Shopping in Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona

Las Arenas

A bullring from 1900 to 1997, Las Arenas was remodelled by Richard Rogers and reopened as a shopping and leisure complex in 2011.

FNAC

FNACFNAC describes itself as "Europe's leading distributor of cultural leisure products". Selling books, records, DVDs, computers and software, digital cameras and so on, it is conveniently located in Plaza Catalunya. Online shopping is possible – but the site doesn't exactly make it simple.

We have to confess to fantasizing constantly about being given €1 million to spend inside 60 minutes inside FNAC.

El Corte Inglés

As you might expect from the retail kings El Corte Ingles (5 stores in Barcelona, including one in the Plaza Catalunya), it's a pretty impressive website, easy to navigate and use and has you just itching to get out your credit card... Not, actually. People we know who use the supermarket to shop online seem happy with it.

You're coming to Barcelona? You could always arrange to meet the wife outside the front entrance six or seven hours (or days) later…

Maremagnum

If you've really had enough of so much blinking culture, having grossed out on Gaudí and what not for a week, and you've just got to get to some shops and get a major doss of tack, and it's Sunday, the shopping and leisure complex Maremagnum is your place. It's open 365 days a year (366 in leap years) and it's got everything you could possibly want (or not).

The website is dreadfully uninspiring, but don't let that put you off going while you are here! Amazing what they've done with the port area.

Pilma

Pilma, a sort of Spanish Habitat, sells furniture and lighting, accessories for the kitchen and bathroom, tables and interior decoration in general. Like Vinçon (below), it's sort of like, well, a retail outlet for all that "design" that we do here.

The site gives you a taste of what you'll find when you go, but you'll be disappointed if you were hoping to go on an online shopping spree.

Vinçon

Vinçon essentially sells designer kitchenware, but also beds and bed linen and so on – and is also the kind of place you'll find half of Barcelona doing its Christmas shopping… It's like, sort of, well, like Pilma, a Spanish Habitat.

Zara

Zara, Barcelona's top cheap fashion store, has got to be one of the major success stories in Spanish business of the last, what, twenty years. It sells cheap, fashionable clothes to approximately 96.55 percent of the population of Barcelona, it sometimes seems. An absolute must visit if you are going to be here in Barcelona.

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Las Arenas
FNAC
Corte Inglés
Maremagnum
Pilma
Vinçon
Zara

Elsewhere

For bike shops, see our Barcelona by bike page.

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