By Misslopez: We travel to my hometown where I was born and miss so much, La Coruña, the Spanish textile nerve center and the financial and industrial hub of the region of Galicia/ Spain.
La Coruna is Galicia’s financial and industrial engine, and its shop windows boast everything from fine jewelery to local crafts. Any shopping trip is guaranteed to keep you busy for a while, and may very well get wet in the process. La Coruna is renowned for its rain, so before you start out, you would do well to get equipped with a good umbrella at Loewe, The long-established luxury brand and fashion accessory Which has a shop at 1, Plaza de la Mina. It might be hard not to fall for one of its legendary Amazona bags in the process …
Busy Calle Real
Your route starts out on Calle Real, the city’s main shopping artery. First stop is the city’s flagship branch of Zara, For it was here that entrepreneur Amancio Ortega founded an empire that today covers 73 countries. At number 16 is one of the eight shops have this popular brand in La Coruna. Before you get there, you’ll come to Inditex’s brand youthwear, Pull & Bear at number 8, in a fine building that used to house the Paris Cinema.
At number 11, we’ll find Tintoretto, A brand that today’s women dresses with grace and style. And at 21, lingerie and comfortable, trendy home wear lovers have a date with Women’secret. Off to Misako, at number 30, but practical for modern bags at special prices. At 35, Gocco has everything to keep youngsters in with the latest trends.
At 47, Bimba & Lola ‘ve boho, retro but Voguish creations. Next door, at 48, White has one of its five shops in the city, with bold, young styles for both sexes. At 50-52, is another jewel in the Inditex crown: Oysho, The company’s intimates brand.
There are so many shopping opportunities along Calle Real, you can take a break at the coffee Sight Bonilla at number 54, Which can make a rightful claim to the city’s best hot chocolate and churros. If the weather is warm, try a nice cold reed of Estrella, the Galician lager.
At 58, local designer Kina Fernández has her shop, Which offers elegant, sophisticated clothes. Unusual style and good value for money is also to be had at Trucco, With its main branch at number 61. At 65, Pontevedra’s Pili Carrera shows why she is one of the most successful designers for newborn babies, children and maternity wear after 45 years in the trade.
At number 70, you’ll find clothes by Javier Simorra, Famous for a skilful combination of understated but easygoing elegance for women of every kind. At 73, Oviedo’s Roberto Verino has timeless, sensual designs for people with taste. At 78, main street you will come to Uno de 50, Where you can peruse exclusive accessories and jewelery: the brand only makes a limited edition of 50 of each of its products.
At 85, the Mango shop window is brimming with styles for urban girls, especially since Scarlett Johansson posed for the company. This brings you to the end of the Calle Real, and your last stop at Colonel Tapiocca, The brand of clothes and accessories for travelers, adventurers and nature lovers.
Further down, turns into Calle Real Irrigation Water estuary, and at 23 is HOSS INTROPIA, With its romantic vintage styles. On the same road, at 52, is El Caballo, The brand from Seville Which offers a southern Spanish take on womenswear and leather accessories. Wandering further through The Streets, you’ll come to the Angel Schlesser shop at 7, Olmos, with minimalist fashions and accessories. Purification Garcia, At 7, Fonseca has more surprises in store for women who love to dress well.
At 16 to 18, Street Torreiro, you will find Hazel, Which is brimming with shoes, bags and accessories for followers of fashion, at 13-15, is Bershka Which dresses young people for the 21st century, while at 24, Fun & Basics is full of fun accessories for men, women and children. At 2-4, the Cordonería Street, is the branch of La Coruña Custo Barcelona, With its explosion of light, color and originality.
At the foot of the obelisk
Heading south, we come to Canton Small, where there are or Comic Book Festival Fair stalls and places to buy crunchy caramel-coated nuts, opposite the Obelisk. Close by at 10, Sanchez is Bregu Rosa Clara with spectacular bridal and party attire. And at 1, Calle Compostela, is Tous With its inimitable jewelery and accessories. At 1, Francisco Marino Armand Basi has fashion, footwear, fragrances and cutting-edge accessories for both sexes on display.
At number 5 on the same street, Massimo Dutti have collections for today’s men and women. At 6, Juana de Vega 6, the Adolfo Dominguez shop also has clothes and accessories for both men and women. For younger styles, the brand’s U.S. line is available at 3, Avenida Finisterre. On Plaza de Lugo, Pronovias Bridalwear offers more elegant and Uterqüe (at number 21) has a range of cool garments and accessories from Inditex.
If you head for 4, Calle Padre Feijoo, the minimalist shop of knitwear expert Sita Murt offers cutting-edge silhouettes. Next, head for two Kidswear boutiques on Calle Posse: Neck & Neck at 43 (for parents who want their kids to look “just perfect”) and Boboli at 54 (with modern, top quality clothes at attractive prices).
Time to put down the shopping bags and finish the day contemplating a spectacular sunset from one of La Coruna’s most famous landmarks, the Tower of Hercules, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, it is twinned with New York’s Statue of Liberty and is now a World Heritage Site.
Pictures from Riazor and Orzán beaches in town.
Fashion from Spain. I love it!