Well, hold your budgets ladies because the best place to go shopping is in my favorite city, Barcelona – and there are some crazy deals! Barcelona offers about 35,000 shops and is home to the famous 5 KM shopping line. Starting from the beach up Las Ramblas, through Plaça de Catalunya, up Passieg de Graćia, and continuing to Avenue Diagonal, wide pedestrian sidewalks line the streets providing easy access to store fronts. You can find all the top brands like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Burberry, and Giorgio Armani. If you’re like me window-shopping the famous name brands is fun but the reality of those clothes being worn on my body is nonexistent. So, for those of us on a budget, here are some stores to check out in Barcelona with amazing deals.
I know there is Zara everywhere, including Italy and most of the countries you will visit during your time abroad; but, Zara is a Spanish owned brand and therefore is cheaper in Spain. For example I bought a sweater at the Zara in Rome for €30.00, only to find it in Barcelona’s Zara for €23.00.
An international womens clothing brand owned by Spain’s Zara, Stradivarius takes a youthful approach to clothing with a dynamic infusion of the latest trends. I love shopping here! Stradivarius sells everything from cutting-edge designs to an informal funky look. Clothes here are reasonably prices and definitely within reach.
Mango is a chain that is owned by Zara, and houses a lot of the same designers. However, unlike some of Zara’s collection it has a younger vibe to it. All ages are known to shop here and Mango caters to what sells per store; in other terms, what you find at the Mango in Barcelona can be completely different than the shops in other part of Europe.
The brands represented here include Miss Sixty, Energie, and Killah. Miss Sixty houses the freshest and latest trends in Europe for young people. There is a more modern feel in these designs, definitely stroll in and see what you can find.
Also Spanish owned, Bershka caters to shoppers in their teens to their 30’s. They feature youthful, hip styles at affordable prices and, though different, fill the quality gap between H&M and Zara’s TRF line. They also have men’s clothing, and jeans start as low as €19.00.
Almost like the Forever21 of Europe, Shana is low cost, and a place to find everything from basics to the night’s perfect outfit. For example you can get a wide range of color choices in leggings for only €8.00, and a sweater to go with for the same price! You can even follow their blog online and see what outfits they pull each week, as well as the sales they are having! Great place to shop on a budget!
Located in El Borne District, L’Oreneta del Palau caters to both men and women on a more high-end level. The owner personally selects items from France, Italy, and Spain to be showcased in the store. The style is more laid-back and comfortable.
This brand is a little higher in price than the ones I previously mentioned. However, if you search you can find some great items. I found a romper I wear all the time in the summer for only €32.00. The clothes here are of a more Spanish style in terms of the colors and fabrics. A must here are their leather shoes!
If you’re searching for something less mainstream and with a more authentic Barcelona style then try out Custo. Custo is a popular Spanish designer, known for his use of color and designs. The clothes are good quality but a little more expensive. Similar in style but slightly less expensive is Paramita, on Las Ramblas just opposite Liceu metro station.
Basically the Macy’s of Spain, this is one of Spain’s leading department stores. The 5-story building located in Plaça de Catalunya is known for its wide range of cosmetics but also carries a lot of well-known American brands.