Retail therapy in Malaga will combine the old and the new. Wandering around the main retail areas you’ll see a department store next to a centuries-old sword shop, or McDonald’s next to an olde worlde haberdashery.
Calle Larios is the famous, marble-paved, pedestrianised shopping street where you’ll find a selection of major high-street brands (the more expensive ones that is) alongside Spanish design boutiques. It’s also a good place to start exploring the smaller family-run shops of the centro historico.
The two main city centre shopping malls are Vialia (which is in the main train station, Maria Zambrano) and the Larios Centre. At the end of the tree-lined Alameda you’ll find the mammoth El Corte Ingles department store.
And no shopping trip to Malaga should miss out the Central Market, next to the river, which is open Monday-Saturday from 8am until 2pm. You will not find fresher, or cheaper, fruit, fish, meat, cheese and vegetables anywhere in the area.
For general information on what to expect of shopping in the Costa del Sol, see my Shopping in Costa del Sol page. For more advice on shopping in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Shopping in Benalmadena, Shopping in Estepona, Shopping in Marbella, Shopping in Nerja and Shopping in Sotogrande.