A shopper’s guide to Barcelona

lasarenas by Vesper Hsieh

Move over, Paris. Barcelona is taking over that coveted space in shopaholics’ hearts. With a heady mixture of unique boutiques, second-hand shops, flea markets, luxury shopping, malls and outlets, Barcelona has something for every kind of shopper.

Get in the know

Most shopping malls, outlets and large stores are open from 10am to 9pm or later, Monday through Saturday. Smaller neighbourhood shops typically open from 10am to 2pm, close for lunch for a few hours, and re-open after 4pm for four more hours Monday through Friday, and are open reduced hours Saturdays. Stores accept cash, and credit or debit cards with proper I.D. for payment. Personal and business cheques, American Express and Discover credit cards are not widely accepted.

Looking to score a steal of a deal? In Barcelona, winter sales are from the second week of January till the end of February while summer sales begin on 1 July and last until the end of August.

Barcelona-area malls and outlets

Mall shoppers, rejoice. Barcelona is crammed with the things, called centres comercials in Catalan. There’s even a large outlet mall less than an hour from the city for visitors who want a deal on brand-name merchandise.

La Roca Village

3416966088_8455a77e99A short trip from Barcelona city centre, La Roca features over 100 outlets where both Spanish and international brand-name items can be bought for up to 60% off the normal retail price all year round. It’s a veritable retail village, with individual storefronts and restaurants linked by wide boulevards, so try to choose a nice day – you’ll be spending some time outside.

Address: La Roca Village, 08430, Santa Agnès de Malanyanes
Telephone
: 34 9384239 39
Website
:www.larocavillage.com

Getting there
Car: Take autopista AP7, exit 12 en Cardedeu, and follow the signs that say centre-comercial.
Bus: La Roca Shopping Bus provided by Sagalés departs Monday to Saturday from Carrer de Casp 34, every hour, on the hour from 9am to 8pm. The same bus returns from La Roca Village to Carrer de Casp, 34 every hour, on the hour from 10am to 9pm.
The bus also makes another stop at the Mango Outlet and Nike Factory Store.

Saving: If you print this article out with our Oh-Barcelona logo at the top of the page and show it to the Sagalés bus driver before you travel, you can receive a 2€ discount on La Roca Shopping Bus. This makes a return journey only 10€ for adults and 4€ for children under 3yrs (usually 12€ and 5€). This is a great saving considering that the Shopping Express provided by La Roca Village costs 20€.

Las Arenas

lasarenas by rofiThere’s nothing like strolling among the storefronts in a former bullfighting arena with views of Plaça Espanya for an authentic Barcelona shopping experience. Las Arenas has everything from large chains like Mango, Miss Sixty and Desigual to cinemas, the Museum of Rock, and a Mercadona supermarket, plus rooftop eateries and a viewing area with panoramic views of the entire city. This venue conveniently combines sightseeing and shopping for busy tourists.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 373-385
Telephone
: 93 289 02 44
Website
: www.arenasdebarcelona.com

Getting there
By bus: bus 9, 13, 23, 27, H12, 37, 46, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109, 115, 150, 165, V7
By metro: metro & metro Espanya

Other well-known Barcelona shopping centres include Maremagnum (down at the harbour), Bulevard Rosa, Diagonal Mar, Gran Via 2, La Maquinista, L’Illa and El Triangle.

Quirky neighbourhood boutiques in Barcelona

On the lookout for stuff specific to Barcelona’s unique sense of style? Head to trendy, artsy areas like Gràcia and El Born where local hipsters, artists and artisans live, work and play.

El Born

born by tobstoneKeep an eye out for unusual jewellery, shoes, clothing and art in the boutiques on Carrer de Argenteria in Barcelona’s trendy El Born neighbourhood. Afterwards, hit the bars and restaurants on Passeig de Born for drinks and eats to recharge after an afternoon or morning of shopping.

Getting there
By bus:  bus 14, 17, 10, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 59, 65, D20, 120
By metro: metro Jaume I

Gràcia

Search out creative and original wares for mind, body and home in charming shops on Carrer d’Asturies and Carrer Verdi in the Gràcia neighbourhood, a former village that was incorporated into Barcelona proper in the late 19th century.

Getting there
By metro: metro Fontana, metro Joanic
FGC from Plaça Catalunya: L6, L7, S1 Gràcia
By bus: bus 16, 17, 22, 24, 27, 28, 32, 39, 55, 87, 92, 114, 116, H6

Barcelona flea markets and second-hand shops

Are you into everything vintage and pre-loved? From books to trinkets and funky clothing, Barcelona is a second-hand shopper’s paradise.

El Raval

Wander along Carrer de la Riera Baixa, perusing vintage shops for clothing and accessories. Mandatory stops for vintage fashion fanatics are Lailo on Riera Baixa, and Holalá! When you’ve exhausted your funds, and built up an appetite, stop off for authentic Pakistani food or a Turkish kebab at bargain basement prices along Carrer Joaquín Costa.

Getting there
By bus: bus 14, 59, 91, 120
By metro: metro Universitat, metro Liceu, metro San Antoni

Els Encants Vells (Mercat Fira de Bellcaire)

5197680095_9feb610d80Flea market fans will love Els Encants, Barcelona’s largest open-air market. Peruse everything from books and records to vintage jewellery and antique furniture in Carrer Dos de Maig. The market is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm.

Getting there
By bus: bus 6, 7, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, 60, 62, 192, H12, V21, B24
By metro: metro Glories, metro Encants

Luxury shopping in Barcelona

If high-end is your middle name when it comes to purchases, Barcelona has a whole street dedicated to you. Within easy walking distance of Barcelona sights like Plaça Catalunya and La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia is the best place in town to find luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vutton.

Passeig de Gràcia

P1010038Have your platinum plastic at hand, ready to charge to the limit on this famous Barcelona street. Scattered among luxury stores like Gucci and Manolo Blahnik, check out modernist buildings like Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Post-shopping, eat at upscale bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to check out clothes and accessories from Spanish designers like Adolfo Dominguez and Roberto Verino while you’re there.

Getting there
By metro: metro , metro Diagonal, metro Catalunya, and metro , metro , metro Passeig de Gràcia
By bus: bus 7, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 28, 43, 44, 45

27 COMMENTS

  1. This is a great collection of information on shopping in Barcelona. Well done.

    I have one thought to share.

    I often find that many people go to La Roca Village with high expectations to find unbelievable bargains. La Roca is not a place of miracles. It is like other outlets in the world. You can buy things at a certain discount. If you are lucky, you are able to buy one or two things at a very low price.

    Just don’t go with the expectation that you will go home with a big smile on your face carrying dozens of bags packed full of the trendiest clothes with more money than you had…

    • Hi there

      Thanks for the comment. Glad you like the post.

      Regarding La Roca Village, it’s a good point that sometimes people can have very high expectations when going to an outlet anywhere. Hopefully La Roca Village can offer a good day out, even if it’s just to browse and to grab a bite to eat.

      Thanks

      Lucie

  2. Hi there,
    I’m sure that you are the right person to ask about shopping in Barcelona !
    I would like to know,where to shop for jewellery not the fancy brands,but where the local people buy gold jewellery.??

    • Hi Eman,
      Yes, we can certainly offer you a couple of suggestions.
      You’ll find most of the fancy brands you mention on Passeig de Gràcia, so any place not on that street sounds like what you are looking for.
      We’d suggest taking a look at L’Hora Exacta on Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 42. And also Oriol Agorreta on Carrer de Casanova, 260.
      Happy shopping!

  3. Hey, do you have a list of antique/vintage jewelry stores for Barcelona. I’ll be looking for an engagement ring if things go according to plan!

    Thanks.

    • Hi Brendan,
      Here is a link to a few antique/vintage stores and markets in Barcelona that might have that special something you are looking for.
      Alternatively, there are a number of jewelers on Passeig de Gracia which sell high quality jewelry, but they will be a lot more pricey than in the antique markets.
      Good luck!

  4. Hi Lucie,

    My friend says that there is a Zara outlet village where selling Zara product at cheaper price than Lefties . Do you know it’s name? it isn’t La Roca Village, right? La Roca doesn’t offer Zara, right?

    • Hi,

      I’m afraid I don’t know another Zara outlet other than lefties and you are right, La Roca doesn’t sell Zara products.
      But, I would suggest coming to Barcelona during July for the Rebajas (sales). For one month only, there are huge sales all over the city and prices are really low on everything, including at Zara.

      Hope this has helped!

  5. Hi,

    thanks for your reply. 1 more question, pls: my husband & I will come to Barcelona at the Barcelona Nord at 5 Am. Since the check-in time of our hotel is 12AM, we intend to hire a locker at the bus station, then visit the Barri Gothic area. is it safe if we walk a round at 5.30-6.00 AM? or we should take metro to our hotel , leave our luggage there & then start visting the city

    another one: if I buy T10 ticket, I can use it for vMontjuïc Funicular, right?it runs at 7.30 AM but the Teleferic de Montjuic is 10 AM, I dont know the difference between them & what can we do at this hill from 7.30 AM to 10 AM

    thank you again

    • Hi piggy
      Personally, I would drop my bags and valuable items off at the hotel first and then start exploring. Apart from pickpockets, Barcelona is quite a safe city. However, as with every city, you should always be cautious when walking round at night. The sun rises here at about 6.30 am during the summer and it should be fine to wander about from then on as the city begins to wake up. The metro operates from 5am every day so you shouldn’t have any problems travelling around the city when you arrive.

      Yes you’re quite right, you can use the T10 ticket for the Montjuïc Funicular. The difference is the Funicular is like a small train that goes from Parallel metro station up the hill to Parc de Montjuïc whereas the Telefèric is a cable car that operates from Parc de Montjuïc and goes right to the top of Montjuïc offering amazing views over the city as you go up. However, the
      Telefèric as you said, only starts at 10 am every morning. To be honest, there won’t be many places open before 10am around Montjuïc, so it may be quite nice to take some food to Parc de Montjuïc and have a breakfast picnic as you watch the sun rising over Barcelona.

      Hope this has helped,
      if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch again!

  6. HI,

    thanks for your instruction.

    I heard that there is Tombus which starts at Plaza Catalunya and moves up Paseo de Gracia,making a total of 28 stops. Can we use the T-10 on this? & if there are 28 stops, how can we use the ticket & on-off for the most effcient? or we have to buy some sets of T-10? or we should walk

    • Hi piggy,

      I’m afraid the Tombus stopped running a few years ago. However, there are other buses as well as the metro which follow a similar route. Although I would suggest the best way to shop is to walk and see the incredible architecture dotted along Passeig de Gràcia.

      If you have any other questions, just ask!

  7. hi,
    so sorry for bothering you again. i’m comparing L’Illa (Avinguda Diagonal 555-559) with Barcelona outlet, Calle Aragón 529 or Contribuciones y moda, Riera de Sant Miquel. which one offers better price/
    all Shop closed for lunch from 2pm-4pm, right?
    thanks for your help

    • Hi piggy,

      Don’t worry I’m happy to help! while L’illa definietely has the largest selection of shops to choose from out of your options, it may not be the cheapest. However, as many stores are having their sales for the next month or two, i’m sure you will be able to pick up a bargain there!

      As for shops closing for lunch, it does really depend on the kind of store and where you are in the city. The big stores and shopping malls in the city centre will usually stay open all day, whereas the smaller shops away from the city centre may close down for a couple of hours sometime between 1.30pm-4pm for lunch and to rest as shops usually stay open here until around 8-8.30pm.

      Hope this has helped you!

  8. hi,

    I posted this question already but I dont know why I can’t see it. so sorry if this message bothers you.
    I intend to visit La Sagrada Familia, then take a look at Barcelona outlet, Calle Aragón 529 , Contribuciones y moda, Riera de Sant Miquel, L’Illa. pls help to advise which ones offer better price & should go. how is about the Born outlet & The Stock Company Outlet?

    I heard that all shop closed at 2pm-4pm for lunch, right?

    can we buy T-10 at the Barcelona Nord?
    thanks for your hellp

    • Hi piggy,

      You’re quite right, your comment and reply should be on the page very soon. I actually responded to your questions this morning but it seems to be taking a while to appear.

      In any case, I will just copy my reply from earlier here:

      While L’illa definietely has the largest selection of shops to choose from out of your options, it may not be the cheapest. However, as many stores are having their annual sales during the next month or two, i’m sure you will be able to pick up a bargain there!

      As for shops closing for lunch, it really does depend on the kind of store and where you are in the city. The big stores and shopping malls in the city centre will usually stay open all day, whereas the smaller shops away from the city centre may close down for a couple of hours sometime between 1.30pm-4pm for lunch and to rest as shops usually stay open late here until around 8-8.30pm.

      I’m afraid I’m not entirely sure if you can buy a T-10 in Barcelona Nord bus station, however there is an Information Help Desk where you can ask a member of staff. Alternatively, you can also buy one at the entrance to every metro station. So if you aren’t able to buy a T-10 in the bus station, then I suggest you walk just around the corner to the Arc de Triomf metro station (2 minute walk) and you can buy one there.

      I hope this has helped you, and I’m sorry your first comment hasn’t appeared yet.

      Hope you enjoy your time in Barcelona!

      • How are about the others: Barcelona outlet (Calle Aragón 529) , Contribuciones y moda (Riera de Sant Miquel),the Born outlet & The Stock Company Outlet/ which one is the most attractive/

        thank you again

        • Hi piggy,

          I’m afraid I don’t know much about the others. The Stock Company Outlet is a long way outside of Barcelona and probably not worth the trip. Outlet del Born, Barcelona Outlet and Contribuciones y Moda all seem similar, offering discounts on high end brands. However, even with these discounts, clothes can still be pricey and with the smaller outlet stores, finding items in a particular size can be frustrating.

          I would suggest that if you are planning on doing a lot of shopping, then your best bet is to go to somewhere large like La Roca village where you are almost guaranteed to find something.

          Happy shopping!

      • hi,

        maybe my last question was deleted again.

        pls give your thinking about these store; Barcelona outlet, Calle Aragón 529 , Contribuciones y moda, Riera de Sant Miquel, Born outlet & The Stock Company Outlet?

        thanks for your help

        • Hi piggy,

          I think you’re right, it does seemed to have happened again. We’ll have a look and see if we can find the problem.

          In the meantime, here is my response that should have appeared yesterday for you:

          I’m afraid I don’t know much about the others. The Stock Company Outlet is a long way outside of Barcelona and probably not worth the trip. Outlet del Born, Barcelona Outlet and Contribuciones y Moda all seem similar, offering discounts on high end brands. However, even with these discounts, clothes can still be pricey and with the smaller outlet stores, finding items in a particular size can be frustrating.

          I would suggest that if you are planning on doing a lot of shopping, then your best bet is to go to somewhere large like La Roca village where you are almost guaranteed to find something.

          Happy shopping!

  9. Barcelona is the perfect place where I got amazing sweet treats. I was spoilt for choice with the selection of confectionery shops over there.

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