San Salvador offers you many modern malls as well as little shops around the city. You may shop from a wide array of handicrafts: art, wooden, cotton clothing, paper flowers, clay, hammocks, etc. local gastronomy: semita (pineapple pastry), fruit conserves, coffee, horchata (specialty drink). In most of the stores, sales clerks don’t speak English but they are very gentle and help you as much as they can. The local currency is the American Dollar but it is recommended not to carry high denomination bills because 50 and 100 bills are not accepted almost anywhere (You may change your bills in any local bank). Credit cards are also accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
Metrocentro, located across the street from the Intercontinental Hotel, is the largest mall and here you may find all sort of not so pricy shops (clothing, jewelry, department stores, etc.), restaurants and cinema complex.
If you’re looking for mid- range to high- range stores you may go to:
Galerias. Is located on Paseo General Escalón. This mall was built around and under a 1950´s House that you will appreciate inside. Here you will find a cinema complex, food court, coffee shops, art gallery, banks (open until 4 pm) and ATM. Some of the shops are: Zara, Kenneth Cole, Benetton, Nine West, MAC, Nautica, Liz Claiborne, Puma, among others.
Multiplaza. Is located on Carretera a Santa Tecla. Is one of the latest malls and nightlife center. It offers a wide array of restaurants and coffee shops as well as banks. Some of the shops you will find are: Adolfo Dominguez, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Benetton, Nike, Kenneth Cole, Levis, department stores, etc.
La Gran Vía Lifestyle Center is a must to visit and not precisely for shopping. Is located on Carretera a Santa Tecla near Multiplaza. Here you may shop in Zara, Siman (department store), OPI nails, Mexx, Nine West, among others and enjoy gourmet coffee shops, restaurants, mini golf and cinema.
Other malls are: Hiper Mall Las Cascadas, El Paseo, Plaza San Benito, Basilea, Plaza Mundo.
For handicraft shopping you can go to the Handicrafts market next to Feria Internacional.
If you feel insecure of taking a cab or public transportation to get to the malls; some local tour operators offer shopping tours and personal shopper services at reasonable prices and they pick you up at your hotel.