Outside of the tourist areas, stores are generally open Monday–Saturday 9 am–2 pm, and 4:30–8 pm. Most stores are closed on Sundays except during the Christmas shopping period, and in July and August in the city center. Many stores in the Eixample, Barri Gótic, and in the malls, such as L'Illa Diagonal, stay open through the lunch hour. Big department stores like El Corte Inglés and FNAC are open all day 9:30 am–9:30 pm. Designated pharmacies are open all night.

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