Combined Suggestions, Barcelona
Some people here in VT recommend El Corte Inglés for shopping. Yes, it can be convenient as there are many around the city, and you can shop there (nearly) all you might need. But it's impersonal and more expensive than most other shopping places. The most I like of El Corte Ingles, and almost the only one reason I shop sometimes there is for its delicatessen's food section, and its especial deals, especially in household appliances (but you will probably not buy a fridge as a souvenir!! ;o))
There are many shops on the streets around Portal del Angel , and down Carrer de Pelai to Ronda de Sant Antoni. As well along Rambla de Catalunya (parallel to Passeig de Gracia, not to be confused with Las Ramblas) and all streets nearby, and the central part of Avinguda Diagonal. You'll find there all known brands as Zara, Mango, etc... However, the prices would not be so cheap unless it's sale's time. You may have a look around carrer Girona and nearby streets for some brand's outlets.
There are quite a few shopping centers scattered around the city (Glories, La Maquinista, Diagonal Mar, Gran Via 2... sure you can easily get their websites from Goggle). These may be handy if you want to "concentrate" your shopping. However, these all are characterless shopping malls like the ones you can find anywhere else.
If you're a real top-brand's fashion-victim, you can try La Roca Village (out of Barcelona but there are buses going there). Is an artificial "village" with lots of outlet shops of top brands (so, not cheap stuff even at discounted prices). It's not my thing, but I know many people who rave about this place.
I would better advise you to enjoy your stay at the city wandering around the areas of El Born / Ribera (for local designers' shops) and Gràcia (for more bohemian-style). At these neighborhoods you can combine shopping with resting in a cafe while people watching and even doing some cultural stuff.
Enjoy your trip!
Many of us may like to buy a small piece of jewelry as souvenir when visiting new places. Or bringing something to the special ones... If you prefer wearing something "unique" yet affordable, here some suggestions:
- Elisa Brunells (stunning, unique pieces from a local designer)
(2 shops in town, in Gracia and El Born, see details at her website)
I do have a ring from her that is the center of attention every time I wear it! :-)
- Lovely pieces from a designer based in Formentera at Enric Majoral, shop at Consell de Cent, 308 (between Rambla de Cataunya - Pg. De Gràcia)
- Or, even easier to find, as there are a few shop scattered around town, with great designs (local and foreign designers, but always small editions):
The most central "Ona" will be the shop in El Bulevard Rosa, shop number 20 (small shopping centre near Passeig de Gracia metro station)
Bought loads of souvenirs in this great little shop-all of which were really lovely. It sold all kinds of things, from clothes to jewelery, and this lovely photo album, which is really big!
It is easy enough to find and the staff were all really friendly. There were even fitting rooms so you could try on the clothes if you wanted-something we didnt see in any of the smaller clothes shops we went into, so we were impressed by this!
What to buy: An assortment of lovely souvenirs, like the photo album in the picture, which is something really nice, plus you can then keep all of your holiday photos in there, so it will be extra special!
What to pay: About €20, nothing was much more expensive than that in there.
The El Raval neighborhood is filled with interesting and offbeat shops of interest to those looking for music, artwork, and unique clothing and shoes. The neighborhood has a very laid-back, bohemian flair and it makes a fun walk-through even if you don't buy anything!
it's is a small and cosy shop full of paper things. Many of them are made by hand. Different colors for diffirent purposes: envelops, paper, cards, diaries, notebooks, pencils....
What to pay: It depends on what you buy but it's not expensive.
I had always hated shopping for shoes as, for some reason, there aren't that many shoe shops in German cities compared to southern Europe and they all seem to offer more or less the same shoes anyway. In Barcelona, however, I discovered my passion for shopping for shoes *lol* Almost every second shop there seems to be a shoe shop and they all offer all kinds of different shoes. If you don't find any shoes in Barcelona, you won't find shoes nowhere *lol* ;-)
The main shopping area is at Placa Catalunya where you'll find the Corte Inglés and in the Old Town, just a stone's throw away from Las Ramblas. I also liked the shopping along Passeig de Gràcia.
What to pay: Clothes seemed to be cheaper than in Germany and even more so shoes.
What place you want to go depends on what you want to buy. If you want to buy some presents for your family or some other general goods, you can walk down Puerta del Angel and Puertaferrisa. These streets are full of little shops, you won't find big supermarkets or shopping malls, but they are more charming.
What to buy: If you want to buy big quantities of food or any other thing without having to walk too much, you may go to one of the fashion big shopping malls. There are about 7 or 8 (Heron City, Icaria, Glories...) and they include cinemas, supermarkets, record shops, everything.
it's not a shop, it's a portion of the Rambla, one of the pedestrian streets of Barcelona. In this part flower dot the pavement - in fact it's locally known as the "rambla de las flores". In the past this was the place where there was a huge flower market - a tradition that, in smaller scale, has been preserved until today
What to buy: flowers, all sorts of flowers
What to pay: the usual average price for flowers
Music: has traditionally been found at DISCOS Castello and more recently, at the Virgin Mega STORE.
Finally, you will find all this but also electronics and much more at the new COMMERCIAL AND CULTURAL CENTRE of la FNAC (l'Illa Diagonal)
Clothing and SHOES: Spanish casual and elegant clothing is amongst the best these days.
Just take a look at how well dressed the locals are!!
Hoes and especially boots come from the Baleatic Islands and Levant and are of good quality and really good value.
What to buy: Beautiful Things: you will find the "souvenir stuff" in the little shops at the RAMBLAS.
Also in these shops or at el Corte Ingles, the Barça's fans will find all kinds of things evoking the club.
There is an interesting selection of beautiful objects related to Barcelona at the Tourist Information under Pl. de Catalunya.
Of special interest are Catalan ceramics, traditional as well as trendy ones.
These and other craft works are found at the temporary stands that you will find either down the Ramblas, Portal de l'Angel, Pl. del Pi, at the Cathedral or the Port Olimpic.
Also check the small shops in the old town.
What to pay: whatever you have to pay, please.......
Las Ramblas is in the city center and there are many metros, which makes getting around the city very convenient. While cruising down the street you can find street performers, human statues, flower stands, outdoor eating and even pet stores, but be careful of pick-pockets and bag snatchers since this is a tourist filled area.
This great new mall that opened in October of 2002 has all the clothing shops that are on the Ramblas and many, many more. They are brand new stores (much cleaner and more organized), are much less crowed, have tons more merchandise and sales. It is practically empty on a workday between 10 and 5 or so, shopping then is a great pleasure without having to wait in lines for fitting rooms and wade through hundreds of disseveled clothes on display. It is easy to get to on the subway (take the FGC at Palcea Espana to Ildefons Cerda, two stops and you are there!) or there are many buses that take you right to the front door practically! They also have many great resturants and cafes for outside eating. There is also a huge Carreforre, that is kind of like a super Wal-Mart, that has everything from fruits and veggies and other food to televisions and electronics. A great place for serious shoppers!
What to buy: Just about anything is available at this shopping center!
What to pay: Pay regular prices expected in Barcelona, however, there are more sales and special offers here at times
Passeig de Gracia is not only famous for its modenist architecture but also for shopping. There are both Spanish (Adolfo Dominguez) and world famous designer stores on both sides of the street. There are also many jewellery shops, Ona Joia (on the corner of Valencia street) sells great contemporary jewellery.
Most of the big department stores which we thought would be great to see are closed on sundays (as they are catholic) we only went for a weekend and on the saturday we did all the tourist things, big mistake, we could have done these on the sunday and spent saturday looking at the department stores. know for next time though!. However, most of the little shops down the alleys etc. are open and they do except a little bit of haggling.
The legendary Ramblas is a shopoholics paradise! There are shops and boutiques all the way up both sides of the road, and though the majority are either clothes or souvenir shops, if you look hard enough you will find anything and everything you want there. Even on a tight budget it is worth a browse, as the street houses some unique stores well worth seeing. There are also more local, and targeted shops on all the sidestreets leading off of the Ramblas, and at the top end there is a HUGE department store/ shopping mall whose name passes me by at the moment. Plenty to see here!
What to buy: Barcelona offers the unique opportunity to find a wide selection on all those items you can never find. What ever it is you are after I'm sure you'll find it here if you look hard enough!
It is not a shop, but I thought it wise to put this here in case you hesitate buying something heave, large or that has to be handled with care!!
It is a Packing and Shipping Service
Embalamos y enviamos Storage.
What to buy: as I told you: here is nothing that can be bought, only can be send home.....
What to pay: depends