Photo by Adrian Wojcik
Photo by Adrian Wojcik

Shopping in Andorra la Vella

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

When you think of shopping, the country of Andorra doesn’t jump to the forefront of your mind, especially not with Paris only a few hours away. However, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that Andorra only has a 4.5% low value-added tax, compared to most European countries’ VAT of 19% or more. This tiny European country, located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, is known for its stellar skiing and almost tax-free shopping.

The capital city, Andorra la Vella, has a population of just over 22,000 people, but it also has around 400 shops; an absolutely outstanding people to store ratio! This “city” is a great place to find anything and everything you have been looking for, without paying the hefty taxes. Bonus: you can get the 4.5% tax back by keeping your receipts and submitting them to Global Blue at the airport!

The two main shopping streets are Avenue Meritxell and Avenue Carlemany. For some upscale shopping, head to Illa Carlemany and Pyrenees Andorra. Here you’ll find international luxury and fashion brands, food options and plenty of parking, which is a luxury itself in Europe. Look for brands like Hugo Boss, Superdry, Timberland and The North Face.

If you have anyone with you that isn’t jazzed to shop all day, send them to one of the five movie theaters in the Illa Carlemany shopping center. If that still doesn’t do it, there is also a gym, spa and salon. With so many options, any company that likes to moan and groan about sitting in the waiting room while you find the perfect pair of jeans can just chill out. There’s plenty of other things to keep family members busy while you shop until you drop!

From fashion accessories to the latest and greatest technology, Andorra is the place to find it. Popular international designers and local boutiques are all within the city and just calling your name. Remember to bring an empty suitcase with you, just in case! You never know when you might find your new favorite store.

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