If you come to Barcelona, one of the activities you surely will do is shopping in Barcelona. Barcelona shopping offers around 35,000 shops.
The city is also home to the famous 5 KM shopping line. The shopping line stretches from the top of Las Ramblas, through Plaça de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal.
Barcelona itself is like a large shop whose main axis of shops, known as the Shopping Line, consists of 5 kilometers pedestrian precinct with wide pavements which can satisfy the most demanding requirements. Craftsmen’s workshops, exclusive shops, franchises, shopping centres and street markets all make up the shopping offer of Barcelona. There are three main shopping areas in the city: Centro, Eixample and Diagonal.
You will find a huge selection of shops including many of the big names like Versace, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bally, Cartier and Calvin Klein to name but a few. You will also find many high quality Spanish designer shops supplying a dizzy array of clothes, shoes, jewelry, apparel and accessories with chic European style.
Useful information about shopping in Barcelona:
- Tax free: residents from outside the European Union are entitled to have Value Added Tax (known as IVA, in Barcelona) refunded on purchases of more than €90.
- Opening times: most of the shops and shopping centres are open from 10am-8.30 or 9.30 in the evening. Traditional shops open from 10am-2pm and from 4.30-8.30pm.
- Sales: the winter sales generally begin in the second week of January and go on until the end of February, and the summer sales begin on 1 July and run until the end of August.
- How to pay: most people pay in cash or with a credit card, when you must show your passport or identity card.
There are a lot of different types of commerce to shopping in Barcelona. Fashion shops, Municipal markets, art galleries and antique shops can be found in Barcelona alongside crafts shops, etc. To stroll around the streets of Barcelona from shop to shop is to discover a world full of possibilities to satisfy all kinds of taste and all pockets.