Barcelona is a top European shopping destination. Passeig de Gracia offers the finest in couture and designer brands, El Born, Gracia and Barri Gotic are havens for one-off pieces from new Catalan designers, while Eixample is a hot spot for those seeking the lowest prices on big name Spanish brands such as Massimo Dutti, Zara and Mango. International brands bought here will almost certainly be cheaper than cities like London, Paris and Milan. Certain companies that import goods from abroad, however, can be more expensive than in their home countries. Habitat is one such example. Tax is included in all items, so the amount on the ticket is the price you pay. If you buy from a market stall, prices can be haggled over, so do feel free to offer an alternative price and be aware of not being overcharged. If sales assistants or vendors get over zealous, feel free to get defensive and walk away. They're highly unlikely to take offense and are less likely to take advantage of you on price. Sales are impressive, especially for clothes, when items can be reduced by up to 80%. Barri Gòtic, though better known for its architecture, has some wonderful independent boutiques, while the center of the city is where the brand name shops are located. Simply wander the cobbled lanes and you'll stumble across all sorts of shopping treasures.

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