Barcelona is an excellent city for shopping. When consumers think of luxury shops in New York, they head for Fifth Avenue. The nearest there is to that in the Catalan capital is Passeig de Gràcia. Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Gucci all have boutiques on this avenue. Among Spanish and Catalan designers, fashion brands such as Custo Barcelona, Josep Font and Toni Miró stand out, along with the Tous jewellery chain, popular around the world for their bear-shaped designs.
There also are department stores that are easy to spot and where you can find practically everything. El Corte Inglés is one of the most popular. Shopping centres can be found right across the city and one of the newest, Les Arenes, is housed in a renovated bullring.
Barcelona's local commerce model has boosted the development of shopping hubs, based around municipal markets in the city's neighbourhoods.
Some of the retail establishments have a long history behind them and still preserve the original beauty of their Modernista style, despite a century of business activity.
Anyone who loves good wine and exquisite delis will also find lots of shops in Barcelona that specialise in gourmet food.
And there are plenty of places selling the craft products from various sectors and popular trades in Catalonia: pottery, baskets made from hazel twigs, wool, leather, wood and so on.