Barcelona offers shopping opportunities at some of the finest international shops of the world, as well as local handicrafts. Most stores specialize in one item, meaning that you may need to go to many different stores to complete a shopping trip.
Most people pay in cash, but some stores may accept credit card.
Most shops and shopping malls are open from 10:00 til 20:30 or 21:30 hours. Traditional shops open from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:30 hours. Most are closed on Sundays. Ciutat Vella offers the exception with small fashion shops, souvenir shops and small supermarkets open on Sundays.
Barcelona has a special heritage and many unique specialties.
Different areas offer different aspects of the shopping scene.
There are several different markets you should certainty visits, but beware that they are often a good place for pickpockets. Bargaining is expected.
The Boqueria market (Mercat de la Boqueria) is one of Europe's best food markets. Fresh-squeezed juice, full meals. and great deals. If you go near closing time at 20:00, motivated sellers offer the best price.
Sant Antoni Market on Ronda Sant Pau/Carrer Comte d'Urgell is open Monday through Saturday, from 07:00 - 14:30; 17:00 - 20:30, and Friday: 07:00 - 20:30. This is an even larger food market that has less tourists.
Fira de Nautumismo Located at Placa Reial, open on Sundays from 10:00-14:30. Offers coins and stamps and other goods.
Mercat Del Encants Located on Placa de les Glories Catalanes, it is open Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat from 08:30. It is one of the largest flea markets with a range of items. The market is meant to carry on until the afternoon but most stalls tend to pack up at midday. Also, a lot of the stalls close for August.
El Corte Ingles - Takes up several floors in several locations around town like in Eixample and Inland Suburbs.