When it comes to shopping in Malaga you are unlikely to go home empty handed. As the town’s tourist trade has boomed over the years, more and more shops have sprung up across the city catering for every kind of taste and need. In fact there are so many shopping options that you might want to invest in a Malaga hire car to get all your purchases back to the hotel.
In terms of what to buy, Malaga has always been well known for its local leather goods and although these are not as rock bottom as they used to be, pricewise, there are still bargains to be had. Olive oil is another popular choice when it comes to shopping in Malaga, as well as Spanish ceramics and the local, sweet Malaga wine. But if you are not after souvenirs, fear not as Malaga has plenty of fashion for sale, from the major brands through to unique designer boutiques selling one off pieces.
Malaga has several large shopping centres that offer the kind of “everything under one roof” shopping experience you’ll find in most major European cities. Malaga Plaza Centro Commercial is one of the most recent constructions and houses over 50 different stores selling everything from home wares through to fashion clothes and shoes. La Trocha Centro Commercial is another example of Malaga’s wonderful shopping centres, featuring a wide choice of shops as well as a multi screen cinema. La Trocha also houses a well known food hall that is a particularly popular choice with British expats as there are a number of British classics available there. El Ingenio Centro Commercial is another shopping centre with a cinema, as well as a hypermarket and over 60 stores selling anything you could possibly want to buy. If you’re looking to spend your Euros on some brands then head to La Canada Centro Commercial, Marbella where you can browse the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste.
There are several out of town shopping centres near Malaga that are frequented by locals and tourists alike. You can take a bus or taxi or, if you prefer running to your own schedule, you can hire a car from a local Malaga car hire company. One of the most popular of these is Plaza mayor Centro Commercial, which is designed like a traditional Spanish village and has plenty of entertainment as well as the shopping, including a bowling alley and a nightclub.
Outside of the large centres, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to shopping in Malaga. Malaga Central Market is a great place to shop for provisions like meat and vegetables, or just to go and look at all the weird and wonderful fish on sale. El Corte Ingles is perfect to shop for shoes or perfume if you are looking for the most fashionable clothes and stores. For a luxurious shopping experience and more high fashion you can also head to Marqués de Larios, a shopping area which houses Mango, Massimo Dutti and a range of other Spanish and international designers and brands. This well-known street is traffic free and the pavements are a gorgeous polished marble so you can stroll from one designer shop to the next in style.