Recently opened, the Apple store has arrived at the top of Plaza Catalunya - the bottom of Passeig De Gracia. This is about 30 minutes rom the port or a quick taxi ride, so if you need any electronics fixed fast, or want to buy some new Apple accessories or a new phone, ipad or laptop, this store, like all Apple locations, has it all. This Apple store is in a particularly beautiful three-storey building. With the Genius bar upstairs (best to make an appointment online) and the 'extras' downstairs, you can use sample computers and ipads on the main floor.
There is no store like FNAC is you're looking for electronics and cutting edge technology. This is the best place for televisions, cameras, video cameras, laptops and ipads. FNAC is right across the way from the department store, Corte Ingles and just at the top of La Rambla, not too far from the cruise port. This is a one stop shop for everything related to gadgets and digital hardware. They also sport a wide variety of english magazines and excellent weekend getaway gift packages, which are ideal for wedding gifts. They also have a section dedicated to Apple in case your a Mac fan.
If you don't know where to find it, Corte Ingles has the answer. Looking for makeup? Check out the main floor right when you walk in and you'll find rows upon rows of make up brands more than happy to provide you with free makeovers and samples. This seven-storey department store has everything on your shopping list as well as things you didn't even know you needed. From clothes, bathing suits, beach and pool wear, to furniture, appliances, electronics, kitchenware and even a supermarket in the basement (with a specialty gourmet section) if you want to kill 20 birds with one stone Corte Ingles is your greatest ally. This is about a 20 minute walk from the cruise port, or a quick 5 minute taxi ride.
You can't get any closer to the beach than Maremagnum. Not only does this smaller scale shopping mall have every type of store you'd want in a larger establishment, but it is also home to a 3D cinema and outdoor strip mall with fast food. Maremagnum is great if you're in the mood for a quick shop before heading to the beach, or getting of a cruise. It's extremely close to the port and the rest of the beaches and it's designed in a way where you don't feel hot or humid while you're shopping. Many of the stores face the street, while others have large windows where you can see the sea while you try on bathing suits.
Boutique, high-end shopping for women, if you're looking for a fancy cocktail dress this store has plenty of options. Nestled in the Born, about a 20 minute walk from the port, Como Agua De Mayo is a small, trendy store, specializing in quality women's fashion. They're clothing is hip, unique and slightly edgy. They also have a variety of cool shoes and sunglasses from independent designers. The space is like a loft, and there is ample room to browse while also trying on clothes in front of their full length mirrors. Como Agua de Mayo is located in the Born, where there are tons of other niche shops, so it's great for walking around and exploring on a sunny afternoon.
it's hard to walk more than two blocks in Barcelona without seeing a pharmacy or 'Farmacia' as the locals say. Pharmacies are great places, not only to get medicine, but in Barcelona you can also get your ears pierced and have a complete medical check-up on the spot. Many people use pharmacists more than doctors and you often don't need a prescription to get stronger medications. This particular pharmacy is a short walk from the port and has a large variety of herbal and homeopathic remedies as well. They also schedule dermatology appointments and other types of procedures and treatments.
What's a trip to Barcelona without taking a stroll down La Rambla. This vastly famous walkway is one of the most popular stretches in Europe as well as the world. Starting at the the Colon (Christopher Columbus Statue) by the beach and very close to the cruise port, it goes until Plaza Catalunya dividing the Old City with the Gothic Quarter on one side and the Raval on the other. At the very top is the Eixample neighborhood, where the city expanded at the end of the 19th century. If you're looking for an entertaining and fun stroll, La Rambla won't disappoint. Featuring everything from street performers, to merchants selling books, art, portraits and even animals, this is a top Barcelona attraction, not to mention a great place to buy souvenirs and even animals if that's your fancy. Just be sure to keep your purses closed and pockets zipped as it's also a haven for pickpockets.
The largest wine selection in Barcelona can be found at Vila Viniteca. Not only is this a wine shop, but it's sister store across the street serves gourmet foods and specialty items including cheeses, cavier, meats, fish and pretty much any and all high-quality foods. Located in the Born, just off of Via Laietana toward the water, if you're looking for a bottle of wine, there's a great chance this shop will have it; and if they don't they'll definitely recommend an equally good if not even better option. The shopkeepers are sommeliers in their own right and are extremely knowledgeable. Their food experts are also a wealth of information, especially when it comes to cheese.
If you're hungry or just feel like browsing rows upon rows and grazing through stalls of fresh fruits, cured hams, authentic Spanish tapas and pretty much anything you might have a craving for, Barcelona's Boqueria market should top the check list. Directly off La Rambla and only a short stroll from the cruise port, the market is a genuine Barcelona experience; you might even get to see little pigs wearing baseball caps if you go on the right days! This is an excellent place to buy fresh foods, have a cold, fruit drink and pick up some ingredients to take home with you or cook that evening.
An elegant, boutique wine shop, smack in the city center, about 25 minutes from the port or a quick taxi ride, Paladar has a diverse and eclectic mix of Spanish as well as international wines. Check out their very cheap Catas (wine tastings) every Friday evening, where you can also order a bit of pica pica (food) with your vino. They also have excellent cheeses, clams and cavier amongst other delicious tapas, all for very reasonable prices. Paladar often has specials during the week so if you're lucky enough to grab a flyer with a promotional drink on it, be sure to cash in. They also have exhibits from time to time featuring local artists.