Auchan and others: Centro Commerciale Auchan Mellili
This out of town Centro Commerciale with a large car park and lots of shops has an Auchan hypermarket which sells food and drinks and just about everything else including phones, electrical goods, household goods. It sells all things Italian with a proportion of French foods as it is a French brand hypermarket.
There are plenty of places to sit and the whole of the Auchan Belvedere complex has wifi.
The rest of the Centro Commerciale contains a McDonalds with WiFi area and another eating area at one side of the complex and a cafe at the other side.
Benetton, Sisley, Geox, Timberland, Foot Locker, Camaieu, La Feltrinelli Village (bookshop), Euronics enormous Electronic/Electrical Store, Carpisa, Fergi, Motivi, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, Goldenpoint, Pimkie, Pop Off, Terranova, De Blasio, Chicco, Oltre, Fiorella Rubino, Sonny Bono, Swarovski, Yves Rocher, Sorbino, RDK, 7 Camicie, Piazza Italia, Kiko Make Up, Game Stop, Frizzy Shoes, Okaidi, Link Donna, a tobacconist shop that sells bus tickets.
Gelateria/Yogurteria Gelati Bianca is good for a treat after all that shopping on a hot day!
Nearby is Decathlon and Mediaworld and a large Brico warehouse.
On the approach road to Auchan is a self service 24 hour ERG fuel station usually cheapish. Some of the time it is manned and you drive up to the barrier and pay the attendant in the kiosk, other times it is on a machine - you press the pump number and feed in your cash euro notes and put the fuel in the car.
Tuesday to Saturday : 0900 - 2100
Sunday & Monday: 1000 - 2100
(Check holiday opening times on the website)
To travel by bus from Siracusa take the AST Number 26 to Citta Giardino.
The bus stops at the rear of Auchan store:
What to buy: I find this a good place to do the grocery shopping on hot, summer days as it is cooler inside than outside.
During winter and bad weather it is a good place to go to walk around in the central heating and used as a venue for passeggiata.
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Pasticceria Artale: Sicilian Marzipan Fruits
Frutta Martorana - A Sicilian speciality - Marzipan fruits
The larger selection of marzipan fruits and jellied fruits is available at certain times of the year.
This is a good bar / gelateria on the street coming down from the Piazza Duomo, Ortigia.
Cannoli can be bought and packed to take away (Cannoli da Viaggio).
The bottom of the street is Via Cavour which goes to the right near the bottom of Corso Matteotti, Ortigia.
Via Cavour becomes Via Landolina after one of the intersections before you arrive at Piazza Duomo.
Open 07:00 - 14:00 & 16:00 - 21:00
What to buy: Marzipan Fruits to eat now or take back home after your trip.
A selection of cakes if you have been invited to tea at a local's home.
Cannoli - delicious sweetened ricotta filled tubes - packed to take back to your accommodation.
What to pay: Frutta Martorana - Marzipan Fruits are quite expensive but make a lovely gift.
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La Greca Paninoteca: A little bit of everything grocery shop on Isola
La Greca is a handy corner shop in the Plemmirio neighbourhood on the Isola side which is the side facing the Porto Grande di Siracusa.
Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 22:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 24:00
Sunday: 18:30 - 23:00
Large parking area at the side in this area of Plemmirio.
What to buy: Nothing special just items you may run out of or need in a hurry without travelling to Carrefour or Auchan or Conad.
They sell bread, calzone, sfoglie (slices of cooked pie), milk and other fridge items, groceries, etc.
They promote their sandwich making and offer a pre-order service if you would like to telephone ahead :
Panini Semplici : Sandwiches:
Carne di Cavallo - horsemeat - €3.50
Petto di Pollo - chicken breast - €3.50
Hamburger - €3.50
Salsiccia - sausage - €3.00
Spiedino - skewer of what, I don't know - €3.50
Valdostana - usually raw ham and cheese - €3.50
Cosciotto - leg of pork - €3.50
Porchetta - roast pork - €3.00
Caprese - usually tomato and cheese - €2.50
Cordon Blue - heaven only knows - €3.50
Wurstel - frankfurter - €2.50
Kebab - €3.50
Patatine Fritte - chips - €1.50
What to pay: Corner shop prices as in UK
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Diffusione Tessile: Clothes Outlet for Ladies
Diffusione Tessile outlets are discount quality clothing stores throughout Italy for Italian ladies fashion.
At the last count there were 17 Italian Diffusione Tessile stores and they are extremely popular over here.
This Fashion Outlet has now moved across the road to the building attached to Auchan superstore.
Tuesday to Saturday: 09:30 - 21:00
Sunday & Monday: 10:00 - 21:00
There is a Diffusione Tessile loyalty card available.
Best Western Hotel, Mellili is at the bottom of the road.
What to buy: Diffusione Tessile is the outlet (without brand labelling) for MaxMara, Penny Black, Marella ladies clothes including coats, jackets, suits, sometimes wedding dresses, dresses, skirts, trousers, blouses, knitwear including cashmere, tops, scarves.
Stock changes and comes and goes, however, this is a well stocked outlet.
You will find a selection of handbags, bags, shoes, lingerie and MaxMara fabric for dressmaking.
The only down side for vertically challenged females (like me) is that they do not provide a petite version length or short length.
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Brancato: Pasticceria at the top end of town
This cake shop sells all kinds of cakes, speciality cakes for occasions.
Frutta Martorana / Marzipan fruits are attractive in their little wooden fruit crates at the price of €25 / kg.
What to buy: Birthday cakes or any occasion cake - order in advance for personalised versions.
The ice cream is delicious.
Small cakes for any occasion and tiny cakes for little treats.
Panettone and other appropriate goodies at certain times of the year.
What to pay: Very reasonable
Kaleidos: Original Ceramics
This is a small shop and work place in the Via Cavour. The owner is very friendly but doesn't speak English. We bought a lovely square dish with red and gold colours. There are also more traditional products, like tiles and the usual tourist stuff. On the left side of the shop is the overcrowded workspace (or rather, lack of workspace) with the oven. Lovely shop. Must visit.
What to buy: a lovely square dish with red and gold colours
F.lli Burgio: Delicatessan in Siracusa
If you are looking for that special tasty gift to take home or a glass of something special to remind you of Siracusa you will do well to try this small shop on the edge of Siracusa market. It was incredibly busy when we stopped by. They had a wonderful range of cheeses and dried meats along with jars of specialist Pesto sauces, olive oils, chocolates and all sorts of delicious things.
I don't think it was particularly cheap but for that special present it's worth looking into.
The photo shows some smoked cheeses on display at the front of the shop.
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