Those who choose Barcelona as a tourist destination or as a place to live for a while, are attracted by its monuments, its history, its artistic charm, their job opportunities or a mix of all these reasons. But it is undeniable that Barcelona also has great commercial value that captures the attention of all visitors, as the busiest streets are filled with tourists and with shops selling all kinds of products at the same time. In this article we introduce you to the 5 most significant commercial areas of the city, with the invaluable opportunity to relax in one of our rental apartments in Barcelona once you have finished your shopping.
1. Commercial hub of Port Vell – La Rambla – Raval – La Ribera: in this axis you will find all the stores of Maremagnum mall, in Barcelona’s port, aimed to tourists, and all souvenir shops of the (famous) Rambla. If you want to buy fashionable and exclusive clothing, accessories or the latest weird and funny gadgets, go into the Raval (old Barrio Chino) and la Ribera, where you will find second hand stores and huge outlets at a great price. This axis is the most emblematic area of the city for its history and for its wide avenue, that’s why is in the first place of this ranking.
2. Commercial hub of Barrio Gótico – Plaza de Catalunya (the Golden Square): in the left side of La Rambla looking down to the sea, the Barrio Gótico spreads out to the Plaza de Catalunya and has a lot of stores of all kinds. In the oldest part there are small businesses selling design products, traditional stores offering clothing, jewelry or unique accesories, and at most modern streets we can find large stores of clothes, shoes, lingerie and other items. To discover the most unique places you will have to wander around, but in the famous “Golden Square” (the area in the middle of El Corte Ingles, the Triangle Mall and Portal del Angel with Plaza Catalunya in the center), you will easily find all what you are looking for and much more. In this area we recommend: Portaferrisa Street, Ferran Street, Plaza Sant Jaume, Avinyó Street, the Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza del Pi.
3. El Born: next to the Barrio Gótico, on the other side of the wide Via Laietana, there is this historical neighborhood of narrow streets around the Paseo del Born and Princesa Street. Although its monuments are perfectly preserved (such as the Catedral del Mar) the shops in this area are a little more sophisticated and expensive than ones at the commercial hubs of the first and second position in the “list”. That’s why the stores at this axis aren’t as crowded and “popular” among locals as other areas, but are very attractive for tourists seeking different or exclusive products. In the Born area you will also find prestigious chocolatiers, excellent restaurants, famous jewelry stores, well-known clothing and footwear firms. Toms Shoes, Diesel and Xocoa are remarkable stores.
4. Paseo de Gracia: undoubtedly one of the most luxurious shopping areas throughout the city, where kind of rich tourists and locals go shopping for clothing and footwear. But the most expensive firms (Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Tous, etc.) there are also cheaper and more affordable brands (H&M, Bershka, Zara, Mango, etc.). The elegance of this avenue that runs from Plaza de Catalunya to the Diagonal, is unquestionable and its most important monuments (La Pedrera and Casa Batllo) make the Paseo de Gracia an essential point for all commercial and tourist routes.
5. L’Eixample and Sant Antoni Comerç: last but not least, there is the area of l’Eixample and Sant Antoni Comerç. In this area concide eight trade associations and neighborhoods, offering all kinds of products and services through more than 1,500 stores. Shops in this huge “axis” are aimed at neighbours living and buying their groceries rather than at tourists, but here you can also find famous brands, design shops and traditional handmade products. This area highlight is the Mercat de Sant Antoni, currently under restoration and refurbishment, where dozens of stalls are installed every Sunday selling used books, comics, video games, movies, old magazines, and other interesting items. Don’t miss it!