Barcelona is a stylish and elegant city with many fashionable shops. Here are five of the most interesting hotspots where you’ll find enough inspiration and temptation to satisfy any urge for a seasonal shopping spree.
1 Top brands at La Roca Village
Discover La Roca Village, home to more than 140 boutiques including Barça Store, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein Jeans, Levis, Philipp Plein, Zadig & Voltaire and many more, with up to 60% off the recommended retail price and tax-free shopping for guests visiting from outside the EU. Located just 40 minutes from Barcelona, the Village is open seven days a week.
Travel to the Village from central Barcelona on the Shopping Express®, La Roca Village’s dedicated coach service, and enjoy exclusive benefits including a VIP Savings Card for an additional 10% off the Village price in participating boutiques.
2 Style and fashion: Passeig de Gràcia
Paris has the Champs Élysées, Rome has Via Condotti, and Barcelona has Passeig de Gràcia. The smartest street in town stretches from Plaça Catalunya to Diagonal and is lined by tall trees, Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, and intricate cast iron lamp posts.
It’s the must-have address for any luxury designer; you’ll find Prada, Chanel, Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Donna Karan, as well as top jewelers Bagués Joieria, Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
3 High street vogue: Diagonal with Rambla Catalunya
This stretch of Avinguda Diagonal and the top corner of the Eixample Dreta is packed with fashionable shops. Look out for Italian trends from Subdued, who opened their first store in Spain this January at Rambla Catalunya 118.
The elegant Maisons du Monde, Diagonal 405; and BoConcept, Diagonal 468 offer innovative interior design ideas.
4 Boutiques in the Born
Each narrow street glistens with fashionista gold dust. Local creative designers sell their latest pieces directly to the public. Boutiques fill their rails and shelves with carefully chosen items. Check out elegant urban chic at Como Agua de Mayo, Argentería 43; a casual sophisticated look at Losaida, Flassanders 42; and neutral tones at Naïve, Rivera 1.
Make sure you take a stroll down Carrer Rec which is back to back with fresh designs, and the lovely bar Borneo at one end and tasty snacks from the Arrepería at the other.
The Born Cultural Centre hosted January’s 080 Barcelona Fashion Show, which raised the neighbourhood’s profile even higher. The big brands have noticed and are moving in – starting with Dolce & Gabbana and Custo.
5 Vintage style in the Raval
A couple of streets in this multicultural neighbourhood just off La Rambla have become synonymous with vintage trends: C/ Tallers and C/ Riera Baixa. You’ll find great deals in shops such as Lailo, Motel and De Faralaee.
Look out for woolly autumn knits, bright patterns, and plenty of unusual cuts that clearly aren’t off the peg from Zara or H&M. Maybe there’s a unique item just waiting for you to give it a new lease of life?