It’s that time again, when locals and tourists alike flock to stores to snag the best items on offer at this year’s summer sales. Whether you’re shopping to refresh your wardrobe with some Mediterranean flair or just want to take home something special that will always remind you of Barcelona, now is the moment.
Barcelona offers a wide range of shops, from one-of-a-kind boutiques run by local fashion designers in the neighbourhoods of Born and Gràcia and designer labels on Passeig de Gràcia, to huge malls where you can find Europe’s favourite brands all in one place.
Some of our favourite boutique shops in Barcelona are Colmillo de Morsa, who believe in sustainable, responsible, local fashion, with designs inspired by the environment and Nordic traditions, and Ailanto, an exclusive boutique started by twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz in 1995, known for its exciting fabric and color combinations. Ivori is also worth a visit, with lines of clothes, shoes and accessories based off vintage clothing and made in Barcelona. And if you’re in the market for a new purse, Lupo’s luxury handbags are a must.
Diagonal Mar is one of the best shopping centres in the city, with more than 150 stores, a cinema, a food court, a play area and WiFi throughout. Another important mall is L’illa, which boasts more than 170 stores, several restaurants, a hotel, a sports centre, a conference centre, a dance hall and even a public park!
While Passeig de Gràcia will dazzle you with stores such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Santa Eulàlia, we don’t recommend it for a day of bargain hunting. Of course you can wander in and out of these glamorous shops while admiring Modernista architecture along the street (Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera being the main ones), but don’t expect to get any discounts there.
Now that you know where to shop, it’s important to know when. Most shops in Barcelona open at 10am and close at 8pm, while shopping centres stay open until 10pm. Keep in mind that the smaller shops also close between 2pm and 5pm for siesta.
Sales finish at the end of August, but if you can, it’s best to shop in the first three weeks, as stores will still have a variety of stock in your size.
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