El Corte Ingles shopping mall

El Corte Ingles

The most famous shopping center of Barcelona is located on Plaça de Catalunya and you are most likely to come visit it at least once during your stay. El Corte Ingles is the major retail chain in Spain with its history starting in 1940. Then an old tailor shop was turned into the present day brand with a new name ('corte ingles' is the Spanish for 'English cut' like tailor's cut). Today you can find almost everything in these shops, starting from perfumes and shoes to electronics, wines and food.

The imposing nine-storey building (plus two underground levels) at Plaça de Catalunya features an immense variety of world famous brands, including purely Spanish ones. Each floor is dedicated to a specific category of goods (for instance, women's fashion, goods for kids, etc.), so it will be quite an easy task to find your way here. Small things, like a local SIM-card or a swimsuit, can be found and bought here just as easily as a luxury brand purse or jewelry. Here you can always get a tax free refund or grab a free city map. There are several other shops of the network in Barcelona, which are situated in Portal de l'Àngel (a smaller one), 471 and 617 Avinguda Diagonal (two shops), on the corner of Plaça de Catalunya and the Rambla boulevard and in the suburban district of Cornella de Llobregat.

Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 16
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30 am – 9.30 pm, closed on Sun
How to reach: metro Catalunya
Coordinates: 41.387382, 2.171403