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In Cadiz you can still find those old barber shops only for men, owned by old style barbers, where you can get your hair cut, be shaved.... and have a nice chat with the barber!
The one I went to this time is about to be closed (a "For Hire" sign is on the door already), is a bit ruined and the age of the customers is close to 80-90. I enjoyed my last stay there, as it will probably be my really LAST time there. New "design" haircut shops, unisex and so are opening all around, so these old barbershops will disappear soon I am afraid.
I'm not a good chatter, so this time I lietened carefully to all the conversations around. There was a sense of decay and death in the air... the customers (all of them in the 80s) talked about gone things, gone persons & friends, gone shops... a perfect plot for a Luchino Visconti's film!!! :-)
Written Jan 7, 2004
Address: c/ Nueva
On sunday mornings you can find an interesting fleamarket around the Central market in the old part of the town.
Is not really a big one, and the things you'll find there are not outstanding, but, is a nice way to pass a sunday morning...
Written Apr 21, 2004
Address: Mercado de Abastos (Central Market). Pl. Libertad
Before the big shopping Malls and El Corte Ingles gathered all the shopping activity out of town, this narrow street has traditionally been a main shopping area in Cadiz. The most important fashion, furniture, shops, bookshops... were (and some still are) located here.
Written Oct 14, 2003
Literally, "Cadiz's bread", though is not bred, but marzipan stuffed with fruits and is a traditional sweet of Xmas time, though you can find it anytime. Ask for it in the souvenir shops.
A good place to buy it is in the patisserie "El Populo", in the Pelota street, the little street from the Cathedral to the Town Hall.
3 to 6 euros p/p
Written Jan 7, 2004
Central market is built on land that was once a convent, it was built in 1837. Its interior has even been used for circus's. Today you can buy all kinds of food there, including fish, meat, bread, vegatables, besides non food items.
It was open when we were there in the early evening.
Written Feb 10, 2006
The narrow streets of the old town are lined with small shops, this one caught my eye it was quite quaint. The candy was sold from jars as it would have been done in times past, along with all the colours, I thought it quite photogenic.
Updated Jan 6, 2004
You're sure to find a great shop that sells local ceramics or antiques, but what I was most interested was the food. I found a place that had a great assortment of pastries, cookies and candies and I asked the lady who worked there what was typical of Cadiz. She told me to try the turron, which is a nougat of some kind that is sweet and chewy and slightly nutty in taste that was really good!
Written Dec 11, 2002
For some reason here in Spain you don't buy Stamps from the Correos (Post Office), but from Tobacconists.
You won't see them on display or any signs saying they sell them, here in Cadiz you are expected to know.
So you walk in to a Tobacco shop and you ask for 'Sellos' (pronounced seyos) they will then ask you if it is for Europe or not. If you tell them what country you are sending your postcard or letter to they will automatically give you the correct amount.
There is no First Class and Second Class system here.
Written Jan 19, 2008
The Plaza de las flores is a bustling plaza in front of the Correos (Post Office) with many street vendors offering gift items and souveniers.
What to buy: This is the place to find flowers for your special senorita. It is also good to find your post cards for family and friends as well as a local newspaper.
Written Nov 23, 2008
Address: Plaza de las Flores
El Corte Ingles is Spain's only real department store chain. And although Northern Europeans or Americans maybe used to getting everything under one roof my advice is to shop around as El Corte Ingles has much higher prices than other shops. The quality of goods is fine but it is better to support smaller businesses (sorry to be so blunt). Only shop here is it is necessary or you have plenty of money.
Hipercor which is an offshoot of El Corte Ingles is contained within it, selling food and many of the same products as Corte Ingles but at slightly cheaper prices. It is still more expensive than other supermarkets, clothes, shoes, cosmetics and household goods shops.
What to buy: Saying all that against them, I often go to Hipercor within Corte ingles as it has a food section; if I need a special ingredient such as fresh thai chilli's or Wasabi or Nori to make sushi. You will also find some British,German and Belgian products as well as Mexican Mole and Chipoles in a can which you can't find in other places.
They have a small international section by the beers.
The small Club Gourmet in Corte Ingles also has food from all over the world and even glass bottles of designer water costing about 5 or 7 euros.
Heinz tomato soup can be found here at an extortionate price too.
There are also Expensive wines.
The only food section in Corte Ingles apart from Club Gourmet is in Hipercor.
I bought my computer in Corte Ingles because they where the only people willing to give me the credit to pay it off monthly as I am technically not a Spanish national. It was more expensive than other places but they do offer a good guarantee and insurance policy on electrical goods. The main reason was of course I couldn't buy a computer outright and needed the credit option.
Updated Apr 12, 2008
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