Shopping in a new country, or city can be an exciting as well as an important part of your trip.
And here, in Toledo, there is good shopping as well.
What are the types of stores you will find in Toledo?
- Damascene jewelry
- Knife stores
- Marzipan bakeries
- Sword shops
Whether you go shopping along the Calle del Comercio in the historic city center or venture out to the local shopping mall you are sure to find something great to take back home from your trip to Toledo.
People like to be reminded of a special time, or place, that they experienced. And to buy clothes and accessories that they can’t find in their home countries.
Sometimes you are shopping for yourself, and sometimes you might be searching for something unique that you can take back home to a loved one.
Let’s take a look at some places to shop while you are visiting Toledo.
Go shopping along the Calle del Comercio
What time do shops close?
When I first moved to Toledo, one of the things I struggled with was most shops don’t post the hours they are open. Which was a lot different from what I was used to in the United States.
But from years of experience, I can tell you the shops in Toledo generally open around 10 am and close at 9 or 10 pm, which makes it really convenient if you are visiting the city. This is especially true in the heavy visited historic district where shops tend to remain open in order to cater to tourists.
However, if you venture outside the city walls and into the surrounding residential areas, you will find that shops, some bars, and some businesses will often close between 2 pm to 4 pm, but remember these hours might vary slightly it just depends on the owner.
The Calle del Comercio is the retail shopping heart of the historic center of Toledo, the Casco Historico.
This famous retail street runs from the Plaza de Zocodover to the Cathedral, which makes it a very popular street for shopping as well as places to eat.
Plaza de Zocodover is a good place to buy marzipan and other sweets, especially at the famous Santo Tome shop.
It is also home to very familiar sights, such as Burger King, McDonald’s, and a Starbucks located just a short walk away down Calle del Comercio.
Calle del Comercio is the main commercial street in the heart of Toledo, and it is the main route between Plaza de Zocodover and the Catherdal.
Gift and Souvenir Shops
Toledo has no shortage of gift and souvenir shops. If you are interested in shopping for a keepsake you will have no trouble finding something to take back home. You will find some items to be common to most gift and souvenir shops, especially things like swords, knives, damascene jewelry, and printed t-shirts and hats.
I really like the gift shop Filagrana on the main shopping street Calle Comercio. The shop has a little bit of everything.
Apparel Stores in Toledo
Address: Calle Comercio, 8, 45001 Toledo +34 925 25 47 36
Natura is a clothing and gift store and is based out of Barcelona. Here you will find a really good selection of items such as:
- Interesting gift ideas
- Shirts and t-shirts
- Women’s accessories
- Home Decor items
Knives and Sword shops in Toledo
Toledo is known for its sword making past. Because of that small knife shops are plentiful in Toledo. But honestly, a lot of them are selling cheap imported knives.
With that being said, there are still a few artisan shops that still make knives in Toledo and off them for sale. And if you are careful and go to the right shops, you can still purchase a knife that was made in Toledo.
Artesania Morales and Mariano Zamorano are shops that still make and sell knives made in Toledo. Now, they do still sell imported cutlery but skip over that junk and head to the good stuff. The locally-made knives are more expensive of course, but you can’t beat the quality of an artisan knife made in Toledo.
Don’t get ripped off! Check out my buyer’s guide for the best knives to buy in Toledo.
To learn more about Toledo’s world-famous swords, read this guide I wrote.
Recommended Knife Stores in Toledo
- Artesania Morales Plaza del Conde, 3, 45002 Toledo +34 925 22 35 86
- Mariano Zamorano Calle Ciudad, 19, 45002 Toledo +34 925 22 26 34
Toledo is, after all, known around the world for its role in swordmaking throughout history.
To learn more, check out my article about the swords of Toledo.
Damascene jewelry stores
Paseo Circo Romano, 8, 45004 Toledo
Damasquinados Suarez has been producing Damascene works since 1927.
The showroom stocks a wide range of Damascene jewelry and other Damascene wares for sale.
Their damascene designs range from the geometric Arabesque to the Renaissance look with bird and flower motifs.
If you want to buy some Damascene on your trip to Toledo it’s best to buy it from a reliable source.
Go shopping at a traditional shopping mall in Toledo
Maybe you are looking for a special gift to take back home and you can’t seem to find it along the Calle del Comercio, or would just like to take a break and go hang out at the local shopping mall, there are two good, easily accessible options for you to consider.
Centro Comercial Luz del Tajo
The Luz del Tajo is the main shopping mall in Toledo, and it is about 4 miles from Plaza de Zocodover.
With 3 floors and more than 100 stores, shops and restaurants, there is something here for everyone.
In fact, it attracts more than 52 million shoppers a year.
It takes about 15 minutes to reach the mall by car and the route is pretty much easy to follow.
If you are visiting Toledo without a car, using Toledo’s public transportation system is going to be your best option.
You can catch the city bus at Plaza de Zocodover.
Bus 61 and 62 will take you directly to the mall
For a more scenic route, and offering the chance to see some different things, Bus 92 will take you to the Luz del Tajo shopping mall as well, but it also will take you through the Santa Barbara neighborhood, which is the neighborhood that is directly across from the train station.
This mall has a very large food court, and it has the cornerstones of the western diet, Burger King and McDonald’s but it also has Spanish and Italian restaurants, bars, pubs, and sandwich shops.
My favorites places to eat at this mall are:
and the mini-sandwich shop chain 100 Montaditos.
Parque Comercial Abadía
Puerta de Toledo