SHOPPING STREETS

Calle Larios

 

This famed shopping street is long and wide – and known for having some of the most expensive rental spaces in the whole of Spain! That’s why shopaholics will find only the best-known clothing brands here – there’s a huge offering of both high-end names and high-street staples such as Mango, Pull & Bear and Zara.

Starting at the Plaza de la Constitución, this fully pedestrianised and marble-paved street will entertain for hours with its impressive offering of clothing shops, as well as the range of bars and restaurants just to the side. Make sure you also explore the many little streets adjacent to Calle Larios, because you’ll never know what secret shops or boutiques you’ll find just around the corner!

Calle Nueva

The next street along from Calle Larios is Calle Nueva, where more familiar names such as H&M mingle with smaller boutiques – Elisa, for example, will be a hit with bargain-savvy fashion fans! Calle Nueva has lots of variation in its offering – it is also home to a range of non-clothing stores such as Casa del Libro (where there is a wide selection of Spanish and foreign-language books), and souvenir stores – where, if you’re after a souvenir, you absolutely must purchase a typical fan from Malaga. Unthinkable to go home without one!

Both streets are truly magical during the Christmas season, when you can see impressive displays of lights and decorations adorning the streets; a winter stroll at sunset in this area is unforgettable, and even better if you take a break at one of the many nearby tapas bars!

MARKETS

Mercado Central De Atarazanas

This typical Malagueño market is a must-see! With plenty of fruits and vegetables everywhere you turn, a colourful atmosphere and reasonable prices, there is an incredible variety of food and souvenirs on offer – perfect for Christmas shopping! The freshly prepared local-style fried offerings make for a tasty snack accompanied with a glass of “tinto de verano”. The Mercado Central’s setting is also particularly impressive, set as it is in a glass and metal building in line with the typical architecture of the ancient Muslim Malaga.
Important: Closed on Sundays.

Mercado de Plaza de la Merced

Plaza de la Merced is an undeniably important site in Malaga’s history, as well as another destination on our list for shopaholics! This iconic square has been linked with trade since Roman times.

The Mercado de la Merced is a unique gastronomic space at the heart of Malaga. It offers a new culinary concept, local products and traditional cuisine are reformulated as original and high quality gastronomy with a cosmopolitan vibe.

In this vast and hip, modern space, visitors can enjoy a wide range of typical dishes in a buzzing atmosphere – everything from the classic “pescaito frito” malagueño to various types of meat, sweet wines and other selected Spanish products.

SHOPPING CENTRES

Plaza Mayor

 

For those who wish to have it all, the Plaza Mayor is the king of shopping centres in Malaga. Although it is located outside of the old town, it is easily, and also very cheaply, reachable using the Cercanías C1 train from Centro-Alameda in the city centre.

Completely outdoor, it take the form of a village, where each ‘house’ hosts a store – there are around 300 businesses to be found here, so it is perfect for a day out! The Yelmo cinema there is well-known in the region for offering VOST (Spanish with English subtitles) versions of the latest films. There is also an IKEA a 10 minute walk away (or 2 minute drive), making it a favourite destination for many.

It is especially beautiful during the Christmas period thanks to the abundance of lights making it glow inside and out.

Vialia and Centro Larios

Malaga’s train station, María Zambrano, has certainly evolved over the years from a simple station. Found in the commercial hub of the city, the station is now home to the Vialia mall, which hosts dozens of shops – including larger chains such as MediaMarkt – a seven-floor hotel, and a huge cinema.

This more commercial district of Malaga has plenty of offer, and we’d also recommend combining a visit to Vialia with the nearby Centro Larios shopping centre. The Centro Larios is worth a mention not least for its huge and popular Primark, but also for being home to many other big high-street names and affordable options.

Muelle Uno

The Muelle Uno mall, also part of a modern rebranding of Malaga’s port, offers a long stretch of outdoor shopping right in the heart of Malaga. Located virtually on the water, right next to where yachts, ships and even cruise liners from all over the world come in to moor, there is a wide range of restaurants and popular stores. On Sundays in summer, the area is also lined with a fantastic market of dozens of boutique stalls, where you will find truly unique yet affordable buys in a beautiful setting.

So there you have it – Malaga truly is shopping heaven. Between all of your purchases,don’t forget to save some time for Malaga’s unmissable activites and sights!