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Shopping in Barcelona offers lots of interesting browsing. Unusual shops can be found in most parts of the city, but those who want to be efficient should focus on Placa Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter. The gigantic department store El Corte Ingles is located by Placa Catalunya. Come here for the wares, but also for the people. Across the street is El Triangle, a grotesquely large shopping palace with a good perfumery and a Camper shoe store.Mercado La BoqueríaVisiting the La Boquería, half way down La Rambla, is something of a must. This covered market provides everything when it comes to food, and the place is also popular for a lunch or a refreshing glass of cava. This historic, vibrant market is one of the city's principal attractions.
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Carrer d'AvinyóCarrer d'Avinyó, in Barrí Gotic (the Gothic Quarter), is possibly Barcelona’s most interesting shopping street. Here you can find fun stores, including street fashion store Soda, Ángel Gimeno specializing in trendy shirts for men, and Loft Avignon, which caters to the more sophisticated lot. Herborista del Rei in the Gothic Quarter is the best choice for herbs and spices.
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El BornThe El Born district is also a good place to shop for food. Casa Gispert offers coffee, dried nuts and fruits and Tot Formatge is one of Barcelona’s best-stocked cheese shops.
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Passeig de GràciaFor serious fashion shopping, make your way to Passeig de Gràcia, the parallel street, Rambla de Catalunya, and the surrounding district. You will find all the big international fashion names here, including Spanish greats such as Adolfo Domínguez, Armand Basi, Groc and the leather specialist Loewe. More economic alternatives such as Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti are also represented. You can also find a good selection of trend-conscious designer fashions at Noténom.
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Poble Espanyol Crafts and Shopping CenterOpen to the public 365 days a year, Poble Espanyol is a singular shopping center in Barcelona. More than 30 artisans work every day crafting unique or custom-made pieces of glass, leather, ceramics, jewelry and Spanish guitars, among others. There is also a wide range of gourmet shops offering premium food products.
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La MaquinistaLa Maquinista is the only open-air commercial center in Barcelona, boasting more than 235 establishments, fashion brands, entertainment and technology stores, restaurants and a 13 screen cinema. There are 5,000 spaces of free parking and 30,000 square meters of open space with avenues and squares. It is perfect retail therapy during your stay in Barcelona.
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