Do you love shopping? Is it one of your favorite activities when you travel? Do you dream of some special items you’d really love to purchase in Spain? Or maybe… you hate shopping but your wife loves it, and you want to treat her with a shopping tour during your trip (so you can do your favorite things or just relax at the hotel in the meantime).
Barcelona has over 35.000 shops, and the Barcelona Shopping Line is 5km long (over 3 miles). Does getting oriented to find what you are looking for start to sound a bit overwhelming?
Shopping in a foreign city can be challenging and time consuming if you don’t know where to go and don’t speak the local lingo. And then, there are so many tourist traps, and many brands seem to be the same in every city… How can you find what’s really authentic and fun?
If you don’t feel like going shopping on your own, or if you want to make your shopping time as efficient as possible, a private shopping tour is the answer for you!
Just share with us what type of shopping you are thinking of (items, style…) and we’ll design your custom shopping tour.
Our guides know the city well and know where to find your stuff. They can take you shopping clothes, leather and shoes, help you finding the right sizes and colors, translate at the shops. With them navigating you, you’ll maximize your shopping time and avoid wasting it.
They also know the local food markets and gourmet stores well: wine, olive oil, Spanish ham and cheese (vacuum packed so they can travel well), saffron, chocolates… If you are a foodie, their recommendations will be like gold for you.
Do you need a gift or something unique to decorate your home? Paintings, artwork, antiques, vintage maps, jewelry… But also Christmas decoration, FC Barcelona t-shirts, flamenco dresses for little girls, shot glasses and cheap souvenirs to give away. We know where to find all that!
Maybe Spanish crafts such as Manila shawls, ceramic, espadrilles, fans, Lladró figurines or Majorica pearls? Let us keep you away from the tourist traps!
Any other personal quirky request? Our guides have helped a lady with extremely tiny feet find the perfect shoes for her, taken a puppet-lover senior to an off-the-beaten-path hand-made marionette workshop, a lady find her favorite Spanish cosmetic brand, a music-lover lady to the oldest music shop in Barcelona where she found piano scores she loved, while another music-lover gentleman bought dozens of CDs with Spanish music of all kinds for his family. Such kind of requests are more successful if we are told in advance so we can plan a shopping strategy… but count on us to help you find that special item!
Would you rather use shopping as an excuse to explore some Barcelona districts? While specific request might require a taxi ride to a specific store beyond the city center, shopping around with no specific goal will allow you to focus in a determined area of Barcelona and explore its alleys in a casual way. And some local districts have their own personality that is worth discovering.
Our favorite Barcelona shopping district. Venture with your shopping guide around medieval alleys that hide plenty of wonderful shops, so easy to miss if you don’t know where they are!
Beautiful little clothes boutiques, shoe stores, gorgeous jewelries, leather ateliers, independent young art galleries, antique shops, arts&crafts and more! The Gothic Quarter is full of surprises, while the Born district is trendier and considered to be the Barcelona “SOHO”!
The Eixample District is the largest Barcelona shopping area, and includes two top shopping streets: Rambla Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia, connected by several perpendicular streets featuring lots of interesting stores as well. The Corte Inglés department store and the Boulevard Rosa mall are also located in this area.
Fashion, fashion, fashion! Along the modernist avenues we’ll find all the Spanish street-wear brands such as Zara, Mango and Desigual, as well as lovely Catalan designers and also the top international couturiers such as Chanel and Gucci. Popular brands for leather, bags, shoes, watches and jewels are also here, not far from the Art Galleries and the Boulevard of the Antiques. There are also plenty of delicious small shops and boutiques.
Not to be confused with the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, this is another fun option to consider for your shopping tour.
This Barcelona uptown district has been chosen by young local designers to open their ateliers and workshops where they display and sell their original creations. The styles vary from romantic to urban to hippie or alternative. Mostly clothing, with some leather, shoes and jewels. Organic products can also be found in the area.
Are you a bargain fan? If you’d spend hours shopping at discount stores and you love it when you find great deals of the top brands, let us take you to La Roca Village, an outdoors outlet shopping mall located just half an hour away from Barcelona.
You’ll find there outlet and discount stores of famous Spanish and international brands such as Nike, Armani, Burberry, Desigual, Calvin Klein, Camper, Dockers, Escada, Furla, Gucci, Galliano, Loewe, Lupo, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans, Ray-Ban, Samsonite, Versace, Zegna and many more.
This is a 5-hour (minimum) chauffeured day trip from Barcelona.
This tour is right for you (or your wife!) if you love shopping but don’t want to venture on your own, need assistance or want to find special items that you wouldn’t know where to find on your own.
This tour is NOT for you if you are looking for a personal shopper that helps you creating or improving your wardrobe or finding the best clothing style for your personality. We are NOT personal shoppers.
If you are traveling with kids, we can design a shopping tour that includes their favorite items as well.
If you have walking issues, we can organize the tour so there are coffee breaks, seating opportunities and taxi rides that keep your energy up and your body comfortable. You might also want to consider adding a driver for a more leisurely experience.
If you are on a wheelchair, most shops are accessible.
If you are more than one or two people in your party, like a group of ladies or several couples, each with their own shopping goals, our guide will try to organize the tour so everyone has their own chance to have fun shopping their favorite items, but depending on how similar or different your goals are, that might involve having to wait for the others to be done in one shop before we move on to the next.
Do you need a longer tour? No problem! Add one or two extra hours to your half day tour!
Do you need a shorter shopping time, but would love to do some sightseeing? Not a problem either! Book any of our sightseeing tours and ask us to add one or two extra hours for shopping.
Are you a bargain fan? Let us take you on a 5-hour (or longer!) day trip to La Roca Village Outlet Mall.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: often book out in high season, and Park Guell tickets might be sold out, too.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Saturday|
|NOT AVAILABLE||Sunday and local holidays|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours Tours:||Anytime between 10AM and 11AM|
|Afternoon Tours:||Anytime between 2PM and 4PM|
|Shops opening hours:||Most shops open around 10AM (although a few might be open by 9AM) and close around 8PM (almost some might stay open until 9PM or even 10PM as the department store Corte Ingles does). While in the main streets and most of the city center they don't close for lunch break, small stores in other districts and in the alleys of the Old Town might close from 2PM to 4 or even 5PM. Depending on what kind of shopping you are envisioning, that might affect your final schedule.|
When we first meet Bego I showed her a newspaper article about Barcelona's puppeteers that I had brought with me. She even found time to make a side trip to the studio mentioned in the article.
It was my wife's birthday so I had arranged for Marta to take her boutique shopping for the afternoon. My wife had a fantastic time.