The ultimate Barcelona shopping guide
Officially declared one of the top shopping destinations in Europe, Barcelona is simply surprising when it comes to stylish places to spend your cash. But what are the best places to visit for an “all-in” shopping spree.
I’m guessing nobody really likes going on a city break on a budget and to be clear, when it comes to Barcelona, you really shouldn’t. There are so many places to see, flavors to discover and cool stuff to buy that you’d be missing out on what this amazing city has to offer. However, if you are currently saving up for your dream house or sports car, we have some suggestions you might like if you’re thinking about a Barcelona shopping tour. It’s all in our shopaholic’s tour of Barcelona.
Where to go for the best Barcelona shopping tour?
Check in at: Le Méridien
You need to stay in a top location that will make it easy for you to get around and explore Barcelona’s finest shopping spaces. Located on La Rambla or as we know it “the touristic Mecca”, this chic hotel is the best choice. We were convinced by the view of the Sagrada Familia and the open space terraces. Just imagine waking up and enjoying the sun as you sip your morning warm water and lemon. The interior design and decorations of the hotel’s public spaces are an artistic reflection of the local heritage.
Contemporary art works are displayed everywhere: starting from the reception and up on the stairwell. When it comes to the beautifully designed rooms and suites, you’ll find comfort in the huge, king size beds and the rain shower. Actually, some of the rooms with an outside terrace have such a shower outside, to experiment the cool rain drops in the Mediterranean breeze.
Caffeine fix at: Satan’s Coffee Corner
Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11 | Photo: sprudge.com
There are several reasons why you really need to try this cool coffee shop. First of all, it’s one of the few cafés that serves real coffee, the authentic espresso. The owner comes from a family of coffee makers, so he makes his own blends which change with the season. You can even take your cup to go as you stroll up and down the Gothic neighborhood. Second, it’s a really cool spot, where locals and tourists socialize over a cup of coffee. Third of all, they have great sandwiches and tapas. Oysters and wine for breakfast? Why not?
Shopping in El Born
El Born is one of the most fascinating areas in Barcelona and in the last years it has undergone a complete transformation. It has become a fashionable neighborhood with a bohemian vibe and some of the most interesting fashion shops that you need to visit to completely revamp your wardrobe. Wondering through the side streets, you’ll find vintage shops and cool local designer stores.
Carrer de la Princessa and Carrer de l’Argenteria are the main shopping boulevards, but the gems are hidden on secondary streets. We love the ones of Lurdes Bergada & Syngman Cucala and El Ganso. The latter is a family-owned Spanish brand that has been around since 2004 and is known for its dapper preppy style. You’ll find womenswear and menswear, including great quality accessories.
Lunch at Alsur Café
Plaza de Sant Cugat
Stop for lunch and enjoy some tasty dishes at this hi place. You will absolutely lovey their menu. Alsur Cafe is a Latin – American restaurant and it’s a cozy, lovely place owned by people who seize the moment and encourage their customers to do the same. Burgers and tapas are on the menu and their homemade desserts are to die for, so it won’t be easy deciding what to choose. Just order several and share with your friends, as Alsur’s Facebook page suggests. Oh and get your phone ready as you’ll soon be Instagramming away. They have another location in Palau, in front of the Palau de la Musica.
Designer shopping in Gracia
When it comes to great spots on your Barcelona shopping tour, this is probably the neighborhood where you’ll find the biggest diversity. Passeig de Gracia is at the core of this trendy area and it’s been known as yhe most expensive street in Spain or Barcelona’s Fifth Avenue. It’s no surprise, since this is the place where you’ll find numerous high end boutiques like Loewe, Armani, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Yves Saint Laurent. Loewe has an iconic shop on this street, with a beautiful design inside and out. Places you need to see:
Passeig de Gràcia, 93
This is an iconic multibrand designer store that offers precious items for the traveling fashionista.
Cool designer items for both men and women. You’ll love the curated brands and the fact that you can enjoy an amazing while you go through the racks.
Rambla de Cataluña 120
If you don’t know this name by now, you should definitely look into it. Font is the one who made Spanish label Delpozo a worldwide fashion brand.
And this should be reasons enough to visit the showroom of his own label. You’ll love the designer’s playful approach and romantic bridal gowns.
Carrer de Provença, 278
With a tradition of over 80 years, Serra Claret is a must for everyone in love with designer apparel, shoes and magnificent accessories. They stock great apparel from the coolest designer. Marc Jacobs, Dsquared and more.
Discover hidden (style) gems at the Lost and Found Market
Plaza del Mar, Barceloneta
It takes part every three months, but it’s definitely something you need to see. Vintage pieces are the stars of this Barcelona shopping festival. Whether we are talking about apparel or interior design pieces, this event is not to be missing if you’re thinking about a stylish Barcelona shopping tour. In order to make the best of it, make sure you check their website or social media pages.
Dinner at Petit Pau
Carrer de l’Espanya Industrial, 22
Petit Pau is almost like a star place among the hundreds of eateries in Barcelona, despite it’s only been around for two years. It’s a rather intimate place with only 6 tables and you will need a reservation, but with some smart planning weeks ahead, you’d be able to have the most delicious dinner. If you do decide to go without booking in advance, it’s suggested you stop by after 22.30. The young, passionate team at Petit Pau cooks excellent dishes, whether it’s sea food or tasty desserts. They also take pride in their wine selection, so you might want to order some Cava to go with your dinner.
Drinks at Banker’s Bar (Hotel Mandarin)
Passeig de Gràcia, 38
A Barcelona shopping tour must be celebrated at a stylish hotspot and there are few places that look better than this lovely place at the Mandarin Oriental wight on Passeig de Gracia. You can even seat outside ad sip on some spicy drinks. If you stop by from Wednesday to Saturday, you’ll be able to unwind with some live music sessions.