Malls constitute outstanding elements of the urban landscapes, not only for their presence in the built environment, but also for the human activities they comprise. Malls also could reflect new forms of symbolic space appropriation, what offers an opportunity to analyze the role shopping centers play in citizens’ perception and attitudes towards using, appropriating, and participating in public spaces. Based upon these ideas, preliminary data coming from interviews and a group discussion with 21 students of Environmental Psychology is presented. Specifically, we describe the malls and commercial areas from Barcelona city that are evaluated as more and less attractive, the activities performed at them, and the perception of satisfaction these activities report. Comparing the use of malls and commercial areas with that of parks and neighborhood stores, makes possible to call the attention about what malls imply in contemporary and globalized social life.