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Shopping in Barcelona

Introduction

You can find everything in Barcelona but it is not a place for people who are looking for bargains and the prices are not cheap. Those who are coming for shopping in Barcelona will enjoy opulence, variety and quality but will be disappointed from unattractive prices.
There are many markets and shopping centers in Barcelona. See below.
Caution be aware of pickpockets!

Main areas for shopping in Barcelona

The main shopping areas in Barcelona can be classified like that:
The prestige stores with their designed and prestigious shop windows that are in Psasso de Gracia and Diagonal streets, the antique stores located in Carrer de la Palla street that goes along the relics of the Roman walls in the Gothic quarter, the De La Rivera quarter in which the alleyways are full with stores of knickknack, ceramics and other hand made works, and around Plaza Catalonia and in west Diagonal street where huge shopping centers raised in the last few years.

Prices and Costs

You can find everything in Barcelona but it is not a place for people who are looking for bargains and the prices are not cheap. In the markets you can find cheap merchandises, but the quality is accordingly.
End of the year sales are taking place twich a year:
The winter sales around 10th January, and summer sales around 5th July. In those periods it is possible to shop profitably.

Stores Open Hours

Most of the stores in Barcelona are open from 09:30 till 13:30 (or from 10:00 till 14:00) and then from 16:30 till 20:30 (or from 17:00 till 21:00). Big stores and the shopping centers are open all day continuously. On Saturday most of the stores are open only afternoon. On Sunday everything is close except from the very big stores.

Tax and Tax Refund

Will be updated soon.

Barcelona Malls

El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles mall is "The" mall in Barcelona. It has 3 branches in Barcelona; the main one is located at Catalonia plaza. In the lower floor there is a supermarket and a store dedicated to Gourmet food. Except for the so many items being sold in the different departments, there are also travel agency, office selling tickets for shows, cafeteria and change office in it.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Will be updated soon.
How to go to El Corte Ingles?
Metro: L3 line
Website:
For more info see the El Corte Ingles website.

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Glories

This is one of most unmistakable trademarks of Barcelona. This is a huge shopping center with more than 200 stores in it. The shopping center is built around something like an open plaza in which there are lots of bars and restaurants and also big cinema. This shopping center has several entrances from which you can enter to a roofed square with high lampposts in it, benchs and white linen canopy serves as a roof under the stairs. The shopping center has 3 floors, cinema, supermarket, all kinds of stores, open stands on every floor and dozens of coffee shops and restaurants. All the Spanish and international chains are represented here. Except for cloths stores there are also toys stores, household appliances, cosmetics, furniture, sports equipment, knickknack and optic.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00.
How to go to Glories?
Metro: Line L1 (red), get off at Glories. Look for the sign says: Sortida Centre Comercial. Go down the street, cross a pedestrian crossing and go towards the red chimney. Walk 5 minutes from there.
Bus: 7, 56
Website:
Will be updated soon.

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La Maquinesta

This is a new and modern shopping center with 180 stores, business, restaurants and cinema in it. The structure is partly roofed and partly open and there are wide public spaces in it, lighted and decorated with statues and fountain too. Pleasant music can be heard in the background.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00.
How to go to La Maquinesta?
Metro: Line L1 (red), get off at Torres I Bages. Look for the sign says: Sortida Centre Comercial. Go to the first street named Carrer de Palomar, turn left, cross the bridge over the railroad and from there keep walking to the entrance.
Bus: 11, 12, 35, 40, 42, 62, 73, 96, 173
Website:
Will be updated soon.

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L`lla

This is a new and modern shopping center. All the fashion stores and the brands stores are represented there. There are also stores for decorative items, candles, household appliances and special food stores. Branchs like Marks and Spencer and fanc are attractive for many people.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Open daily from 10:00 to 21:30, the supermarkets are open from 09:30 and being closed at 21:30. Closed on Sundays.
How to go to L`lla?
Metro: get off at Cristina station. Walk from there something like 300 meters.
Bus: 6,7,30,33,34,66,67,68,78
Website:
For more info see the L`lla website.

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Mare Magnum

This place holds a cinema, restaurants, coffee shops, night clubs, discotheques and many stores. A well designed bridge connects the complex with the La Ramblas boulevards, and in the summer evenings lots of people are strolling from the La Ramblas boulevards to the port and this mall.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00.
How to go to Mare Magnum?
Metro: get off at Drassanes station.
Bus: 19, 36, 38, 40, 57, 59, 64, 157 14.
Website:
For more info see the Mare Magnum website.

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El Triangle

This shopping center is located just in the city center, in Catalonia plaza. In the place there are lots of fashion stores, huge perfumes store, a FANC branch and many others.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Open daily from 10:00 to 22:00. Closed on Sundays.
How to go to El Triangle?
Metro: get off at Catalunya station.
Bus: Use the lines arriving Catalonia Plaza.
Website:
For more info see the El Triangle website.

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Antiques in Barri Gotic

In the Gothic square streets there are lots of antique stores. Colorful lamps, old pictures and furniture are presented with good taste in the shops windows, fact that improve the pleasant stroll experience in it.
How to go?
Barri Gohtic.

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Barcelona Markets

La Boqueria

This is a charming market, rich in colors and tourist's / local's tumult. The market is actually some kund of branching going out from the La Rambla. In the market plenty of pastries, meat, fruits and vegetables, fishes and see fruits are all arranged on the stands in perfect order. The stands that are closer to the Rambla are more expensive and as you go deeper inside the prices are getting lower.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Sunday-Saturday from 09:00 to 21:00
How to go to La Boqueria market?
Metro: get off at Liceu station.
Bus: 14,38,59,91
Website:
For more info see the La Boqueria website.
Photos:
Photos along the Rambla.

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Books and Coins Market - Els Encants

Coins and stamps collectors are gathering around the stands, arguing on their worth loudly, enjoying the pleasant Sunday noons. It is possible to join the flurry or just look from the side as an audience.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Every Sunday from 09:00 to 14:30.
How to go to Els Encants?
Metro: get off at Liceu station.
Bus: 14,38,59

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Books and Coins Market - Mercat de San Antoni

Used books and coins from all kinds, shapes and eras can be found on the stands in this market. The people visiting this market, turn their hobby to be their center of life, and so it is often possible to see the people bargaining and fighting in big determination on the worth of a rare book or an unusual coin.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Every Sunday from 09:00 to 14:00
How to go to Els Encants?
Metro: get off at Sant Antoni station.
Bus: 20,25,38,64,91

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Brocanters del Port Vell

This antique market is taking place between Colon square and Maremagnum Bridge. The weekend that always cause people go out for a stroll in the La Rambla boulevards brings many people to this market located in the end of the boulevards. Porcelain, ceramics, household appliances, old dolls, different jewels, old records and watches are all spread in the markets stands. There are people who say that the prices in this market are cheaper from those in the antique market located in the Gothic quarter.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00.
How to go to Brocanters del Port Vell?
Metro: get off at Drassanes station.
Bus: 14,36,38,57,59,64,100,157

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Art Market

Different colorful artifacts turn the stroll in this market into a pleasant experience. Meeting the markets merchants is what this market is is all about, whether you buy something in it or not.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
Open each first weekend of the month.
On Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00.
How to go to Brocanters del Port Vell?
Metro: get off at Liceu station.
Bus: 14,38,59

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Antiques Market #1

Lovely and colorful antique market with the decoration of the ancient Gothic quarter that do well for it and contribute to its atmosphere. Here you will be able to find everything old stuff, pictures and postcard from the beginning of the century and all kind of junk.
Open Hours, Activity Hours:
January-November: Thursday, 10:00-22:00
How to go to this market?
Metro: get off at Jaume station
Bus: 17,19,45,40

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Antiques Market #2

Another antique market is taking place in Placa Nova every Thursday (except in August). Ceramic appliances, Catalans hand-made works and other knickknacks are being spread in the plaza filling it with festive spirit.

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Antiques Market #3

Another plaza that hosts a full with people market is Placa de les Glories, in which you can find the El Encant antiques and all kinds of junk market. This is a charming flea market. The most authentic market in which you can still see all kinds of stands of used shoes, toys There are also furniture, used cloths, household appliances etc.

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