Overall, the average consumer prices in Andorra are significantly lower from average prices in other western European countries. However, in its capital, they can still be higher than the rest of the country, especially regarding the prices of rent and services.
Small family-run stores still constitute the bulk of Andorran retailers, although the shopping scene has been transformed in the last two decades with the opening of numerous shopping centres and hypermarkets chains.
With the exception of markets, where haggling over the price is part of the enjoyment (except when buying food), retail prices are fixed in Andorra and shown as PVP (preu de venta al públic).
The best time to have a shopping spree is during the winter and summer sales (Rebaixes) in January-February (summer sales) and July-August (winter sales) respectively, when bargains abound and prices are often reduced up to 50% or more (the best bargains are usually on clothing and shoes).
In general, the opening hours of the stores in Andorra are until 8pm, from Sunday to Thursday, while Fridays and Saturdays are extended until 9 in the evening.
During the festive or holiday periods (Easter, Carnival, etc.), some establishments, warehouses and shopping centres are opened until 10pm.
As for the holidays in Andorra, the calendar is even more suitable for consumers: Shops are only obligated to close four days a year! These are following national holiday days:
In Andorra, you will be able to find all sorts of stores to suit all tastes, on the streets and inside shopping centres.
However, the most popular "shopping street" is located right in its capital city center, Avinguda Meritxell.
Avinguda Meritxell is the longest shopping avenue in the Pyrenees, and it is the backbone of the city. For many years Avinguda Meritxell has attracted a large number of tourists, due to its great variety of fashion articles, jewellery, perfumery and electronic goods of the most exclusive brands. Here also, you can find large shopping malls offering a great diversity of products, as well as hotels and restaurants.
However, Andorra is also home to other department stores, shopping areas and boutiques specialising in fashion, watches and jewellery, sports, perfumes and cosmetics, such as:
When looking for a specific item, visit Andorra's official tourist board webpage to find out where to find what you are looking for.
There are many big supermarket chains in Andorra. Most of them can be found in shopping malls. The most important ones are: