Barcelona Shopping

Characterized by originality and relative affordability, shopping in Barcelona has developed into a jubilant fashion, design, craft, and gourmet-food fair. The fact that different parts of town provide distinct contexts for shopping makes exploring the city and browsing boutiques inclusive activities.

The Ciutat Vella, especially the Born-Ribera area, is rich in small-crafts shops, young designers,

and an endless potpourri of artisans and merchants operating in restored medieval spaces that are often as dazzling as the wares on sale. Even the pharmacies and grocery stores of Barcelona are often sumptuous aesthetic feasts, filled with charming details. Although the end of rent protection has seen many heritage establishments close, a new law will at least ensure that their unique architectural and decorative details will remain intact. Hat shop Barrets Obach and candlemakers Cereria Subirà are two old town traders who have remained charmingly unchanged over the decades.

Shopping for design objects and chic fashion in the Eixample is like buying art supplies at the Louvre: it's an Art Nouveau architecture theme park spinning off into dozens of sideshows—textiles, furnishings, curios, and knickknacks of every kind. Any specific shop or boutique will inevitably lead you past a dozen emporiums that you didn't know were there. Original and surprising yet wearable clothing items—what one shopper described as "elegant funk"—are Barcelona's signature contribution to fashion. Rather than copying the runways, Barcelona designers are relentlessly daring and innovative, combining fine materials with masterful workmanship.

Browsing through shops in this originality-obsessed metropolis feels more like museum-hopping than a shopping spree, although it can, of course, be both. Design shops like Doméstico and Jaime Beriestain delight the eye and stimulate the imagination, while the area around the Passeig del Born is attracting hip young designers from all over the globe. Passeig de Gràcia has joined the ranks of Paris's Champs Elysées and Rome's Via Condotti as one of the great shopping avenues in the world, with the planet's fashion houses amply represented, from Armani to Zara. Exploring Barcelona's antiques district along Carrer Banys Nous and Carrer de la Palla is always an adventure. The shops opening daily around Santa Maria del Mar in the Born-Ribera district range from Catalan and international design retailers to shoe and leather-handbag designers, to T-shirt decorators, to dealers in nuts and spices or coffee emporiums. The megastores in Plaça de Catalunya, along Diagonal, and in L'Illa Diagonal farther west are commercial cornucopias selling fashions, furniture, furs, books, music, and everything else under the sun. The villagelike environments of Sarrià and Gràcia lend intimate warmth to antiques or clothes shopping, with friendly boutique owners adding a personal touch often lost in mainstream commerce.

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Although better known as a place to head for brunch, there are a handful of shops among the hipster cafés along the Carrer Parlament...

Adolfo Domínguez

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One of Barcelona's longtime fashion giants, this is one of Spain's leading clothes designers, with many locations around town. Famed...


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Barcelona's premier travel and adventure bookstore stocks many titles in English. Book presentations and events scheduled here feature...


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Lighting design and kitchen and bathroom fixtures, along with furniture and diverse objects by acclaimed architects and designers, are...


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Twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz are the creative and business force behind Aílanto; an avant-garde fashion brand renowned for...

BCN Books

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This midtown Eixample bookstore is a prime address for books in English, including tomes for learning Spanish and Catalan ...

Bagués Masriera

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The Bagués dynasty has bejeweled barcelonins since 1839. While they stock much that glitters, the Lluís Masriera line of original Art...

Barcelona Glòries

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This major shopping mall is a handy option should you find yourself in Glòries, the new development that houses the DHUB design museum...

Bulevard Rosa

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The sun has set a bit on this fashionable L-shape arcade, but it still provides some welcome serenity from bustling Passeig de Gràcia.

Bulevard dels Antiquaris

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Look carefully for the stairway leading one flight up to this 73-store mothership of all antiques arcades off Passeig de Gràcia. You...