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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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Barcelona / Shopping in Barcelona

You'll find the shopping possibilities in Barcelona diverse, affordable and unique. From items and stores that are distinctly Spanish to the international high end brands.
Starting with Las Rambas where you'll get a lot of stores geared specifically to the tourists, yet the shopping experience will be enjoyable thanks to the surroundings. The best shops can be found in Passeig de Gracia and the streets to the southwest, Bulevard Rosa Arcade, Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Carrer del Call, Placa de Sant Josep Oriol and Avinguda Diagonal for exclusive stores. In the Old Town the stores are unique and some feature local designers and new labels. You can also find unusual stores in the El Born district, El Raval and the Gothic Area.

Barcelona Shopping Centers

There are department stores and shopping centers in Barcelona for example the El Corte Ingles is the biggest and the Bulevard Rosa which has only Spanish brands. Other centers are the Arenas Commercial Center housed within an old bullring; Diagonal Mar at the end of Diagonal Avenue (5 minutes from our Penthouse); Centro Comercial GRANVIA 2 in the Montjuic Quarter; El Triangle is in Placa Catalunya; La Maquinista is an open air centre; Moll d'Espanya-Maremagnum in Barrio Gotico has an aquarium and Pedralbes Centre where there are many activities and an ice skating rink in the winter.

Barcelona Markets

Markets are a popular place to shop in Barcelona like the Boqueria Market where you can get a selection of Catalonian products; Mercat de la Concepcio in the Eixample District opened in 1888 and is a food market; the large Mercat de Sant Antoni; Mercat dels Encants which is the city's leading flea market; Mercat Gotic in the Gothic District sells secondhand goods and is open only on Thursdays and the newest Barcelona market, Mercat Santa Caterina in the Ribera District.

Gourmet Shopping

Take home some delicious food from Barcelona bought at one of the specialty stores or the local markets. Bellart Chocolatery is the best chocolate store in Barcelona; Can Revel is an excellent delicatessen on Arago Street; L'Estanc Laietana and Gimeno in Las Rambles are the places to buy cigars. For wine visit Vila Viniteca on Agullers Street.

Practical Information for Shopping in Barcelona

Store open hours are from 10:00 to 20:30 (shopping centers stay open until about 22:00) with the stores in the tourist areas remaining open and smaller stores off the beaten path closing for a siesta from 14:00 to 16:30. Most stores close on most Sundays apart from those on Las Ramblas and other main tourist routes. You can enjoy discount prices during the winter sale of January-February and during the summer sale of July-August. Sales tax varies between 4, 10 and 21 percent depending on the item. You can get a tax refund if you are from outside the European Union and have purchased more than €90.15. You can pay in cash or credit card, in which case you'll have to show your ID. The Tomb Bus takes shoppers from Plana Catalunya through Diagonal and on to Plana Pius XII passed the best shopping areas.

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