Dec 8, 2016

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Shopping in Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona

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Any girl heading to the Catalan capital and fashion hotspot of Spain needs to know where to go shopping and how to get there. You might just be heading to Barca for a weekend break with friends or with your other half, but whatever the reason you need to be armed with the right information to get you to the best shopping districts. First off get your trip off to a great start by searching for a saving on your break – I found this eDreams voucher code. Now, let’s look at the best of shopping in Barcelona all year round:

Zara

Zara is on nearly every UK high street too but somehow the selection in Spain is a lot better. These brands are now internationally known for giving the customer high fashion at high street prices. However as the stock of each shop depends on the demand of the customers in the area you might find something different here than what you get at home. Slightly smarter than Bershka, I have seen all ages shopping here. The tailoring is particularly good, so if you are on the lookout for smarter/work clothes then this could be your place.

Massimo Dutti

This brand is another step up in both sophistication and price, however it is still reasonable, I found a fabulous jumper for €36.00. The clothes have more of a Spanish feel in their colour and fabrics, and they have quality accessories and leather shoes and bags.

System Action is similar to Massimo Dutti in both price and style.

If you are looking for International brands then the best thing to do is walk down Passeig de Gràcia. Here you will find Diesel, Miss Sixty as well as MaxMara, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (plus you get the bonus of a bit of sightseeing thrown in as you will pass Guadi’s famous building, La Pedrera No. 92 and his Casa Batlló, no. 43. It’s a lovely street to wander down, wide and dotted with cafes which can provide a welcome rest, but in the international stores be prepared to pay the same prices as you would in any of these shops in London or Paris.

Santa Eulalia

Santa Eulalia has been dressing wealthy Barcelonins since 1843, and, although it no longer produces its own haute couture, it has become the city’s top address for luxury labels such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Etro. Still celebrated for its bespoke shirt-making and men’s tailoring, Santa Eulalia also designs its own line of women’s ready-to-wear fashions. Their flagship store on the Passeig de Gràcia was sumptuously redesigned by William Sofield in 2011, who incorporated original elements such as the impressive oak staircase, and added an exquisite little café where you can join the perfectly groomed locals over coffee on the terrace.

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Cherry Heel

Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw at this fabulous boutique full of luxury Italian shoes by the most prestigious and covetable designers. Set in a sumptuous Modernista building, the shop is arranged on several levels, each lined with shelves full of desirable footwear, complemented by bags and accessories. Join the Hollywood A-Listers with a pair of Casadei blade pumps, or pick up some jewel-coloured Pollini sandals. Other labels to drool over include Le Silla and Rupert Sanderson for women and Roberto Botticelli and Alberto Guardiani for men. Cherry Heel also has an online boutique – with, bargain shoppers please note, an outlet section.

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Ici et Là

If you’re looking for something original for your home, than this airy showroom-cum-gallery may have the answer. Its team of talented designers has created unusual furnishings, lamps, mirrors and artworks, many of which are unique or else part of a one-off series. My favourites are pieces that include recycled objects, such as the Griss sideboard in the ‘Rescue Collection’, but there are plenty of quirky items, from Indian textiles from India to charming painted glassware, which would fit more easily into your cabin baggage. Ask the staff about custom-made items, if you want your very own completely original piece.

El Corte Ingles

El Corte Inglés is Spain’s only department store chain and whatever it lacks in the way of charm and individuality, it makes up for in convenience, size, and post-sales care. (It is, for example, one of few establishments in Spain to accept returns without a quibble.) This is the brand’s flagship store in Barcelona, and is very centrally located right on the Plaça Catalunya. Whatever you need, you’ll find it here (or in the nearby store on Avinguda Portal de l’Ángel), from electrical goods to soap, and from fashion to souvenirs. In the basement, there is a handy supermarket (open until 10pm) and an excellent gourmet store with fancy deli produce from Spain and around the world.

El Corte Ingles department store on Placa de Catalunya Barcelona Spain

Zara

If you’re short of time, or just enjoy a spot of one-stop shopping, head to Zara’s flagship store on the Passeig de Gràcia. This massive emporium conveniently gathers the chain’s affordable fashions for men, women and children, plus its homeware line, all together in one convenient store. Zara has long been known for its bang-on-trend fashions at bargain prices, and few retailers can match the mega-brand’s speed at delivering new designs. About 10,000 designs are launched every year – so you can rely on the Spanish chain to provide you with catwalk fashions at prices that won’t break the bank.

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Beatriz Furest

I spend inordinate amounts of time with my nose pressed up against this small shop window full of beautiful bags, created from the softest leather in the most beautiful colour combinations. They are all designed and produced in Barcelona, and recent collections have included pretty, vintage-style bags with a chain strap, snap fastenings and a gingham lining, and slim, envelope-style satchels in three shades of leather. The range has been expanded to include some accessories such as belts, purses and a few shoe styles: the beautiful and surprisingly affordable pouches with a single zip make unusual phone cases or make-up bags.

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