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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Wu

Bagging the Best: A Shopaholic’s Summer in Barcelona

Hola, fashionistas, and trendsetters! Are you ready to swap your beach towels for shopping bags? Welcome to Barcelona, the city where the summer sun meets high-street style, local boutiques, and flea market gems. It's not just about Gaudí and tapas here – Barcelona is a shopping haven just waiting to be explored!

Woman shopping

Day 1: Passeig de Gràcia

First up, the iconic Passeig de Gràcia. This glamorous boulevard boasts architectural marvels and luxury stores that'll make your fashion-forward heart flutter. Here, you'll find international giants like Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton standing alongside high-street faves like Zara and Mango. Don't forget to pause for some Instagrammable shots at Gaudí's Casa Batlló and Casa Milà along the way!

Passeig de Gràcia

Day 2: El Raval

Want to discover the city's edgy side? Head to El Raval. Amid the graffiti-splashed streets, you'll find a tantalizing blend of second-hand stores, record shops, and bookstores. Flaçoner Street is a goldmine of vintage and retro fashion, while Joaquim Costa Street offers hip urban boutiques. Streetwear enthusiasts – get ready to bag some killer finds!

Day 3: El Born

Next stop, the charming labyrinth of El Born. This district is bursting with independent boutiques offering everything from handmade jewelry to artisanal shoes. Concept stores like Ivori and Bornisimo showcase local Catalan design talent. And ladies, don't miss out on Colmillo de Morsa, an incredible spot for unique, ethically produced women's fashion.

Day 4: Mercat de la Boqueria and La Rambla

All shopped out? Not so fast! Let's hit La Rambla. Start your day at the Mercat de la Boqueria, the city's most famous market. It's the perfect place to buy delicious local produce, spices, and even some kitchenware. Then make your way down La Rambla for touristy (but fun!) souvenir shopping.

La Boqueria

Day 5: Gràcia

Our shopping spree ends in the bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia. Dotted with sustainable fashion shops, quirky home décor stores, and artisanal workshops, it’s the ideal place to find unique, responsibly produced goods. Plus, there's a wealth of independent designer boutiques offering cool, minimalist styles.

Although I'm sure you're ready to shop until you drop, you still need a place to sleep (even for a few hours) and some food. Here is a short list of places. For a full list check out

Hotel Recommendations:

  1. El Palace Hotel: Located near Passeig de Gràcia, it's ideal for luxury-seekers wanting to be in the heart of the shopping district.

  2. Hotel Pulitzer: Nestled within walking distance to El Raval and El Born, this hotel combines style, comfort, and a perfect location.

  3. Casa Gracia: In the bohemian district of Gràcia, this chic hostel-style hotel offers budget-friendly yet stylish accommodation.

Restaurant Recommendations:

  1. Cinc Sentits: Near Passeig de Gràcia, this Michelin-star restaurant will satiate your gastronomic cravings with modern Catalan cuisine.

  2. Suculent in El Raval: For an authentic and memorable Catalan meal, the tapas here are a must-try.

  3. Senyor Parellada in El Born: This traditional restaurant serves some of the best paella in town - perfect fuel for a day of shopping.

  4. La Pubilla in Gràcia: Don't miss out on their daily market menu, a favorite among locals!

So, there you have it, folks - a sneak peek into the shopper’s paradise that is Barcelona in summer. From luxury labels to local artisans, and bustling markets to boho boutiques, Barcelona is truly the retail therapy capital of the Mediterranean. Time to put those shopping skills to the test – the Catalan capital awaits! Adiós, amigos!



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