If you’re staying in a rented apartment, take advantage of having your own kitchen and save some cash by preparing at least some of your own meals. Barcelona is a haven of fresh Mediterranean ingredients!
Shops tend to be open from 9:00 or 10:00-14:00, and 17:00-20:00. Many shops in the centre and convenience stores throughout Barcelona stay open all day. Shops tend to close on Sundays, although most convenience stores and tourist souvenir shops stay open.
Tax Free Shopping
Non EU residents can claim VAT back for goods with a value greater than 90,16€. Ask for a tax free cheque with your purchases. You can only claim for items you are taking out of Spain. Cash in your tax free cheques at the Tourist Information Centre in Plaça Catalunya 17-S. You can also get you r cheques stamped by customs at Barcelona Airport then cashed at any Bureau de Change in the currency you wish.
The main supermarkets are: Caprabo, Carrefour, Consum, Dia, Lidl, Mercadona and Sorli Discau.
Late night supermarkets
Many local convenience stores stay open until 23:00, and a few close later.
Open Cor stays open from 8:00-2:00 (without a midday break.) A few of their more central branches include:
Gracia: Gran de Gràcia 29. 8:00-2:00
Espanya: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 407
Universitat: Open Cor, Ronda San Pere 33
Eixample Izquirda: París, 152
Eixample Dreta: Marina 304. 8:00-2:00