For shopping in Barcelona you need to prepare in advance. For those who want to spend their money with the use here is a list the best shopping areas of the city and the periods of discount sales.
The main shopping areas of the city. They are are divided into three parts, not including not separately located small shopping centers.
1. Central zone
In Barcelona, as in many other cities in the center there are many shops from your favorite Massimo Dutti, H&M, Zara to exquisite Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. It is in the city center a lot of tourists who want to skimp for less.
Passeig de Gràcia Avenue, which is located near the main square of Catalonia, is considered to be the most crowded place in the city. At this point the shopping is off the charts compared to other places.
Next to the Avenue is Rambla de Cataluña, which also has many shops. After going down from Plaza Catalonia to the streets of Portal de LAngel and Pelai, you can visit many shopping centers.
What product can be purchased in the Central area:
In this area there are mass markets Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, H&M and famous boutiques Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
How to get to the Central zone:
You can get here without problems, because it is the Central part of Barcelona, leaving the Cataluña or Passeig de Gràcia Cataluña or Passeig de Gràcia subway station. From one street to another, you can walk spending only five minutes on the way.
2. Old town
There are many shopping centers In the old town, as well. The shops of the Old town are mainly selling local famous brands of goods and inexpensive designer things.
What can you buy in the shopping centers of the old Town:
In the heart of the Gothic Quarter on the Avinyó street are located shopping malls that will delight the most daring fashionistas. These stores are Cheap Monday, American Apparel, Adidas Originals. There are also many outlets that sell handicraft goods of local craftsmen.
On the Rec street and Bonaire street in the famous Born district are the shops of La Commercial, which offer products of famous brands such as Sonia Rykiel, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen. On the same street you can buy clothes of Spanish designers.
How to get into the Old town:
From the Jaume I subway station on the left you will reach the Born district, on the right you will see the Gothic quarter.
3. The Western area:
The L’Eixample, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi and Gràcia districts are in the Western area. Here are concentrated many fashion boutiques, designer outlets and shops for General consumption.
What can be purchased in the Western area:
To buy designer goods go to Gracia, which is located on the streets of Carrer del Torrent de l’olla, La Perla and Verdi. Close to them, shops offer products of Spanish brands.
How to get to the Western zone:
It is located on the North of L’Eixample, a ten-minute drive from the city center. The metro stop is Fontana, above Gracia. To area St. Gervasi-Santaló you only need to go by train, which departs from Plaza Catalunya.
Sales and discount periods
In the capital of Spain sales take place in winter and summer, on clearly defined days. At the beginning of the year, in January, winter discounts begin.
They continue until the beginning of March. Summer discounts delight guests and residents throughout the summer. During these periods, there is a good opportunity to save on purchases a significant amount. From the very beginning of sales on goods range from 25 to 40 %. After two weeks, the second wave of discounts starts, which depends on the administration of the shops. By mid-February, the cost of goods may go down from 50 up to 75%.
Shopping in Barcelona, what do you need to know
All shopping centers open at 10a.m and finish work at 8p.m . Shops are closed on Sundays.
At the beginning of sales it is better to visit the store at the beginning of the day and preferably with the opening of the shopping center. In the morning, there are not so many customers and you do not have to wait in a long queues to the dressing room.