Shopping in Tenerife was to require special attention since March 15, 2020. Then, a State of Alarma also called a State of Emergency was announced by the Spain government until further notice. Only shops that sell essential products like food and drink, news, tobacco, IT services and the like were to be allowed. Any establishments where people may gather, such as cafes, restaurants and bars could only deliver. Hence, regard much that has been published in the rest of this article is subject to change.
In fact, the luxury tart may be sold as a take away during the Coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, as the cafés who sell it also have bakery and pastry shops attached or within their premises. Mind only Rancho Grande by San Telmo Beach keeps on selling by its bread counter until bread is sold out which may be by lunch time already.
Only Singles or one person from a family are allowed to enter a shop one at a time to prevent any crowding. Shopping in supermarkets, such as Lidl, requires gloves that must be worn inside the shop and at tills. Keeping a 1,5m distance to a nearby shopper is a must. Gloves should be a must in all shops in my mind, but are not always strictly enforced. I emphasize that this regards shop owners as well as customers. Als o mind new Lidl business hours from 9.00 -20.00
By the way, only Hiperdino of the big supermercados does deliveries in most parts of Tenerife Island.
Look out for masks called Mascarillas Coronavirus at so called Farmacias in Tenerife. They cost 95 cents and may be used for three days. You need to show a Tarjeta de Seguridad Social or your passport, as I was assured by the Police. Some pharmacies only accept credit cards for payment. Needless to say, the mask quality isn't the best for that price. Hence, take care by minding safe 1,5m distances from people around you...
One of my favorite clothes store with large stocks is Zara Tenerife whose founder Amancio Ortega who also owns Indesit with several other famous brands like Massimo Dutti, Strativarius and more just donated € 287 000 000 to help Spain with Coronavirus respiratory equipment and masks whose first batch has already arrived from his factory in China. Discover more about the Spanish fashion and the company from Northern Spain which is so popular in Tenerife.
Shopping on the biggest Canary Island is generally very exciting. Start in style on level ground with Santa Cruz the capital of Tenerife and mind that clothes shops and the like were to be closed from March 15, 2020 onward.
In fact, downtown Santa Cruz has three main
pedestrian streets with countless buying options, boutiques and chain
Shopping delights are found from Plaza de España upwards between Calle Imelda Seris and C/ Emilio Calzadilla with C/ del Castillo being the most popular, as seen on this map.
the way Stores of virtually all European fashion designers are found on
Calle Castillo in the Tenerife capital, as I noticed in Winter
2019/2020 when Christmas shopping at night is big fun. There as well as in La Laguna are stores of the UK Body-shop. Then, I also discovered a shop by Vici and Lu that's depicted below and which I absolutely love. It sells fashion of various European top designers and is of C/Castillo on the way to Plaza de los Principes.
Contrary to before, parts of the Tenerife capital commerce show exciting market initiatives on Sundays, now.
Innovative craft works are now sold on the grounds of the ancient castle by Plaza de España in the capital. Spot the ruins of once gracious arches in the background in the photo below. That's where you find its Mercadillo Castillo Santa Cruz a Christmas Market.
Some stalls of some winter markets are
seen until the capital's May celebrations. Street vendors are also busy
at the Rambla and at Parque Garcia Sanabria. Visitors from 50 yearly
cruise ships for Santa Cruz will love this kind of shopping.
I've noticed a bookstore with such flair and rare literature in Paris in the Quartier Latin. Certainly, London could compete, too.
The depicted book shop Librariademujeres, as it is called in Facebook, also promotes new books and their authors by staging according events. Of course, men are welcome, too.
Long ago, in Santa Cruz Central, I couldn't resist taking a photo of a red shop. It is still there. It displays flags and flowers by its tall windows which are broken up by paintings.
Their biggest wholesalers are in the capital of the biggest Canary island in Santa Cruz.
Indeed, you have a better chance to discover the lens for your old camera there.
Buy the €3,95 Halloween pumpkin shown above with spooky sweets attached to its back at a Toscal Longuera vegetable market... Otherwise, at all the Tenerife Lidl stores which may be advertised by their catalogue. All big malls and supermarkets stock gourds for Halloween at that time of the year, by the way.
In 2013, Saturn for electronic gadgets was fused with a sister business called Media Market.
The address of one such outlet in the Tenerife capital is:
C.C.Continental, C/Bentagai 1-3
38111 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel: 0034 + 922472200
Needless to say is that you find the most popular European Brands besides international imports for shopping at this ultra modern, gigantic mall with free WiFi and free underground parking. And there is also Carrefour. Open every day except Sunday from 9.00-22.00. Christmas time on Sundays too like all big malls.
sells electrical, electronic, video, audio and computer articles. It
prides itself of best service for a huge variety of goods and best
Find the Santa Cruz Rastro in several streets by the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa which is actually much more than an African market.
The Street Flea market in Santa Cruz is for Sunday shopping only. Opening hours from 7 a.m. to about 2.p.m. They are more or less the same in all such Tenerife 'Rastros', except for the night market of Los Abrigos.
In the past, you could find more interesting things for your holiday home in Tenerife on the capital flea market. Even antiques such as precious toys, miniature dolls, match box cars and the like are more rare, now. Instead, buses bring people now to the Puerto Cruz flee market where interesting things are still found on several 'Rastros'.
The photo above is typical for Tenerife
capital downtown shopping. Look at the relaxed mood in this tree lined
street. It leads off Plaza de España. There downtown, many
street cafés and bistros with terraces invite for a rest. Sometimes
traveling musicians play for you there while you have a meal or just a
Shopping in Tenerife will be extended towards the water front by Plaza de España, sometime in the near future. More about it when the construction works have come to an end.
Encounter restaurant Restaurante el Aguila a once famous hangout for Tenerife Bohemians of the Tertulias at the top of the street C/el Castillo by Plaza Alfarez Provisionales. Delicious cakes are also sold there. Or savour the Bacalao fish salad Ensalada Bienmisabe...
The old Corte Inglés department store is right opposite this restaurant/café. Not that long ago, it was the biggest attraction for shopping in Tenerife on the entire island.
This park is an enclave with center pavilion by Restaurante El Aguila. Have a shopping pick-nick in this semi tropical oasis surrounded by street art of unisex working people of a groupe called Courage made by the Dutch lady sculptor Hanneke Beaumont.
Typical Tenerife embroidery made in China
is offered by street vendors in this shopping district. The genuine
hand made variety is sold in shops which are said to be cheaper than in
other Tenerife towns.
Embroidered articles are not ideal for the renting out of your holiday home in Tenerife.
Chose between black or white silk stoles. They are usually stitched up in many colors, as is custom. Shopping in Tenerife for such light garments to take overseas as gifts is a good idea.
There's a good cafe for cakes with a
great gift shop in Masca. Don't think that this curio shop in the famous
mountain village must be expensive for shopping in Tenerife...
We would have thought so before going to Tenerife souvenirs Masca.
Find out for yourself...
There are some antique shops in Santa Cruz with more in the second biggest town La Laguna. I never forget an old special Spanish fan I once glimpsed there. I hope to find it again. La Laguna antique sales are very interesting for shopping in Tenerife.
This isn't the shop of yore I had in mind but it's well worth visiting and if only at the lady's Facebook Page La Restauradora de la Laguna.
There once was the El Guzano shop for fantastic antique toys and houses in C/ El Castillo before 2011. Find it all now at 'El Guzano Facebook'...
Now, the smaller branch at C/C Meridiano is just a bit further uphill from Corte Ingles , as mentioned in a list earlier on and which is also one of huge malls for shopping in Tenerife. No parking problem exists at Tenerife Añaza Carrefour, where a bus takes you too, by the way.
Find out why I didn't buy a sofa at Carrefour Tenerife Santa Cruz the smaller branch and where I bought it, eventually.
Do shopping in Tenerife in the outskirt centers using Tenerife public Titsa buses. Go to La Laguna on the TF5 Free Way with Titsa bus 102 as well as for Ikea of Tenerife,
while Alcampo of La Laguna also has a mega store supermarket which
includes groceries and fresh produce as well for shopping in Tenerife. Mind that Alcampo supermarkets only accept credit cards and is now only open from 10.00 to 20.00
Tenerife's biggest sports mall called Decathlon where English is spoken is right beside it.
Discover all about vibrant shopping at Alcampo La Laguna as well as at La Villa which is also known as the TF5 shopping mall Villa La Orotava. This place is similar to a fair ground by the way it accommodates half of Tenerife North shoppers with mall nightlife of Spain. Find those shopping locations most entertaining during Carnival, Christmas and at other events after hours.
I was told in more than one appliance
shop (which does not apply to big malls, by the way) that all little
shops sell the same fridge, for example, at exactly the same price.
Alternatively, hunt for bargains at the hyper outlets of Alcampo or Carrefour when you are shopping in Tenerife..
Shopping in Tenerife South is slightly more expensive than in the North. My friend César used to buy a fair deal in the North before Los Gigantes opened its own Mercadona and Lidl stores nearby.
Icod de los Vinos has a whole district that sells economical furniture for every taste. I purchased a little Bamboo sofa table at shop RustyIcod for my holiday studio for only euro;20,-- in 2004. Delivery was included in the price. The Tienda(shop) RustyYcod is in Avda.Chincanayros - La Mancha, Icod de los Vinos, Tel./fax 922 81 1940 Also check out electrical appliances at the Electro Bazar Icod, S.L., Avda.25 de Abril, 53 - San Sebastian, 8 - Icod de los Vinos, Tel: 922 81 04 19.
Santa Ursula Center has furniture shops and a fabulous store for artificial plants from €70 to €100. It is opposite the Santa Ursula Titsa Bus stop by the Town Hall about. Such green ornaments are ideal for a holiday home in Tenerife which is to be rented out, you know...
Most shops in Santa Cruz Tenerife capital are closed on Sundays, public holiday and during Siesta from about 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. but, there is the Mercardo de Nuestra Señora (flea market is part of it) where you may even haggle out a bargain.
Discover Leroy Merlin Tenerife for much more than just the handy man with many hot tips
Other big stores in its vicinity cater for bath rooms only, others for tools, exclusively, yet another outlet offers furniture. It does deliveries due to the Coronavirus but charges for it.
One of Tenerife's biggest nurseries is Lalyflor which is also a wholesale business. Encounter it up the road by Leroy Merlin. It had the biggest collection of most stunning orchids which are imported from Holland (If I recollect well) on sale including enormous flower pots of all sizes and huge plants when I last went there. A while ago, I saw a handsome Lavender plant on sale ther for only €2. Go to Laly Flor to buy gardening tools and decorative plants for a holiday villa or the like which needs a green boost. The Address is LalyFlor La Vera Tel: 922 387053 Take the TF5 Exit 38...
La Matanza market Mercadillo del Agricultor, del Vino y Artesania on the TF217 motorway is open on week-end mornings. It is more than a farmers market with two market halls. Interesting locally produced wines... It has a bar and Cafe where people love to eat Churros.
By the way, find the biggest Tenerife capital Agricultural Wholesale market at the web www.mercatenerife.es
Depicted above are 100g of ProBody Bread which have 23g Protein. That is more than in 100g of fresh, high quality Salmon which has 20g Protein. This bread has 276kcal, 15,6g fat of which 2,5g are saturated. Carbohydrate content in 100g is a sensational minimum of 6,0g. Sugar of that is 1,5g, Fiber 9,9g and salt 1,13g
Sourdough bread is also sold in Puerto de la Cruz at Restaurante Rancho Grande's bakery and at the Columbus Center of Plaza del Charco. It is likely to be available at the Cafe opposite Lago Martianez.
Huge monastery loaves are sold at The Monasterio Meson El Monasterio just outside of town. I have seen normal loaves at La Villa Alcampo of La Orotava around Christmas.
Always mind sales when on vacation on the island. Spot them as 'Ofertas' or 'Rebajas', as called in Spanish. Some fashion outlets discounted up to 75 per cent in Spring 2013, as Christmas shopping had been disappointing. Summer Sales normally start in July but, may also begin in June, already. With summer season for beaches almost all year round summer and beach clothes are sold cheaper frequently at any time of the year.
Little boutiques in some of the lesser
known commercial districts let you discover unusual fashion design
outfits. I had seen some in the old quarters of the big town the mother of Puerto de la Cruz.
An interesting designer boutique is also right by Casa de Aduana Puerto de la Cruz and another is in Calle Zamora.
Cotton clothes made in South America may be found at little boutiques in North Tenerife.
The building opposite Zara's of Santa Cruz in the capital is called after United Benetton but its next big outlet is now at Plaza del Principe in the hotel by that name.
Mind the frequent Benetton sales of more than good quality children clothes. I bought several jeans on sale from it for less than € 5 each.
Tenerife traditional folkloric outfits are adorable for men or for women and are best purchased at the stores and factory of Artesania Canarias in Avenida los Remedios, 17 of Los Realejos.
Casa de los Balcones offers a
big treasure chest for buying beautiful traditional Tenerife gifts. Of
course, hand made embroidered garments can't be cheap and some are of
'Casa de artesania' over the
road also has a large Folklore selection for shopping in Tenerife. See
it at www.casa-balcones.com which has more retail outlets at La Villa
Alcampo by the TF5 freeway, exit 36 as well as in all major Tenerife
towns such as the Garachico shop El Limonero arts and crafts
By the way, Garachico shopping being again worth a trip
You can purchase this toasted cereal flour by the kg at the Gofio factory shop in la Orotava at about 200m up the road from Casa de los Balcones.
Buy this typical staple diet of Tenerife with an acquired taste for the fun of it for as little as €1,20. Mind, Gofio which is cheaper than Wheat and Oats is not sold in all Spanish provinces. Tourists that take it home to surprise friends with it. Why? Gofio opens up interesting conversation points on the Guanches.
Shopping in Tenerife as well as on other
Canary Islands is cheapest by tax. Igic the Canary Island retail
shopping tax went up from 5% to 7% in 2012 which is still cheaper than
the IVA with 21% on mainland Spain.
However, much is imported on Tenerife Island via its Free Port Santa Cruz Mercado Libre from Asia and from South America.
I stopped smoking many moons ago and don't like to encourage cigarette buying. Cigarettes and related merchandise is about half price compared to the rest of Europe. Estancos are the cheapest providers. However, be free to pop in at the workshop of Tenerife cigars to acquire one or two hand-rolled ones as peculiar souvenirs to take home as gifts or collectors items.
Luxury taxes in Canarias are low, indeed.
Cigarettes, liquors and perfumes or cosmetics are proof of that. Even
products made on mainland Spain cost less. This makes shopping in
Tenerife so interesting for expats and for for tourists on holiday.
Acquiring a new car in Tenerife is, always, recommended as opposed to bringing one in.
At a road that runs parallel to La Villa Alcampo La Orotava you can view many, many used cars that face the TF1 Free Way. Owners leave them there with asking price, mileage and phone number attached in order to sell.
Other Tenerife shopping news concern the Corte Inglés with its so called 'Centro de Oportunidades' which was inaugurated in May 2012 at El Trompe beside La Villa Alcampo mall.
Secrets on what to look out for in Shops for health, such as organic produce, best organic teas, best meatloaf and more
Saroj Supermarket is a branch of the same Asian shop in Tenerife North. More about it under Puerto Cruz shopping in Tenerife just now.
Puerto de la Cruz shopping in Tenerife has an exciting range of shops to name just a few like El Aderno, Indesit and other stores with a Zara in the pipeline, malls, Desigual fashion, and of course La Villa Alcampo and Centro Comercial El Trompo
Interesting shopping tax info by the European Union Commission for people from outside the EU who buy in Europe which includes Tenerife as well as more must know important regulations.
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