flees running around inside doing special tricks! But in my defence, I was quite young at the time!! Flea markets, in case you don't know, are a collection of stalls selling all kinds of old and new things. You really should try and visit one. It's surprising how good they are. There's a flea market in Plaça de las Glories Catalanes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 7pm. There's also another good one outside the Mercat de San Antoni. It has the same hours and days as the first market mentioned.
SHOP SHOP SHOP!!!! Walking around the city... (ok, sorry I'm a very typical female, the friend on this picture griped at me and my other friend for spending 8 hours just walking in and out of shops)
Fondest memory: SHOPPING!! However as seen in the picture, it is VERY tiring!!!
Fondest memory: This is the oldest market in Barcelona. One can almost find anything here. You will find fresh produce here. Expect to get very cheap fruits during Spring. Even if you are not buying, just walk around and see what the stalls have to offer. I can tell you that it can be quite interesting.
Watch a live Candle Making Demonstration.
Fondest memory: Love this shop selling beautiful handicrafted candles. See the candle being dipped into different coloured wax, times and over again. There is even a recipe to follow! Then after what seem like forever, the lady then slowly begin cutting the candle and moulding them to beautiful designs.
Favorite thing: do some shopping. There are a lot of interesting shops in town. This is a picture of a commercial building in Carrer de Pelai.
Favorite thing: You must soak up the atmosphere - sights, sounds, and oh yes, smells - of a market in Barcelona. There is a lot happening in these places, and it was great fun to wander around.