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Barcelona, the shopping city

April 2016 | Trends | Shopping | Barcelona

Going shopping in Barcelona is the ideal way to get to know the city better and to enjoy its exciting lifestyle.
Barcelona Shopping City
Barcelona Shopping City
Barcelona Shopping City
Barcelona Shopping City
Barcelona Shopping City
Barcelona Shopping City

Barcelona combines avant-garde ideas with design, quality and tradition, and this may be seen in its shop windows. The city features the leading international brand-name stores as well as classic local establishments, and together they help to give the Catalan capital its unique personality.

Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most elegant avenue, is lined with luxury stores and Gaudí buildings. The Gothic Quarter –the most ancient part of the city–, is full of fascinating little establishments, and the stylish El Born district, with its many shops of independent designers, is the most artistic and bohemian area in town.

What’s more, tourists who are not residents of the European Union can quickly and easily obtain a VAT refund on their purchases at the Tourist Information offices to take full advantage of their stay in Barcelona.

Shopping Lines: Purchasing made fun
Barcelona has a number of splendid Shopping Lines, which extend throughout all its districts. Here, modern stores mix with traditional establishments, offering top quality and excellent service. The Creu Coberta Shopping Line, for example, which starts at Plaça d’ Espanya near Fira de Barcelona, is formed by Mediterranean establishments featuring personalized service, professionalism and responsibility.

The Gaudí Shopping lies between the Sagrada Família and the Sant Pau Modernista Site – an amazing architectural gem. The streets here make for a pleasant stroll with their countless shops and restaurants. Nearby, Gaixample is the central area of the Eixample district where numerous entertainment establishments, restaurants and fashion shops oriented to the LGBT collective have opened.

Another very interesting place for shoppers is Encants Barcelona. At this wonderful open-air market, over 300 merchants sell an immense range of new, vintage and second-hand articles that can be very hard to find anywhere else. It stands beneath a spectacular roof that rises to a height of 20 m. The mirror lining the roof doubles the impression of the daily bustle of this market, which features not only shops and stalls but also bars and restaurants. One of most interesting aspects of Encants Barcelona is the public auction which is held there on Mondays from 7 to 9 a.m., since this is the only market in Europe where this sales system still operates.

BARCELONA SHOPPING LINE
Barcelona has one of the largest concentrations of quality shops in all Europe: the Barcelona Shopping Line. This is a succession of establishments that extends for a distance of 5 km, forming a walking route that connects fascinating areas where excellent stores and great architecture abound.

The Shopping Line starts at the city’s most colourful street, La Rambla, the site of La Boqueria market. To the left of La Rambla lies the picturesque Raval district, where the shops carry a unique neighbourhood commercial offering. La Ribera district, on the right, is of medieval origin and has many fashion shops and stylish bars that give it an avant-garde personality, especially in El Born. This fashionable area, which has been in existence for over 2,000 years, is now a place of contrasts marked by culture, history and innovative shops, most of which are run by by independent designers.

The Gothic Quarter and Plaça de Catalunya, hearth of the city, have charming classic establishments and department stores. The Line then runs up Passeig de Gràcia to the Eixample district, where the world’s most prestigious labels occupy emblematic Modernista buildings. The route ends in the business district along Avinguda Diagonal, which boasts many world-class brand-name stores and luxury shopping centres. Ask your hotel for the Barcelona Shopping Line map and shopping guide, available in eight languages.
 

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