Barcelona’s scores of funky fashion boutiques, hip design stores, and cool antique shops create one of Europe’s most dynamic and varied shopping scenes. From browsing local labels to the biggest global brands, here are just four of the best areas to revel in the Catalonian capital’s considerable retail bliss.
La Rambla: Though crowded and certainly touristy, this popular pedestrian area is still a fun place to window-shop and, if nothing else, to gawk at all the silly tourist souvenirs for sale. That said, La Rambla is a great place to score t-shirts, postcards, and other souvenirs. This is also where you’ll find La Boqueria, one of the biggest and best food markets in all of Europe.
Passeig de Gràcia: Barcelona’s own version of Paris’ famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this spectacular avenue lined with historic structures cuts through the heart of the Eixample district. Expect everything from high-end fashion from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney to mid-range labels like H&M, along with numerous antique shops and plenty of places to eat.
Plaça de Catalunya: All major roads in central Barcelona lead to this grand square, noted for its beautiful sculptures and fountains. Ample shopping opportunities are here, as well—check out the largest Barcelona outlet for El Corte Inglés, Spain’s most famous department store chain, on Portal de l'Àngel.
Plaça de Santa Maria del Mar: Come for the stunning 14th-century cathedral, and stay for the shopping. The area spiralling out from Santa Maria del Mar makes for a wonderful stroll and is full of interesting food and fashion shops.