This appears to be the main shopping department store.This would be the first place to visit if you need something to buy,it has everything!It is so big that there is an extension to this store on the other side of the plaza and in the street opposite.
Eating in any city including Seville can be an expensive proposition. Seville is served by many fine markets including Lidl and El Mercado. At the German based Lidl in Seville you can enjoy a lunch or dinner with a baguette, meat and cheese, and a fresh salad all for under 3 euros for two people. The cost of a picnic or meal to take back to your hostel or hotel can be less than one third what you will pay at a restaurant. In the area just outside of the old town there seemed to be more frequent Lidl stores than there were El Mercado's. Both stores are an alternative to let the high cost of eating out get to you in Seville.
What to buy: Wide selection of items for lunch, dinner or even breakfast.
What to pay: A baguette of bread for as low as .2 Euros, a small package of meat for 1 euro, and a choice of cheeses for 1 to 1.50 euros. Bon appetite!
El Corte Ingles is Spain's largest department store. There is a large El Corte Ingles downtown in Sevilla just off the Plaza Duque. The store has a wide range of clothes, high fashion, housewares and in the basement a large grocery store. Prices are a little on the high side, selection is good and customer service is lacking.
Given the fact that there only a few small convenience grocery stores in old town Sevilla, the store offers a wide selection of groceries as an alternative to eating out every meal. Of particular significance is there excellent supply of meats, including hams, and fresh fish selection.
Three square meters.
An average of 5 costumers at the same time, meaning, with the emplyees, 2.333 women per square meter.
Almost half an hour waiting outside for the experts Fernanda and Isabel to dispute each square centimeter with the other three.
Shall I say more?
We were riding a taxi back to the Cathedral area when we spotted a three windows shop displaing all kind of our favourite objects: cooking ware!!!
We could not help outself to ask the driver to stop! we were arrived!
We got lost wondering around the shelves in this crowded shop, every inch is packed with all kind of cooking tools, really everything you would think. The store have been there for over 100 years, ans it is really amazing.
We were limited by our cabin baggage so we had to make a choice... oh that was hard!!
We ended up buying a paella pan, and even that was hard to choose, they had maybe 4 different kind, every kind had several size. We bought a stainless stell one, not the traditional iron, it would have been to hard to take care of. For a 3 person pan we spent 23 euros but ahhhh we would have bought the all store!
We used it twice already and paella is a bit long but easy to make, so it was really a great souvenir.
What to buy: Paella pans and all kind of cooking ware
What to pay: For a 3 person paella pan in stainless stell we payed 23 euros.
They also sell online.
The major pedestrianized shopping streets are Calle Sierpes and just a block to the west, Calle Velazquez which turns into Calle Tetuan. Sierpes starts at the Plaza de San Francisco and runs north to Calle Campana. Velazquez/Tetuan starts at the Plaza Nueva and runs north to Calle O'Donnell, just south of the Plaza del Duque de Victoria and El Corte Ingles, the major department store in Spain.
Since they are basically the equivalent of shopping malls in the U.S., you can find shops with goods of all kinds. Not too many tourist stores but every day need stores such as shops with shoes, the latest fashions, flamenco wear, fans, ceramica, etc. It's a great atmosphere but dead during siesta (1-4pm) as the stores all close. That is when you sit down to eat lunch. Everyone is out in the early evening for a stroll before dinner.
What to buy: We bought things made in spain, hats, jewelry and the prices are good for what you buy.
What to pay: Less than you would expect, for what you get.
While walking through the narrow streets of Sevilla there was plenty of opportunities to buy some great gifts.
Personally for me in Sevilla I bought a ceramic Sangria jug that I got back to Canada in one peic and still use from time to time in the summer with my new favorite meal of Paella!
Sangria as you may now is a famous drink in Spain made from Red Wine and a variety of other fruit juices.
Several perfume shops throughout the city. Available in some other cities as well.
What to buy: Agua de Sevilla, a locally designed fragrance, its most predominant note is Orange Blossom, or Azahar, in Spanish. Difficult to find anyplace but Sevilla, and pretty hard to find there, as well, but there is a perfume shop (no idea what the name of it is) in the Plaza Nueva that carries it. If you put the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) on your right, and stand just about halfway between the Ayuntamiento and the statue of the king (Francisco III? If memory serves?) you'll be pretty much looking right at it. However, if you go to the left, at the end of the block, there is a little boutique which also carries the line, and has tiny bottles (great for gift giving!) that are ordinarily put in gift bags for conferences at the big hotels.
What to pay: The little bottles were 3€ in 2008.
In many of the shops in Seville you will see beautiful ceramic plates in all sizes and patterns and rimmed in gold. You can’t help but want to take one home with you. Some of the best ceramics can be found in the Triana area at Ceramica Santa Ana. Another small store is Ceramica Santa Isabel.
Most shops are open from around 9.30 in the morning to around 2.00 in the afternoon, then its Siesta time. They open again around 4.30/5.00pm and stay open until around 8.00pm. The larger stores such as El Corte Ingles or some supermarkets will stay open throughout the day.
In 1990 the old Cordoba train station was turned into the Plaza de Armas shopping mall as well as an entertainment centre with cinemas. Open from 10.00am to 9.00pm there is a range of shops from sporting goods, clothing and jewellery to café’s and restaurants. On the lower floor is a supermarket.
AGUA DE SEVILLE: is a parfume which is produced for sevilla . I bought it for 32 euros last week from a local parfumeria .
DO NOT BUY FROM EL CORTE DE INGLES: everything is much more expensive in el Corte de Ingles...it was 44 euros over there!!!!...try to buy all the products from local stores:)
What to pay: instead of paying 44 euros you pay 32 euros by buying from a local parfumeria...
Since I was in town during the April Fair, I wanted to go all-out and wear a flamenco outfit for the week like most of the local women. I shopped around different stores but since I don't have the same body shape as most Spanish women, many dresses either didn't fit well or were too expensive. But then at Trajes Flamenca Raquel, I tried on a dress on a whim, not really expecting anything to come of it, and it fit so well that all the staff started gushing over it! This was the first dress that wasn't too short, tight, or way out of my budget. So I bought it, along with a fringed shawl, earings, peineta (big comb) and flower for my hair.
What to buy: Flamenco dresses, shawls, hair ornaments, jewelry, etc.
What to pay: The dress I bought was around 480 Euros. The shawl was 40, and the other things ranged in price from 15-30 Euros each.
There are many boutiques in Seville where you can buy a flamenco dress, especially in the Barrio Santa Cruz. Micaela Villa is one of them, and I noticed it's cheaper than many other flamenco dress shops. I had already bought a dress for 480 Euros, but here, I bought a second outfit for much cheaper - skirt for 80 Euros and blouse for 40 Euros. And when I bought my outfit, they also gave me a free flower (hair ornament)!
What to buy: Flamenco dresses/outfits, accessories (shawls, combs, flowers, jewelry), etc.
What to pay: Most of the dresses were around 200-300 Euros. Skirts were around 80 Euros. Blouses around 40 Euros.
There are several Juan Foronda boutiques in Seville, mostly in the Barrio Santa Cruz and in the Calle Sierpes area (the shopping district). They sell lace, embroidered shawls, gold and silver jewelry, and more expensive souvenirs. So if you want something classy that you won't find in most gift shops, these boutiques are the place to find it.
What to buy: In one boutique, I bought a black lace shawl, and in another, I bought a pair of earings from Toledo and a cute t-shirt with rhinestones spelling out "Sevilla".
What to pay: The lace shawl cost around 70 Euros, but I can't remember how much the earings and shirt cost... But in most of these boutiques, the prices are higher than in most gift shops.