Many visitors can’t resist buying a beret in Basque Country. The best selection is found at Sombrería Gorostiaga, Calle Victor, 9 (tel. 94-416-12-76), a family-owned business since 1854. If you’d like to purchase Basque artisanal products, one good option is Basandere, Calle Iparraguirre, 4 (tel. 94-423-63-86) near the Guggenheim Museum. The shop also stages exhibitions by local artists and sells gourmet Basque food items.
Even if you are not a foodie, be sure to check out Mercado de la Ribera, Calle Ribera, s/n (tel. 94-602-37-91; www.mercadodelaribera.net). The 1929 Art Deco–style building sits on the site of markets dating back to the 14th century, and is a marvel of decorative tile, brick, and glass. With more than 186 shops on three levels, it claims to be one of the largest markets in Europe. It is open Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm and 4:30 to 7pm, Saturday 8:30am to 2:30pm. From mid-June to mid-September, it is closed afternoons Monday to Thursday and Saturday.
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