Barcelona shopping can be called nothing less than an experience. Whether you love or loathe shopping, the offerings in Barcelona will probably entice you inside the array of stores. Many shops in Barcelona are located on pedestrianized streets, making the whole shopping experience a relaxed and pleasant one. From the top designer stores to authentic Spanish pieces, there are more Barcelona stores than you will have time for during your vacation. Take time away from the museums and attractions to see a different side to the city, and maybe even bring something special home to a loved one.
One of the most popular places for shopping in the city is La Boqueria. This central market has an entrance from La Rambla and is known as a tourist landmark as well as a market. The history of this marketplace dates back centuries, all the way to the thirteenth century, when tables were first set up in this area to sell meat. The structure of La Boqueria you will see today opened in 1853 and the metal roof was constructed in 1914. What this market lacks in designer fashions, it makes up for in local produce. Seeing the displays of fruit and vegetables are enough of a reason to visit La Boqueria, never mind the rest of the diverse goods that are for sale.
There are many options for Barcelona shopping beyond traditional markets. Travelers on the hunt for fashion will want to take a stroll along the famous three-mile shopping line. This lengthy line contains a variety of shops. From the top of La Rambla the shopping line continues through the Placa Catalunya and along Passeig de Gracia and finishes at Avenue Diagonal. Many of these areas have been pedestrianized, making it very friendly for shoppers. If you need to refuel during your shopping day, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars along the way that are ideal for a snack or drink.
For many travelers, Passeig de Gracia shopping is a favorite. This area and the shopping line contain some of the most famous designer shops in Barcelona including Versace, Cartier, and Giorgio Armani. If you’re on the lookout for Spanish designers instead of Italian and international designers, you will find a wide range of boutiques and shopping along the shopping line as well. An abundance of shoes and jewelry will be found in this section of Barcelona as well. Leave some extra room in your suitcase to bring home all of your Barcelona shopping finds.
There are many shops in Barcelona to pick up souvenirs as well. You won’t have to search hard to find postcards and souvenirs inspired by Gaudi or Joan Miro, two famous creative figures in the history of Barcelona. Many of the museums and attractions have gift shops that have beautiful books in a variety of languages. Barcelona is a great city to have a little extra spending money, whether you choose to spend it on spas, award-winning restaurants, or historically restored hotels. No matter what type of budget you’re traveling on, the culture of Barcelona is sure to shine through.