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The shops and boutiques in the central area are open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00/15.30 to 19.30. The department stores and supermarkets are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 19.30. Food shops are closed on Monday afternoons while other kind of shops are closed on Monday mornings. All shops are closed on Sundays. The major streets of the town, Corso Strada Nuova, Corso Cavour and Corso Garibaldi have many shops and boutiques that meet any kind of taste. Still, they are not the only place where to shop! In the narrow streets of the medieval part of the city, as well as in the suburbs, you can find plenty of charming groceries, bakeries, organic food shops, herbalist’s shops, and much more. In the centre of Pavia you will find two lively market places. The market place at Piazza Petrarca is open from Monday to Saturday, from early morning until approximately 14.00. The market is selling both food (such as fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, fish, honey, cheese and so on) and other kind of goods (i.e. clothes, shoes, flowers, toys and much more). On Wednesdays and Saturdays the market gets much bigger, and it is open until approximately 19.00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a market place also at Piazza del Duomo. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is also a “Farmers’ market” at Piazza del Carmine. When you go to a supermarket, remember to bring with you some coins, 0. 50 €, 1 € or 2 € because you need them to take your shopping trolley (the price depends on the supermarket). You have to insert the coin in to the slot next to the handle and then you can get a trolley. At the end, after you’ve paid, retrieve your coin returning the trolley to where you’ve took it. You don’t need to pay any refundable deposit for the shopping baskets. In order to reduce the plastic bag waste, you won’t get them for free from the supermarket. You can either bring your own shopping bag or buy the ones sold at the cash counters (they usually cost about € 0,05). Around the town, you can find also some “ethnic” shops, selling food, drink and other goods from many foreign Countries (Latin American, Asian, African, Middle-East, east-Europe…). To have an idea of the costs in Pavia, here you are some average prices of common goods:

1 kg of bread € 4.00
1 l. of fresh milk € 1.30
1 pizza € 5.00
1 pint of beer at the pub € 5.00
1 coffee in a café € 1.00
1 bus ticket € 1.25
1 single ticket train to Milan € 3.70
1cinema ticket € 8.00
1 newspaper € 1.30
1 book € 15.00