One of the unique attractions for visitors are the wide range of shops in Cadiz. There is a hustle and bustle which only comes from having a thriving independent retail market.
Here you can read about the impressive array of shops in Cadiz and how each one offers something unique and special for the daring shopper.
On Plocia Street leading away from the train station and into San Juan Dios Square are many small shops worth a visit. At number 21, and one of the first, is ‘Aguamanil’, an art studio where you can pick up unique items and souvenir s with a distinct Byzantine feel. If you’re feeling peckish pop into ‘Horno La Gloria’ where you can try the traditional pastries and cake which was created during the siege of the city in the 19th century. Lastly try the tuna at number 8; ‘Gadira’ offers vacuum-packed reserves and salted fish, another seafood delight in this city by the bay.
Whilst on San Francisco Street if looking for an unusual or special gift, have a look in ‘Paraty’ on Nueva Street. For a more local touch try ‘Casa Duran’ for lots of local souvenirs and Ubrique leather products. After all that shopping you fancy a bite to eat; why not a grab a cake or pastry at Don Pan? For local treats try the ‘tanguillos’ and nougat. This street leads into a square of the same name and is a popular place for locals to gather.
For the ultimate shopping experience in Cadiz, go to Ancha Street. We recommend the book shop ‘Quorom’. Here you can purchase local and international newspapers. Also available are many books on Cadiz; it’s history, unique dialect and special cuisine. For shops a bit more upmarket why not browse in ‘Salvador Bachiller’, a prestigious and classical Spanish brand which mainly sells travel items and accessories. As Ancha Street steeps down it will lead you into Pallajero Square. In this square are many high street clothes shops such as ‘Zara’, ‘Bershka’ and ‘Sfera’. During your shopping spree don’t forget to take in the Isavelline Gothic style buildings, on this street and in San Antonio Square.
Finding yourself on Jose Del Toro Street you will be surprised by the selection of shops. For typical Spanish design try ‘Yokana’, a fun shop that boast bright colours and shapes. For handmade products you can admire what is possible from recycled materials with clothes, accessories and jewellery on offer. A real find however is Enrique’s musical instruments where you can practice on classic and flamenco guitars. Also available are electric and acoustic guitars and many more instruments.
Columela Street is a growing choice among shoppers with an increasing variety of stores. You may enjoy looking inside ‘Souvenir Columela’ where you can find souvenirs of a different kind such as traditional gypsy dolls, costumes, pottery and fans. Over the streets of Compañia and Sacramento are the more exclusive jewellery shops selling antique pieces and items of Andalucian design.
While you are admiring the majestic Cathedral, have a bite to eat in 'Casa Hidalgo'. In this famous bakery you can taste the legendary Cadiz nougat and it's popular tuna or meat pies. Within the confines of Cathedral Square is the odd 'Andulucia is different'souvenir shop and 'Mil Camisetas', which translates as a thousand t-shirts and sells wild and wacky slogans on each designed item.
During Carnival it is a good idea to pop down Rosario Street and check out 'El Disfraz de Cadiz'. This shop is more than capable of kitting you out in something crazy and wild, perfect for Carnival. Two shops which represent something typically Spanish is 'Joyeria Rivera', which sells exclusive Cadiz crafts and 'Museo de Vinos y Toros'that provides tours in English of the museum and it's wide collection of over a 1000 different wines and free samples of two selected sherries.
Whatever you choose to buy, or not buy, may exploring the shops of Cadiz be an enjoyable and enlightening experience.
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