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Malaga - Shopping

As an international city welcoming residents and visitors form around the world, Malaga is a mecca for those who love to shop. Most essentials are readily available and the latest in electronic gadgets are easily obtained. The euro is currently strong compared to other major currencies such as the US Dollar and the British Pound, therefore items may not seem as cheap as they once did, however many electrical items as well as food are still cheaper for expats than they experienced in their home countries.

Some speciality foods that are particular to a country may be more expensive and slightly more difficult to find in the major Spanish supermarkets, however the larger hypermarkets will have speciality foods aisles, and there are specialist shops both in the city of Malaga itself, and more in the tourist resorts outside the city.

Many Spanish, particularly of the older generation, still prefer to buy food in the specialist stores, such as the butcher, baker, greengrocer etc., and take the opportunity to have a long talk with the assistant while they are there. For those with less time on their hands, supermarkets and out of town hypermarkets are increasingly popular and rival any stores in other western countries for size and variety of products.

There are number of large shopping centres along the Costa del Sol, each with a major hypermarket, enabling visitors to find everything they need under one roof. The major centres in Malaga are Carrefour Alameda, on Prol Alameda, Carrefour Rosaleda on Avenida Simon Bolivar and the Malaga Plaza on Calle Armengual de la Mota.

On a Sunday, when most shops are closed in Spain, Malaga hosts its Flea Market in the Paseo de Martiricos, with a total of 231 stands, which is certainly an interesting way to pass the time, if not a serious shopping expedition.

English reading material is not difficult to find. Most British and some US newspapers are printed locally so expats can catch up with the day's news immediately rather than waiting for them to be shipped out. Magazines from all over the world are also widely available, both in major shopping centres as well as street corner kiosks.

For more in-depth English reading material such as novels, recipe books, travel guides, many of the larger department stores, such as the enormous Corte Ingles in the Centro Comercial Bahia Malaga or the Avenida de Andalucia, contains book departments with separate sections for books in English. There are also a couple of specialist English bookstores in the city, such as Luces on Alameda Principal and Rayuela Idiomas in the Plaza de la Merced.

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