By Stanely Kirchner
What unites Paris, Milan and Barcelona? Professional shopaholics are immediately ready to give an answer to this question. They, like no one else, know that these three European cities are well-known shopping destinations. But unlike Milan and Paris, shopping in Barcelona is attractive not only for its diversity, but also for its affordable prices.
Barcelona is a paradise for shopaholics. If you are a fan of shopping, then you will definitely like Barcelona. Do you know why? Because Barcelona is the birthplace of the major fashion trends, the latest design models and author’s collections of the leading European and world brands.
According to the statistics, a new fashion store is opened in Barcelona every day. So, get ready to check out most worthy ones…
El Corte Ingles
El Corte Ingles is a huge nine-story shopping complex, offering a wide collection of shoes, clothes, accessories, toys, books, household appliances and even furniture. On the first floor of El Corte Ingles you’ll find the stores of the leading cosmetic and perfume brands: Prada, Chanel, D&G, Dior, Clinique, Calvin Klein, DKNY and others. There’s also a large selection of bags, purses, clutches and accessories from Carolina Herera, Furla, Tous, Fendi, Gucci, Piquadro, Samsonite, Guess, etc.
The next floors are full of men’s, women’s, children’s clothes. If you’re searching for evening dresses and fur coats of luxury brands, it’s also possible to find them there. Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Karen Millen, Emporio Armani, Valentino, Lanvin, Lacoste, Escada Sport, Dolce & Gabbana, Ivanka Trump – this is not even a complete list of brands gathered in one place and presented to your attention at El Corte Ingles.
In addition to the shops, El Corte Ingles also features comfortable cafes where you can relax with a cup of coffee or tea.
Address: Placa de Catalunya, 14
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 9.30am-9.30pm
Pedralbes is one of the main shopping spots situated on Diagonal Avenue. Several floors of this center provide a plenty brand shops, where everyone will find its favorite manufacturer both among world-known brands and Spanish designers.
Pedralbes is home for such brands as Nike, GAS, Hugo Boss, American Vintage, G-Star, Timberland, Zara Home, Tous, Be, Tascon, Furest, Nespresso, Verde Esmeralda, New Look, Javier Simorra and Clarks.
Pedralbes Center constantly hosts different art exhibitions, events for children and fashion shows. In winter, the area around the shopping center turns into a skating rink where you can have a great time. For true gourmets, the shopping center offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes. The terrace of Pedralbes is also ideally equipped for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Pedralbes Center.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 609
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm
L’illa Diagonal is a huge building with more than 170 retail stores and entertainment centers. It’s placed in a modern building in one of Barcelona’s business districts. Under the roof of this gorgeous mall you’ll find such brands as Fnac, Marks & Spencer, Bang & Oluffsen, Agatha, Vogue, Casas, Mandarina Duck, Vialis o Camper, Zara, Disney Store, and others. Fans of sports lifestyle will certainly appreciate a great selection of useful goods in the Decathlon store. Also, L’illa offers a large supermarket Caprabo and a small market where you can buy fresh and organic food. In addition, the infrastructure of the shopping center includes a hotel, several restaurants, hairdressers, and offices.
By the way, L’illa Diagonal is especially great destination for men, because there are a lot of brand shops selling high-quality men’s clothing.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 9.30am-9.30pm
40 de Mayo
40 de Mayo is an ideal place for those who not only follow the fashion, but tries to get ahead of it. This is a center of trendy clothes from the youngest fashion designers. However, it should be noted that such brands as Syngman Cucala, Josep Abril, Poti, Cecilia Sorensen, Miriam Ponsa, Pia Kahila, Les Mains, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Touchemosa are not cheap.
If you are looking for something trendy, and at the same time prefer to keep an individual style, then you certainly need to set off to 40 de Mayo.
Address: Carrer del Diluvi, 3
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
The facade of the modern shopping center features a stylish urban design. Inside of this mall, shoppers from all over the world will certainly find something interesting: Springfield, Stradivarius, Pepe Jeans, C&A, Casa Viva, Levi’S Store, Flexa, H&M, Mister Minit and many other famous boutiques offer stylish and unique clothes for its visitors. On the eve of the holidays, the administration of Glories holds master classes in cooking and decorating.
In addition to clothes, there’s also a wide choice of toys, jewelry, and food. The advantages of Glories shopping center are convenient parking and location.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 208
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm.
So, are you ready for a breathtaking shopping in the heart of Catalonia? Then you need to rent a car in Barcelona, and visit all the above-mentioned spots at once!