Though the city isn''t as fashion conscious as other nearby
cosmopolitan counterparts, Seville is nonetheless Spanish, meaning
aisle cruising is an acceptable way to spend large chunks of time.
Tourists will find the experience relaxed and unhurried, many
Sevillian shoppers make several stops along the way for coffee and
tapas, and stores often close in the middle of the day for
Shopping in Seville has everything from small, specialty shops
to big, overbearing department stores. In fact, the local little
guys are often embroiled in battle with the emboldened Spanish
brands, the most famous being Zara and Mango. Needless to say,
tourists have an amazing assortment of options.
The area around Plaza Neuve is prime territory for anything chic
and stylish, and the pedestrian thoroughfares of Calle Tetuan and
Calle de las Sierpes are cluttered with opportunities to purchase
some smart Spanish clothes or pay top dollar for the more high-end
Tourists shopping in Seville may also be interested in scooping
up a few items more aptly aligned with local culture. Ceramics and
Andalusian linen and shawls make great Seville souvenirs and are in
no short supply.
Take a trip across the Guadalquivir River to the traditional
tile-making area of Triana; a handful of shops and functioning
workshops sell beautifully crafted tiles and in some cases it''s
possible to watch the craftsman shape their wares. Many of the
beautiful azulejos (ceramic tiles) adorning local churches, houses
and tapas bars are still sculpted there today.
If you don''t feel like trooping so far, the area around the
Reales Alcazares and the Barrio Santa Cruz also houses a healthy
supply of shops selling hand-painted ceramics and embroidered
blankets and scarves. There''s also plenty of touristy knick-knacks
and Seville bric-a-brac on sale.
Most shops are open from 10am to 2pm and then from 5pm to 8pm
during the week; from 10am to 2pm on Saturday; and are closed on
Sundays. The big-brand names and large department stores often stay
open all day. Most places accept all major credit cards.