If you miss the American Shopping Malls and wanna spend the day in one, you can go to this huge complex not far from Madrid (23 km).
Here you have plenty of shops, entertainement, fast food, cinemas, indoor ski, karts...
BUT avoid going there on weekends, is soooo full of people that you won't be able to move and it will take you hours to get there through the traffic jams.
El Corte Ingles is the biggest Spanish department store, and you are most likely to pay a visit to them while in Madrid, especially to the extrategically-situated venue of Calle Preciados (right in the middle of the tourist area of the city).
What to buy: As a good decent department store, they sell every conceivable thing you can think of.
What to pay: As a general rule, they are slightly more expensive than the average shop in Madrid. The price you have to pay for variety, I guess.
This three storeys shopping centre used to house the offices of the newspaper ABC.
At ABC you can buy almost everything. Flowers, perfumes, clothes, toys an so on. There are few restaurants and two or three cafes to rest your legs after the shopping.
What to buy: Some gift. Something you need or wish...
What to pay: ...
If you do not go to "El Corte Inglés", you did not go to Madrid: these department stores are situated at different places, and there you can find everything.
Si no vas a "El Corte Inglés", no vas a Madrid: estas tiendas de departamentos están en varias partes, y en ellas puedes encontrar de todo.
If you go to any city of some size in Spain chances are you'll see the ubiquitous EL CORTE INGLES, seemingly the only department store chain in the nation. Are there any others??
Anyway, I made good use of the the lower level supermercado (supermarket) and found prices to be outrageously low for items like bread and cheese and whatnot. We enjoyed several picnic meals we packed ourselves courtesy of this well-stocked, well run market.
What to buy: Everything is available at ECI
What can I say!
Since I was a child I have seen myself here lol
You can buy anything you want, and you can afford lol Just seen a nice living room that I can not afford for my new apartment lol ... (well I can not afford much if I keep on travelling hehehehe) Now serious...
Most of the Spanish cities have one.
Their Christmas decoration are very typical .. and always change thorough the years...
What to buy: This one is in Calle Goya, where you can find shops as ZARA, MANGO and one of my favourites H&M ... specially for men... for women i prefer the H&M close to the tube Nuevos Ministerios.
Anyway now is sales.... go run!!!!!
El Corte Ingles also runs other stores as Sfera, Open Cor and Hipercor
A country wide department store selling just about everything you could need. Stores in most Spanish cities and at least four in the Madrid area.
What to buy: Go during the sales in January, discounts on many goods from 20 to 60 %. A good time to get those designer brand clothes at big discount prices.
Centro Comercial La Vaguada is Madrid’s biggest shopping centre, with over 350 outlets, including a Corte Inglés and a large supermarket, as well as a traditional fresh food market. It also has an entertainments floor with a cinema, disco, bowling alley and mini-fairground. It’s a long way from the centre but there is a fast metro link.
El Corte Inglés the biggest department store in Spain and it is just like McDonald's; you can find one in almost every corner! I remember its publicity in Spanish magazines sold in Mexico and that woke up my curiosity of visiting it when I had the chance.
In this department store you find everything you need. The prices are high, I can't lie but they have fancy and fashonable stuff.
What to buy: whatever you want
What to pay: as much as you want
The El Corte Ingles is probably the most famous chain store in Spain, and easy to be find in each and every city.
With more then 115 chain stores in Spain, up to 10 different departments such as: Women's, men's, childrens and teen clothes, electronic, shoes, toys and games, grocery, sports, cosmetics, books, travel agent and a coffee bar at the top floor.
It's not cheap, prices are not very tempted, but since it is another Spanish identity then I am sending you if you are in Madrid (or any other city at Spain) to go and visit.
El Corte Ingles, which is in almost all Spanish cities of any size, is a nice department store. I went to the one in downtown Madrid. Was bustling but nicely organized with pretty good merchandise.
Though a bit pricey for some things it was a good place to buy souvenirs.
I had to buy a carry on bag since the handle on mine had broken off. Sales help was very nice and helped me find a locally made brand that has lasted me several years and is still going strong.
when there is a football game on,, a bit harder to get attentive help:)
good selection and variety, you can also find good travel services section.
What to buy: Good grocery section and you can usually get Spanish marzipan, which is a bit sweeter and choclatey than the German one, but still very good.
What to pay: typical department store, some things are good value others less so, shop around if you have time.
the best department store in all of Spain, base by the puerta del sol in Madrid for generations. It was my store since 1970 there.
You can buy anything in a grand style ambiance of the best dept stores in the world. The store is divided into several flloors 5 and two different buildings in calle Preciados and carmen.
Several location in Madrid and all over the country. the other nice one is at paseo de la castellana just coming out of Nuevos Ministerios from the Barajas airport.
What to buy: anything you buy in a full service department stores, fashion,luggage,perfumes, jewerly,toys, electronics, music, etc etc
What to pay: good prices
El Corte Inglés is the biggest (and maybe only one?) department store in Madrid. And it's not only one nor 2 or 3. There are dozens of them everywhere in the city.
So if you want to buy something and don't have the time to shop around in small stores, get yourself into ECI and you'll probably find what you're looking for!
What to buy: If you're looking for perfumes, electronics and underwear, the shop works. Men's apparel... I didn't find anything...
El Corte Inglés is a Spanish department store found all over the country and some in Portugal too. Those in the cities are typical downtown department stores. However, the ones in the suburbs are hypermarkets much like Wal-Mart Supercentres in the USA. There is a wide enough selection downtown, but there is so much more in the hypermarkets.
What to buy: Everything is available there including a money exchange in the Madrid store closest to Moncloa.
What to pay: Prices were reasonable or else, on my budget on that trip, I never would have bought anything.
I really like department stores overall and found El Corte Ingles a very nice store. It offered the shopper everything under one roof. As a tourist your curious as to what other stores not in your own country have to offer and let me tell you brand name clothes, shoes, perfumes and friendly people.
What to pay: I found the clothing to be on the expensive side. Now perfumes where reasonably priced.