Málaga, in Spain's Costa del Sol, contains numerous, small one-of-a-kind shops selling Andalusian and Spanish goods that you won’t find elsewhere. Remember that traditional Spanish hours generally prevail, which means many shops close for several hours after lunch and remain open until late in the evening.
This century-old shop stocks a huge range of Spanish-made espadrilles for men, women and children at very reasonable prices. The lace-topped espadrilles for women make for stylish summer footwear, and the espadrilles for babies are an original christening gift.
Calle San Juan 20, Málaga. Tel. (34) 952-212-735
Located in Málaga’s Old Town, this charming milliner’s shop is a time capsule of Spanish style and graciousness. It is the place to come for beautifully made sombreros, Panama hats and straw beach bonnets.
Calle Calderería 11, Málaga. Tel. (34) 952-222-703
The Málaga region is famous for a sweet fortified wine, known simply as Málaga, which is made from Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grapes and is usually served as an aperitif or with dessert. The region also produces a variety of excellent table wines, and the best place to discover them is at this shop-restaurant-museum, which occupies two renovated 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Enjoy a tasting in the wine bar before buying new favorites in the shop. Alternatively, take the advice of amiable sommelier Julián Sanjuán in the eight-table restaurant.
Los Patios de Beatas
Calle Beatas 43, Málaga. Tel. (34) 952-210-350
After selling her stylish jewelry in crafts markets for years, designer Nora Zurita opened this tiny boutique in the Old Town of Málaga and quickly gained a following among stylish women on the Costa del Sol. As well as silver and silver-and-leather jewelry, she also makes a line from an alloy of nonallergenic metals. Her designs have an elegant simplicity and hence work well with both casual and dressy clothing.
Calle Cárcer 1, Málaga. Tel. (34) 951-484-049
This small family-owned grocer, just a two-minute walk from the Picasso Museum, is a great place to stock up on Spanish delicacies as gifts or for your own pantry. The shop has been in business since 1956 and offers an excellent selection of herbs and spices, including saffron and smoked paprika, dried and candied fruit, olive oil, sherry vinegars, local wines and other Iberian edibles.
Calle Granada 65, Málaga. Tel. (34) 952-212-465