We shopped a lot in Spain, especially in Barcelona. The shopping is incomparable to back home in Australia so why not? We didn’t focus on anything in particular, just the fact we wanted to come home with a completely new wardrobe. Here are some of the shops you cannot miss when in Spain.
Zara – We got excited when Zara was opening in Australia but Spain is where it all began. This is the mothership. And don’t think you can go into one and not go into the other five. In each you will find most things the same but a lot of different items as well.
Massimo Dutti – Our new favourite for men and women. Under the same umbrella group as Zara these clothes are a little more expensive but still at a reasonable price range. The clothes are gorgeous, and so are the shoes and accessories. Men can even get a tailored suit for half the cost of back home.
Bimba y Lola – This is a Spanish based label, owned by two sisters. The brand stocks clothing, shoes and accessories with our favourite items being the fun and quirky patterned clutches.
& Other Stories – This is a store you wouldn’t think came from under the H&M umbrella. Their range is stylish and there is sure to be something there for everyone. Their stock ranges from shoes, to clothing, to beauty, to accessories and everything in-between.
American Vintage – A French brand spread across Europe and the UK, the founder re-designed the basic Tee and essentials of the wardrobe. The clothes here are stylish and super comfortable.
Cos – Collection Of Style is also under the same umbrella as H&M but is a more high end fashion label at affordable prices. This is a shop for the more timeless office outfits at a great price.
Tax Free Shopping: When traveling you see this everywhere and most people can never be bothered to do anything about it, but this time round we tried it out. If you are a non-European resident/citizen and you spend more than 90 euros on one receipt ask for the tax free receipt. You will be given an envelope. Collect these throughout your stay and you can either go to the tax free office in town on your last day to get the cash back and just have everything stamped at the office at the airport or you can stamp at the office and then collect the money once past customs. It sounds like a lengthy process but it takes about ten minutes total and you get money back which is the best part! We recommend you look into it the next time to head over the European way!