Countless, tiny and small Tenerife shops are, indeed, different and offer you a adventure for buying things. Look at unusual treasures like this funny species of several pumpkins seen at Tienda Carmen in Los Realejos Toscal, Longuera, C/Longuera, 13.
All big retail outlets in Tenerife resemble, usually, those found in northern Europe and in the United States.
Therefore, let's look at two typical small Spanish versions today.
Notice, how modern Spain business is, even in tiny shops, while giving you a highly personalized service...
Also, just now, you will be able to read up on fundamental differences caused by Spanish customer service in big or small shops.
I once had a friend who was allergic. She bought Dinkle Bread/(Spelt bread) and organically grown lattice at a health shop (Tienda de salúd) on Plaza del Charco in Puerto de la Cruz.
Spelt bread is also sold at one of my local bakeries in Toscal of Realejos. You pay from Euro 0,70 to Euro 2,50. The latter is a square loaf.
Health shops in Tenerife are well stocked with much variety. They cover a niche with good demand but, are more expensive.
They are everywhere on the island.
However, you might locate Tenerife organic produce of Spain at small Tenerife so called Tiendas at lower prices, as well.
Yes, it closed for retirement in 2014. It wasn't just a resource for organic produce and imported condiments from all over the world. Many expats and natives loved it. A British friend said the other day that we love those tiny shops. They are so much more fun. Strange people suddenly may talk to you, unlike in big supermarkets. Even the owner and employees have more time for you.
How do you know when produce and fruit come from local farmers and might even be organically grown?
That's easy to spot.
A lattice with imperfections and the odd snail inside has not seen fertilizers and comes from a Tenerife farm.
Tiny dark red regular tomatoes or any other fruit of inferior size wouldn't pass the grade in big Tenerife retail outlets either.
Note the exception for small produce in Tenerife is the Papa Bonita.
The Papa Bonita is the most tasty potato which is cultivated in Tenerife. It's yellow inside and costs sometimes more than Euro 6 per kg.
I have seen Papas Bonitas on sale in a small shop behind Iglesia Peña de Francia of Puerto Cruz, a long time ago. This Andean papa which once came from Peru, hardly ever makes it into Tenerife shops. Unless, their owners buy the Bonitas for themselves or barter them for other articles, such as good local wines, Tenerife goat cheese and the like.
News 2013 Papas Yema huevo for Euro 4 I spotted them as tiny Papas Bonitas Negras in the same shop, on July 23, in the same shop which is next door to Café Ebano Calle La Hoya. Yema de huevo means egg yolk and is an extremely tasty potato. Don't take it for salads or French fries. Why. Not ideal for it... An absolute give away for that price.
By the way, this shop also sold lose Tamarind spice pieces which looked like a rolled up black piece of bark from the outside.
This is another of surprising Tenerife shops. Why? It has no name displayed, but sells rare produce and herbs. Find it next door to the well known Café Ebano behind the biggest church in Puerto de la Cruz, by Calle La Hoya.
You only encounter imperfect produce and fruit at small shops like Carmen's.
Tiny local Tenerife bananas as seen here next to a tea spoon, are considered inferior but, have more nutritional value. The proof by banana analysis has been established. In fact, such fruit doesn't only taste better but, also has more proteins. Buy it cheap for less than €1.00 a kg at small shops. Many will remember the legendary Tienda Carmen in Longuera Los Realejos, 10 minutes from Puerto de la Cruz. This was such a place.
Tenerife shopping buzz, banana news 2013 There is a shop called Carniceria Peñon (butchery Peñon) in C/Peñon/C/Mesquinez Puerto de la Cruz very close the the Soccer courts and the beaches of Playa Jardin. It has been selling fairly small bananas for Euro 0,50 for many months now, and that in 2013. A photo of their display with prices is in our Facebook pages. This again shows also, that even a butchery can sell fruit and veggies in Tenerife. However, the latter can be seen from far, as they are stacked up outside the retail outlet.
This offer is another proof of little shops in Tenerife which beat municipal market prices. Why? Most probably selling best home grown fruit which come from nearby and are not from expensive shade houses of the south of the island, for example.
Find out how small Tenerife shops often sell more and different products than those which you expect at the big Puerto Cruz Sumo Spar store.
Here i must add, that much window advertisement is taking place there, off lately in 2013.
Discover in details what the popular Saroj Supermarket of Tenerife has. It stocks African, Libanese, Turkish, local and other Oriental foods, just like Fruteria M Carmen, but he sells more frozen or dried Asian convenience food besides Ayurvedic, Vegetarian and some Vegan products as well as some Hindu surprises.
Besides, small Tenerife shops may look like merchandise crowded oriental Bazars, where it's often hard to see unusual things on first sight.
Unfortunately, the enticing tea and herb shop at Martianez shopping mall disappeared in 2013.. Perhaps, its products are sold on Plaza de Europa, as somebody said. However, stalls are only allowed to operate there on special public holidays now, contrary to all Sundays as before.
Find other organic herbs, teas and spices online here...
Let me whisper a secret for British folks on holiday in Tenerife.
Meat loaf produced by butcher Sprungman
Las Cuevas/La Orotava
which discover just before the Humboldt look-out.
You can also buy a slice of this delicious meat loaf ready made at the Butchery shop of the Canary Center in La Paz Puerto de la Cruz. Find its Delicatessen almost opposite Hotel Botanico.
People with a holiday home in Tenerife appreciate retail outlets for shopping Puerto Cruz with photos, addresses and detailed information.
Absolutely, some of them are cheaper than others.
But, you should see how crowed Tienda Carmen is on a Saturday morning, when her customers come from far.
Don't forget, IGIC or 'General sales tax' in Tenerife shops is only 7% whereas the same is IVA with 21 % on mainland Spain. Tenerife's is lower to make up for additional costs of imported goods as Tenerife is a small Island.
This is a fact which is, confirmed by Wikipedia here but is often forgotten when people compare mainland Spain shop prices to those in its Tenerife province.
Please, return from Tenerife shops to shopping in Tenerife which is a general guide with many shopping links and learn, also, where and how to shop in the capital and its surroundings, about good customer service and more...
Please note that all prices in this page are prices of year 2009... However, there's hardly a difference now in 2015.