Where to Shop in Seville – Seville Shops:
Seville may not have the concentration of shopping centres and shopping districts that Barcelona and Madrid have, but for those who have a need to shop, the fun of shopping in Seville can be found in the city’s network of streets, alleyways and neighbourhoods.
Calle de las Sierpes (Street of the Snakes) is one street that I had earmarked to check out. Being just north of the Cathedral of Seville and La Giralda, it is easy to get to. Calle Sierpes is a long and narrow paved street, lined with elegant buildings on both sides and with the shops housed in the ground floor. This is one of the favourite shopping streets of Seville and even if you’re not planning on a big shop, it’s a nice area to stroll around. There’s plenty of cafes to enjoy a break here, as well as tempting cake and sweet shops here.
Shoe-lovers will find Seville a delight. Calle Sierpes, Tetuán and Huelva are full of shoe shops, some more expensive than others. You’ll find shoes for all occasions here, ranging from designer-shoes by Muxart and Lodi to brands like Camper and quality sports shoes by Geox.
In Calle Sierpes there are more up-market souvenir shops where you can buy better quality shawls, hand fans, Sevilla hats and beautiful porcelain dolls. If you’re wandering around the alleyways of Santa Cruz near the Cathedral of Seville, you will also come across souvenir shops where you can pick up one these colourful hand fans, mantillasand t-shirts at a cheaper price. In spite of being hardened to buying souvenirs, I caved in and bought one of these elegant fans. If I could have thought of a possible occasion to wear a flamenco dress at home, I probably would have bought one as well.
Shopping for Ceramics
Those who like ceramics and pottery should head for Cerámica Santa Ana, a treasure trove of pottery and all things ceramic. Located on Calle San Jorge 31 in Triana, this working-class neighbourhood on the opposite side of the river, is well-known for its ceramics market.
Whilst in Triana, check out La Casa del Cofrade on Calle Rodrigo de Triana. This is where they make the traditional Nazareno robes which are worn during the Semana Santa.
Most shops are open from 10:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday, and 10:00 – 14:00 only on Saturday.
Map of Seville: