A Shopper's Guide to Andorra

A Shopper’s Guide to Andorra

Jess Rodley

Written by: Jess Rodley

Bookings Director, Andorra Escapes

Vivek Shingada

Reviewed by: Vivek Shingada

Content Manager, Andorra Escapes

Last updated: March 30, 2024

With its reputation for low taxes and duty-free goods, Andorra is a destination that promises exciting and indulgent shopping experiences.

The allure of Andorra’s shopping scene is not just in the price but also in the variety. From high-end boutiques to quaint local markets, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a serious shopper looking for luxury brands or a casual buyer interested in souvenirs, Andorra’s retail offerings won’t disappoint.

In this guide, we’ll explore whether Andorra truly is a shopper’s paradise and what you should look out for when visiting.

Is it Cheap to Shop in Andorra?

A shopping street in Andorra la Vella

Absolutely! Especially tech, booze, and haute fashion. The low taxation policies here impact the prices of specific products, making shopping one of the main draws for tourists visiting Andorra.

Although it’s not considered a tax haven by the European Union and Organisation for Economic Cooperation, it does boast several tax advantages.

Are Prices in Andorra Tax-Free?

Andorra is famed for its tax-free shopping, which means that many items are available at lower prices than in many other European countries. This is because Andorra is not a member of the European Union and thus does not have the same VAT obligations.

Where most EU member states have a VAT of around 20%, Andorra’s equivalent is only 4.5%.

However, it’s important to note that “tax-free” doesn’t always mean “cheap”. While in theory, everything is around 15% cheaper, just as you see in an airport’s duty-free section, some retailers may have higher mark-ups.

Despite this, the overall cost of shopping can still be lower, making it an attractive option for those looking to make significant savings.

It’s especially beneficial for larger purchases, where the tax proportion can be more substantial. Always compare prices and be aware of the customs allowances when taking goods back home.

Products Worth Buying in Andorra

When shopping in Andorra, you’ll find that certain products are particularly good value. Electronics, perfumes, cosmetics, and designer clothes are often significantly cheaper than elsewhere.

Additionally, Andorra’s tobacco and alcohol prices are among the lowest in Europe, making them popular purchases for visitors. It’s also known for its excellent range of sporting goods, particularly ski equipment and outdoor gear.

With the country’s focus on winter sports, shoppers can find high-quality products at prices that are hard to beat in the usual retail outlets across Europe.

The Best Places to Shop in Andorra

Andorra has shopping clusters where you’ll find the best of everything; tread carefully if you’re an impulsive buyer because it’s raining deals at these places.

Shopping streets here have everything you need and then some. You can buy a massive assortment of things in a 50-foot radius, such as everyday carry, clothing, ski gear, tech, designer clothing, and much more.

Avinguda Carlemany

Avinguda Carlemany

Often referred to as the Champs-Élysées of Andorra, is this vibrant and elegant avenue that runs through the heart of the shopping district.

The street is a shopper’s delight, offering an array of boutiques, jewellery stores, electronic shops, and international brand outlets.

It’s beautifully planned with art installations and seating areas, making it a pleasant place to stroll and shop. The atmosphere is bustling yet relaxed, with street performers and musicians adding to the lively ambience.

During the festive season, Avinguda Carlemany is adorned with decorations and lights, creating a magical shopping experience.

It’s not just the shopping that attracts visitors; the avenue is also lined with a variety of restaurants and cafes, providing ample opportunities to sample Andorran cuisine or enjoy a coffee break in a chic setting.

Illa Carlemany

Illa Carlemany is Andorra’s premier shopping centre, located in the heart of Escaldes-Engordany. With four floors of shops, it offers a range of international and local brands, a cinema, and numerous eateries.

It’s the perfect place to find everything from fashion to gadgets, all under one roof.

Illa Carlemany

This shopping centre is not just about retail; it’s a cultural hub too. Regular events and exhibitions are held here, making it a lively spot for entertainment as well as shopping. The architecture itself is a draw, with its modern design standing out in the cityscape.

Avinguda Meritxell

Avinguda Meritxell is perhaps the most famous shopping street in Andorra, lined with a mix of high-street and luxury stores. From the latest fashion trends to exquisite jewellery, this bustling avenue offers a diverse shopping experience for all tastes and budgets.

Avinguda Meritxell

The avenue is also home to several historic buildings and monuments, adding a touch of culture to your shopping spree. Cafés and terraces spill out onto the street, offering a place to rest and people-watch in between stores.

Pyrenees Department Store

The Pyrenees Department Store is a landmark in the heart of Andorra la Vella’s old town. Spanning several floors, it offers a wide range of products from fashion and beauty to homeware and groceries. The department store is known for its quality products and houses both local and international brands.

The Pyrenees is more than just a shopping destination; it’s a part of Andorra’s heritage. Having been in operation for decades, it combines tradition with modernity, offering a shopping experience that is both authentic and contemporary.


Epizen shopping centre

Epizen is a 60,000 m² space where retail, dining, and live entertainment blend seamlessly. Across three floors shoppers can explore a variety of stores including the expansive Primor beauty shop, Carrefour supermarket, and fashion-forward offerings from Lefties, as well as quick dining options like McDonald’s and the Medacorba cafeteria.

For convenience, Epizen offers free parking, and toilet facilities, and is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. It’s a popular spot to drop into on your drive out of the country when returning home via Spain.

Pas de la Casa

Located close to the French border, Pas de la Casa is a shopping destination known for its variety of goods and competitive pricing. It’s particularly popular during the winter months when skiers and snowboarders flock to the area not only for the slopes but for the shopping opportunities as well.

Pas de la Casa has a vibrant atmosphere, with a mix of local and international visitors. The town’s duty-free status makes it a hotspot for bargain hunters looking for low-tax electronics, perfumes, and alcohol.

Shop Opening Hours

Shopping in Andorra can be a leisurely affair, with most stores opening around 10 am and closing at 8 pm. However, it’s worth noting that many shops close for lunch between 1 pm and 3 pm.

During the peak winter and summer seasons, some shops may extend their hours, especially in tourist-heavy areas.

For those who prefer a quieter shopping experience, it’s best to visit on weekdays. Weekends and public holidays can get quite crowded, with longer queues and busier stores.

Planning your shopping around these times can make for a more pleasant experience.

Shop Your Heart Out

Epizen multicolour

Andorra offers a unique shopping experience that combines the allure of tax-free shopping with the charm of a mountain retreat.

In conclusion, Andorra’s shopping scene is a blend of value, variety, and vitality.

It’s a place where the savings on tax-free goods can contribute to a fuller holiday experience, allowing you to enjoy the principality’s other offerings, from its stunning natural scenery to its cosy cafés and vibrant nightlife.