To get a feel of local everyday life, one must visit a local market like the Mercado San Agustin in Granada. It is a very busy street market which spreads across more than two blocks. Shoppers get fresh vegetables, fish, meat and all kinds of fruits at this market. This place is also great if you wish to catch a quick snack or a meal. The streets on either side are packed with various kinds of shops and food stalls, as well.
This network of narrow streets laid out in a grid was originally built as an Arab bazaar where raw silk was bought and sold. Mule trains brought the raw material and silk garments down from the mountainous Alpujarras where the silk worms fed on mulberry leaves. The producers often stayed overnight in the nearby Corral del Carbón (Moorish Inn) before taking their wares to market. The market burned down in 1843 and was rebuilt two years later maintaining all the original features like the horseshoe arches and the typical Moorish-style twin windows. It's still a market of sorts although it's mainly tourist souvenirs and knick-knacks for sale.
Choose this spacious shopping centre and you can get all your shopping done under one roof without having to waste time and energy tramping about the streets or looking for parking spaces. Access is easy: you can reach all three floors by way of ramps, escalators and lifts. The general services include public toilets, attendants, security guards, information points, lost property and public telephones. The basement and street levels offer shops selling shoes, leather goods, jewellery, leisure wear, sports goods, household products, fashion clothing and foodstuffs. The upper level has fast food outlets, amusement arcades, a children's play area and a multiplex cinema, Multicines Neptuno.
This is, without doubt, one of the most elegant men's wear shops in Granada. The clothes are of the finest quality and beautifully displayed. You'll find everything here from formal suits to more casual sweaters, as well as shirts and well-made shoes. You should expect to pay a little more for the high quality and the money spent is worth spending.
You'll find all the current university course books as well as primary and secondary school textbooks in this efficiently run bookstore. Located on the busy Calle San Juan de Dios, it is close to various university departments. The prices are reasonable and the store offers a personalised advisory service designed to help you find the books you need.
Love shopping? Granada doesn’t fall short on that front. Near Bola de Oro you will find Centro Commercial Serrallo Plaza, a grand shopping center that has a lot to offer- cinema, designer outlets, adventure park, restaurants, gym and game rooms. So you’ll be returning home not just with shopping bags but with a fun-filled family experience. From high class fashion brands like Claire’s, Mango, H & M and Zara to local outlets like Mercadona, Bodegas Lordship of Nevada and Kiko Cosmetics, there is everything to fulfill your shopping dream. Grab a bite between all the shop hopping at Bombon Café, La Tagliatella, Burger King or at one of the many multi-cuisine restaurants at the mall. Later you can put on those skates and whip it at the Roller Club or catch a flick at Cinema 2000.
You'll find good quality clothes for all ages in this popular, four-floor clothing store, which is part of a national chain. On the first floor, you'll find classic ladies' clothes. For men's suits, sweaters, shirts and trousers, try the second and third floors. The busy fourth floor has a wide selection of clothes for babies and children, along with maternity clothes.
Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz are just two of the famous faces the Spanish fashion label can present. Again and again celebrities have a hand in advertising the trendy but affordable clothing and inspiring fashion-conscious women and men. Having their head office in Catalonia and stores in more than 100 countries, the company is one of Spain's biggest export successes.
Come to the Kasbah just off Calle Elvira for their sticky Arab-style homemade cakes and sweets. They're great as a special treat for yourself or to impress your friends with after a dinner party. Although they are often sickly sweet, the ingredients are normally pretty nutritious, with lots of eggs, fruit, nuts and spices. Do not forget to try the traditional bubbakia, cuernos de gacela and briwat.
This store, called the mad baker, supplies a wide range of natural products and alternative health services. Everything on sale is environmentally friendly, including the cosmetics, household cleaning products and foodstuffs. There are special sections for baby foods, for diabetics and for people who suffer from allergies. The bakery section sells wholemeal, mixed grain and rye breads. You'll also find some organic wines. The bookshop stocks fiction, New Age titles, books on natural medicine, philosophy and alternative health. You can consult experts in acupuncture and homeopathy and buy equipment related to physiotherapy, orthomolecular medicine and acupuncture.