El Corte Ingles: "Overpriced" Top 5 Page for this destination Cadiz Shopping Tip by blint
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El Corte Ingles is Spain's only real department store chain. And although Northern Europeans or Americans maybe used to getting everything under one roof my advice is to shop around as El Corte Ingles has much higher prices than other shops. The quality of goods is fine but it is better to support smaller businesses (sorry to be so blunt). Only shop here is it is necessary or you have plenty of money.
Hipercor which is an offshoot of El Corte Ingles is contained within it, selling food and many of the same products as Corte Ingles but at slightly cheaper prices. It is still more expensive than other supermarkets, clothes, shoes, cosmetics and household goods shops.
What to buy: Saying all that against them, I often go to Hipercor within Corte ingles as it has a food section; if I need a special ingredient such as fresh thai chilli's or Wasabi or Nori to make sushi. You will also find some British,German and Belgian products as well as Mexican Mole and Chipoles in a can which you can't find in other places.
They have a small international section by the beers.
The small Club Gourmet in Corte Ingles also has food from all over the world and even glass bottles of designer water costing about 5 or 7 euros.
Heinz tomato soup can be found here at an extortionate price too.
There are also Expensive wines.
The only food section in Corte Ingles apart from Club Gourmet is in Hipercor.
I bought my computer in Corte Ingles because they where the only people willing to give me the credit to pay it off monthly as I am technically not a Spanish national. It was more expensive than other places but they do offer a good guarantee and insurance policy on electrical goods. The main reason was of course I couldn't buy a computer outright and needed the credit option.
Directions: In the new town. Take the number 5 bus from Plaza España or the New Avenue (Juan Carlos).
Theme: Department Store
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