Madrid is known as one of the best European destinations to go shopping! You know why? The number of shopping centers in the city, the accessibility to them, the diversity of styles, the “low cost” stores… Madrid is the perfect location in which it is possible to find anything you need and for all the tastes, so if you are a true lover of fashion, art or just want a memory of your trip through Madrid, join us throughout this blog where we mention the best places to go shopping.
STORES IN THE HEART OF MADRID
With the arrival of good weather, we want to change our wardrobe and Madrid is the perfect city to do it. Some of the best areas of the capital to ‘go shopping’ are the area of ‘Gran Vía’ which is one of the main streets of Madrid, along our walk down this road, we will find well-known clothing chains, mixed with curious boutiques where to buy , in addition, we can delight with emblematic buildings that cross the street of the ‘Gran vía’ of Madrid, just ten minutes from our hostel! So, you can go shopping and sightseeing at the same time. Sounds great, right?
We can also go by, the frequented street of Fuencarral; In the center of Madrid we find one of the main commercial areas of the city, it is the ideal place to visit the most specific and original stores of the capital. Here, in addition to the big fashion chains, you can find independent designer stores that offer unique and exclusive clothing, which makes this area a true paradise for shopping lovers. It’s the perfect place to get to know the latest trends, as well as what’s happening in underground fashion. Also, it is highly recommended to visit the Fuencarral Market where very special and original stores are located and great places to listen to music.
Calle Serrano, located in the elitist neighborhood of Salamanca, is the most exclusive street in Spain, for something it is also known as the “Golden Mile”. In this street you will find the best boutiques, jewelries and luxury brands of the entire city. The streets you must visit are: Serrano, Velázquez, Castellón, Goya, Jorge Juan and Lagasca. There you will find boutiques and the shops of the most prestigious designers. And if you are one of those who prefer to go to a single space to make your purchases, in the area you will find two shopping centers: El Jardín de Serrano or ABC Serrano, which concentrate a handful of stores, some of them affordable for all budgets.
Epicenter of the gay area in Madrid, Chueca is much more than party and fun. The street of Hortaleza has a good handful of establishments where to acquire the most daring, concise and tight fashion, designed especially for the LGBT public.
It is the neighborhood of avant-garde and alternative fashion. There are also designer restaurants, art bookstores, decoration shops and tattoo houses. Buying in Chueca is not the cheapest option, but you will find unique styles for sure!
And, if you like shoes, Augusto Figueroa street concentrates a good number of shoe stores, many of them with samples, where you can find the most original models, loose pairs or footwear of past seasons. So, if you are walking along the Gran Vía, you will reach Chueca in just five minutes. To go by Metro, you have to take the Green Line (L5) and get off at the Chueca station. After a good shopping session, there are plenty of good design restaurants and bars where you can relax with a good cocktail. But if, in addition, you fancy a small gourmet purchase, do not stop making a stop at the Mercado de San Antón, whose terrace is also one of the chicest in the capital of Spain.
The most famous market in Madrid is “El Rastro”, which opens once a week, on Sundays in the morning. It is located in the neighborhood of Embajadores and there you can find everything: furniture, antiques, old books, comics, coin collections, second-hand clothes, etc. And the best of all is that you can find items at a great price!
A series of ‘narrow streets’ that make this street market a tourist attraction that every visitor should see during their stay in Madrid. You cannot miss it!
Madrid is also famous for its original markets that are also part of the city’s cuisine. So, it is a must to visit the ‘market of wonders’ which is one of the largest in Europe, with over two hundred and fifty stalls that sell many goods to eat. Also, you can go to the ‘Fuencarral Market’ that we mentioned previously, that has a space dedicated to the latest trends in fashion and music.
If you are one of those who prefer to carry out all purchases in the same space, and uninterrupted from ten in the morning to ten at night, you will fall in love with Madrid´s shopping centers.
This modern shopping center is one of our favorites. It has shops of all kinds, plenty of restaurants and a cinema. The visit is worth it and by metro (line 1) you will arrive in 30 minutes from Puerta del Sol.
La Vaguada is a classic of Madrid! Every year twenty-five million people pass through here, which makes it the most visited shopping center in Spain. Despite being opened in 1983, the shopping center has been extensively renovated and has modern facilities and shops of all kinds. The nearest metro station is “Barrio del Pilar” (line 9). From the historic center it will take approximately one hour to get here.
This shopping center is considerably smaller than the previous two, but it is located right in the center of the city. Formerly this place was a train station (Estación del Norte) but later on it was converted into a modern shopping center with all kinds of shops and restaurants. You can walk from the historic center or if you prefer you can take the metro (Principe Pio Station lines 10, 6 and R). Without a doubt, a great option to go shopping without leaving the city center.
Also, if you own a car, we are sure that you will fill up your trunk in these shopping centers located in the outskirts of Madrid. These are some of them: Blue Island, in Carabanchel; Xanadú, in Arroyomolinos; Parquesur, in Leganés; Parque Oeste, in Alcorcón or Megapark, in San Sebastián de Los Reyes… so for all the shopacoholics (shopaholics) out there, you will find thousands of square meters where most popular Spanish and international fashion brands meet.
Having in mind all these places where you can buy practically anything you like; we hope you have room in your suitcase!!
You are coming to the end of this blog article this month. We hope that we have entertained you, taught you and, most of all, made you enthusiastic to come to Madrid and enjoy shopping in one of the most exciting districts in the whole of Spain, where there´s something for everyone.
If you liked this blog post, about “Where to go shopping in Madrid” for every style and budget, we also recommend you read one that we wrote about “El rastro – The Flea Market of Madrid”:
Moreover, we have written a wonderful blog with information and suggestions on the Food Markets in Madrid, after a long day shopping you will be starving. Check it out here:
Of course, if you are looking for a place to stay during your stay in Madrid, while you shop till you drop, we recommend that you read the blog about our hostel: Alicia at Mad4You Hostel:
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