I am a sucker for natural food shops and honestly I was a bit worried about moving to Burgos because I wasn’t sure if there were any here. Back in the states I shopped at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and the natural/organic sections of local markets and grocery stores. I was so relieved when my friend Ashely from comoperderseenespana.com (Check her out!) told me that there were a few shops that would fit my needs.
There are three different organic/natural food shops here in Burgos and all three have something special about them. Follow along and get ready to do some shopping
Cuna de Salud
Cuna de Salud is located on Calle Legion Espanola 1 (off of C/Madrid near the Burgos/Madrid fountain). This buisness began in 2007 and they even have their own special program on the radio where they discuss different health subjects i.e. cancer, how to eliminate toxins, and cholesterol.
This store has most of the things you’d expect to find in a natural products store. You can buy things like nut milks, tea leaves, medicines and supplements, toothpaste and beauty products, gluten free breads and pantry goods.
The only downside to this particular store is that they do not sell fruits or vegetables but you can still find a wide array of everyday products you need. They always have promotions going on so be sure to check their website for that information.
The store is open in the morning then closes in the afternoon for siesta and reopens in the evening…per usual Spain. 10:00am-2:30pm then opening again from 5:30pm-8:00pm.
My favorite products here are: all natural toothpaste, gluten free bread, and supplements like vitamins and probiotics
La Tienda Organica
La Tienda Organica opened its doors in 2008 with a goal to provide the citizens of Burgos easy access to organic and healthy food. Here you can find a wide selection of organic produce and they are pretty serious about where their goods comes from. Here’s a little insert from their website
“Ecological or biological products derived from GM crops without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or pesticides . The producers work with the utmost respect for natural resources, the environment and health of people. In its preparation no preservatives, coloring or chemical additives are used.
There are few watchdogs that ensure that organic products do not mix with others from industrial agriculture during processing, packaging and transport. The guarantees issued by these agencies certify the quality and authenticity of organic products, the origin of the seeds, the shape of growing and processing, ensuring the best product for the consumer.”
—-these guys mean business—-
You can find fresh bread brought in daily from a local bakery and on Tuesdays you can find specialty breads made with poppy seeds, raisins, walnuts, and flax seeds.
You also can find dried chickpeas, lentils, beans, rice, couscous, quinoa, sugar, flour, and many different types of seeds available in bulk saving you some money on packaging. This is such a convenient and earth-saving method of purchasing food. I wish more people shopped this way because you aren’t purchasing the packages making the companies make less and therefore not producing as much waste. #hippielife. This is how I shop at my local market here in Burgos. Just buy your kilo and stick it right into your reusable bag. This is how I hope to do all my grocery shopping in the future!
Other than fresh produce, breads, nuts, seeds, and beans, they do also offer skin care products (like my favorites from Dr. Hauska), nut milks, drinks and juices, canned goods, books and oils and vinegar.
As if that wasn’t enough they also have a cold section where they sell tofu, veggie burgers, milk, butter, cheese, sausages, croquetas, falafel balls, and other snacks.
This store is open from 10:00am- 2:00pm and then from 5:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday. On Saturday they are open only from 10:00-2:00 so get in there quick!
My favorite items here are: natural peanut butter, Dr. Hauska face cream, and the produce
The last store on my list is definitely not one to be missed. Masala is best described using their interpretation on their website.
“Masala is a shop of organic and natural products and above all a quiet place where you can read, chat, play an instrument and enjoy our own creations. Because we are what we eat, we offer a wide range of organic food. Review all the products we bring to you and if you do not find what you are looking ask us and we will do it for you. Be sure to try our pastries and savory tapas, made with organic products.”
Here you can find organic fruits and vegetables, organic milk, beef and pork from La Rioja (a region next door), chicken from Galicia (also a neighboring region), whole grain breads, fair trade items, pet food, cosmetics, wine, oils, beans, and nuts and seeds.
What sets this store a part from the others is that this particular place has it’s own restaurant. You can have lunch here in Masala Monday-Saturday from 1:30-3:30.
They also offer cooking classes and other healthy living workshops. My friend and I went to one put on by the chefs at Gaia ((our vegan restaurant here in Burgos)) I wrote about the cooking classes here and also about Gaia.
My favorite items here are: basil and olive marinated tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and spelt pasta.
The store is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 8:30pm and Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm and the restaurant is open Monday- Saturday 1:30pm-3:30pm