The most eastern Canary Island, Lanzarote has plenty to see and do. Shopping in Lanzarote is lots of fun with boutiques, souvenir shops and local stores. From island pottery and gifts to jars of the delicious mojo sauce and aloe vera beauty products, this Atlantic island is full of unique things to buy.
Exploring the capital’s culture
Arrecife is Lanzarote’s heart and strolling the streets will reveal roadside folk singing, lots of cafés, and great shopping. From international brands to the tiniest boutiques in the middle of the town, Arrecife is a wonderful place to get to know Lanzarote.
Lanzarote shopping comes into its own here, with familiar brands as well as pottery shops, delicatessens and local jewellers. Get a feel for the it by exploring the town centre just north of the coast road. Walk out to the Castillo de San Gabriel out on the water before heading back into town for a Menu del Dia during the hot, early afternoon hours.
The best Lanzarote shopping locations
Arrecife has rebuilt its marina in recent years and this is a perfect place to look at the yachts bobbing about in the harbour while you shop. With new boutiques and shops right in the marina, you can grab a drink under an umbrella while eyeing up your new purchases.
A short taxi drive or walk down to Playa Honda is the one of the best shopping locations in Lanzarote thanks to the Deiland shopping centre. Here you can visit all the classic Spanish stores that have gone global like Pull & Bear, Bimba Y Lola and Stradivarius. This is the biggest shopping centre on the island and keen shoppers could easy spend a day here, relaxing for lunch at 100 Montaditos with its delicious tapas and cooling off with a juice from Don Zumo.
Shopping and beaches
Playa Blanca on the south of the island is a haven for tourists. It’s full to the brim of restaurants serving locally caught fish, tapas and the archipelago’s most famous food, Canarian potatoes with mojo sauce.
Once you’ve savoured the delights of the local mojo, you’ll never want to look back! Plenty of shops sell huge varieties of mojo sauce in beautiful jars that are sure to be filling your suitcase on the way home. Recreate the classic dish by boiling tiny potatoes in salted water and serving with mojo and grilled sardines.
Playa Blanca has some of the best souvenir shopping in Lanzarote too, with little boutiques selling handcrafted pottery and artwork from the island and mainland Spain. Here you can buy aloe vera products as well, perfect for moisturising your sun-tanned skin with and cooling you down after a day on the beach. This near-magical plant grows happily on the island and many aloe vera products are made right here in Lanzarote, from soaps to body creams.
Stroll Lanzarote’s markets
The Spanish love their markets! With a sea breeze and year-round sunshine, there’s nothing better than strolling along old streets and roadside stalls looking at local wares, fresh foods, and stopping off to buy some pretty souvenirs.
There are plenty of markets in Lanzarote and Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca has a great one. With beautiful clothes, handcrafted gifts and jewellery, you can shop until your heart’s content before retreating to a nearby bar for an ice cold drink.
Both Arrecife and Teguise to the north have fantastic markets with everything you could possibly want to buy. These markets cater to tourists and locals so you’ll get a perfect insight into how the islanders live. The stallholders will be more than happy to show you the local foods and handicrafts.
Lanzarote is the shopper’s dream
When shopping in Lanzarote, don’t forget the supermarkets. One of the largest is a chain called Hiperdino with a friendly dinosaur as its logo. Kids will love seeing all the Spanish sweets, ice creams and fruit that they won’t have seen back home. Supermarkets are also great places to get local foods like mojo sauce, pimento spice and chorizo. Lots of Spanish food keeps well, making it perfect to take back home.
The Canarians take siestas during the hottest hours of the day and many shops will be closed between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. This is the ideal time to relax, enjoy a slow lunch and sip fruit juices in the shade of big umbrellas. To make up for the afternoon siestas, many shops stay open well into the evening, often closing around 8pm or even 9pm.