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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-watching. 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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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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Mercat de Santa CaterinaThe unique mosaic-like roof structure of the Mercat de Santa Caterina illustrates the colors of the vast number of fruit and vegetable stalls that were represented in market halls of the past. Today, stalls selling seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables and other products form the market all provide an interesting location to explore and buy fresh local food products and more.
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vom FASSWith a concern for the environment, vom FASS sells various oils, vinegars, condiments and liqueurs to fill up your own glass container, or – in lieu of one – buy one of the stylishly designed glass bottles from the shop itself. This way, waste is minimized and no disposable plastic used unnecessarily.
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Mercat del NinotClothing, jewelry, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruits and even household goods. This market place is the go to place for locals and provides hours worth of stands and shops to explore. Several times per month, cooking classes take place at the market where chef Anna de Pablo prepares three dishes for the audience to observe and of course, to taste.
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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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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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