Shopping in Barcelona
European stores chains
One of the most known and cheap chains in Europe is Primark. It is originally an English store, but it spread fast in many countries in Europe and became a chain for huge department stores, which are known for their medium-cheap prices. Today you can find Primart stores in England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherland and more.
Another big fashion chain in Europe is C&A, which was founded in the Netherlands at 1841. Today the chain has over 1500 stores all over Europe: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Denmark and more. Around 200 branches are for children only, but most of the branches includes fashion, clothing and accessories for all the family: women's men's, boys and girls.
A "smaller" chain (but everything is relatively...) is the successful and classic Promod. The chain was founded in France in the 70's, originally as a boutique that serves women. The boutique turned into men's and women's clothing in France and from here to all of Europe. Today in 50 countries in and outside of Europe, you can find over 1060 stores: France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Romania and even China, USA, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The stores are suited mostly for those whom are looking for good quality in reasonable prices.
Another chain which established itself as suited for younger people, students and fans of the elegant sports look. The chain A.P.C was founded in late 80's and today is scattered around many countries in Europe like the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, and Spain and even opened a branch in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
As stated the shop in very popular among students over the world and offers mostly new casual clothing.
Worthwhile shopping in European countries:
Beyond the big European chains, in many countries in Europe you will find unique stores, worthwhile sales, markets and local chains worth visiting.
Shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city of food, sports, history and of course fashion. From the famous Ramblas Avenue up to Vell Port you will find every kind of store and in every price range. Like in Madrid, in Barcelona you will all so find many branches of the Spanish department store chain El Corte Ingles, but also many competitors’ branches, like Mark and Spencer. A recommended shopping street is the luxurious Garcia de Passeig, it has brand stores and more "simplicity" stores.
A big and new shopping center is Arenas center; it is located in Plaza de Espana, near the famous magic fountains. The shopping center was built on the ruins of a bull fighting arena and that's how it looks like until today. In the shopping mall you will find around 180 stores, places of business, restaurants, a supermarket and a movie theatre. On the top level of the mall you will find many restaurants and a fabulous view point over the entire city.
Another nice shopping center you will find at the end of Ramblas avenue, nearby the port. It is the Mare Magnum shopping center. The road to the mall goes through a wooden bridge and a marina, this road connects the shopping center and Ramblas Avenue. In the mall itself you will find many stores, cinemas, exclusive restaurants beside fast food restaurants, coffee shops, night clubs and more attractions like Barcelona's aquarium. One of the most worthwhile stores in the mall is Lefties, it is ZARA's outlet store, and you will find there the known clothing in more convenient prices. You will also find in the mall brands like ZARA, Bershka, Mango, alongside the the store of Barcelona's loved football club.
Apart from the shopping centers in the city center and
the impressive and rich of stores streets, if you have
time before the flight and you are interested in more
shopping before flying back home, you can visit the
Grand Via 2 shopping mall. The shopping mall is located
15 minutes’ drive from the airport. The mall offers
around 200 stores, like ZARA, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Nike
and more, together with restaurants and coffee shops.
For those looking for a little different shopping experience, will love visiting the gothic neighborhood in the city. Here the atmosphere is different and the stores are not as big and expensive as the rest of the city. This is the place for antique, boutique and homely coffee shops fans.