Calle Sierpes is the main pedestrian shopping promenade in Sevilla. Shops of note include Artesanía Textil, Calle Sierpes, 70 (tel. 95-456-28-40;www.artesania-textil.com), which sells investment-quality hand-embroidered silk shawls. The clerks are equally helpful if you’re interested in a more modestly priced piece that will still look fabulous back home. Sombrería Maquedano, Calle Sierpes, 40 (tel. 95-456-47-71), sells beautiful men’s felt hats ranging from classic Borsalinos to the flatter, wide-brimmed caballero’s hat.
To see the evolution of Sevillana style, stroll Calle Cuna, which runs parallel to Sierpes. The shop windows are a fashion show of flamenco wear and flamenco-inspired contemporary fashion. But it’s not all ruffles and dangly earrings. Founded in 1892, El Caballo, Calle Adriano, 16 (tel. 95-421-81-27), near the bullring, sells traditional saddlery, riding equipment, and fashion accessories, including beautiful leather purses and belts.
It’s almost impossible to leave Sevilla without buying a piece of pottery. Near the cathedral, El Azulejo, Calle Mateos Gago, 10 (tel. 95-422-00-85), has fine ceramic pieces in a wide range of prices as well as handpainted fans. In Santa Cruz, Las Moradas Artesanía Andalusí, Calle Rodrigo Caro, 20 (tel. 95-456-39-17), has large painted tiles of medieval scenes as well as one of the best selections of gift items (from leatherwork and scarves to hair combs and earrings made of plastic that mimics tortoise shell). It is worth a visit to Triana to see the tile-encrusted facade of Cerámica Santa Ana, Calle San Jorge, 31, (tel. 95-433-39-90). The factory and showroom, which opened in 1870, has a broad selection of painted tiles, pots, tableware, and decorative items in the azulejo tradition. A serving bowl for olives with a separate compartment for pits makes an authentic Spanish souvenir. Right down the street in Cerámica Rocio-Triana, Calle Antillano Campos, 8 (tel. 95-434-06-50), a husband and wife team create more unusual pieces.
If you want a bullfight poster, skip the tourist shops that offer to print your name on a generic poster and visit the shop at the Plaza de Toros, where artist-designed posters from previous seasons are for sale.
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