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Here are the Things to Know About Grocery Stores and Supermarkets in Spain

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Before traveling to Spain, it is a good idea to learn about local stores and other distinctions so that your trip is not entirely dependent on restaurants.

Many people inquire about groceries in Spain on Facebook, Reddit, and other social media platforms, so I created this complete guide to assist you budget when shopping for things from local markets when visiting Spain.

Although there are over 30 grocery chains in Spain, I will only discuss the most popular ones that can be found practically anywhere in the country.

Below is a list of the greatest supermarkets in Spain (according to The Spanish Consumers and Users Organization, OCU).

The evaluation is based on characteristics such as closeness, cleanliness, range of products and brands, staff attentiveness, pricing, fresh produce quality, and cash register wait time, among others.

This is a brief overview of the different grocery stores.

1. Mercadona

Several traditional Spanish items are available, and there is a part where you may choose fish and other seafood from the counter, much as at the market. Your item will be washed, cleaned, and fully prepared for cooking, and you will receive cooking advice. The same is true for the meat department.

Lactose-free, gluten-free, and vegan items are also available at Mercadona.

They also offer ready-made food, such as salads, sushi, poke bowls, paella, etc.

2. El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles groceries, as well as Hipercor and Supercor (its branches), offer a wide range of high-quality products, although they are by far the most expensive. And it’s quite comparable to Wholefoods/Trader Joe’s.

You’ll find items you can’t obtain anyplace else, such as ostrich eggs and chestnut spaghetti, among other delicacies.

3. Consum

Consum is a large grocery chain across Spain, and it “a cheaper version of Mercadona.” It offers almost everything you may want from Spanish groceries, including pre-made food.

4. Lidl

Lidl is a German grocery business that is popular in Spain. They don’t usually have many things, but their bread is fairly nice, and they have a lot of European products as well as vegan options!

5. Carrefour

Carrefour is a French-owned international supermarket chain that offers comparable prices to Mercadona. Carrefour provides departments for appliances and household items in larger cities.

6. Alcampo

This is a cheaper version of Carrefour and is usually located on the outskirts.

7. Eclat

Eclat is a grocery store business that operates in Catalonia, Spain.

The company was started in 1984 and has since evolved to become one of the region’s largest food stores.

Eclat presently operates over 65 stores, providing clients with a diverse selection of fresh fruit, meats, fish, and prepared delicacies.

Eclat operates various specialty stores that specialize in organic items or gourmet cuisine from across the world, in addition to its supermarket locations.


The cheapest groceries in Spain

Grocery store Average yearly bill
Tifer €4,890
Dani €4,912
Family Cash €4,990
Alcampo €5,006
Supeco €5,014
Familia €5,102
Cash Fresh €5,104
Deza €5,120
Sangüi €5,120
El jamón €5,208

Opening hours of Spanish supermarkets

While many clothes stores in the country close at midday for a siesta, grocery stores are often open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

It is critical to understand that all Spanish grocery stores are closed on Sundays (except for Carrefour and Carreforu Plus).

If you have trouble buying food on Sunday, you will most likely find something to eat in the small convenience stores that line the streets (usually owned by those of Indian and Chinese people).

What to Budget for Food in Spain

The typical shopping price for two in Spain is around €35-50. (assuming you buy fruit, vegetables, meat or fish, etc.)

The cost of eating out in Spain varies tremendously depending on where you go and what cuisine you choose.

In general, budget travelers should budget between €30 and €40 per day for meals, whereas mid-range tourists should budget between €40 and €60.


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