A city with good taste
Going shopping in Barcelona is a real experience. The city conserves interesting, historical shops of all kinds which offer really high-quality products: there is nothing you cannot find in Barcelona. The historical establishments coexist with big fashion labels that can usually be found on the avenues of any cosmopolitan city, and Barcelona is certainly one of them: Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya and the upper part of Avinguda Diagonal are home to the most exclusive international brands. In the city's ten districts there are a total of 32,000 shops, in addition to the markets and shopping centres.
Fashion designers with their own labels account for a sizeable number of smaller establishments that proliferate in neighbourhoods like the Born and the Ribera, the Gòtic and Gràcia. Elegance and good taste are the trademarks of local commerce: this can be seen in the products on sale and in the originality of the establishments, many of which are located in old, completely renovated buildings. These shops add beauty and style to Barcelona's idiosyncrasy. Bookshops, establishments selling the most sybaritic food products, antique shops, curiosities, designer products, art galleries, textiles and shoe shops, shops specialising in everything imaginable and some things that are not, including wax products, board games, cutlery, fishing accessories, rope-soled shoes and sheet music. All of this and more is to be found in Barcelona's retail network, which retains the popular character of expert shopkeepers while also incorporating the more cosmopolitan, multilingual perspective of large chain stores. Going for a stroll, looking, smelling, choosing, tasting, buying... or not. Going shopping in Barcelona can be a real sensory experience.
The city's retail establishments open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm. However, many neighbourhood shops close on Saturday afternoons.
They can also open on ten Sundays a year, coinciding with the sales and some festivals, such as Christmas.
In tourist areas, shops are able to open every Sunday between 1 July and 15 September, from 10 am to 6 pm.
The sales: the winter sales start on 7 January. Summer sales begin on 1 July.
The city's major shopping hubs
Barcelona has over 30,000 shops and they are distributed throughout the city in various shopping hubs, some of which are in pedestrian areas.
In the upper part of Barcelona, around Avinguda Diagonal, between Plaça de la Reina Maria Cristina and the streets adjacent to Plaça de Francesc Macià, there is an important area for businesses and shops, particularly fashion boutiques.
The area known as the Golden Square, a set of city blocks in the Eixample centred around Passeig de Gràcia, contains some of the city's most valuable Modernista buildings and it is home to the most exclusive and the most popular international fashion labels. Prada, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Chanel stand shoulder to shoulder with big clothing chain stores such as Zara, Mango and H&M. This is also the place to find the shops of some of the most renowned Spanish designers, including Antonio Miró, Totón Comella (TCN) and Purificación García.
In the old quarter there are various shopping streets that are home to the most popular fashion labels. Carrer Pelai, Avinguda del Portal del Àngel and the streets around it are a fantastic place to go shopping. in the Gòtic, Born and Ribera neighbourhoods there are lots of select establishments covering a wide range of sectors: food, fashion, shoes, jewellery, art, etc.
There are shops in every Barcelona neighbourhood and there is a good selection of shops around every city market, further proof that Barcelona is the very definition of a commercial city.