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Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona has an excellent retail offering in every aspect. It includes shops that combine tradition and modernity. They are an integral part of the city’s unique identity and, together with the world’s leading brands, position it as a shopping city of international renown.

One of the city’s distinctive retail elements is known as the Barcelona Shopping Line, a 5-kilometre area which connects the city’s different landmark districts: from the old harbour, the Port Vell, along La Rambla, through the Gothic Quarter and Ribera and up to Passeig de Gràcia and the Rambla de Catalunya, to the uptown area of the Avinguda Diagonal.

The route allows you to take a leisurely stroll while you enjoy a spot of window shopping, browse in the shops, sample the cuisine on the many terraces and at the
many restaurants in the area and enjoy the Barcelona lifestyle. This is a pleasure for visitors and makes their stay a different and unforgettable experience. The Barcelona Shopping Line logo identifies the shops which are characterised by the extraordinary quality of their produce and service and make Barcelona’s retail
offering different.

Barcelona Shopping Line

The Barcelona Shopping Line is a unique retail area which is ideal for tourists. It could be described as a vast open-air shopping centre that runs through the city and allows visitors and locals alike to enjoy an amazing variety of shops, architecture, tradition, gastronomy and culture.
It comprises three areas:

Historic Barcelona
This is Barcelona’s historic core, with La Rambla, the Raval and Ribera-Born districts and the Gothic Quarter, where traditional and modern shops coexist. A number of shopping centres have made the area a major retail hub.

Modernista Barcelona
Modernista Barcelona is one of the city’s landmark areas where you’ll find some of its most unusual shops surrounded by impressive and unique modernista buildings.

Business Barcelona
Barcelona’s retail offering extends to the heart of its business district. The stretch of the Avinguda Diagonal between the Passeig de Gràcia and the Plaça de Maria Cristina, is home to a wide variety of chic shops, as well as shopping centres and department stores which are a haven of relaxation and leisure for visitors among the frenzied rhythm of the countless businesses around them.

In addition to the Barcelona Shopping Line, the compact city model has favoured the development of other shopping areas in every neighbourhood. The fact that shops are found throughout the city means that visitors and locals alike can take advantage of a retail offering which sets it apart from the retail models of other cities.

Useful information

Opening times
Most shops open between 10am and 2pm and reopen at 4.30pm until 8pm. However, more and more shops in the most popular tourist areas or in the city centre, as well as the shopping centres, are open all day from 10am to 8pm.

Opening times on public holidays
The retail outlets on the Shopping Line are open on some public holidays and Sundays.

The sales period lasts approximately two months every season. Summer sales begin on 1st July and finish on 31st August. The winter sales begin on 7th January and end on 6th March.

VAT refunds

Non-EU residents are entitled to a VAT refund on each purchase over 90.15 euros. Look for the Tax Free Shopping logo in the shop. The shop personnel will inform you how to obtain your tax refund. Turisme de Barcelona provides a VAT refund service at its information office in Plaça de Catalunya and at its corporate headquarters on the Passatge de la Concepció.

Barcelona Card

With the Barcelona Card you can obtain discounts at the city’s most prestigious shops.

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