The housewife's favorite, this colorful fresh produce market sells meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and other local goods. The locals believe it's the world's biggest covered market and there's a commemorative plaque at the main door of the Mercado de La Ribera that makes just such an ambitious claim. It was designed by Pedro Ispizua and you'll find it opposite Calle Ribera by San Antón Bridge where Plaza Vieja once was. Come, explore!
This is a very interesting shop for those men and youngsters who want to dress well and be up to date at an affordable price, with an excellent cost-quality ratio. In its privileged location in Bilbao's most commercial area, on offer is a huge selection of suits, shirts, all kinds of jerseys and many accessories, so that the shopper can leave with everything he needs. The many sales held all year round are very attractive and mean you can completely change your wardrobe for very little money.
Top fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna has joined the recent flood of designers opening boutiques in Bilbao. Step inside and soak up the taste and sophistication of the surroundings. If you're looking for a wide range of exclusive ready made suits, sportswear, inner wear and accessories for men you've come to the right place. Located inside El Corte Inglés you can also have clothes custom made in this specialty designer store. Of course, haute couture doesn't come cheap. So expect to shell out a huge sum to buy some of the most fashionable gear for men around the city.
The Artea shopping center is one of the biggest in Bilbao, and like most others, it's on the outskirts of the city. In this particular case, it's on a hillside near Getxo and some 10 kilometers from Bilbao, but within metropolitan Bilbao (or 'Gran Bilbao' in Spanish). The mall's features all types of shops, services and restaurants under one roof. You'll find fashion outlets, computer stores, home decoration items, sports clothes and equipment and a new high-quality cinema. If all that weren't enough, there is a good variety of restaurants to choose from and even the biggest bowling alley in the country, plus free parking. In other words, it's very easy to spend an entire day here without getting bored.
Almost every single newspaper or magazine imaginable is found on the shelves of Librería Cámara. It is organised like a magazine rack, but with just about everything under the sun. They also have a fabulous collection of books on cinema and photography and many other sections, including architecture, advertising, literature and endless different genres, making it an essential stop for the avid reader, collector and subscriber.
This shopping mall has a bit of everything, and you'll probably find what you're looking for here. El Centro Comercial Bidarte has three floors with a wide range of fashion outlets, several record stores, shoe shops, computer stores, sports, automotive supplies, decorative items, the official Athletic de Bilbao football club shop and much more. You'll find eateries on the topmost floor: tutti Foodd, fashion apparels on the second floor: Lehendakari and a variety of sports and other stores on Madariaga. And like any shopping mall worth its salt, there's a cafeteria and several fast food restaurants. Dine or lunch on Chinese or Mexican food, sandwiches, pizza or chicken. Check website for exact timings.
Whether fashion for children and adults, electrical equipment, sporting goods, furniture, interior decoration or wine and gourmet food: In the spacious and pleasantly designed sales areas of the well-known Spanish department store chain you will find everything you need. Even if the prices may be a bit higher, the excellent service and the good quality make up for it. It is worth keeping your eyes open for special offers.