The village of Poble Espanyol has many shops that are full of unique gifts. There are about forty craft shops including ceramic ware, decorative painting, glass, puppet-making, jewellery, masks, sculpture, leather, embroidery and basket-weaving just to name a few.
It is here that you are likely to find something completely different to what is for sale anywhere in Barcelona.
Quite a few of the Crafts people are there on site, making their items for sale.
We watched the glass blower making delicate glass-ware.
I might add, that I thought the prices were high, but the quality looked high too!
There is a charge of 9.50euros for Adults to enter the village.
CRAFTSHOPS AND SHOPS
Winter: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Autumn and spring: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you take an international flight out of Barcelona and want to shop in the airport - BE CAREFUL.
International flights go out of terminals D and E. 'Real Shopping', however, is only available at terminals A, B and C.
If you are flying out of D or E and want to go shopping, DO YOUR SHOPPING BEFORE YOU GO THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL FOR TERMINALS D and E.
Once you pass through passport control (terminals D and E) travelers ARE NOT ALLOWED back into the area with terminals A, B and C after they go past passport control.
We ended up looking through a big glass wall (from terminal E) at all the great shops we COULDN'T GO TO.
Be warned and do your shopping before you enter the international terminals (D and E)
If you are one of those compulsive buyers or simply enjoy shopping or just out for bargains and are particular that your stuff should be branded then this is the place to go. The Roca Village is a complex of outlets mainly for premier brands like Hilfigier, Hugo Boss, Pedro del Hierro, Calvin Klein, Burburry and other reknown brands of clothes and other fine items like vines, sports wear, travel goods, shoes, home dsiegn etc.,etc.,
This shopping complex is situated outside the city of Barcelona and is open all the year around. Checkout timings and other details at their website - www.larocavillage.com
If you are able to get a brouchere of this place at your hotel you will be able to get a 10 percent discount over the prices just for having it - so look for it. You can printout a map of how to get there from their web site which also has information of how to get there by different means of transport, so if you have the extra cash and the time - go for it.
The Rioja wines are world famouse and I assume available also in your country. However, while visiting here you can have much more wide selections of quality wines to taste and buy to take home with you for self consuming or as a beautiful gift.
The regional wines are excellent, I am not always sure or remember all the wines I have tasted but one that I can recommend and not pricey at all is the excellent red wine of Raimat vineyards, just about 200 km from Barcelona.
What to buy: Wine
This is not really about doing shopping here but this small store, Rosa, was just a minute walk from our hotel and that was the place to get out daily drinks and snack. Running by Asian people this one was very convenience as like in Asia it seems to be open all the time and we could get all our needed "supply" here, water, drinks, snack etc.
Everytime I visit Sfera, I but a winter coat or tow. But since there is no real winter in israel , I hardly use them and they still look as new. Since they classic and well done, they can last for years.
Monday to Saturday from 10-22 hr.
A store decorated in the feng Shui style and offers huge range of home fragrances , and became very popular in barcelona.
We found product in 20 or 30 euros, but at the same time we could find a 150euros products.
Add: Calle Provenea 266, Eixample
What to buy: Home fragrances mostly,
What to pay: 10-150 Euros
la boqueria is one of the oldest markets in spain and it holds everything from duck to bananas. i know this because it was my last day in spain and i had (literally) 29cents to my name. i was STARVING. i wanted something to save me. i couldn't afford fresh meat, vegetables or other colorful and delicious, mouth watering cooked food. all i could afford was a banana. i got a banana from la boqueria, a huge market full of every kind of gastronomic orgasm, and i got a banana. thank you, la boqueria. you saved me with a simple pleasure and i will return the favor some day.
So we shopped at this store on Las Ramblas and it seems like a simple grocery store. The awesome thing is it is quite large, has at least 2 levels and has everything you could be looking for! We heard and can confirm that it is cheapest place in central Barcelona for you to stock up on basic provisions. We were also trying to find some last minute gifts and we thought to buy some coffee and single bottles of beer for little gifts. They were huge hits and only cost us a few euros!
What to buy: Groceries.....and more!
What to pay: € 2-3 for coffee, € 1-2 for beer
Portal de L'Angel (near Ramblas) is a pedestrian-only street which has an outdoor market and other shops. We found some unique items in the market- jewelry, scarves, children's gifts, etc. This was a fun street to stroll down in the evening time as well.
On calle Tallers there are some cd stores where you can find cd/lps/dvds. There are some more on side streets, most of them small and focused on a specific style (ethnic, rock, jazz etc).
I checked CDDROME that has a lot of vinyls, mainly experimental, electro, new wave disco, minimal and only a few indie rock. The owner didn’t even say goodmorning, something that surprised me because usually the Spanish people are welcoming…
I, unfortunately, forgot to write down the name of this knife shop, however, I do know it is located on Carrer Ferran- on the right side coming from the Ramblas. This was a really cool shop and it offered some awesome, original looking blades and knives of all sorts and sizes. I am not a knife person, but it does make for a really cool gift for a guy. The shopkeeper also is very nice and will help you pick out a good knife that is in the price range you tell him you can spend.
What to pay: Range from 20 euros to thousands!
If you are in to making jewelry, this is the place to go. You have a huge choice of some gorgeous beads. However, I am not as crafty so I focused on the hand-made earrings of which I fell in love with. I bought just one pair and I now I regret not getting more. I have received so many compliments when I wear them!
What to pay: 8 euros for the earrings, but prices vary as the cost is calculated by the quantity and quality of the beads.
This tip could be placed as well on restaurants (you can have a good cus-cus for lunch, or for dinner during weekends here) or in "off the beaten path" as even in the very popular El Born area it's on a very quiet side-street.
But let's put it here, in shopping, as the fist impression of the place will be a fashion shop. Not mainstream fashion, as Otman Chentouf is the head of this project, a young Moroccan designer who moved to Barcelona some years ago. He exhibits his collections (clothing for men and women) in the front part of the store.
At the back of the shop you'll find a space with the typical Moroccan sofas, where you can enjoy a great Moroccan tea or eat something
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