Discount Therapy / Terapia de Descuento

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UNLIKE IN MANY Spanish cities, Plaza Mayor in Málaga is not a historic spot in the center of the old city. Our Plaza Mayor is a shopping center. It’s an easy drive, 20 minutes from home, and also has it’s own train station, a 27-minute ride. The retail shopping center has been undergoing a major expansion that includes a newly opened premium outlet mall at its core.

I have a weakness for premium outlet malls, so I gave it a week for most of the dust to settle and I checked it out last Thursday. I liked it. I really liked it! In addition to all the shops, kiosks, and restaurants, there are gardens (including vertical gardens), parks, a huge playground, sculptures of all sizes, beautiful views, and plenty of open spaces.

Today I’ll share some of the aesthetics and fun — and all the things I found for our terrace (like the vertical garden at the entrance, above). Perhaps tomorrow, I’ll show you what I finally bought.

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A DIFERENCIA DE muchas ciudades españolas, la Plaza Mayor de Málaga no es un lugar histórico en el centro de la ciudad vieja. Nuestra Plaza Mayor es un centro comercial. Es un viaje fácil, a 20 minutos de casa, y también tiene su propia estación de tren, un viaje de 27 minutos. El centro comercial minorista ha experimentado una importante expansión que incluye un “outlet” abierto recientemente en su nucleo.

Tengo debilidad por los outlets, así que le di una semana para que se asentara la mayor parte del polvo y lo revisé el jueves pasado. Me gustó. ¡Realmente me gustó! Además de todas las tiendas, quioscos y restaurantes, hay jardines (incluyendo jardines verticales), parques, un enorme parque infantil, esculturas de todos los tamaños, hermosas vistas y muchos espacios abiertos.

Hoy compartiré algo de la estética y la diversión, y todas las cosas que encontré para nuestra terraza (como el jardín vertical en la entrada, arriba). Tal vez mañana, te mostraré lo que finalmente compré.

I even bumped into Carl Lagerfeld (well a Carl Lagerfeld look-alike) and his cat, Choupette!
¡Incluso me topé con Karl Lagerfeld (bueno un Carl Lagerfeld parecido) y su gato, Choupette!

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “Discount Therapy / Terapia de Descuento”

  1. LOVE that ‘umbrella ceiling’!
    What a great looking place to shop and browse……..oh, I can see that iron bull in our garden!
    Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Jim:
      I was a pleasant enough shopping center before but, in addition to the cool new outlet mall, they’ve done a tremendous job improving the rest. I so want that bull… and a terrace big enough to house it. Maybe we need to move the penthouse!

  2. YES to the umbrellas! I’m not a mall/outlet shopper, but I like the open spaces/sculptures/plants.

    1. anne marie:
      The gardens and sculptures are exceptional. They’ve done a great job of improving the entire place along with the new outlets. I’m not much of a browser, but I do love a deal!

    1. Deedles:
      I love those umbrellas, too. The city of Trondheim in Norway has a city street topped by art like that. Lots more need for umbrellas in Trondheim. We’ll just consider these parasols.

      1. Ah, parasols, just like you and SG. Get it ? Sometimes I’m so very clever, somebody needs to slap me 😉

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Yeah, the playground was only of interest to me for our friends with kids. But I DO like the fact that there’s a place for kids away from ME while I’m shopping.

    1. Steve:
      Oh, the fantasies I have about what to put on our terrace. Our terrace is large (30 sq meters/330 sq ft) but it’s long, narrow, and wraps around the corner. Not wide enough for that bull. Then there’s a problem with ceiling height. I’m thinking we should move to the penthouse. Imagine what I could install on that roof!

  3. I so loved Malaga, such a forward thinking city. Love the vertical gardens. I can’t help but look at the patios though – I just had to pick out stone for ours and was heavily influenced by Spain 🙂

    1. Cheapchick:
      I love the new patio you selected. When we first moved to Spain, I was in awed by the detail and craftsmanship of the pavements. Small stone walks and plazas still hand-laid. Málaga is a beautiful city and it’s been greatly improved and restored in our years here.

    1. janiejunebug:
      Aren’t those umbrellas great? We first saw an installation like that in Trondheim, Norway last year. A city that makes much great use of umbrellas.

    1. Snoskred:
      Giving some of the shopping adventures you’ve shared, I think you’d really enjoy this.

  4. Love the artwork.,the sculpture, the umbrellas and the Lagerfeld with Pussy.
    Shopping I can skip, but the walkabout would be wonderful.

  5. h how I could spend some time there, Mitch. The architecture, ambiance and shopping ~ perfect. We haven’t been to a premium outlet mall since our last trip to the Cape just outside Boston. Time for an excursion, me thinks!

    1. Ron:
      I really do love premium outlet malls. I was at the one in North Las Vegas a few times last year. Came home with a treasure trove of quality bargains.

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