Malaga is a port city on Spain’s southern coast. Known for its crisp ocean breeze and breathtaking views, it’s also a prime destination for shoppers in search of fresh seafood, expensive jewelry, and designer brand clothing.
Open Air Markets
Markets can be found throughout the city, but one of the most popular areas to visit is Calle Grande. There you can find cured meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, recently caught fish, and torrijas, a locally delicacy made from bread dipped in milk and egg, fried, and topped with sugar and honey. Another local favorite is sobrasada. Similar to sausage, sobrasada is made of fat, spices, and a mixture of meats native to the area. If you’re in the market for herbs and spices, you’ll find more than a few varieties in Malaga. The city is close to Morocco, and the cuisine is heavily influenced by Arab culture. The best part is the price. The spices, herbs, and tea you find are relatively cheap and rival the best selections found in New York City, Madrid, Paris, and elsewhere in the world.
Clothes, Jewelry, and More
Shoppers looking for a new outfit should visit Calle Larios. Located in the city center, it’s the main shopping area in Malaga. You can find Zara, Mango, Benetton, and several other well-known brands. The street is also home to many jewelers, where you can find diamonds, watches, rings, and much more. As in most cities in Spain, the street is filled with cafes, ice cream shops, and restaurants. You can find clothing stores and shopping areas all over the city, but Calle Larios is a great starting point for the most avid shoppers on your trip.
If Calle Larios doesn’t do it for you, or if you’re in need of an air-conditioned department store, stop by Corte Ingles. Corte Ingles is made up of two buildings, adjoined by a walkway. They sell anything from spanish-made clothing, artwork, and bed linen to kitchen supplies and homeware. Located on Calle Alameda Principal, it’s a short walk from the main train station. If you’re in Malaga to shop, Corte Ingles won’t disappoint.
Wine and Cheese
You can visit Malaga without buying a new dress, but don’t leave the city before you sample the wine and cheese. You’re in Spain, after all! Follow your nose and try the local cuisine. For a few Euros, you can purchase vintages you wouldn’t be able to afford in the U.S. The locals are very proud of their food and wine, so talk to them and follow their advice about where to eat and drink.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Malaga.