With plenty of ski related shops dotted around the village you can find some great deals on quality ski and snow boarding equipment and clothing.
There are souvenir shops, general convenience stores and supermarkets, a pharmacy, a hairdressers and a photographic shop.
Numerous restaurants are to be found all over the village including higher up into the mid and upper zones too. A variety of tastes are catered for from traditional Spanish and Italian to Alpine Fondues and Raclette cuisine.
Prices are reasonable and very much comparable to those found along the popular coastal areas such as the Costa del Sol. The traditional "Menu del Día" (Menu of the Day) is also commonly found alongside the main menu options offering hearty yet budget focussed meals. For around 11 Euros per head, there are a few places where you can eat a starter, main course and dessert with a drink to accompany.
Popular restaurants are La Visera, Pizzeria Floren, Midas, Fromagerie, La Carigüela, Pizzeria Tito Luigi and La Antorcha. Most of the hotels around also open their restaurants to the public including the two Melia's, the Kenia Nevada and Ziryab.
The typical "Cafeteria" scene is also popular with plenty of establishments offering snack style dishes as well as simplistic yet hearty meals. Often a good and cheaper option especially for families with children needing food served quicker or earlier in the evening! Most restaurants will not serve evening meals until at least 8pm!
For that extra special occasion when you don't mind splashing out a little, you may wish to try the delicate cuisine of the Ruta Del Veleta or one of the a la carte restaurants of the Melia's Sol y Nieve and Sierra Nevada.
The infamous homemade burgers at the Crescendo are an essential complement to your Sierra Nevada visit. Tex Mex dishes are popular at Tía Maria whilst the Chicken Fajita and full English breakfast at the La Visera restaurants are also well worth making an effort for!
English speaking varies between establishments but generally speaking a limited amount is spoken and understood. A great opportunity for putting your Spanish linguistics skills to the test!