Tourists who don’t leave the Barrio Santa Cruz and Cathedral area miss out on one of Seville’s great pastimes, shopping. Make your way to Plaza Nueva then wander along Calles Sierpes, Tetuán and Velázquez where you’ll find thousands of fashionable locals strolling around. Some are shopping, many are just window shopping and the rest are heading for a bar or café where they can spend their time people watching.
Most shops in this area open from 10am until 2pm then usually close for around three hours with afternoon opening hours usually being from 5pm to 8pm. On Saturdays the smaller shops don’t open in the afternoon and everything is closed on Sundays along Calle Sierpes.
Some of Spain’s most stylish women can be seen shopping in these streets where many upmarket shops cater to their requirements. You’ll find excellent women’s clothes and shoe shops as well as top notch bags, jewellery and other fashion accessories on offer. In addition, there are a few specialist shops selling authentic flamenco dresses and accessories (try Calle Francos) as well as a stretch of shops catering for brides to be. There’s also an exceptional selection of shops dedicated to children’s clothes and some ceramic outlets, such as La Ceramica de Sevilla (C/Garcia de Vinuesa, 16).
For tourist souvenir shopping you’ll find plenty little gift shops selling t-shirts and flamenco items in the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. Ceramic tiles are also on sale in many of these shops, however, you should head across the river to Triana if you’re interested in buying locally made ceramic items. At Calle Alfareros, 20 you can watch these ceramics being made. Another place to look out for is Ceramica Santa Ana at San Jorge 31 in Triana where there’s a vast selection of ceramic items on display.
For something a little more impersonal head for the enormous El Corte Inglés department stores at Plaza de la Magdalena and Plaza del Duque where you can buy pretty much anything including top quality Spanish food products.
Most shops accept credit cards provided you have some identification with you and many can ship your oversized purchases home for you.
Thursday – There’s a popular flea market on C/Feria near the Alameda de Hércules whose origins can be traced back to the 14th century.
Sunday – You can head over to the Puerta de Triana on Sunday mornings for their weekly market.
Sunday – Also on Sunday mornings there’s a market in Plaza del Cabildo near the Cathedral which sells all kinds of old coins and stamps.
Sunday – In front of the Museo de Bellas Artes in Plaza Museo there’s an art market held on Sunday mornings.