Playa del Inglés' shopping centres aren't always the best place to go shopping as they are mostly packed withrestaurants and bars. Here's where to go to stock up on everything you need in the resort.
Food and drink
The Netto and other small supermarket chains in Playa del Inglés offer a wide range of food and essentials but are expensive: Great for buying bread, water and daily essentials. but it's cheaper to head to where the locals shop if you are self catering.
The big supermarkets in nearby San Fernando have a wider range and low prices. Just hop in a taxi and ask for “el Hiperdino (or Mercadona) grande de San Fernando”. Similarly, the Maspalomas market sells a much better range of fresh fruit and veggies than the supermarkets.
Gran Canaria’s tap water has a strong taste (it is made from desalinated seawater) but is perfectly safe to drink. The locals buy big water bottles, called garafas, to drink but use the tap water to cook with and brush their teeth.
Clothes and gifts
Quality shopping in Playa del Inglés is a bit thin on the ground. Most of the clothes shops are in the shopping centres along the Boulevard Faro in Maspalomas. Perfume is good value thanks to low taxes on the island and there is no limit to the Gran Canaria-branded souvenirs and t-shirts you can buy in the shopping centres.
You can't buy a pair of genuine branded sunglasses for 15 euros, no matter what the man tells you.
Fundgrube is a Canarian chain that sells everything from perfume to quality leather bags. Its prices are good and it stocks all the top names.
While the days of outright rip-offs in electronics shops are over it always pays to compare prices between shops and check what is available online.
The Visanta chain of electronics and camera gear is great value but do try and haggle prices down by 10-20% from the first price you are quoted.
Souvenirs and duty free
Holiday souvenirs are everywhere in Playa and most are cheap and fun. They may not last much longer than your holiday but do you really need a willy-shaped corkscrew at home? For a wider selection of souvenirs head to the big markets at Arguineguín, Mogan and San Fernando.
Tax on alcohol and cigarettes in Gran Canaria are minimal so it's almost always cheaper to buy your duty free in the resorts rather than the airport. Technically you are only allowed 200 cigarettes and one litre of spirits per person as the Canary Islands are outside the EU Customs Union.