Confitería Isla: Pastries and ice creams
This patisserie is on the ground floor of the hotel we stayed. They offer a great variety of cakes. Piononos and Felipes are the specialties of the house. In fact, the patisserie was created by Ceferino Isla, the patissier who created the famous pastry called Pionono.
There is also a great variety of ice creams.
There are three more branches in Granada and two in Santa Fe.
Second Hand Clothes
Even though I ticked the Womans clothes section above doesn’t mean men can't buy second hand clothes here as well; I just couldn't see a box for clothes in general!
In Plaza Universidad and Calle Escuelas you can find lots of really CHEAP second hand clothes shops.
If you are looking especially for jackets (although it sells everything else too) try the shop on Escuelas with the giant Aliens in the doorway. You can get all sorts of Jackets and coats here for men and for woman.
It is also full of interesting art work such as the alien in the picture, paintings and a really old gas pump from America. The changing room curtains are made from off cuts of jeans sewn together and there are interesting collections of plastic toys jotted around the shop!
What to buy: Leather Jackets (from 45€)
Skin Coats (from 9€-75€)
Trousers (from 5€)
shoes (about 30€ for good trekking shoes)
skirts (from 3€)
toys! (on display and for sale for 1€)
What to pay: Anything from 3 euros
Various Pedestrian Streets: Shop With the Locals
Each city in Spain seemingly has a pedestrianized street or two that has shops where the locals all shop. In Granada you have Calle Zacatin which runs south from the Gran Via de Colon and Calle de los Mesones which runs east-west a block south of the Plaza Bib Rambla. These streets basically servce as the city's shopping mall with stores that have the latest fashions, jewelery, watches, etc. And the cool thing is that the locals are usually all out during the early evening taking their daily stroll.
What to buy: You name it...it's all there!
What to pay: Varies
one evening we wandered through the souk in the Albaicin district, small shops, stalls and tea shops all packed together in the narrow winding streets, we liked the fact that there was no pressure to buy and we could browse as much as we liked, we bought a carved wooden ring for our grandson, only 2 euros, and a box of joss sticks the smell of which was everywhere we walked.
We didnt stop for a glass of tea and a puff of the hubbly bubbly pipes, but we wished we had bought a pack of the tea which is for sale everywhere - there were so many different blends to choose from
- Historical Travel
between the Calle del Zacatin and the Cathedral is the Alcaiceria. This was once the city`s Moorish silk market and originally was much larger - almost a village within the city - even having its own mosque, and was gated and locked at night
the original Alcaicera was destryed by a fire and then rebuilt in the 19th century, notice the wonderful shop fronts and carvings
now it is an interesting group of narrow streets lined with shops selling souveniers, quirky designer shops and tiny jewellery shops, its a lovely place to browse, and the wonderful thing is that there is no hassle or pestering from the traders
great things to buy here are light fittings which come in all shapes sizes and colours, sparkling slippers, ethnic clothing and marquetry work, of course there are also all the ubiquitous tourist things - fridge magnets, key rings, I [heart] GRANADA stickers etc, but its a lovely place to shop for gifts or keepsakes and prices were quite reasonable
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PHARMACY: WHAT EVERYONE WANTS
You are strolling along the busy street glancing in the shops and your attention is caught by a wonderful pharmacy, on the shelves around the shop are jars of long forgotten chemicals herbs and spices, the sort you used to see when every pharmacist used to make his own medicines and tablets
you think to yourself `if I was ill this is the sort of shop Id like to visit for a good old-fashioned remedy`
then you look in the small side widow
and some things look back at you
and then you DO feel a bit ill, but you dont go in, you hurry along to the shoe shop to look at something pretty
Spice Shop: Spice is Nice
Spice at this shop is all sold in bulk, not in those little bottles. When I walked past this outdoor spice stall near the Granada Cathedral, I was in heaven. The aroma from the spices was intoxicating. I didn't want to leave.
- Food and Dining
Alcaiciera: Shopping Experience in Granada
This is not a shop but a street and district in Granada. The first indication that you are about to experience something special is with the overhead sign proclaiming, "Alcaiceria." The street begins at the Plaza Alonso Cano. The translation of the name is the House of Caesar. The area got its name from the fact that hundreds of years ago this was an area where the Moors could sell silk. The area was a great market for hundreds of years but was largely destroyed by a major fire in 1843. It took years for the area to return.
Today it is an area of bright contrasting colors selling a variety of t-shirts, rugs, wall hangings, scarves, dresses and maybe just a few items made out of silk. Because of the narrowness of the streets and some Islamic remnant architecture the area takes on a special flare. While we looked around we found nothing special to buy but were stunned to find that even fireworks and guns were for sale in some of the booths.
What to buy: Some of the wall hangings and rugs are quite interesting.
street stalls: Great place for tea and spice lovers
Along the entire length of one side of the cathedral (not the entrance where the gypsy "fortune tellers" are) can be found stalls selling tea and spices in open baskets. To find this part of the tourist area was a pleasant surprise, it was not mentioned in my guidebook. There you will find dozens of fascinating, colourful choices that give off a heady mix of scents that could almost be confusing to the ordinary shopper. The sellers are nice here -- they do not harrass the buyers, so you don't feel intimdated even if you just look around without planning to buy, and they allow samples for smelling.
There are various exotic teas, but the best one for me was the Granada mix. They are sold at 100 gr minimum, for something around 4 euros.
I was trying to figure out why tea should be a preferred drink here as Spain is generally a coffee-drinking country, and I think it's got something to do with their Moorish tradition still evident in small ways here.
- Arts and Culture
Salvador Bachiller: Great handbag shopping Part Two
Sorry, I'm a handbag addict, what can I say! I'd not encountered this Spanish designer before and now I'm glad I have. Quality bags, leather, some canvass, some from different materials! wonderful shapes, sizes, ingenious............
Also some beautifully designer leather accessory drawers, lamp bases, portfolios.................. reasonably priced for good quality.
ALCAICERIA in the Old Town. Here you can see some typical souvenir shops, where you can buy the flamenco dresses, local craftswork, stained glass lamps, painted ceramics or azulejos – beautifully painted tiles.
Floristeria: Bying Flowers
At Plaza Bib-Rambla there is a few flowerstands called "floristeria". You can buy flowers, plants and bouquets of many kinds.
What to buy: Flowers, plants, bouquets.
What to pay: I guess the price depends quiete a lot of what you purchase.
Corte Ingles: Great handbag shopping Part Three
The Buying Team at Corte Ingles' handbag department deserve a huge round of applause. Each season they manage to offer an outstanding selection of creative, unique, quality bags, in all price ranges from some well-known and some lesser known designers, mainly from Spain and Italy.
Look out for Renato Angi, Lamarthe, Lupo (of course!), Fun & Basics, Marvia..................
Cuesta de Gomerez: More presents and hand made things
If you visit the Alhambra you have to go up this street, either in bus or walking. Anyway you must have a look at all the shops here. In some of them you can see how the are making the objects, guitars, boxes...
If you want to buy your tickets online (there is a RESTRICTED number of visitors allowed each day) you can do it at http://www.servicaixa.com/nav/landings/en/mucho_mas/alhambra/alhambra.html?loce=en-home-top-LAALHAMBRADEGRA
Here you pay with a card and you can withdraw the tickets at the Alhambra tickets office or at any ATM of "la Caixa" bank.
There are several tickets: general, night visit, palaces guided tours...
Only 5 tickets per person can be bought.
Price of the simple entrance: 13 €
What to buy: You can aldo buy the tickets at the main ticket office (see pic), from 8:00, for 12€. But they might be sold out if it's high season...
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces