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Shop Till You Drop In Barcelona!

If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, then you know it is a city of impeccable style.  Just take a look on any of the major streets, and you’ll find senoritas dressed to the nines in the latest fashions.  In fact, Barcelona is where you can find the best in Catalan, Spanish and international design.

When planning your own trip to Barcelona, be sure to schedule in some time for shopping.  It’s best to begin a tour of Barcelona on the streets around the Passeig de Gracia, which makes up the most important shopping area and where you’ll find well known fashion and design stores just waiting to gobble up your tourist dollars!  If fashion is not your forte, you’ll also find wonderful bakeries, interesting herbalists and pharmacies, antiques dealers and stores specializing in traditional crafts.

Here are just a few shops you’ll defenitely enjoy…

    • If you like department stores, then be sure to visit the branch of El Corte Ingles, Spain’s largest department store chain.  Located on Placa Catalunya, it is the ideal place to find everything you need.  If you don’t enjoy browsing through many shops, then one trip to El Corte Ingles is all you need to do!
    • Be sure to visit one of the galeries (fashion malls), for example Boulevard Rosa on the Passieg de Gracia – it has hundreds of stores selling clothing and accessories that you aren’t likely to find back home.
    • If international fashion labels is more your thing, Passeig de Gracia is the place to be.  On top of the international designers, you’ll find funky shops featuring young local designers.
    • For all your souvenirs from Spain, make a stop at La Caixa de Fang – it has a great variety of Catalan and Spanish ceramics.  If you have cigar lovers in your family, L’Estane features everything they could need, including Havana cigars.
    • While Spain is renowned for fashion, it is also well known for its food.  No visit to Barcelona would be complete without looking around La Bouqueria on La Rambla, one of the most amazing food markets in Europe.  If you like Antiques, come on Thursday as antiques are sold in the Placa Nova on that day.  Cheese, honey and sweets are featured in the Placa del Pi on the first and third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month.
    • If you like to keep in touch with news of home while you are away, you’ll find that most city center newsstands stock English language newspapers.  If you want a top selection of foreign papers and magazines, then visit FNAC at Crisol and L’Illa.  You can also pick up DVDs, CDs, and books from these locales.

Barcelona really is one of the great Mediterranean cities.  Few other places have as much history, mixed with a modern vibe.  Any shopaholic can get their fix too by visiting some of the recommendations I’ve made.  I hope you get a chance to visit this vibrant city and experience everything it has to offer!

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