Shopping in Barcelona can be fun but challenging at the same time. It is fun due to the infinite amount of shops for different needs and preferences, and it is challenging because one can get easily lost in this “shopping ocean”.
The good news is that shops in Barcelona are well divided by zones. There is Passeig de Gràcia, with high-end fashion brands, Gràcia with small independent brands, and Portal de l’Àngel with all the mainstream brands like ZARA and H&M.
If what you are looking for are products that are made in Spain, there is a lovely boulevard that is great for a nice afternoon walk and some shopping called Las Ramblas.
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Where are Las Ramblas?
For the people who just arrived in Barcelona and do not know the city well, it might a bit confusing to find Las Ramblas. The word rambla actually means wide street in the local language, so our friend Google Maps might give you different results if you search for it. Las Ramblas is the boulevard that goes down from Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument. Las Ramblas might not be the best place for fashion shopping but is definitely great for gastronomy and souvenirs. The boulevard is full of gourmet stores where you can find exquisite wines and hams, and small shops to buy gifts or souvenirs. Here are some of the best stores to keep in mind.
Real Madrid Store
Opposite to what you would expect, you will not find an official FC Barcelona store in Las Ramblas. Instead, you can walk into Real Madrid’s Official Store, where you can buy everything from t-shirts to alarm clocks. Some might find the store a bit expensive with a normal price for a t-shirt being 90 euros, but that guarantees you a good quality product unlike those of a regular souvenir shop. The store is open from 10 am to 10 pm.
This is a great place to buy some good quality sportswear. The store has an FC Barcelona collection offering you football uniforms and equipment. Also, the store has an NBA-themed café inside where you can enjoy some drinks and food and watch some games. The store is open from 10:30 am until 9:30 pm.
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CUSTO Barcelona is an internationally famous Spanish brand which shows its collection in New York Fashion Week every season. It is a great alternative brand offering you original designs and good quality apparel. Some might find their clothes a little too extravagant, but it is definitely a place to visit for any fashionista. The clothes follow the last runway trends and the price is quite affordable in comparison to other designer stores. The staff of the store is very professional and will always advise the clients on how to make the most out of their clothes. The store´s opening hours are from 10 am to 9 pm.
Is there anything more famous than jamón (Spanish ham) in the local gastronomy? Jamón Experience is not just a store where you can buy some of the best quality Spanish ham, it is also a place where you can take a tour to learn more about the product. This place offers you a jamón tasting menu where you get to try all different types of ham accompanied by a detailed explanation. The store is open from 10 am to 10 pm.
This is not really a store but rather an open market that definitely deserves to be on your shopping destination list. This place offers you a big variety of local products such as marinated olives, fruits of the season and, of course, tapas. People do not go to La Boqueria just for grocery shopping. The market offers a whole new experience of authentic Spanish gastronomy. You can visit the market from 8 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening.
Now that you know how to find Las Ramblas and what to find there, you only need to go there and enjoy your time. We hope that this article was useful to you on your way of discovering the beautiful city of Barcelona.
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