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Zara: Spanish Fashion
A local name for smart clothing. ýZaraý is a chain, and it is fast expanding in Europe (Milan is another place where I have been to their outlet, and I know of many more). Prices are moderate for the type of clothing it produces, but you are to like suits and jackets to be more likely to find something you would just love to get. As that is just the kind of clothing I prefer, ýZaraý was perfect for me.
Where you can find them:
- LýIlla del Diagonal - the huge shopping mall where they have a section - thatýs the one I have been to
- Passeig de Gracia
-Avinguda del Portal de lýAngel
What to pay: Less than for big fashion names, but more than for department store clothing.
FASHION IN BCN
Barcelona is a important shopping center in Europe, since some of the most important brands are setting their shops in Barcelona, as a design and modern city.
There are 2 points where you can find that kind of expensive or chic clothes. Pg. de Gràcia is one of them, a great place also for sighseeing, so highly recommended. There, you can find Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Roberto Verino, etc.
The second spot is in Diagonal avenue, specially around Pl. Francesc Macià, where you can find Calvin Klein, Versace, Louis Vuitton, etc.
But if you prefer (affordable) Zara or Mango stuff there's no problem, because you will find them in every commercial center: around Pl. Catalunya there are one of them almost in every corner!.
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Replay: A clothes shop like a millionaire's flat
OK, it's Replay. You can buy their jeans and tops in the UK (and they have some cool stuff - I bought a top in this very store), but what's special about this particular store is the design inside. There's a pool. And a hanging dragonfly sculpture thing. And more. You have to go to believe it. Pretend to be interested in the clothes while you discreetly gaze around yourself. But do not bring out your camera - I nearly got my head chopped off by a sales assistant for taking the picture (why?!)
What to buy: They seem to specialise in jeans and stuff, but I love their kitsch dresses and funky tops.
What to pay: My top was about 80 euros (£55) - kind of expensive for a bit of chiffon, but it's really unusual!
shoe shops: Pelayo street
Among the pelayo street theres plenty of shoe shops, its the main street to go and get new shoes, spain is one of the countries that produces more shoes in the world ( specially in the Alicante area), so shoes here are cheap and with high quality.
What to buy: All kind of shoes, from sleepers, to snickers, to eegant shoes to go out at night.
What to pay: depends, but most of the prices are so low knwoing they are high quality.
Custo Barcelona: CUSTO BARCELONA
Well, if you are wondering what brand could be the typicall from Barcelona... I suggest... Custo Barcelona.
Two boys that started making t-shirts are nowadays famous and succesful designers all around the world.
What to buy: What about buy a t-shirt?
Pull and Bear: Ski-ing outfit
Pull and Bear is a world wide chain with a street culture concept. They sell different types of clothing ranging from ski and other sport outfits, to more casual clothing.
What to buy: I might sound funny, but I bought a beautiful ski outfit in Pull and Bear. The quality is really good and attention is paid to a lot of details.
What to pay: I paid much less than I had expected to pay for a ski suit. The pants I bought were 40 EUR and the jacket 80 EUR. So 120 EUR in total!!
Shopping in Sants
This is maybe off the beaten path, but is also quite typical from Barcelona. Sants street (beginning at Pza Espanya and ending in the town of Hospitalet) is one of the most crowded of the city. It's specially nice to see it on Christmas cos streets are adorned with color light bulbs and athmosphere is charming.
What to buy: This long street is called the "Shoes shop street" but there are plenty of clothes shops and other kind of shops. There are many coffes, ice cream's shops, restaurants, fast foods...
It's Europe's Longest Commercial Street.
What to pay: It's not specially expensive, some had said to be pretty cheap, at least cheaper than in the City center...
Barcelona is heaven for anyone who like shopping, for fashion cloths, shoes etc. You just need to hang around in the major streets and check what is available :)
Nu sabates: Beautiful handmade shoes
Great handmade shoes in a nice corner shop in El Born.
What to buy: An amazing comfortable leather handmade boots.
What to pay: 300€
Italien Shoes: Shoes in Sarria-St. Gervasi: EMPORIUM
nice Italien style, good prices,
look for Rebaixes (rebajas)
I bought two pairs, the black one is handmade, I paid for both together about 100 Euros
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Bazaar: Multiculti shop
I like shops packed with stuff, this is one of them, they sell everything, jewelry,candles, make-up,...
Ombu: Funky second handshop
For special second hand clothes this is 'the' shop. They have furcoats, shoes, handbags,.... it's a big store.
Check it out on sunday then there also is a small market with art and vintage stuff.
Who doesn't know the shirts of Custo? A lot of color, special drawings, I call them happy clothes. This shop has the complete collection of shirts, next to it is a girl shop with pants, skirts,...
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