There are a range of places for shopping in Lanzarote, with shopping streets and shopping centres. There are supermarkets, and shops which sell clothes, jewellery, perfumes, electrical goods etc, as well as locally produced goods and handmade craft items. Most of the shopping areas are in the main resorts of Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, in the capital of Arrecife and its neighbour Playa Honda. Other popular places for shopping are the markets held in Playa Blanca, Arrecife and the Sunday market in Teguise. These markets are ideal places to buy souvenirs, craft products and locally produced food such as cheese, wine and mojo sauce.
In Arrecife the capital, there is the widest choice of shopping in Lanzarote, as there is the biggest shopping street of Calle León y Castillo, which is also known as ‘Calle Real’; and other shops are found by the seafront, along Calle José Antonio, Calle Fajardo amd Calle Canalejas. Most shops are open from 9am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, and on Saturday from 9am-2pm.
In Costa Teguise the shopping area is by Playa de las Cucharas, where there is a range of shops, and in the Las Cucharas Commercial Centre. In Pueblo Marinero there are shops and cafe/bars, with a craft market being held there on Friday evenings.
In Playa Blanca the principal shopping areas are close to the seafront along Calle Limones, Marina Rubicón and at the Papagayo centre.
In Playa Honda there is the main shopping centre of C.C. Deilan which has clothes shops, sports goods, electrical products, perfumes and cafes. There is also a cinema, a Burger King and a bowling alley there.
In Puerto del Carmen the main concentration of shops is along the Avenida de las Playas, including the Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre which has an area of 25,000 square metres and more than 50 shops. This centre is good for clothes shopping as it includes shops like Zara, Pull and Bear, Mango, Foot Locker etc.
In Teguise the most popular market on the island is held on Sunday mornings, which is a large open air market held in the centre of the town.
For anyone who needs to go food shopping in Lanzarote then the following is a list of the main supermarkets in the main towns. These supermarkets are mainly aimed at local people but they do offer an excellent range of products if you are on holiday:
Arrecife – two Mercadona stores, Eurospar, Hiperdino,Lidl and Congelados AfricaMar
Costa Teguise – Eurospar
Playa Honda – Mercadona, Hiperdino Deiland, Congelados Roper, Congelados AfricaMar
Macher – Eurospar
Playa Blanca – Hiperdino, Congelados Roper
Tias – Congelados Roper
San Bartolome – Congelados AfricaMar
For food shopping in Lanzarote, in the tourist resorts, there are small supermarkets which are more convenient if you are on holiday, but the prices are higher. They always have a good range of international products, and a good selection of alcohol and tobacco items. Other smaller shops can be found outside of the tourist resorts. There are some shops which sell products dried and frozen from the UK.
For a different experience of shopping in Lanzarote then there are a number of open-air markets on different days of the week.
Teguise market is the biggest market in Lanzarote, with hundreds of stalls lining the streets. It is held on Sundays from 9am – 2pm. At the market you can buy hand-made table cloths, jewellery, paintings, African wood carvings and wines and cheeses.
Haria market is a small market held in the town square on Saturday mornings from 9am – 2pm.
Costa Teguise market is held in the Pueblo Marinero every Friday evening from 5pm – 8pm.
Playa Blanca market is held at the Marina Rubicon every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9am – 2pm.
Tias market is a farmers market held in the centre of Tias on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm.
TIPS FOR SHOPPING IN LANZAROTE
• When you pay by debit or credit card you will usually have to show photo evidence as a security check, so make sure you have your passport or driving licence with you.
• Always haggle at a market as you will always get a lower price than what you are first told.
• The Canary Islands are Duty Free, even though they are in the EU, so you will find that tobacco, alcohol and perfume are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. They, therefore, will be cheaper at supermarkets and local shops than they will be at the airport in Arrecife.
• The Duty Free Allowances are limited to: 2 litres of wine, 1 litre of spirits if stronger than 22% or 2 litres if under 22%, 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250g of rolling tobacco, 60ml of perfume, 250ml of eau de toilette, and other goods to a maximum of 145 pounds.
• If you buy electrical goods, then make sure you buy from a reputable supplier to avoid any problems with your purchase or guarantee.
• Any last-minute shopping can be done in the Departure lounge at the airport in Arrecife where most things can be bought.
Shopping in Lanzarote gives lots of opportunities to browse and buy in a range of shops, both local and national; and at markets. Shopping in the evening is usually a pleasant and relaxed pastime, as shops are open until late in the tourist resorts, and are always close to bars and restaurants.