Santiago de Compostela - Shopping
Santiago de Compostela has two particular local crafts – silverware and a black gem called jet stone, used for jewelry and amulets. The shops in the area around the Cathedral has a good selection of these and of other hand crafts. The rest of the old town is full of shops of all kinds. The streets or ’rúas’ Nova, Vilar, San Pedro, Caldeirería, Preguntoiro and the squares Toural and Cervantes, along with the ones surrounding the cathedral, are the main shopping areas in the old town.
El Ensanche – New Town – is a well-defined shopping area in Santiago. It is the central shopping area and its main areas are primarily on the streets of Xeneral Pardiñas, Doutor Teixeiro, República de El Salvador, Montero Ríos, Avenido Alfredo Brañas and Prazas Roxa and Galicia. Other important streets, such as Rosalía de Castro, Fernando III el Santo, República Arxentina, A Rosa and Santiago de Chile, complete a very attractive shopping range. Here you can easily walk around shops of international brands, prestigious Spanish franchises, Galician fashion, food shops and gift shops just to mention a few.