Shopping whilst on holiday is always a delight. From exploring local food markets to finding clothing items you just couldn’t get back at home, there is plenty to enjoy. Whether you are looking for unique souvenirs, a lasting reminder of your trip or just a new outfit for a dinner reservation that evening, Malaga’s shopping spots will prevail. Just arrange your car hire in Malaga at the airport and journey into the city to start your shopping spree.
In this article, we take a look at the best shopping spots in Malaga. At the time of publishing the article, Spain has just ended the state of alert. All shops are open but currently, it is mandatory to wear a face mask and keep social distancing. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the offerings of Malaga’s top shopping spots.
Best for: Shopping in the city centre
If you are spending your day in the city centre, then you’ll have likely walked through Calle Larios without even realising. The ‘high street’ of Malaga, here you can find a great range of stores and a real hub of city life.
Rebecca, a blogger from Yours Truly Rebecca, told us: “Malaga is not only known for its beaches, parties and history, it is also the perfect destination to shop ‘til you drop. The main shopping street in Malaga is Calle Larios where you can find high-end shops and quirky boutiques. There is something for everyone.”
Best for: An all-round shopping experience
Located on the site of an old gin factory, Larios Centro is a large shopping centre with plenty to offer. And, with almost 14 million visitors here every year, you know it’s a hotspot for shopping!
We spoke to Enrique at Malaga Adventures, who recommended Larios Centro to us. He said: “Malaga has several shopping spots all around the city but my favourite one is Larios Centro.
“Larios Shopping Mall is located in Avenida de la Aurora, 5 minutes away from the Train Station of Malaga Maria Zambrano. You can easily go there by bus or walking since it is 15 minutes from the city centre.”
Enrique told us what shoppers can expect from Larios Centro: “In Larios Centro, you can literally find everything you’re looking for, from clothing stores we all know and love to cafes and restaurants. I consider it an ideal place to spend time with friends or family while shopping or sipping a good cup of coffee between chats.”
Enrique also told us it is “a great alternative if you want to escape from a hot summer afternoon in the city centre.”
Best for: An authentic foodie experience
If you are a food lover, look no further than Atarazanas Central in Malaga Old Town. Replete with market stalls selling fresh foods, you’ll be able to try a real taste of the Iberian Peninsula here.
We spoke to Alicia, the owner of Oh My Good Guide, a Malaga Tour company. She told us that she loves shopping in the Old Town: “I love to go shopping in Malaga Old Town, where the shopping experience is highlighted by the little traditional shops, hidden streets and city sights you find on the way. Discovering the city while you go shopping is just magic, much better than any shopping centre!”
She then told us about her favourite spot in Old Town: “Atarazanas Central Market, a foodie paradise where you can find the best of our local produce. I love it so much that we have created a special Atarazanas Market Food Tour, Atarazanas Market Food Tour, so you can discover it the local way!”
Best for: Buying fresh flowers
As one of the main streets in the city, you’ll likely pass through the Alameda Principal whilst visiting Malaga, but many visitors don’t realise the great shopping opportunity it has. With about a dozen fresh flower vendors on the strip, you’ll be able to buy a stunning floral arrangement here.
Whether you want to dress up a holiday home or even buy a bouquet before a date night as a surprise, you’ll be able to get the perfect bunch here.
Best for: Water-front browsing
Muelle Uno, or Pier One, is an eccentric development and can offer a wonderful, water-side shopping experience. With towering palm trees lining the main walkway and yachts moored in the harbour, it certainly feels like a luxury spot. Only a short stroll from Playa da Malagueta, and overlooking Malaga’s famed port, a visit here is a great way to break up a day at the beach. Plus, with a range of wonderful entertainment options here it is also a great spot for an evening stroll.
As well as being a great place to shop or enjoy a delicious meal, Muelle Uno is home to many stunning views, so don’t forget your camera! From the iconic lighthouse to the Chapel of Muelle Uno, you’ll find no shortage of unique buildings and awe-inspiring sights here.
On the first three Sundays of the month, you’ll be able to enjoy the souk (Zoco) here. Filled with local craftspeople selling all manner of items, you’re sure to find a unique souvenir. This open-air market is truly first-class, and stalls stock everything from fashion items to craft pieces and more.
Best for: Shopping near the airport
Another great shopping centre on the Costa Del Sol, the Plaza Mayor is located less than 10 minutes away from Malaga Airport. So, whether you want to pick some stuff up once you land or get some last-minute shopping in before your flight home, this is the perfect location.
With over 80 stores in total, everyone in your party will be able to find a store they like, so no need to worry over a limited selection. And, if you’ve got extra time or are looking for a date night idea, there is even a cinema here!
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
Best for: Design brands at outlet prices
If big brand names are your thing you are in luck, as the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet opened earlier in 2020. McArthurGlen has outlets all around Europe, so this may be a name you’re familiar with and if you are, you’ll know you can get some great brands at low prices here.
As a newly opened centre, and the first of its kind in Southern Spain, you can expect state-of-the-art shopping and a fresh feel whilst here. With a flowing layout and great design, you’ll get swept along from store to store. Plus, the outlet is next to Plaza Mayor, so you are able to enjoy two wonderful shopping destinations within reach of each other – what’s not to love?
The best shopping spots in Malaga:
- Calle Larios
- Larios Centro
- Atarazanas Central
- Alameda Principal
- Muelle Uno Souk
- Plaza Mayor
- McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
These are just a small selection of the wonderful shopping spots in Malaga. If you have put some time aside to visit the stores here, we guarantee you’ll enjoy what you find! Whether you are looking for fresh food markets or the full shopping centre experience, Malaga has all you need and more.
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