Bilbao is certainly the heartbeat of Basque country in Spain. In fact, it is the biggest city in the region and is the cultural centerpiece. Tourism there has really increased ever since the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum was opened in the 1990s. Of course, every vacationer likes to take a shopping trip while traveling. Here are some of the best places to shop in Bilbao.
Visit the Guggenheim Museum Souvenir Shop
If you want to get something to commemorate your visit to the Guggenheim Museum, visit the gift shop. The store is rather large and sits on the ground floor of the museum, so it is easy to find. There are also kiosks set up throughout the museum tour that sell typical souvenir items that visitors want like keychains and coffee mugs. The gift shop at the museum is open seven days a week from 10 am to 8 pm.
La Ribera Market
The Ribera Market is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest indoor market on the continent of Europe. One reason that people like it so much is that it’s practically spotless in terms of cleanliness. It is a great place to taste regional foods of the area and buy some fresh produce. The prices are good compared to the supermarkets in the area and the fruits and vegetables are of the highest quality. Conveniently, the market does have its own train stop.
If you are planning on visiting on a weekend, you should know that a majority of the shops in Bilboa are closed on Sundays. This includes even the mall and some of the bigger stores in the area, not just the small shops.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Bilboa.