Salamanca Shopping

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    Chordi: Expensive, but nice

    by acemj Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    I was browsing in the window of this shop just around the corner from the Casa de Los Muertes, when I happened to notice some cool looking mini-iron chairs. I have a very small collection of these objects, so I decided to go inside and check it out. The store had all kinds of cool artistic objects, photos, paintings, glassware and ceramics, but everything was extremely expensive, so I didn't buy anything.

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    Mercado Central: Main market

    by acemj Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    The main market in Salamanca is nothing special to look at like La Boqueria in Barcelona or some of the other great markets in Europe, but it does have a full array of all kinds of fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses and more. It's worth a peek especially since it's just off of Plaza Mayor in the adjacent Plaza Mercado.

    What to buy: You can find everything you need for a perfect little picnic to enjoy on a bench in Plaza Mayor or any other charming spot in the city that you choose.

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    Street vendors

    by fairy_dust Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    Linda in a plaza with a small market

    There are a few street vendor stands near the Plaza Mayor where you can buy jewelry and other accessories, crafts, books, and other things like that.

    Occasionally, there are open-air markets where you can buy local craft.

    Sometimes at night, illegal immigrants sell things on the side of the road. Usually wraps and shawls for women, and toys for children. But since they're not supposed to be in Spain to begin with, they often pack up and run away if they think the police is coming their way.

    What to buy: Usually jewelry, shawls, little crafts and nicknacks, books, etc.

    I bought two silver bracelets from street vendors for around 6-10 Euros each. I also bought a wrap that cost around 2 or 3 Euros.

    What to pay: Depends on the item. Some vendors will let you haggle the price, some won't.

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    Magazine stands

    by fairy_dust Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    Every street has a magazine stand on it. They have huge windows with all sorts of magazines in them. They're all in Spanish, so if you buy one you can read it to practice your Spanish. They have mags for kids, teenagers, young women, men, athletes, celebrity gossip fans, bullfight fans... you name it, they have it. Many of the magazines often come with free stuff too. Everything from hair accessories and perfume samples, to swimsuits and handbags.

    The magazine stands also sell postcards, maps, and newspapers. Basically, anything for reading except books.

    What to buy: I bought a Cosmo that came with a free beaded shawl, a Marie Claire that came with a pair of flip-flops, and a You that came with a bikini.

    What to pay: Usually around 3 Euros per magazine, on average.

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    Shopping hours

    by fairy_dust Updated Mar 10, 2004

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    Shops open in the morning and stay open until around 2:00 or 2:30 pm. After that, they close until around 5:00 or 5:30 pm. I think it's because people go home for lunch in the afternoon, so they close the shop until they get back home from lunch. Lunch is the biggest meal in Spain (usually a 3-course meal), and they usually take their time with it. In the afternoon, most places are closed, so don't plan a shopping spree during that time!

    Also, if you use a credit card to buy things, you have to show ID. You don't need to use a passport. A driver's licence or student ID card with a picture of you on it is fine.

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    La Boutique del Torero: Flamenco dance and bullfight supplies

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    The shoes I bought at the bullfight/flamenco shop

    This is a little boutique near the Plaza Mayor where they sell Flamenco suff for the girls and bullfight stuff for the guys. I bought a pair of Flamenco shoes and a Flamenco skirt there, for the dance class I took. They also have embroidered shawls, fans, hair ornaments and other Flamenco dance things. As for the bulllfight stuff, they had suits of lights (the sparkly suits that bullfighters wear), boots, and other things.

    The best thing about this store is that the little old lady who works there is so sweet! She always smiles and will help you with anything!

    What to buy: Flamenco supplies, bullfight supplies.

    What to pay: Flamenco shoes - around 40 Euros or more.
    Flamenco skirt - at least 50 Euros.

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    Pastry/sweet shops

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    There are a few shops in the Plaza Mayor area where you can buy yourself a little Spanish sweet treat. The stores have little cakes, pastries, and other desserts, and they're all very delicious! These Spanish sweets are usually small (fits in one hand), so they make great desserts or snacks, and won't end up making you too full to eat dinner if you eat one in the afternoon! You don't need a plate or fork to eat them, so you can just pop into a store, buy something, and eat it on your way over to wherever you want to go.

    What to buy: Try anything that you think looks yummy!

    What to pay: Usually 1-5 Euros per treat, depending on size and type.

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    Bookstores

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 16, 2004

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    There are a few bookstores in Salamanca, especially in the downtown area. They don't just sell books, they also sell greeting cards, writing supplies and school/class stuff. Some also sell backpacks for kids.

    What to buy: I bought a Spanish translation of a Harry Potter book (I'm a huge Harry Potter fan). I also bought a lime green backpack by designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Also, some people in my group bought Spanish grammar books and dictionaries.

    What to pay: My Harry Potter book cost 12.50 Euros (it was hardcover), and the backpack cost somewhere around 20-25 Euros.

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    Shopping malls

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    There is a shopping mall in the same building as the train station. They have a few clothing stores, as well as a music store, book/magazine store, and places to eat. There is also a movie theatre there.

    In the same area, there is a strip mall, with mostly clothing stores, and a food store. There is also a McDonald's nearby (not to be confused with the McDonald's near the Plaza Mayor, this mall is near the outskirts of town).

    There is also a big shopping mall somewhere across the river, but I didn't go. You have to take the bus to get there.

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    Souvenir shops

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 13, 2004

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    A pedestrian street lined with shops and cafes

    There are many souvenir shops in Salamanca, especially in and around the Plaza Mayor. They can be expensive, but they have really nice things. Mainly Spanish crafts and items, and souvenirs. I bought all sorts of things at those stores, especially Spanish fans for my collection.

    One of these stores also gives you a free glass of sangria when you come in!

    What to buy: Spanish fans, Spanish/flamenco/bullfighter dolls, t-shirt, sweaters, souvenirs with frogs on them (it has to do with the frog on the wall at the university), religious items (prayer beads, crosses, etc.), key chains, metal items (letter openers, etc.), embroidered shawls and wraps, jewelry, etc.

    What to pay: It can be expensive since these stores cater to tourists and are in and around the Plaza Mayor. But it's worth it.

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    Compac, Maci-Rock, etc.: Music stores

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 12, 2004

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    There are a few music stores in Salamanca. They have a lot of music that's well-known around the world, but also a lot of Spanish music. A lot of these stores have a separate section for Flamenco and/or Spanish music.

    What to buy: Any Spanish music that you won't likely find outside of Spain. Like Spanish pop and anything by the stars of Operacion Triunfo (Spain's American Idol), Flamenco, and other traditional Spanish music.

    What to pay: Usually around 16-18 Euros per CD.

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    Cheaper stores

    by fairy_dust Written Jan 29, 2004

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    There are many little stores around town that don't cater to tourists, so stuff there is cheaper. But the quality is also a little lower, so don't expect to find anything as fancy as in the souvenir shops near the Plaza Mayor.

    What to buy: I bought a few fans and a handbag. There are also shawls, jewelry, and other small items. Kinda like the Dollar Store.

    What to pay: Much cheaper than the souvenir shops that cater to tourists. I got a nice beaded handbag (similar to what you would find at Claire's Accessories) for (I think) 6 or 8 Euros.

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    There are many in town: Perfume shops

    by fairy_dust Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    Like with the shoe stores, perfume stores are all over the place in Salamanca. They have pretty much every brand imaginable.

    What to buy: Perfume, cologne, body spray, scented beauty products, makeup, etc.

    What to pay: Depends on the brand you buy and how big the bottle is.

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    Shoe stores

    by fairy_dust Written Jan 24, 2004

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    See the sign that says Zapatos - that means shoes

    Every street in Salamanca has at least one shoe store. They're everywhere!

    What to buy: You can find pretty much every shoe style imaginable here. I bought a pair of dressy black high-heel sandals for around 25 Euros.

    What to pay: Depends on the store and its location. I paid a cheap price for the ones I bought (ironically, it was near the Plaza Mayor), but some shoes are more than 100 Euros. In the summer, there are sales, so everything is cheaper.

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    Zara, Xesta, Mango, Vero Moda, Stradivarius, etc.: Stores with stylish/trendy clothes

    by fairy_dust Written Jan 24, 2004

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    There are many stores where you can buy the latest styles of clothing. Most are located along the streets leading to the Plaza Mayor.

    Most of these stores are like Smart Set, Suzy Shier, or Stitches but with a Spanish twist. Some also have guy clothes too. It's all the latest styles for young people.

    What to pay: It depends on the store and its location. But usually around the same prices as home.

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