Shopping for antiques, typical ceramics, exquisite cakes and pastries or the latest fashions is one of the options offered by the shopping centres and shops of Bilbao. Going shopping in Bilbao is a unique occasion for enjoying the architectural heritage of the city and whilst out you can enjoy the popular pintxos in one of the many taverns or cafés lining the streets.
The Old Quarter, Indautxi and Ensanche are the main shopping areas in Bilbao. Here you will find a wide range of products in traditional establishments, shops selling the latest fashions and the modern shopping centres.
Other useful information
Opening times: some shops, especially the large franchises and shopping centres, are open from 10am-9pm. The more traditional shops open from 10am-1.30pm and from 5-8pm, Monday to Friday, and most of them close on Saturday afternoons.
Sales: the winter sales generally begin in the second week of January and go on until the end of February, and the summer sales begin on 1 July and run until the end of August.
How to pay: most people pay in cash or with a credit card, when you must show your passport or identity card.
Tax free: residents from outside the European Union are entitled to have Value Added Tax (IVA) refunded on purchases of more than €90.15.
Bilbao Card: this card will give you interesting discounts in many shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres and you will also have unlimited use of public transport. The card costs €6, €10 or €12, depending on whether you have it for one, two or three days.
Did you know?
The La Ribera market appears in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest covered market in the world
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