You’re spoilt for choice in terms of shopping in Girona and you’ll find everything here from great boutiques to exceptional patisseries and fabulous wine shops and delis. Wherever you end up, you’ll also find some fantastically designed shops from super-contemporary minimal chic to ornate Art Nouveau shop fronts and interiors.
District-wise, shopping in Girona basically falls into two areas: the old town and the new town. As you might perhaps expect, the old town is where you’ll find quirky, independent shops from wines and spirits to contemporary jewellery, hand-made confectionery and interior design. Calle Ballesteries, alongside the river, is particularly good and worth exploring.
A couple of my favourites in the old town are:
La Bodega (Bonaventura Carreras i Peralta; 972 21 22 88) is a fabulous bodega selling a great selection of local wines and spirits. Like all traditional bodegas in Spain, they also sell directly from the barrel.
Ambrosia (c/Careras Peralta 4) is set amidst a gorgeous patio Andaluz-style courtyard in a 15th-century mansion. It's a great place for presents and souvenirs. Everything is made by local nuns and monks with a big selection of beautifully packaged local almondy cookies and confectionery, plus herbal remedies and choral CDs.
The main city shopping area is in the new town on the other side of the river. The streets running off the Rambla Libertat – a leafy pedestrianised boulevard with plane trees on either side - are great places to browse as well as Calle Santa Clara near the Carlemany Hotel Girona.
A few of my favourites are:
Faure (25, Carrer de l'Argenteria. This wonderfully patisserie sells delicious and quirky cakes, chocolates and patisserie. I often by their signature boxes of ‘chocolate flies’ o ‘Mosques de Girona’ – named after defeat of the French in 13th century.
Best of the rest
Others I particularly like elsewhere are:
Colmado Moriscot (C/ Ciutadans, 4); this is what they call in Spain an ‘ultramarino’ – basically an old-style grocery store selling everything, from a huge selection of canned fish to fresh cheeses and sausages as well as chocolate. The shop is like stepping back into the 19th century.
Cacao Sampaka (Calle Sta Clara 45) sells exceptional handmade chocolates with flavours including curry and anchovy, as well as more traditional truffles.
If you like markets, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, head for the Parc de la Devesa for general clothes, handicrafts, flowers and food.
For general information on what to expect of shopping on the Costa Brava, see my Shopping in Costa Brava page.