Quite a few cafes and restaurants and souvenir shops and the Rifugio Sapienza hotel selling food.
At the top of the cable car there is a cafe and souvenir shop.
Next to the car park there is a whole bank of shops selling post cards and gifts.
A lot of the trinkets are made from lava.
I cannot speak up for any as we enjoy to visit the towns lower down the mountain as this is a bit too geared towards the tourist.
We have been here when the coach park is full and the car parks are full too.
There are other parking areas and picnic areas off on the other little roads if you have a car.
What to buy: There is usually a big van selling honey from the region but it is pricier than buying it in one of the towns on the way up or down eg, Zafferana Etnea, Nicolosi, Linguaglossa.
What to pay: look in a few shops to compare the prices if you intend to buy.
There are two locations with shops and cafés to eat in at Mount Etna that we came across. Because it was the end of the November, many of these shops were closed. Although we did find a wonderful little souvenir stand at Piano Provenzano that we enjoyed shopping in with beautiful handmade jewelry and carvings from lava. Of course, the owner of the shop made it a wonderful experience as she was so friendly and helpful. Her English was not good and my Italian is non-existent, but we managed to understand each other quite well. After making purchases for all my girls, she realized that I had neglected to buy my son something (I didn’t think he wanted a necklace). So she selected a small item from the shelves and gave it to me for my son. We spent more there than we did anywhere else on our trip so she apparently knew what she was doing!
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the exact location of these shops, but they were within the park and near the ski lift. There weren’t too many places for shops and eateries, but they are well signed along the roads, which was how we found them.
At Rifugio Sapienza, the shops and restaurants were larger, most likely because of the larger volume of people that go to the south side. But as with the north side, only a few were open. We didn’t stop at any of these so I can’t say what they were like.
This is an easy place to buy the world's most unusual flavored honey. It tastes just like the honey served for breakfast at our hotel nearby.They say it is shipped world-wide. It comes in orange and lemon (also lime?).The jars are of varying sizes for an easy bring-home.There are several venues around the parking lot.This was easier than going into shops in Zefferana Etnea and eliminated a parking challenge. The Southern slopes of Etna provide a climate and soil that is superb for citrus growing. The greatest taste experience hereabouts is fresh squeezed orange juice from "blood"(red-fleshed) oranges.It is deep red and a perfect blend of sweet and tart!!Our hotel served ad lib amounts at breakfast. DO NOT forget to pick up a piece of lava to take home!
What to buy: The honey as described above was the only item.
What to pay: The price here was the same as elsewhere (if you can find it). Take home a 6-pack.