El Corte Ingles, Barcelona
This is a picture taken at El Corte Ingles in Catalunya Square.There are a few more Corte Ingles in Barcelona,but this is the largest building in all city.You'll find another one just behind of the square,in a nice and old building.
There are also many diferent department stores in the city,another nice one about books,music and electronics are FNAC,located also close to this square.
Who doesn't know El Corte Ingles?Something very special about the El Corte Ingles in Barcelona is the view that you have from the top floor of this store.You can have a drink,a snack or a complete meal in the restaurant on the top floor and anjoy a great view of this city.
What to buy: Here you can buy almost everything.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy take your creditcard with you
Supermarket, called El Corte Ingles is said to be the biggest in Europe, anyway we don’t have it (still) in Lithuania.
The one El Corte Ingles, located just on the main square of Catalonia (Plaza Catalunya) was the shop we used frequently, as it was always on our way to hostels. There is a big choice of clothes, other stuff, also big food shop, maybe not so cheap as shops in more outside places, but quite in good location. I think it is good place for budget travelers – just sometimes to buy food and safe some money instead of going to bars or restaurants.
El Corte Ingles is Spain' s most famous department store chain.
In Plaza Catalunya there is the biggest store of this chain in Barcelona. Here; on the basement you can find a huge supermarket where you can find some gift to take home. I mean something typical from Spain.
What to buy: Turron (see tip on my Spain page; what to buy...); wines.
What to pay: ...
You will find El Corte Ingles in all of the bigger Cities in Spain. In Barcelona alone there are 4 locations. I visited the location at Pl. de Catalunya at the head of Las Rambles.
The grocery section of all El Corte Ingles stores can be found in the basement. This is a great place to go if you're looking to pick up some groceries for a picnic, need to grab a quick bottle of water or soda or just want to have a look around to see what they eat in Spain. You'll find everything that you need at reasonable prices here.
Head upstairs to the ground floor and in most The grocery section of all El Corte Ingles stores you will find gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, perfume and sometimes toiletries.
On to the first floor (second floor for those in the US) and above you will find clothes for men and women, sporting goods, luggage, a travel agent, etc... This place has everything and is very convenient.
What to buy: You can buy just about anything that you need at El Corte Ingles from groceries to clothing, from luggage to airplane tickets and from Antonio Bandaras cologne to a snow globe with a bull in it.
What to pay: Prices at El Corte Ingles are very reasonable. I prefer to go here to stock up on water for the day as the prices are much less expensive. For example, you might pay up to 1 Euro for a small bottle of water in a random shop in a tourist area. At El Corte Ingles you can pick up a large bottle for about .40 Euro.
El Corte Inglés is the paradise of tourists, specially the paradise of italian tourists!. Don't ask me why because it is very expensive!!!
Another thing that i have never understood is that spring always arrives first in El Corte Inglés than in Barcelona...still cold...
One good thing is that it's opened until 22,00 (poor sales assistants) which is very comfortable in a city where people go out of their offices at 19,00-20,00.
This picture was taken on 24th december at 9.50, 10minutes before opening its doors...crazy world...
What to buy: You will find here everything....but you will pay more for it
What to pay: Everything is more expensive than in other shops around
This is where the Spaniards do their shopping. In July there are sales at almost every department
What to buy: Anything, clothes , things for the household , nice foodstore in the basement and cafeteria at the top ( 9th floor )
What to pay: If you are NOT coming in July , when the big sale is on, try the 8th floor .....there is always promotions there ( good ones , really ) sometimes 30-70 % reduction on almost everything
El Corte Inglés is a very big chain of department stores in Spain. Throughout the city of Barcelona you can find a lot of them. The biggest one you can find on Plaça Catalunya. I found another one somewhere in the business district near the Intercontinental hotel, which had great x-mas lights.
El Corte Ingles is Spain's largest department store chain, founded all the way back in 1934. Now the big company that exist in all important cities of Spain takes its name from a little shop that made in 1890 tailored clothes for children.
I found the ones (there was three) in Barcelona to have a lot of things but I found the clothes to be a little expensive that I thought. I mean there were designer clothes and accessories for the ones that wants to shop for the brand name.
What a huge department store.
I actually like this one-stop shopping store. It sells everything from a garden rake to Kobe beef (180 Euro/kg).
The supermarket is on the lower level, and is a very nice store to get most things you might need.
When you arrive and check in your hotel, try to get some initial food and necessities for the first few days until you get to know where to go. An initial one stop place is El Corte Ingles department store.
It's probably Spain's version of Macy's in the US. The main store on Plaza Catalunya is 9 stories tall. Spain souvenirs are on the ground level on the NW end of the building. There's a cafeteria at the top floor with a panoramic view of the city.
At the bottom level there is a pharmacy, travel agency, and gourmet grocery section with a great selection of jamon. Also try some of their marcona almonds.
I spent three hours one night just wandering around. One of the upper floors 6-8 - I'm not sure - is the bargain floor! Lots of neat stuff. I wish I had gone back. Probably the best part is the supermarket downstairs below the main level. It's a great place to shop for local goodies and to find lots of yummy things to bring home to friends and family. I bought coffee, chocolate, cookies and more. It was fun to just wander around. I felt very safe in Placa Catalunya even at 10 p.m. After all, that's just when dinnertime starts!
What to buy: El Corte Ingles also has a nice tourist shop. A bit pricier than shopping at the tourist shops on Las Ramblas but some nice things.
What to pay: Coffee, chocolate and cookies were very reasonable.
Bacelona has about 6 or 7 or maybe even more of these big department stores, El Corte Ingles. The biggest mumma of all is in Plaza Catalunya, the center of the city, and it actuallyonly has half the shop in as the other half is in a different (big) builing about 100 meters away (Portal de´l Angel) What's good about them? ot much. But they have got it - whatever it is. And I had a nice picture of the odd looking building so....
What to buy: In Catalunya they make Cava - Spanish Champagne. That is worth buying.
El Corte Ingles is usually quite big but the one on Plaza Catalunya is just enormous. You can find anything you like here but it might not be the cheapest choice. Even buying groceries is more expensive here than in other shops.
Same as Macy's, the Corte Ingles is the main department store in Spain, with up to 10 departments of clothes, books, home, electric, children, etc.
If you are looking for cheap or high frequency sales (rebajas) its not the right place.
Most of the product are above average, sometimes even expensive.
But if you don't come only to buy - then go see the one in Plaza Catalunya, I believe it's the biggest one there.