I just realised that after 120+ posts I have hardly mentioned Shopping in Spain or Spanish Shoes!
If you are anything like me part of the incentive to travel or visit anywhere is the shopping. Quirky Souvenirs , yummy local food or great clothing that no one has back home.
Hotspots for Shopping in spain
A day perusing the spanish shops seems to get more and more enticing as Spanish fashion brands expand and grow. Favorite clothing stores of mine are Massimo Dutti, especially for office wear and seperates, Nice Day Nice things, for cute Little dresses and skirts with a vintage style and I love everything in Bimba & Lola, clothes, shoes and accesories.
For other Spanish high street name see this recent post by Money Saver Spain with discounts in Spain including Desigual, Mango and others.
Spanish brands for Shoes and Bags
- Lupo Barcelona I adore these great quality forever bags. Made of beautiful soft Spanish leather I have two of these beauties. One for Summer in a hot bright orange. The other is a handy all year round black carry all. I have had both handbags for years and they still are immaculate. The best bit are the compartments and clippy thing to keep your keys handy.
- Chie Mihara Shoes Amazing pretty and comfortable shoes. They are made in Alicante, Spain with soft Spanish leather. My personal take on Chie´s style is that when you are a little girl you want to wear heels and when you are not grown up you want to wear little girl shoes just like these! I have a collection of these shoes and boots. I´m hooked. Chie Mihara has Brazilian and Japanese roots and a background in ergonomy which is why the shoes are so comfortable. (btw these are sold in UK at Selfridges and a few other places) If you are near Alicante anytime head to the factory shop in Elda to get a few pairs with discount!
- Lodi More shoes…. This brand does great quality vs price. These spanish shoes are my secret weapon for looking good at Spanish Weddings or all day work events. They are comfortable but look good and last for ages. Again made in Alicante with good quality Spanish leather.
- Beautiful Slippers for Children, Men & Women. Nordika´s. Love them. The quality is great and they last for ages. They are usually on my Christmas shopping list from someone each year. Generally when shopping in spain any leather goods such as shoes, boots, belts and bags will be good value or higher quality than in other places.
- Panama Jack Boots The first time I tried these on I could believe how butter soft the leather was. I was also surprised as I thought that they were an american brand, but they are 100% Spanish. These boots are perfect for walking. I use mine especially for travel when I will be out and about all day. Their next trip will be to pound the streets of New York and Boston, U.S.A.
The main centre for shopping is located around Plaza Cataluña. Paseo de Gracia, Rambla Cataluña and Portal del Angel. This area can be very busy anyday but more so on Fridays/Saturdays or Christmastime, particularly in the afternoon/evening from 5pm.
So to avoid huge crowds I like to head up the city to the area around Avenida Diagonal just below Francesc Maçia, as far up as L´ílla. L´ílla is a shopping centre (next to Ganduxer) with a fabulous market on the basement floor. There are cafés and restaurants around the edge of the market. The central area has high end foodie stalls selling wonderful artisan pasta and fruit smoothies too. On the other floors of El Triangle you have FNAC, Decathlon, Diesel, Custo and lots of other great shops to check out. (there´s even a Lush shop for UK peeps!)
If the standard High street brands don´t excite you maybe you enjoy this post about Vintage shops in Barcelona which mentions quirky areas such as Carrer Tallers and second hand stalls in Barcelona. Also the Raval and Born are great areas for a more ecclectic style. An example of this funky area is the Sweet shop on Carrer Ample where Papabubble began (now a worldwide producer). Stroll around the Paseo del Born and the market there you´ll be sure to come across something interesting.
The high area of Serrano district in Madrid is great for gazing into immaculate shop windows. Stroll along Calle Serrano and Claudia Coello and see the latest from the high end boutiques (Metro stop: Serrano o Retiro) If you prefer the El Corte Inglés at Serrano 47 is the biggest and most stocked store I´ve seen. The cosmetics department and food area in the basement here are wonderful.
Chueca & Malasaña offer funkier Spanish shopping. Head to Calle Hortaleza and the street parallel to it, Calle Fuencarral just off Gran Vía. (Metro stop Chueca o Gran Vía) One of my favourite Mexican restaurants is close by La Panza es primero. Great colourful fun place and they serve Mango flavoured water! (address: Calle de Campoamor, 2)
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The main area for shops in the city is the beautiful Calle Larios and the area around the Alameda or Plaza Constitucion. My personal favorites along this stretch are L´Occitane to get lovely natural cosmetics and I love to check out Bimba & Lola´s latest offerings too. On Calle Larios I sometimes stop off for a coffee and cake at the fabulous Lepanto.
Futher along the coast, (a 45 minute drive away) you have the La Cañada shopping centre. Apart from all the usual Inditex suspects & High street names you also have Marks & Spencers too. (In Spain they are rare!) They have a small food hall at the back of the store.
In Puerto Banus, Marbella itself you will find amazing high end boutiques with all the main International designers, a huge Corte Inglés as well as smaller independent stores.
If you are looking for find cute souvenirs and gifts. Check out this guide to Shopping in Spain for more ideas.
Do let me know where your favourite place for Shopping in Spain is.. I may need to go and check it out….