If you are a reluctant shopper or like to find it all under one roof, then you should go straight to the nearest El Corte Ingles which is like a Debenhams or a Macy’s and stocks a great range of clothing, food and household items. Europe’s biggest department store group also contains concessions for many of the well known Spanish brands such as Adolfo Dominguez, El Ganso and Custo Barcelona for mid-range clothing and Tous for mid-range jewellery. You will also find higher-end brands such as leatherwear by Loewe, clothing by Sita Murt and Hoss Intropia, plus the Gourmet food and wine store. If you rather shop independently, we recommend you seek out our links to online “high street”.
Spanish Brands Worth Checking out on the High Street
As well as the names we listed earlier that you’ll find inside the department stores and on the Spanish high streets, you should check out Massimo Dutti and Purifacion Garcia for clothing, Bimba y Lola for accessories, and Nanos and Neck & Neck for kidswear. We also like Imaginarium for toys, Casa and Textura for homewear (as well as Zara Home of course), Pronovias for bridalwear (different country pricing can often mean that the Spanish stores are worth the trip) and you’ll find Natura Bisse for cosmetics in all the good perfumeries or beautician. Camper and Vialis are good for footwear as is the lower priced store called Fosco (now trading as Merkal) and the artisan-driven Castaner.
Favorite Stores: Delis and Specialist Food Shops
We adore the charming pastry shop in Barcelona called Escriba. Now that we think about it, without exception, our favourite stores in every city in Spain are the amazing independent foodstores and delis which are great for picking up treats and also brilliant places for people-watching! In Madrid, we love visiting the old-world delis such as Mantequerias Bravo and the well-heeled mecca that is the Mallorca chain in Madrid is also great.
We won’t go into our favourite specialist shops here but throughout Spain you’ll find the wonderful La Chinata, perfect for great olive oils and savoury treats as well as hydrating facial masks that they come highly recommended after a long day shopping or a night out celebrating the day’s shopping. Try them and you’ll agree!