The Joy of Shopping in Santa Cruz

Wed, September 26th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

A few years ago if you were staying in Playa de las Américas and fancied picking up some quality Spanish fashions, you had to travel north to the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Times have changed. Now Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje have their own smart shopping centres filled with a mix of Spanish high street names and upmarket designer labels.
In the north, places like Puerto de la Cruz have long catered to a sizeable resident population, so shopping for anything other than fake football shirts, perfumes and cigarettes has never posed much of a problem.


Shopping in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

But nowhere on Tenerife can quite match the buzz of a trip to the big city. Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, is still the place to enjoy a no holds barred shopping spree. Del Duque in Costa Adeje might have the designer outlets, but it doesn’t have historic streets filled with stylish Canarios to go with them. Puerto might have leafy plazas in which to partake of a café cortado mid-shopping, but it doesn’t boast huge multi-floor stores.

The bottom line is that, unless you’re totally anti-shopping, helping your purse or wallet to lose weight in Santa Cruz is an enjoyable and illuminating experience.


Plaza España, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The big shops and shopping centres near the bus station, including chic C.C. Tres de Mayo, C.C. Meridiano and El Corte Inglés, offer the chance to have a nosey at the shopping preferences of a different culture, even if some of the names (Zara, Police, Mango etc.) might be familiar. They’re also pretty good places to grab a bite to eat with tapas bars and even the occasional gastro-deli to choose from.

But ultimately, shopping centres are shopping centres; it’s much more fun to get into the streets.


Mercado Nuestra señora de Africa, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Visitors might not end up buying a whole rabbit, or a kilo of salted fish at the Nuestra Señora de Africa market, opposite the TEA arts centre, but it’s a beautiful and fascinating market to visit which showcases the best of the island’s local produce. Plus it’s always fun to play ‘identify the strange looking fruit’ at one of the many greengrocer stalls. Even after living on Tenerife for years, there’s usually an oddball that has me stumped.

The best Santa Cruz shopping experience involves a stroll from the cool pool at Plaza España along bustling Calle Castillo which takes you past shops, historic monuments, shops, small art galleries, shops, cafés and more shops.


Fruit in Santa Cruz

By the time you reach leafy Plaza Weyler – where benches in the shade are at a premium – you could  be laden down with underwear from Oysho; uniquely vibrant styles from Desigual; great value duds from Bershka, H&M and Stradivarius, killer heels from Mary Paz (if you’re female… but then again, it may be carnival), shiny baubles and maybe even a couple of cigars from neighbouring La Palma.

Throw into the mix the fact that there’s nearly always something going on (6th October sees Sal 2 bringing kiosks, music, dancing and a carousel of tapas to the city) and it should be clear that shopping in Santa Cruz is about much more than consumerism, it’s also about enjoying a taster of what life is like in Tenerife’s capital city.

Posted : Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 8:40 am
Category : about tenerife
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