Shopping in Barcelona offers an eclectic mix of traditional Catalan gifts—ceramics and Cava, the region’s sparkling wine—plus designer fashion, artisan homeware, books, art, and antiques. Shoppers have the choice of department stores, boutiques, and markets, browsing wide boulevards, quaint squares, and charismatic neighborhoods.
There are delicious gourmet products to shop for in Barcelona, too. Just as visiting the Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia is a rite of passage, so is shopping at the city’s La Boqueria market. Just off La Rambla, its stalls are piled high with some of Spain’s best produce, including the ruby-red Jamon Iberico.
Get ready on your next Spanish vacation to indulge in some of the best shopping in Barcelona. Here are some of the best places to browse.
The tree-lined La Rambla has its place in Barcelona as the city’s busy boulevard connecting the Christopher Columbus Monument to the south with Plaça de Catalunya.
La Rambla is filled with art nouveau buildings, circus-like street performers, cafés, and restaurants. It’s also the place to go for Spanish souvenirs, street art, and fresh blooms from the flower market.
At the very top of La Rambla, facing Plaça Catalunya, is one of Barcelona’s largest Zara stores, a fashion retail mecca. You’ll also find branches of Urban Outfitters and Havaianas on this stretch of La Rambla.
For gourmet finds, the best shopping in Barcelona is at the famous La Boqueria. The market’s famous art deco signage is set back from the street with meat vendors lining the entrance. Inside, prepare for a sensory overload of colors, smells, and tastes.
Cheeses, cured meats, fruit, vegetables, seafood, jellies, honey, fresh breads, olive oil, and wines are among the items to buy. A visit to La Boqueria is more than just a shopping trip— it’s an immersive cultural experience that will help you understand why Barcelona is one of the best food cities in Europe.
After picking out some produce to take home, such as olive oil or Jamon Iberico, slip onto a counter stool at Clemen’s for fresh seafood dishes and tasty tapas.
Passeig de Gràcia
Massimo Dutti, Nike, Muji, Adolfo Dominguez, Max Mara, and COS are among the mix of high street and designer, Spanish and international brands found on Barcelona’s elegant Passeig de Gràcia.
Barcelona is one of the best shopping cities in Europe, and the almost-one-mile Passeig de Gràcia, which runs from Plaza Catalunya to Plaza de Nicolas Salmeron, houses some of the world’s most famous labels.
If you’re into designer clothing, veer to the north section of Passeig de Gràcia, with Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, BALENCIAGA, Valentino, and Valentino among the high-end brands.
Travelers can also combine culture with shopping in Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia, which is home to two Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces: Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.
Stop by the fabulous family-owned Santa Eulalia, opposite Casa Milà. Opened in 1843, this beautiful boutique stocks designer fashion brands for men and women, along with a collection of upmarket perfumes.
If your wanderings through this part of town take you to the famous Sagrada Familia Basilica, spend time in the museum shop here for everything Gaudí, not least colorful Christmas tree baubles.
El Corte Inglés
There are three El Corte Inglés locations in Barcelona, on Plaza Catalunya, Avenida Diagonal, and Portal de l’Àngel.
The largest department store group in Europe is a dream for shoppers, with an all-under-one-roof offering of everything from cosmetics and perfume to fashion, gifts, and homeware.
The flagship is the behemoth Plaza Catalunya branch. Taking over an entire block, the towering building draws shoppers for its spectacular offering. Pick up a store plan when you enter to get your bearings.
Spanish brands include Adolfo Domínguez, Loewe, and Bimba y Lola. Other highlights include the seventh floor Barça Store, with over 1,000 square feet dedicated to the city’s football club. There’s also the Gourmet Club for sublime market produce, a bakery, and cake shop.
The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, offers some of the best shopping in Barcelona in an enchanting setting.
The Gothic Quarter has been the beating heart of Barcelona for centuries. Lying to the east of La Rambla, it’s packed with narrow alleyways, elegant squares, and ancient landmarks that Spain is known for.
For shoppers, the Gothic Quarter is a real treat. Ceramics, art, jewelry, vintage, and gourmet produce are among the things to buy.
Wander between the pretty balconied houses of Carrer del Pi and stop by Xarcuteria La Pineda, a gourmet grocery store stocked with Cava, cheese, and Jamon Iberico.
A visit to La Manual Alpargatera on Carrer d’Avinyó is a must to witness the shoebox-size espadrille workshop and pick up some gorgeous new summer footwear. There is a dazzling array of colors and styles to choose from so don’t be surprised if you end up leaving with more than one pair.
Just around the corner on Carrer de Ferran, Llibreria Sant Jordi is a quaint bookstore, while Sombrerería Obach is the place to go for handmade hats on Calle del Call.
The Gothic Quarter is also home to jaw-dropping Spanish landmarks—the stately Plaza Reial, Barcelona Cathedral, and ancient Roman walls—and some of the best restaurants in the city, offering eager visitors plenty to see and do to occupy a full day.
One of Barcelona’s most famous stretches, Avenida Diagonal is a broad strip that crosses Passeig de Gràcia, cutting the Spanish city in two diagonally.
Almost seven miles long, Avenida Diagonal runs from the Les Corts district in the west to Sant Martí in the east.
Focus your time on the central section of Avenida Diagonal for its selection of homeware stores among the hotels, banks, and co-working spaces.
Browse Deko Palace for Barcelona-made vases, ceramics, rugs, and baskets. Calma House also has some beautiful rustic pieces for the home, while La Mallorquina specializes in linens.
There’s a branch of El Corte Inglés to the western side of Avenida Diagonal and a shopping mall, Westfield Glòries, to the east.
As well as being home to some of the best shopping in Barcelona, Avenida Diagonal has some of the city’s eye-catching architecture, too.
One block to the east of Passeig de Gràcia is Casa Comalat, a glorious art nouveau apartment block facing Palau del Baró de Quadras, a modernist palace with gothic-style features by architect Josep Puig.
Once you’ve shopped, make a detour to La Cava Cakery on Paseo de San Juan for cake and coffee, or cava. Or there’s Why Not Cocktail Bar, a chic spot for cool craft drinks.
Centered around the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar—between the Gothic Quarter and Ciutadella Park—El Born is a wonderful spot for shopping in Barcelona. Carrer de la Princesa is one of the main shopping streets.
El Born has a similar feel to the Gothic Quarter, with balconied, centuries-old buildings, narrow streets, and open palm tree-lined squares. When it comes to shopping, El Born has independent designers, modern art, and contemporary pieces for the home.
Wander the postcard-worthy Passeig del Born, with Coolligan for vintage soccer jerseys and David Valls for high-end women’s wear.
Seek out Carlos Segura for vintage, Mirlett for one-of-a-kind fashion, Helena Rohner for jewelry, and Henna Morena for natural skincare, with each store just a few minutes apart.
After a happy shopping spree, enjoy a decadent tapas lunch at the divine Orvay. You can peruse the chalkboard menu outside with creative plates featuring buffala burrata and charcoal eggplant, crispy sea anemones and umami prawn cream, and cured red prawn tartare with citrus marmalade.
El Born has a glut of tapas bars and restaurants on every street so if you don’t get a table at Orvay, there are plenty of alternatives.
This vast neighborhood, hemmed between Avenida Diagonal and the waterfront, is largely considered Barcelona’s coolest neighborhood. It’s the city’s creative center, with specialty coffee shops, art galleries, and cocktail bars set in former industrial warehouses.
El Poblenou is also a great spot for shopping in Barcelona if you’re looking to eschew chain stores in favor of independent retailers.
La Bodega de Poble Nou is a delightful floor-to-ceiling larder and the perfect place to pick up a bottle of Catalan wine and bold olive oil.
If you plan to spend time on El Poblenou’s shorefront after shopping, pick up nibbles from La Bodega de Poble Nou for a picnic on one of Barcelona’s best beaches, too.
Joliu Studio is a charming spot for coffee and homeware in a cookie-hued building. The plump and flakey bakes, topped with a variety of flavors including almonds, chocolate, and pistachio, are joyous. Pick out a handmade ceramic bowl, mug, or locally-roasted coffee beans to take home.
A number of markets are held in El Poblenou, too. If you’re in town on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, head down to Encants, the city’s long-serving flea market.
Located near the National Theater of Catalonia and Disseny cultural hub (both are worth shoehorning into an El Poblenou schedule), Encants Market has been around for centuries and is steeped in history.
Featuring a shimmering mirrored roof, Encants Market is a labyrinth of stalls selling antiques and vintage. Ceramics and pottery, linens and leathers, frames with old photos still inside, ornate mirrors, artwork, clothes, and larger furniture are on offer.
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La Roca Village
If you’re a fan of designer outlet malls—think New York’s Woodbury Common and Florida’s Sawgrass Mills—you’ll want to visit La Roca Village in the hamlet of Santa Agnès de Malanyanes.
This out-of-town shopping outlet is a quick taxi or train ride from central Barcelona and it’s well worth the journey for its many discounted labels. La Roca mirrors a traditional Spanish village, with blushing bougainvillea and green olive trees that stand to attention outside the rows of boutiques.
Around 150 brands are available, including Gucci, Adidas, Maje, Sandro, The Kooples, Tod’s, and Prada. Spend time picking out high-end bargains before stopping for a traditional Catalan lunch at Pasarela, where a menu of tasty tapas, entrees, and local desserts are served.
The once-impoverished streets of El Raval—immediately to the west of La Rambla in central Barcelona—are colorful and loud. The narrow shops here, once shuttered, are mostly decorated in graffiti, adding to the charm of this lively, free-thinking quarter.
Shopping in El Raval ties in nicely with a visit to the Gaudi-designed Palau Güell and the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. The latter has an exquisite bookshop with an outstanding collection of journals and books, contemporary art, and accessories.
Make it a priority to stop by Ceràmica Mariano Leal, on the same stretch as Güell Palace, for Catalan ceramics and pottery.
The tree-lined Carrer del Peu de la Creu is a creative strip in the southwest pocket of El Raval. A highlight is Grey Street, home to more ceramics, art, jewelry, candles, and other home trinkets.
There’s plenty of opportunity to shop on Carrer de Ferlandina. Explore vintage at La Principal Retro & Co. and stacks of records at Discos Paradiso.
Around the corner on Carrer de Joaquín Costa, La Rosa De Foc bookstore has an anarchist theme, while Mahalo Vintage Raval is a treasure trove of pre-loved pieces. Across the narrow street, let your nose guide you to Les Topettes, a perfumery with a dreamy collection of fragrances and candles.
Prepare for one final sensory overload at El Raval’s Chök on Carrer del Carme. Described as a chocolate kitchen, Chök specializes in expertly-crafted doughnuts, macarons, cookies, marshmallows, and a wide array of chocolate.
Mercat de Sant Antoni
The triangle-shaped patch of Sant Antoni is most famous for its market, Mercat de Sant Antoni.
A Barcelona institution that opened in 1882, Mercat de Sant Antoni spans an entire block and is set within a beautiful iron building with an octagonal-domed roof.
Wedges of watermelon, deli counters filled with olives, nuts, meats, and cheeses, plus rows of clothes, and household goods are sold here. On Sundays, the indoor market is closed and booksellers congregate outside to sell vintage books, comics, and stamps.
Mercat de Sant Antoni is a wonderful experience and one to go for if you’re looking for a market with more of a local feel.
Portal de l’Àngel
This pedestrian street runs south from the southeast edge of Plaza Catalunya to the Gothic Quarter.
Portal de l’Àngel is an enormously popular shopping street in Barcelona. There’s a branch of the department store El Corte Inglés, and Spanish and international brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mango, and Benetton.
Admire the pastel-colored buildings as you wander from store to store. The narrow streets branching off Portal de l’Àngel—leading to La Rambla in the west and Carrer del Dr. Joaquim in the east—offer more shops to browse.
Consider starting from the south side of Portal de l’Àngel and working your way to the buzzy Plaza Catalunya to admire its lofty palm trees and water fountains.
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