Shopping in Barcelona
Shopping in Barcelona is fun. Prices are reasonable with our eyes, and the
supply of goods is great. Barcelona probably does not have the same product
offerings as London and New York, and is probably not as trendy as Paris and
Milan. But Barcelona is not far behind and it is easy to find good shops.
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Most people buy clothes, shoes and leather goods when in Barcelona. But the
city also has a good selection of shops selling quality food and drinks. You can
also make good purchases of art or antiques if you are interested.
Along the La Rambla are the tourist traps. But at the top of La Rambla, at
Placa de Catalunya, you will find Barcelona's largest, El Corte Ingles. It is
the most famous department store in Spain. Here you will find all kinds of
goods, including clothes and shoes. Sales start in early January and early July.
At Placa de Catalunya is also FNAC, which has everything from books in addition
to a lot of music and movies.
The best shopping area in Barcelona is on the streets of Carrer de la
Llibreteria, Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Carrer de la Boqueria
and Carrer del Call in the Barri Gotic area. Also check out the area
around Passeig de Gracia and Placa de Sant Josep Oriol.
If you are looking for antiques, you will find good selection in the Carrer
and Banys Nous street in the Barri Gotic area.
Markets in Barcelona
Perhaps the most popular market in Barcelona is La Boqueria, which is just
off the main street of La Rambla.
You can also visit the Fira de Bellcaire market, located at Placa de les
Glories Catalanes, not far from the Sagrada Familia. This market is officially
called Els Encants Vells and is open all day Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Saturdays. Here you can find “all” types of products.
Some selected shops / magazines in Barcelona
- El Corte Ingles (at Placa de Catalunya), Spain's most famous department
- FNAC (at Placa de Catalunya), huge bookstore that also has "everything"
of music and film / DVD.
- Heron City (by Passeig de Andreu Nin), huge shopping mall. Read more
- Zara (at Avenue Puerta del Angel, 24), popular clothing store for kids
Eating in Barcelona
Barcelona has every opportunity to give you memorable restaurant visits. The
range of eateries is large and the quality is generally high. Choose from tapas
in tapas bars or traditional restaurants, or try both options over a weekend.
The Catalan version of tapas is called picapica.
Remember that people in Barcelona (and Spain ) eat late at night. Lunches are
often between 1400 and 1600, which is why it is often noon as late as between
2100 and 2400. However, the most touristy areas open for dinner earlier, as the
visitors often have different dining habits than the locals in Barcelona.
Easily find a good eatery in the downstairs areas of La Ribera Harbor or the
Barri Gotic area. Try a restaurant that specializes in Catalan food. Catalan
food is based on ingredients typical of the Mediterranean. There can be fresh
vegetables, olive oil, cheeses, pork, mushrooms, and several types of fish.
It's not often we recommend Hard Rock Cafe, but the one you find in Barcelona
is worth a visit if you want a hamburger or sandwich type meal. You'll find the
Hard Rock Cafe in Barcelona on the large Placa de Catalunya, at the top of La
Local restaurants in Barcelona
Three of the best local restaurants are in the Barri Gotic area.
One is Agut in the street Gignas 16. Agut is an
institution in Barcelona and the Agut family has run it since 1924. The lunch
menu here offers incredible value for money. The dinner menu is more expensive,
but of course the best quality. Opening hours are 0130 to 1600 and 2000 to
midnight. Closed Sunday afternoon and all Monday. Phone for reservation is 93
315 17 09.
Cafe de l'Academia in the street Lledo1 is another
option. And what an alternative! Cafe de L'Academia is the meeting place of
intellectuals in Barcelona and the food here is praised by locals and tourists.
Open (usually) from 1300 to 1530 and from 2000 to 2300 every day except
Saturdays and Sundays when closed.
The third option is Can Culleretes, located in the street Carrer d'en
Quintana 5 and which has paella as a specialty. Can Culleretes is said to
be Barcelona's oldest restaurant. Feedback on food and drink is brilliant. Open
from 1330 to 1600 and from 2100 to 2300. Closed on Sunday evening and all
Tapas bars in Barcelona
There are a variety of tapas bars to choose from. A good choice in Barcelona
is El Xampanyet in the street Monticada 22. The
location is close to the Picasso Museum in Barri Gotic. This is a classic
restaurant with tapas and good drinks.
Cal Pep at Placa de les Olles is perhaps
Barcelona's most famous tapas bar. Cal Pep is not a traditional tapas
restaurant, but rather a traditional restaurant that draws inspiration from
tapas restaurants. Here you will share plates, flavors and visual impressions.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from about 1300 - 1545 and from 1930 to
2330. Closed Sundays and only open on Mondays.
Alternatively, try the Sol Solet, which offers traditional
tapas at reasonable prices. It is located on the Placa del Sol in the
Other (good) restaurants in Barcelona
Along the harbor area there are many restaurants to choose from. One of the
best fish restaurants is Can Majo in the street L'Almirall
Aixada 23. On hot days the terrace is perfect as a choice of restaurant.
Can Majo is normally open from 1300 to 1530 for lunch and from 2000 to 2330.
Closed on Sunday evening and all Mondays. Table reservations can be made from
the Can Majo homepage, where you can choose English as your language.
If you want to visit a real Spanish family restaurant, you can try El
Quim in the street La Rambla 91, literally in the Boqueria market. Open
from 0700 to 1600 Monday to Thursday and one hour longer Fridays and Saturdays.
On Sundays, El Quim is closed. There is no reservation. Master of the mill, etc.
Specialties include homemade meatballs and today's fish dish.
Perhaps the best restaurant in Barcelona is La Dama. The
address is Avenue Diagonal 423 in the Eixample area. The restaurant is
starred in the Michelin Guide. La Dama is an experience for more than the
Open throughout the week, including Sundays, from 1300 to 0200. Call 932 096
328 for reservations. NB! After being closed in 2015, La Dama has now reopened
and with it also got a cocktail bar you probably haven't seen in the lobby.