Shopping centres in Barcelona: the guide

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Barcelona's shopping centres are a shopaholic's dream, with shops for all tastes and all budgets.

shopping centres

Barcelona is a great destination for shopping, as many national and international brands have made their home there. Prices for Spanish brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti or Bimba y Lola can be up to 30% cheaper than those found elsewhere in Europe, all year round. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase!

Shopping by the sea

Maremagnum shopping centre

This centre is in a rather special location, built on a large jetty and surrounded by the sea. It even has a mirador offering 360º views of the city.

In addition to a wide range of shops, you’ll find cinemas, restaurants and a whole host of leisure facilities. Even better, it’s open almost every day of the year, even on Sundays and public holidays! Click here to see the Sundays and public holidays that it’s open.
When? Monday to Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Where? Moll d’Espanya, 5

  • Métro: Drassanes (L3) or Barceloneta (L4)
  • Bus: 120, 64, 59, H16, D20, 14, 51, 17, 45, 39, V17, N6, N9, N12, N15
  • Car park open 24h/24
  • Bike park

Diagonal Mar shopping centre

Diagonal Mar is just 5 minutes from the beach, offering a great way of combining sun, sea and shopping. it plays host to over 185 shops.

  • A heads-up for Primark fans: there’s one in this shopping centre.


  • Top tip for shopaholics: if you spend a total of €150 in the shopping centre, you’ll be entitled to a VIP card on request from the information booth. The card gets you 10% off in many shops, an extra hour of free parking per day and a birthday present. Not bad!
  • All clients are entitled to 3 hours’ free parking.

When? Monday to Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Where? Avinguda Diagonal, 3

  • Métro: El Maresme/Fòrum (L4)
  • Bus: 7, 36, 43,141, N6, N8 and H16
  • Tram: El Maresme (T4)
  • 3 hours’ free parking
  • Bike park

Shopping in an unusual environment

Las Arenas shopping centre

A shopping centre created inside a former bullfighting arena… well, that’s certainly not something you see every day! The top floor offers panoramic views across Barcelona, and plays host to a range of cafés and restaurants.
When? Monday to Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Where? Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385

  • Métro: Espanya (L1, L3)
  • Bus: 9, 13, 27, 30, 50, 56, 57, 65, 79, 91, 109, 157
  • Car park open 24/7

Shopping off the tourist track

La Maquinista shopping centre

Further from the city centre, La Maquinista is the biggest shopping centre in Catalonia, and one of the biggest in Spain. It’s outside, making shopping particularly pleasant when the sun is shining.

  • You can get a card giving you money off in various shops by simply filling in a form at the information desk.

When? Monday to Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Where? Paseo Potrosí, 2

  • Métro: San Andreu (L1) or Torras i Bages (L1)
  • Bus: 11, 40, 42, 60, 73, B19, B20, N8, N9, H8
  • Free parking

L’Illa shopping centre

L’Illa is a particular favourite with the locals. It includes shops selling clothes, cosmetics, homewares and technology. If it’s gift ideas you’re after, we recommend a stop at the biggest branch of Natura in Barcelona.

Primark fans, this is another one for you: the chain has a huge store near Natura on the lower ground floor of the shopping centre.

Level -1 of L’Illa is also a great place for foodie shopping. We can’t recommend the iberico ham from Andreu highly enough! So much so, in fact, that we’ve written a whole article on the subject: Andreu, the best bellota Iberico ham in all Barcelona.

  • Top tip: plan ahead and go to before your visit in order to download free vouchers for many of the stores! In return, you’ll just need to supply a valid email address.

When? Monday to  Saturday, 10am – 9.30pm
Where? Avinguda Diagonal, 557

  • Métro: Maria Cristina (L3)
  • Bus: 6, 7, 33, 34, 63, 66, 67, 78, L51, L57, L61, L63, L64, L67, L68, L69, L14, L79, N0, N12
  • Tram: L’illa (T1, T2, T3)
  • Car park open 24/7

Pedralbes Centre shopping centre

The elegant Pedralbes Centre is small, but perfectly formed. Another plus point: it’s within very easy walking distance of L’Illa.

If you live in Barcelona, sign up for a client card in order to access a wide variety of advantages via the centre’s website,

For lunch or an afternoon snack, we recommend Bubó, located on the lower ground floor.
When? Monday to Saturday, 10am – 9pm
Où? Avinguda Diagonal, 609-615

  • Métro: Maria Cristina
  • Bus: 6, 7, 33, 34, 63, 66, 67, 78, L51, L57, L61, L63, L64, L67, L68, L69, L14, L79, N0, N12
  • Tram: L’illa (T1, T2, T3)
  • Car park open 24/7

You may also be interested in our article on La Roca Village, a place where the sales last all year round!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?