H&M, ZARA, DESIGUAL

If you have ever been in Barcelona, you will certainly know about the famous and international spanish clothing brands. You can find these shops just in front of the Hotel Ginebra, in Plaça Catalunya, and in the main streets such as:

  • La Rambla
  • Passeig de Gracia

European and world capitals like Rome, London, Paris, Stockholm, and others cities host them in the most crowded street.

But which shops are we talking about?

Main entrance of H&M – Passeig de Gracia

H&M

Hennes & Mauritz, or better known as H&M, is a low cost and fashion brand for female, male and kids as well. It is a great shop if you want to combine fashion and a limited budget.

H&M’s shoes

ZARA

Since 1975 Zara, one of the most influencial Spanish  brands, is conquering everyone.

Zara – Passeig de Gracia 16

From clothes and accessories for kids, to the female world (accessories, clothing for work, party, casual, sport), from formal wear for men to  accessories for the home. In particular now, in the period just before and after Christmas, Zara shows it’s best ideas for this important day:  a Christmas table set, Christmas bodysuits for kids, items for the bathroom to the livingroom and moreover! Zara has everything. It is a little bit more expensive than the brand mentioned before but the price-quality is a guarantee.

ZARA’s building
ZARA Home

DESIGUAL

“La vida es chula” – “The life is beautiful”

This is the Desigual motto, the fashion house based in Barcelona with several stores all over the world (72 countries!). You can immediatly recognize this brand for its colours and particular patterns. One of those is situatd just in front of the Hotel Ginebra!!!.

Plaça de Catalunya, 9

This brand offers a medium-high price level but the quality is excellent.

If you want to combine lively colours and different fantasy, it is the right place for you.

Desigual’s clothes

There are Desigual shops all over Barcelona but if you would like to see it’s glass headquarters too, I will advise you to go to Passeig del Mare Nostrum, 15 in Barcelona, just 22 minutes from Plaça de Catalunya.

If you don’t want to walk, you can use public transportation: the bus you need to take is the V15

(Pl. Catalunya – Portal de l’ÀngeL—–> 7 stops ——> Pg Joan de Borbó – Pl. del Mar ).

Desigual in Plaça de Catalunya 9

Valeria – Hotel Ginebra

Passeig de Gràcia – Shopping paradise of Barcelona

If you are thinking of coming to Barcelona for some quality shopping, a stay at Hotel Ginebra would be an excellent choice!”
Walk just 5 minutes from  Hotel Ginebra and you will arrive on an avenue surrounded by the most expensive shops of Barcelona and  the whole of Spain: Passeig de Gràcia.

Passeig de Gràcia

It’s a 1,3 km-street, a real open-air museum with  Modernist and Art Nouveau buildings that makes the entire atmosphere elegant and unique.

The avenue  runs through the Eixample district,  up from Plaza Catalunya, where we find  the “Ciudad Vella”, the most ancient part of the city, situated at the “sea side” of the square.

An impressive monument in Passeig de Gràcia

Here are most of the luxury brands and upmarket shops located,  such as Adolfo Rodriguez, Tommy Hilfilger, Tiffany, Rolex, Cartier, Dolce&Gabbana, Hèrmes, Gucci, Nike….

Below you can see a picture of the  Dolce&Gabbana shop on Passeig de Gracia: truly a luxury shop but with 100% satisfaction and guarantee of quality, and an icon of fashion.

D&G – Italian brand

For those whoe are looking for some sportive clothes we would advice Nike, well- known as a main sponsor of the major football teams.

Entrance of Nike Store – Passeig de Gràcia, 29

There is a special section featuring the famous players that are sponsored by Nike: for example Ronaldo, Dembelé or Lewandowsky.

Nike4football

It is wonderful to walk alongside this street and look up to the top of  the big and amazing buildings on eiher side of the street that seems to appear at the same moment you are looking at them.

One of the monument you will bump into alongside the Passeig de Gràcia

Most of these building are residential houses but the groundfloors usually host luxury shops or chic restaurants and cafetterie.

The “must see” buildings , because of their architectural characteristics and their relevance for the city are:

La Pedrera from the bottom

La Pedrera is really close to the next point of the list: Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Casa Battló by Gaudí

La Pedrera from the other side of the street
  • Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and  Casa Battló by Gaudí
Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (left) Casa Battló by Gaudí (right)

The  building on the right side is Casa Battló : a masterpiece of Gaudí’s works.

(For the specific details have a quick look to the article: http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/casa-batllo/ ‎)

 

Passeig de Gràcia and the artistic houses
  • Casa Lleó  Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Casa Lleó Morera and its particular balcony

This residence was designed in the 1902 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and after, in the 80’s, the architect Oscar Tusquets had renovated it because of the Spanish Civil Was (1936).

It is possible to visit only the first floor because it is a private residence.

Game of mirrors of Casa Lleó Morera

It was beautiful to admire the game of the window pane: The cloudy sky seems to enter this marvellous building through the windows.

We would like to end this article with our  favourite sunset picture from the intersection between Passeig de Gràcia and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes: winter colours, a quiet evening and amazing views!

Fuente – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 638

 

Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra