About Shopping in Barcelona
If you want to do your bit to contribute to the local economy, there are shops to suit every taste. The Spanish group Inditex own a decent part of the major chains such as Zara and Pull & Bear, and local brands Mango, Desigual and Custo have also expanded around the world.
The high street aside, many shops continue to observe the traditional Spanish opening hours that contain a break of several hours in the early afternoon in the name of the mythical siesta. However, they open late, and the shopping streets are busy until 8.30pm.
There are several shopping centres that the locals make use of at the weekend, some of which have a little more character than the average mall. The newest and most impressive is Arenas Barcelona, which is situated in a converted bullring in Plaça Espanya.
Vintage & Flea Markets
Barcelona's only flea market is Els Encants, which takes place each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the morning and early afternoon. You can find it next to Glòries metro station.
During the last couple of years, a number of pop-up markets have began to establish themselves, the most successful of which are Lost & Found and Flea Market Barcelona.
For all other vintage interests, head to El Raval neighborhood, where several upmarket second-hand shops await. They are concentrated around Carrer Tallers and Carrer de la Riera Baixa.
Some of the coolest boutiques can be found in the Gothic Quarter. Carrer Avinyó is lined with independent stores and some of the hipper chains.
El Corte Inglés occupies an iconic behemoth of a building in Plaça Catalunya, and have similar stores in each corner of the city.
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