I have a free morning with my teenage granddaughter, where's the best place to take her shopping. Somewhere chic and cheap please?
Probably Livingstone. :-)
Passeig de Gràcia is mainly chic and expensive. I would wander around the Vila de Gracia area I think. Plenty of independent shops there, plus it's nice for a walk. There's a market and Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia is one of many lovely places to stop for a coffee/snack but best bet is to just drift around the streets, I think. Head for Fontana metro and explore the area behind you as you leave the station. I think I'd turn left out of the station then take another left along Carrer d'Asturies to start, then just go where the whim takes you, trying to include Plaça de la Vila, Plaça del Sol, perhaps ending up at Plaça d'en Joanic for the Joanic metro station to get where you want to be next.
Their are some great independent stores as mentioned but cheap they dont tend to be. Then again i dont know what cheap is for you. I second Portal de l'angel as there your granddaugher will discover some great spanish chains which im sure she is already familiar with
Asking her is a good idea.
Portal de l'Angel is easy to get to, but not exactly chic - of course views on what's chic differ somewhat and it's been a while since I've needed to worry too much about that. As for shopping centres, you might as well stick to Livingstone - it could actually be cheaper. I'm sort of thinking, back to my own teenage years, I'd rather buy something that I couldn't get at home than something that anybody could - and also it might be the experience that counts. I don't spend much time at all shopping on holiday, but independent shops definitely appeal more. Mango, H&M etc. are the same anywhere. C&A could be a novelty, though, as they became extinct here in 2001 - although I think there's an on-line presence. I don't remember them as being particularly teen-friendly but things could have changed.