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So you found the perfect Hotel, you have engaged a good number of Barcelona activities, and you have at least a dozen Barcelona restaurants under your belt. What is next? Shopping of course! Continue reading to find out about popular Barcelona shops and many of the shops and boutiques the Barcelona travel guides may have missed.
When you want to go shopping in Barcelona you have to bear in mind that most shops are not open during lunchtime/siesta. In general, they are open during weekdays from 10:30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. On Sundays, most shops do not open their doors in the afternoon.
There are various shopping areas. The most elegant shopping places can be traced at the Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Avingunda Diagonal and around Turó Park. Santa Eulalia, Jofré, Gonzalo Comella and Jean Pierre Bua are well-known luxury boutiques to be found on the Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, in addition to the usual suspects like Chanel, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Armani and cheap options like Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti and H&M. Around Turó Park there are a couple of nice boutiques and a few luxury brands shops, like Hermes and Dior. Off Turó Park, on calle Madrazo you will find Coquette, one of the best multi brands boutiques in the area, while overlooking Turó Park you should try Jofre, another great multibrand. Nearby there are a couple of streets called Amigó and Santaló filled with bars, restaurants and shops popular with the upmarket residents of that area.
If you are looking for the trendiest area in Barcelona, then head to the Borne to enjoy its bohemian chic atmosphere, and its many restaurants, bars, cafes and terrazas. There are many fantastic finds along the narrow medieval streets. The best boutiques can be found on the Paseo del Borne and calle Rec. The most impressive are the other branches of Coquette in calle Rec and calle Bonaire selling different brands then their sister, more appropriate to the more casual and trendy clientele in the area. Another great shop is nearby Cortana, by a local designer.
Hamptons on the Paseo del Borne is one of the best casual menswear store and equally impressive are Lobby and Hugo Boss. You should also try other well known shops such as La Commercial, Como Agua de Mayo, Custo, Marithe and François Girbaud and so on. If you are looking for home decoration check out Ivo & Co. There are also a number of well known furniture shops in calle Rec. The Borne is the perfect shopping experience: you will be able to enjoy a drink while sitting at a table in one of the many squares and look at the fashionable young set walking by, nibble some tapas or have a good meal at one of the many trendy restaurants in the area. To finish off the day there are numerous bars and clubs in the Borne area to choose from.
Clothes and complements shopping is also a real pleasure in El Raval thanks to all the little one-off boutiques you can find in this unique area on the left side of Las Ramblas. In Elisabets/carrer dels Angels, very near the MACBA Museum, a very special group of shops with Camper, Vialis, Twigy and Juan-Jo Gallery. Take a tour in this emerging fashion area with bohemian and stylish mood.
If you are more interested in food markets, you shouldn't miss out on the Boqueria at the Ramblas which starts early in the morning. A very popular place for youngsters and yups is Santa Rosa de Copan. It has, besides many cafes and bars, over 100 stores that contribute to the lively character of the boulevard making it a popular place to visit. The last main shopping area in Barcelona is the Barri Gothic for trendy streetwear, secondhand clothes, interesting junk, and antiques. Also visit one of those typical local bakeries where bread, cakes and pastries are made the old fashioned way with honest products and craftmanship. A nice example is Forn de Pa Monstserrat, Carrer Castillejos.