Department Stores / Malls, Barcelona
The famous store is situated at Plaza Catalunya so if you are interested in electronic gadgets, books, cd/dvds you know that this is your place. I bought an amazing hard copy edition of Don Quijote here.
But above all this is also the place that you can buy tickets for major events/concerts. I have booked my tickets online many times (for Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen etc) and I came here to take my tickets, fast and easy.
It is open Monday-Saturday 10.00-22.00 and there are some more at Avenida Diagonal 3-35 and Avenida Diagonal 549
For some strange reason this is also a place where I usually buy local newspapers, the stand is next to the small café at the back entrance of FNAC.
At the intersection of Diagonal and Llull is a relatively new shopping mall complete with a huge grocery store. Mostly major brand names and stores, but there were a few specialty shops. Numerous clothing and shoe stores as well as a large sporting goods store, however, I felt their prices were a little high.
The Maremagnum shopping center was built in the middle of the port at the end of what is called Moll 15 d'Espanya (sort of like Pier 51 in San Francisco).
A walkway was added to make it accessible from the end of Rambla street and not only can you enjoy the varied shops they have to offer, but also a cup of coffee and watch the yachts sail in and out of the harbor.
The entire front is covered in mirrors, or at least a mirror like material, you can see Zohara and I standing below that enormus facade and getting our reflections photographed.
The last photo shows what the mall looks like from the Barceloneta/Montjuic cable car.
What to buy: We found a nice souvenier shop and got a few things there along with a cup of coffee at one of the coffee shops.
What to pay: On the website of the Maremagnum mall you can find hours and things.
I found the best department store of Barcelona to be Diagonal Mar, located off-center, in the east end of the Av. Diagonal. It has all a real shopper wants :) And that included a good meal after the walk and shop :)
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, electronic and household items (I spent over two hours looking at some photo equipment), music .. all in one big department store.
What to pay: I found here shops that sell own names, like C&A, with very nice prices. You can't shop from another place :) Diagonal Mar it's simply the best shopping place in Barcelona.
This is a big shopping mall, with a lot of different shops, restaurants and cafés. Whatever you are looking for you can find it here!
Don't do what we did though, going there on a Sunday, slowly wandering about, thinking that "it is nice with so little people in the mall, but when does the shops open?" The problem was that they didn't ofcourse, it was a Sunday!
What to pay: Anything
Why would anyone want to waste time in Barcelona (or Prague, Budapest, Vienna, etc.) shopping in a shopping mall which is like the one back home and offering pretty much the same stuff you can easily buy at home? I think this has something to do with female genes. :)
Anyways, my wife insisted on a little shopping and found the Glories shopping mall with all the standard international department stores (Zara, Pull & Bear, H&M, C&A, W&X&Y&Z,...etc.), as well as the usual plethora of small clothing stores therein. Heaven....for her. Torture for me. Why don't these stores have chairs/stools for us husbands to sit on while our wives shop?
Anyways, there were benches in the public areas outside the stores and I parked myself comfortably on them while my wife went through her 'religious ceremony' inside. I wasn't bored as there were other husbands waiting with me - some even from Israel, kvetching in Hebrew with me. :) After my wife had her 'fix', I went inside to OK the purchase (at her request) and pay the bill. And when I mentioned to my wife that I gave up seeing the Barcelona FC stadium for 'this', she couldn't see the dilemma.
What to buy: Nothing.
What to pay: As little as possible.
There are more than 100 shops here with many cafes and restaurants. You will find both expensive and reasonably-priced articles.
Its also so a wonderful place to visit the restaurants and cafes.
What to buy: Everything you want-clothes, food, sport wear, stationary, and all other things. This is probably the best place for shopping in Barcelona for tourists with limited time.
Open: Monday-Sayurday: 10:00-21:30
What to pay: As much as you can afford
If youwant to pick up some bargains while you are in Spain, you might want to try outlet shopping. There is quite a big designer outlet just outside Barcelona called La Roca Village - there are tons of bargains to be found there. See 'www.larocavillage.com' to decide if you think it's worth a visit (there is a bus that goes directly to it, too; the bus times etc are on the website). The only downside to the place is having to carry everything home (and paying the duty on your return to Canada!)!
What to buy: La Roca has tons of different shops selling everything from homewares and furnishings to clothes and shoes. There are over 100 big brand name shops, including Miss Sixty, Nike, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Diesel and Adolfo Dominguez... there are even shops that sells luggage (mandarina duck, kipling & samsonite) for you to take home all your bargains!
What to pay: Heavily discounted prices on everything - sometimes more than 50% off, depending on when you go. If you go during a sale period, you can pick up clothes cheaper than they're sold as second-hand on ebay!
Mare Magnum is a department store on the seaside. To reach it you go on the nice bridge that is called Rambla del Mar. Useful note though: that bridge retracts during the midday to allow the private boats from the harbor to go out. Then Rambla del Mar is closed to traffic and you have to make a detour to reach Mare Magnum.
High class designer shops with all the big labels. Some small shops have an exclusive selection of dresses - one off designs only in 3 sizes usually size six eight and ten. Even if you are like me and not a shopper - if you pass by pop in and have a look, but don't forget the check the price ticket first.
What to buy: $s5Any thing with a designer label
What to pay: Whatever you can afford
Maremagnum is a big shopping centre and, in addition, it is located in a wonderful area. It was constructed over the Mediterranean sea and it enlargues "Las Ramblas" being called "Rambla del Mar". It's not a high building but it's very wide. It's next to the marina and the Yacht Club as well as other attractions like the Aquarium and the IMAX cinema. You must arrive here walking though a wooden footbridge.
El Maremagnum es un gran centro comercial y, además, se encuentra en una zona maravillosa. Se construyó sobre el Mar Mediterraneo y alarga "Las Ramblas", llamándose "Rambla del Mar". No es un edificio alto, pero tiene mucha superficie. Está junto al puerto deportivo y el Club Náutico, así como junto a otras atracciones como el Acuario o el cine IMAX. Debes llegar aquí caminando sobre un puente de madera.
What to buy: There are a lot of shops here with the main international brands of fashion, complements, books or decoration. There are cafeterias, restaurants and cinemas as well.
Hay muchas tiendas con las principales marcas internacionales de moda, complementos, libros y decoración. También hay cafeterías, restaurantes y cines.
What to pay: There are regular prices, fixed for all the country.
Hay precios normales, fijados para todo el país.
We don't have one in Ireland - so I went a bit crazy in this shop!
Bought 3 tops a bag and a pair of jeans all for 100 euro - really cool young modern funky stuff with that classy barcelona touch in here at really affordable prices!
What to buy: I wanted to buy it all
Barcelona’s L’illa shopping centre is in the centre of the city on the Av. Diagonal. You can notice it because it is built in a very modern style with lots of glass and metal. Inside it is like a large long 2 level corridor which is quite sterile looking ot be honest.
It has over 130 fashion and accessories, over 4.000 m2 dedicated to sports and more than 3,000 m2 dedicated to music and literature. There are travel agencies, Restaurants, Cafes, tourist information points and a few craft shops.
I recommend going down to the basements level too, as there was a huge food market there. They are permanent shops made to look like a market. There were so many cheeses and meats around. The prices were reasonable as well.
What to buy: A lot of stuff: Clothes, shoes, accessoires, glasses, flowers, what have you.
What to pay: It depends. They have some expensive designer stores. But you can also get some stuff at reasonable prices.
A huge, two store shop , part of El Triangle, just on Placa Cataluna. At the ground floor of El Trinagle You can find computer and cameras repair, plus support . There was a good jazz band performing there when visited.
What to buy: If You need any multimedia, cds, computers, instruments, books.... You will probably go right to FNAC.
What to pay: very affordable hardware and software, a huge music cds choice
Centro Comercial Glòries Virtual Visit
Centro Comercial Glòries is a semi-open air shopping mall so you can enjoy the beautiful weather. You will find everything you need here from shops (Zara, Mango, Levi's, C&A, H&M, Pepe Jeans, etc) to supermarket (Carrefour), restaurants, movies, etc.
It is big (more than 250,000 m2, 54,000 m2 only with shops and the leisure space), but there are lots of place to rest such as benches (outside) and sofas (inside).
Monday to Saturday: from 10 AM to 10 PM.
Restaurants and leisure:
Monday to Sunday: from 10 AM to 1 AM.
What to pay: Usually cheaper than France.