It will come as no surprise that Barcelona offers a wealth of shops; after all, the city is one of the cultural centers of Europe.
From designer stores to unique boutiques, the city has something for everyone, and the pedestrianized nature of much of the city makes shopping in Barcelona a pleasurable experience.
BEST SHOPPING AREAS/DISTRICTS
PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA
Considered to be the most expensive street in the whole of Spain, Passeig de Gràcia is notable in part for its fine architecture, in particular la Casa Batlló, La Casa Milà and Illa de la Discòrdia.
What really sets the Passeig de Gràcia apart from other areas of the city, however, is the shopping. With brands such as Adolfo Dominguez, Loewe, Chanel, Yves-Saint-Laurent, Hermès, Laurel and Purificación García, in the finest shops in the city, Passeig de Gràcia is the place to go for Elite Travelers looking to find the very best in fashionable clothing.
BEST SHOPS IN BARCELONA
Since its establishment in 1843, Santa Eulalia has remained one of Barcelona’s premium fashion centers.
The clothes remain fresh and on trend, with brands such as Tod’s, Prada, Sergio Rossi, Dior, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney and Ann Demeulemeester. The shop offers a bespoke tailoring service and is a favorite of the Barcelona social elite.
With a history stretching back to 1839, this famous shop is one of the finest jewelry stores in all of Spain. Established by the Masriera family, who went on to create jewelry pieces for several royal families, the firm merged with Bagues in 1985 to bring together two of the oldest jewelers in Barcelona. The flagship store in the Passeig de Gràcia features many items of exquisite beauty and is a must visit for those wishing to purchase delicate and unique designs.
La Comercial has expanded from its origins as a ladies fashion store to several shops spread out over the El Born district. The shops are a great place to find excellent brands and feature a range that includes clothing, fragrances and jewelry. Some of the famous brands on offer include Givenchy, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen.
Gonzalo Comella has been a point of call for Catalonians for nine generations, providing the city with top designers and brands in an accessible and warm environment. Constantly ahead of current trends, this family-run boutique is where the fashion conscious in Barcelona head for inspiration. One of the three Gonzalo Comella shops, the flagship store on Passeig de Gràcia includes brands such as Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
For the Elite Traveler who desires something other than clothes, but still wants top quality, head to Queviures Múrria. A delicatessen of the highest quality, the shop sells a selection of cheeses, wines and chocolates amongst other items, and has won numerous national and international awards. The shop’s glamorous, old fashioned façade is instantly engaging, and the warm décor inside is complemented by the artwork on display. A great place to head to for cheese-lovers, Queviures Múrria is a feast for the senses.
Handily located on Las Ramblas, Zastwo has become a haven for Barcelona’s young, fashionhungry elite. Not only focused on clothes, Zastwo stores feature innovative interior design and modern music to enhance customers’ shopping experiences. The store has all the top brands you would expect, such as Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino, but the emphasis is very much on providing ontrend clothes for the younger generation of Barcelona’s social circle.
Since 1929, Jofré has been relied upon by Barcelonans to provide high-quality, up-tothe- minute clothing. One of the city’s premium luxury boutiques, Jofré features brands such as Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Chole, Bottega Veneta, Dior and many more, in order to meet shoppers’ demands for high-end style. Another family-run company, Jofré has expanded to include shops around the world, but the flagship store can be found on the Passeig de Gràcia.
PERSONAL SHOPPING IN BARCELONA
With the sheer size of Barcelona, and its wide variety of shops, trying to find that perfect outfit in the Catalan capital can be a little hard.
Thankfully, a number of personal shopping services exist to ensure that even if you are feeling like Cinderella, you can go to the ball.
BARCELONA GUIDE BUREAU (BGB)
The BGB offer a number of personal shopping options. The company’s highly-trained personal shoppers can provide valuable knowledge of what shops will suit your needs, are able to help with potential language barriers and will be your host for the day. Shopping tours are either four or eight hours, and you can choose to either stroll around the city at your leisure, or be chauffeur driven to your destinations. The BGB shopping tour will offer visitors the most exclusive areas of the city, and help you find the perfect mementos of your trip.
Lifestyle Barcelona has created a stunning shopping tour for Elite Travelers.
With a limousine on a standby, you will travel down the Passeig de Gràcia, the city’s fashion center. One of their many experienced shopping consultants will take you to the finest shops in Barcelona, and advise you on the latest fashion trends, and will tailor the whole experience to suit your unique, personal style.
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