Guide to the Best Shopping Malls in Barcelona: Shop till you drop!

Barcelona is one of the shopping capitals of the world. Its beautiful streets are lined with everything from luxury stores and big brands to one-off boutiques and vintage shops. You’ve got the seemingly endless Passeig de Gracia, where you can find H&M, Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Gucci, Chanel and more, or there’s the winding streets of El Born, every corner revealing a new small business with gorgeous clothes just dying to be worn. And these are all very well, but sometimes when a bit of retail therapy is needed, nothing but a big ol’ mall stuffed with the best shopping the world has to offer will suffice! So, without further ado, here is our list of the best shopping malls in Barcelona…try not to come home with too many bags under your arms! Guide to the Best Shopping Malls in Barcelona Image

L’Illa Diagonal

L’Illa Diagonal is the biggest shopping centre in Barcelona. With 170 shops and 35,000m2 of space to enjoy you could spend hours in this shopaholics paradise and never run out of clothes to buy! And to make things a little easier for parents, there are infant care facilities such as a microwave and diaper changing area so you can look after you’re little ones. To get there take L3 to Les Corts station or there are plenty of buses stopping nearby if you prefer


This port-side shopping centre has the distinct advantage of being the only one open on a Sunday. With 59 shops to choose from as well as a restaurant on the upper floor you’ve got plenty to fill your weekend afternoons with at this mall. And on those hot summer days, why not grab an ice-cream and sit outside looking over the water and the beautiful yachts moored nearby? As the land its on is a little out to sea you might think it’d be difficult to get to but you’d be wrong. The V13 bus stops right outside and if you take the L4 to Barceloneta or any bus to Passeig de Colom its just a short walk past the old port. There are worse places to have to drag your shopping bags!

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Las Arenas

Probably the only mall with a history, this shopping centre is built int he old bullfighting ring in Plaza Espanya. It has lots of shops and places to eat and even a cinema with films in their original version if you need to take a break from sales shopping! There’s also a fantastic view across the city from the top…if you can manage to get all your bags up there! Its very easy to get to, just take L3 or L1 to Plaza Espanya or take any of the buses stopping nearby.

Diagonal Mar

This mall is at the complete opposite end of Avenida Diagonal from L’Illa Diagonal so don’t worry if the first one on our list is a little far away. There are all the usual shops and restaurants as well as a cinema which offers some films in their original version. To get there take L4 to Maresme Forum or any of the many buses which stop along Avenida Diagonal.

La Maquinista

With 168 shops, 46 restaurants and a small cinema this mall rivals the size of L’illa Diagonal, though it is a little further out from the centre. Just take L1 to Sant Andrew or L9N/L10 to Bon Pastor to get there. Guide to the Best Shopping Malls in Barcelona Image


Just off diagonal, this could be the perfect pit stop on a shopping escapade from L’Illa to Diagonal Mar. But with 89 shops and 39 restaurants this pit stop might end up taking a little longer than you think! To get there take trams T5 or T6 to La Farinera, L1 to Glories or hop on any of the many buses stopping along Diagonal. All the above malls are usually open around 9am and close around 9pm, though some may stay open later in summer. All, aside from Maremagnum, are closed on Sundays, except on some festival days, bank holidays and during sales periods. Check each shopping centres website individually as it can vary. ------------------- Thanks for reading, hope thats helped you decide which to visit! Stay tuned for more Barcelona info and check out our properties if you're thinking of staying a little more permanently! - Erin

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