The ultimate guide to the top shopping streets in Barcelona
Barcelona, the best shop in the world
A modern, cosmopolitan and elegant city, Barcelona radiates design in every corner of its urban geography. In recent years fashion has risen up alongside the city’s unique architecture, art and culture—attracting new designers, established brands and lovers of the latest trends. No wonder the city has turned into the leading shopping destination in Europe.
Where to shop in Barcelona?
There are special streets which inspire you to treat yourself to a touch of elegance and good taste. Boulevards that drive you to pamper yourself and feel special. And Barcelona, with its unique beauty and its 35,000 top brand stores and boutiques, has become the perfect showcase for your holiday whims.
This shopping guide lists the best areas and the most interesting tips for you to enjoy a unique experience.
Passeig de Gràcia: A fashion catwalk in the heart of the city
Just as Paris has “Les Champs Elysees”, Rome has “Via Condotti” and New York has “Fifth Avenue”, Barcelona also has a street that brings together the flagship stores of the world’s leading fashion brands.
We are talking about Passeig de Gràcia, the exclusive mile-long ode to luxury, fashion and design. What is striking about this avenue is that, besides being an elegant shopping district, it is also one of Barcelona’s most beautiful streets. Imagine a tree-lined boulevard paved with hexagonal cobblestones featuring marine motifs by Antoni Gaudí and flanked by fantastical lampposts designed by Pere Falqués. A place that, in addition to displaying the shop windows of the most prestigious international clothing stores like Carolina Herrera, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Channel, Versace, Valentino, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Tiffany and Hermès and the boutiques of Spanish designers of the stature of Roberto Merino, Loewe, Purificación García and Adolfo Dominguez, also boasts some of the city’s most emblematic and famous modernist icons such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Don’t think twice! Shop in the busiest avenue in Spain, the ideal showcase where you can admire the unparalleled beauty of Barcelona.
Rambla Catalunya: The rambla of clothing stores and boutiques
The street parallel to Passeig de Gràcia, pedestrianised and slightly detached from the tourist hustle and bustle, is another commercial area you should mark as “must-see” in your Barcelona shopping guide. It is a charming and pleasant street flanked by trees, whose pavements are lined with the most elegant and distinguished stores in the city. Not for nothing Rambla Catalunya, along with Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, outline the commercial heart of Barcelona: The Golden Square.
Luxury clothing stores and small fashion, accessory and gift boutiques welcome exclusive visitors looking for quality and design. On Rambla Catalunya there is also space for other leisure offerings such as art galleries and bookstores dedicated to foreign language books. In addition, during your walk you can rest and have a drink in one of the beautiful cafés, bars and restaurants that line the avenue and make it one of the most popular for eating out.
Avenida Diagonal: An 11-kilometre boutique
Avenida Diagonal crosses Barcelona from one end to the other until it reaches the elegant residential area known as Zona Alta. This main artery boasts wide and pleasant tree-lined sidewalks, charming banks, stores, bars, restaurants and other small jewels to discover. It is so extensive that it is impossible to walk in a single day. We recommend you take a taxi or take it easy and split your shopping over two days. It’s well worth it.
It is undoubtedly one of the streets with the highest concentration of fashion, design, interior design and exclusive shopping centres, all focused on making your day of shoppingmore enjoyable. Clothing stores of leading brands such as Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent are interspersed with interior design, home accessory and lighting shops such as Maisons du Monde, Habitat, Biosca & Botey and BeConcept. Some of the city’s main shopping centres are located are also located on this avenue. A must-see is Pedralbes Centre and Illa Diagonal, with its jewellers, fashion, electronics and interior design shops, as well as an entire floor featuring delicious restaurants of all types.
The Born: Searching for the alternative look
In the charming old quarter of the city we find one of its trendy neighbourhoods, which for a few years now has become a hive of hipsters, designers and trend setters in general. If what you are looking for during your shopping day is originality and an alternative offering, we invite you to lose yourself in the streets and alleys of the Born. The neighbourhood perfectly encapsulates Barcelona’s modern, cosmopolitan and bohemian spirit. There you will find the coolest and most urban design and accessory stores owned by local and international designers, amazing outlets, exclusive fashion showrooms, pret a porter boutiques, studios and creative workshops with the latest in interior design, and many other hidden gems among the Gothic stones of the original Barcelona. To make your shopping day a little easier, we recommend starting with Argenteria, Princesa, Mirallers and Sombrerers streets, where you will find a good sample of the innovative independent brands gracing the neighbourhood. And while shopping, don’t forget that you are in the cultural and historical heart of the city, steps away from major tourist attractions such as Santa Maria del Mar, the Picasso Museum, the Mercat del Born or the Palau de la Música. A place to fall in love with design!
La Roca Village: Visit the city of luxury and exclusivity near Barcelona
Now you know the best shopping streets in Barcelona. But … what if your stay at Hotel Arts falls on a Sunday? You don’t have to worry, because in Barcelona nothing prevents you from spending a perfect day of shopping surrounded by your favourite brands. With you in mind, La Roca Village opens its doors every day of the week. An impressive open-air shopping centre designed to look like a Mediterranean town with cafés, restaurants and more than 130 luxury outlets with Spanish brands such as Munich, Pretty Ballerinas and Tous, not to mention stores belonging to top international brands such as Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci and Versace, all with discounts of up to 60% all year round.
La Roca Village is located about 30 minutes from Barcelona, so Hotel Arts offers you an experience in which you can enjoy the most special of shopping days. An exclusive package that includes accommodation in our Delux Room or Executive Suite with American breakfast for two in the Café Veranda restaurant, a luxury private transfer for round trips, access to La Roca Village Lounge with drinks service, a comfortable Hands Free Shopping service throughout the visit and an exclusive VIP card with an additional 10% discount on the purchases you make.