The stunning city of Barcelona is coming up fast in the ranks for being one of the most perfect shopping destinations in the world. The beautiful Catalan capital has every kind of shopping experience imaginable, from the vintage bargains of the flea markets and wondrous antique shops to the chic boutiques and high end designer labels that are scattered all along the Passeig de Gracia.
With popular Spanish high street brands likegos Mango and Zara taking off massively in the last few years, the world has quickly realised that Spain is a notable trendsetter and Barcelona has fast become a magnet for the fashion conscious.
If fashion conscious describes you down to a tee and you’re looking to treat yourself, a Barcelona mini break could be right up your street.
Showcase your individual style in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city with its own unique style and the place where as far as fashion is concerned just about anything goes. This is the city where women in designer couture and expensive sunglasses mix with boho chicks and tattooed counter-culture hipsters in ragged pants and recycled accessories.
As Michele Obi, the owner of www.myfashionlife.com, said: “Barcelona fashion is all about showcasing your individual style and doing it well. At this year’s Barcelona Fashion Week dressing down became the new dressing up and on the city’s streets it’s all about clothes for comfort without compromising on style”.
Luxury brands at Passieg de Gracia
There’s nothing samey about Barcelona because it comes with bags of individual style, but if a Barcelona fashion fix is what you’re looking for, where do you start? The most elegant and exclusive shops can be found at Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya and Avinguda Diagonal. The Passeig is the best place in town to find luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada, Chanel and Louis Vutton and as well as high-end fashion, it offers some great opportunities to people watch. It’s expensive, but it’s also a cultural experience too, as it features two stunning buildings by Antoni Gaudi – La Predrera and Casa Batllo.
Portal de l’Angel is one of the city’s most visited streets and another fashionable destination. It’s not quite as upmarket as the Passeig de Gracia but it’s a great place to stock up on some tasty high street bargains from shops like Zara and Bershka, with one or two high-end treats like Massimo Dutti thrown in as well.
However, if your tastes are a little more unusual and you are looking for trendy bohemian chic, then head to the arty neighbourhood of Gracia, or the narrow medieval streets of El Born. El Raval is also a neighbourhood full of vintage looks and some quirky indie style. Check out Els Encants Vells flea market too – it’s the biggest flea market in Barcelona and one of Europe’s oldest.
For a more mainstream approach, La Roca Village is your typical retail outlet village-cum-shoppers paradise, which features over 100 outlets, where both Spanish and international brand-name items can be bought for up to 60% off the normal retail price. It’s a fair old drive out of Barcelona, but a very smart way to smarten up your wardrobe at a fraction of the high street price.
Shopper’s paradise on Placa Catalunya
Don’t forget the department stores too, such as El Corte Ingles on Placa Catalunya. Here there’s a wealth of make-up, clothes, shoes and even gourmet food on display, all guaranteed to get your credit card twitching, with an array of labels to delight even the most hardened fashionista.
So, if you’ve been totally seduced by the fabulous shopping experience in store for you in the gorgeous and glamorous Catalan capital, you can book a short break to Barcelona for as little as £60 per night. And, when you need to save your credit card for all the gorgeous things you’ll want to buy when you get there, there’s a lot to be said for the price.