Gibraltar's public market is a traditional indoor market with all sorts of fish, fruits, vegetables and other goodies on offer. It is a nice place for people watching.
The official inauguration of the market took place on the 1st October 1929. An old clock tower can be found on the opposite side of the market. It used to belong to the old public market.
Directions: The public market is located at the Fish Market Lane; just behind Casemates Square. If you leave Casemates Square through the Casmates Gates you will find the public market on your left.
Gibraltar's Main Street with its adjoining side streets is the area to go if you want to get rid of your money. Many items are tax reduced or even tax free in Gibraltar and therefore you will find plenty of shops selling jewellery, alcohol, perfumes or electronic goods.
Directions: The Main Street runs almost the whole length of the town from the Casemates Square in the north to the Southport Gates in the South. More than half of the street is pedestrianised.
We decided to buy our (then16 year old son) a present. Grief what to buy though......we saw this sports shop and went in for a look around, saw a lovely cardigan type top which was Nike and priced at £72.90!!!!!!! Well after my husband had picked me up off the floor we decided to buy it for him after the 'manager' had told us that it was 'exclusive' and in Marbella were being sold for over £110!!!!!!! I tried to barter with him on price however he wouldnt budge grrrrrr, but in the end my powers of persuasion must have had some effect as he gave us a football! We ended up buying it and would you believe it, yes our son really liked it but has worn it only once as he says it itches!!!!!!!!! Forgetting the presents in future!
As we all buy postcards there is nothing worse, well I dont think to buy them in a gift shop and then find they dont sell stamps! However I did manage to find one tiny shop in a side street where they sold stamps. Then its a case of finding a post office.
The Post Office is on Main Street.
Opening hours vary from winter and summer
Approx hours are
What to buy: Postcards are 30p for Europe and 40p outside Europe.
If you want to buy something e.g. food to make a packed lunch instead of paying for food out, there is a Safeway supermarket down near the Marina and on Main Street a small Tesco express.
I popped in there to buy yogurts, fruit juice and the odd bottle of wine :-)
The official currency in Gibraltar is the Pound Sterling, but Euros are accepted widely except Government offices. All the prices in shops are in pound sterling and the shop will charge you a higher rate than the bank. Gibraltar is within the UK banking system so it might be a good idea to pay with your debit/credit card. Natwest, Barclays, and The Royal Bank of Scotland have ATMs, but the withdrawal will be in pounds. Taxis, buses and tourist sites accept Euros but you will pay a slightly higher price.
Gibraltar also issues its own notes in Pound Sterling. They cannot be used in the UK.
Main Street or Calle Real as it is known in Spanish is the main shopping area in Gibraltar. You will find electronics, perfumes, wines, spirits etc.. You also can find UK shops such as Marks & Spencer, BHS, Mothercare and Dorothy Perkins. The shops normally open at 1000hrs and close at 1900hrs on weekdays. On saturdays opening hours are from 1000hrs to 1300hrs. Some shops do open other hours including Sundays, but the vast majority are closed on Sundays.
We were looking for a present for our son's girlfriend and went into the Silver Shop. The range of things for sale was quite extensive.
We bought a beautiful cross and chain really delicate and pretty, she thought so to when we gave it to her,
Prices are wide ranging, but I am sure there is something to suit every pocket. Well worth a visit so many lovely things for sale that you will be spoilt for choice.
Safeway Is a large UK super/hyper market Chain.
We visited Gibraltar as part of our 5 month trip, Myself, my Husband & our daughter are all vegetarian and being veggie isnt as easy in Europe as it is in Britian.
So finding a Safeway and being able to stock, up on Veggie sausages, Veggie Burgers, Quorn, Soya, Veggie cheese etc etc was wonderful.
What to buy: Vegetarian Food
This was a pleasant surprise; and it was worth visiting. The shopkeeper is also the artist, and Vin has a good stock of her work. Original paintings (oil and water colour) plus a great collection of prints and postcards.
A mounting and framing service is available from the gallery.
Typical tourist shop
What to buy: I needed a watch and I also bought some other stuff. The kind young lady who served me with the assistance of a calculator ended up given at least a 75% discount without realising. Usually I am quite honest but in this case, on holiday day trip etc... I decided to take advantage.
Main Street is the main shopping street. There are hundreds of shops, mostly selling the same items. Electronics, souvenirs and jewellery are reported to be cheap in Gibraltar but we didn't think so. Be prepared to haggle the prices here too, it's quite acceptable.
Cigarettes are cheap in Gibraltar (£1.50 per packet, 2010). Alcohol is cheap too except Spanish wines.
A great little shop on the main high street in gibraltar, its opposite peacocks the clothing shop, I went in to check it out and they have great gifts and very cheap, some of the items are silver with pearls and some are fashion items, i
Ive been there everytime I visit gib and always get great bargins, the people working inside are also very helpful and nice, I recommend you visit this shop.
Most of the other shops are overpriced for pears or silver or anything so why shod we pay so much???
What to buy: Fashion jewellery items here!!!!!
What to pay: The average necklace with a chain is 10-15 pounds, bags are also 10 and 15.
Right on Main Street is a small Marks & Spencers store. You will also find many other British well known names here on the main thoroughfare. The store is not huge but big enough. Still a little expensive if you are converting from lower currencies.
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