Shopping along Barcelona's grand Passeig de Gràcia means being right in the heart of the centre of town, where you'll be taking in a breathtaking modernist building one minute and the next dodging others out for a walk, in a hurry to get somewhere, or doing their own spending. From the biggest brand names to the most affordable, from the exclusive shops to those open to everyone, you're bound to find a treasure to carry home that suits your taste and fits your budget.
Barcelona shopping: the best of Passeig de Gràcia
Barcelona's big shopping street, Passeig de Gràcia, has shops galore. We select some from the top brand names to the best of the high street.
The more affordable
Pieces for every day for the urban and elegant woman, with sharp and clean silhouettes inspired by Italian tailoring. This is the philosophy of MAX&Co, the most affordable brands of the house of Max Mara. If the cocktail trousers are out of your comfort zone, you can always try the shoes or the mini bags, or you can simply enjoy the furniture that decorate this shop with a 1950s feel.
On a well-lit corner – in front of La Pedrera and a veteran shop on the Passeig, Carolina Herrera – the three-storey shop that is Hoss Intropia shows off its sophisticated and feminine wares. Dresses with a touch of the 1920s (€350) or folk-inspired jackets (from €200) are some of the stars of the 2014 season.
TCN has gone from dressing you up only for bathtime and your most private moments to include looks that opt for a relaxed and casual style, which the Catalan company has presented on the catwalks of Madrid and Barcelona. The 2014 season is all about chunky knit jackets and tops with velvet and lace (from €98).
The high street on a budget
Puma isn't the only sports shop on Passeig de Gràcia (you'll also find Nike and Adidas), but it does have a more coveted spot next to the mini shopping centre Bulevard Rosa and the future location of Hackett. You've got to stop in if you're a fan of limited-edition trainers; and while you're there, you might as well check out the brand's 'lifestyle'-orientated clothing line.
A neighbour of the posh Mandarin Hotel, Mango's flagship store shows off all the brand's lines (womenswear, He by Mango, Kids, Sport & Intimates and Mango Touch). Step inside and you'll find out why this isn't your everyday clothes shop: the well-kept and spacious interior gives the clothes and accessories room to breathe and stand out.
While we wait for Zara Home to open at number 30 on the very same Passeig de Gràcia, we'll just have to delight in Zara fashion: coats with soft tartan prints (€119), tops and faux leather skirts, and trousers with a masculine cut. For those who like to wear the latest trends but prefer to make smaller investments.
On Passeig de Gràcia, COS has devotees to its name-brand clothing lines, and H&M also has its loyal clientele. Somewhere in between in both style and price is & Other Stories, the latest from the Swedish house to land in Barcelona, and already with an impressive band of followers. The stars of the show are the shoes, accessories and the line of cosmetics and beauty products. But don't pass by the clothes, which are influenced by French and Nordic designs.