and tips What
Barcelona has always been at the vanguard, as a City, and, undoubtedly, is considered one of the world's design capital. No wonder then, that, pioneer in the world-wide movement of modernisation and renewal of retailing, the City became in the last few years a great Shopping City, with a very complete and competitive offer, very personal and original in lots of sectors (fashion, design objects, typical products, etc).
To go shopping in Barcelona, even if you don't buy a thing, is a real pleasure, for the lively crowds, the helpfulness and friendliness of the shopkeepers, for the shops themselves and for the easiness of a human sized city, where the shopping areas are easily identified, following the famous Shopping Line.
Along the "line", the shopping areas are easy to define: C. Pelai and Rda. Universitat are rather popular. Down Pl. Catalunya, the maze of little streets of Portal de l'└ngel, Porta Ferrissa and C. del PÝ are full of little, original and good value shops.
"chic" are Pg. de GrÓcia, Rbla. Catalunya and adjacent streets, as well
as Diagonal, from Pg. de GrÓcia to Pl. Francesc MaciÓ and on, through
l'Illa Diagonal up to El Corte InglÚs. Of course you'll make even better
buys during special periods, such as Christmas, or during the sales (rebajas
in Spanish, rebaixes in Catalan.