As a member of IE University’s community at the Segovia campus, you’re surely getting used to, or already have gotten used to, what living in the provincial capital of CyL is like. It is brimful of hidden gems: its enigmatic main square, Plaza Mayor, hosts citizens and tourists alike at its local bars and pastry shops, whilst extending streets such as Isabel la Católica and Juan Bravo boast numerous shops offering a number of artisan goods, ideal for a day of shopping.
Home to so much culture and history, our mingling international outlooks often blur the essence of this city. We find ourselves gravitating towards the multinational shops we know and love, like Bershka, Zara, or Flying Tiger; let me tell you, this is normal. You can find these popular businesses in Segovia, but why not go beyond them and explore local, more authentic ones? Ranging from food stores to nick-nack stores, you’re bound to find something in a place like Segovia.
Let’s take a stroll down these popular locations and unearth local Segovian commerce!
Confitería el Alcázar (Bakery/Pastry shop)
Here you’ll find authentic, local treats right in the heart of Segovia. Grab a rosquilla with a café con leche, or enjoy some traditional violet candies while admiring the beautiful cathedral. Make sure you try out their speciality, ponche segoviano.
Producto Nacional (Deli)
If you’re looking to indulge in some local treats and foodstuffs, you have to check this deli out! With all the autonomous community-specific favorites, you’re bound to fall in love with the flavors of Spain. If you want to try out some Segovian products, the staff recommend you try out their judiones, Valtiendas’ red wine, and Cantimpalo’s chorizo. This is also a great place to stop by if you want to bring your family a tasty Spanish treat for when you visit home!
La Maison du Savon de Marseille (Cosmetic store)
When you first walk in, you’re immediately welcomed by the soft complexity of fragrances wafting through the air. This specialty store offers soaps in a plethora of scents, alongside their respective ingredients’ health benefits; you’ll also find natural sponges, eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners, lotions, after-shave products and bath bombs. Staff are very avid in helping you find the right scent for a self-care day in, or a gift for your loved ones. Here, you can be sure your skin is in good hands.
Diablo Cojuelo – espacio gastronómico (Wine and specialty food store)
Taste Spain at its highest quality at this gastronomic store. Diablo Cojuelo is stocked with fine foods of the best degree! They specialize in wine and tapas, but also have a large inventory of gourmet ingredients and products for you to purchase and take home with you.
Montón de Trigo, Montón de Paja (Giftshop)
This small and quaint business has nick-nacks and handmade souvenirs galore! Pieces by local artists depicting scenic landscapes of Segovia and Castilla y León, jewelry, and figurines can all be found at Montón de Trigo, Montón de Paja, a great place to find decorations for your room or flat.