El Corte de Ingles: Buy anything
Bring an umberalla or kit yourself out for some rainy days if travelling to Santiago in Spring (before Easter).
For everything else you may have forgotten this enormous department store, which covers 5 floors, is a bus ride or taxi journey away from the old town.
What to buy: Food. Clothing. Household Goods, Ironmongery and Decoration-Textiles. Footwear. Lingerie. Corsetry. Children's Fashion. Accessories. Perfumes and Cosmetics. Pharmacy. Jewellery. Watches.Costume Jewellery etc etc
Mercado de Abastos: Fresh Food
This Food Market was built in 1.941 where the previous City Market was, and demolished in 1.937. It was the first permanent structure housing the different markets that existed in Compostela those days.
* When: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Follas Novas: Books and guides about the Camino
This is a very good bookstore where you can find all kind of information regarding UNESCO protected town of Santiago and all the possible pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago, from France, from Portugal, from Andalucia, and so on, as well as regarding the trekking to Finisterre, in the Atlantic Ocean, with the names and addresses of the shelters, restaurants, highlights, etc.
What to buy: books and guides about the Camino de Santiago
What to pay: what is marked
- Budget Travel
- Religious Travel
Farmacia Bescansa: Old chemistry
One of those old chemistries which are a masterpiece themselves. The oldest in town. Lovely vases tims and other pharmaceutical items, fantastic cealing and old fashnioned tradition. Eventhough you don´t buy anything just have a look inside.
What to buy: Traditional old prefume. Their "eau de toilet". HIEDRA DE SANTIAGO. Moss of Santigo. Fresh nostalgic oudour and wrapping, inexpensive and an ideal gift to take with you. It´s supposed to be the real smell of the city in winter. Moist, moss and wet earth.
What to pay: Not more than 15 euros.
The streets near the Obradoiro Square (Cathedral) have plenty of offer concerning souvenir shops.
What to buy: In all those shops you will find virtually the same things - souvenirs from Santiago de Compostela. Santiago figures in different sizes, fridge magnets, t-shirts, key chains, glasses, plates, playing cards, books, guides, postcards and so on: you name it, you will find it. Some look nice, other are of doubtful taste, but still one thing in common: they all are overpriced.
In some of those shops as well as cafes they were selling a typical Santiago Cake. The cake is covered with sugar and it's got the Santiago symbol on it.
" The Shop at the End of the Known World " !!
When you walk to the Light-House at Cape Finisterre you will come across " The Shop at the End of the Known World " -- In Fact there are several little shops -- well not exactly shops, more Souvenir Stalls BUT the prices are Reasonable and there is a Good selection of local souvenirs available - and What a setting !!!!!!
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Any of the old town: Souvenirs
This shop window is a typical one of the old town. They usually sell a lot of religious imagery because of Santiago's religious importance.
Shop windows of more touristy shops are like this one. Crowded with a variety of very cheesy stuff.
Sargadelos: Sargadelos ceramics
Sargadelos is the name of typical Galician ceramics. Its basic colors are white and blue (like the color of our flag). They make very modern pieces but with a Celtic influence.
What to pay: It depends on what you buy but it's expensive.
Any jewelry shop: Jet stone
The old town is full of little jewelry shops where you can buy beautiful jewels.
What to buy: If you come to Santiago and want to buy something special and typical you should buy jewelry made of "azabache". This is a black stone called JET (according to my dictionary, I have no idea) and you can usually find it in combination with silver.
Casa Mouga: Everything
The place is a tradicional shop which offers the most traditional items of the Galician culture. You´ll be able to find; food, handicraft, music, jewels, pottery and so on.
What to buy: Appart from the tradicional things (also try Amboa at Rua Nova), you´ll find everything you could find in any other european city. We have a big shopping centre (Area Central. Bus 11 from Plaza de Galicia) and a Department Store (El Corte Inglés. Bus number 6 from the same place). Also sweets like (Croquiños, Pedras de Santiago, Tarta de Santiago), and designers clothes which are the most reputed in Spain. All boutiques at new town. Famous designs from Antonio Pernas, Adolfo Domingo, Zara, Roberto Verino, Purificacion Garcia. For Jewels go to "Noroeste" (at Rua Jerusalem). The typical jewels are made with Abazache a black semi precious stone.
What to pay: Not much. Santiago is not an expensive city.
EL CORTE INGLÉS
You can find everything in the great shopping
EL CORTE INGLÉS. It is located in the Centro Comercial Compostela. Rua do Restollal, 50.