www.vinoole.com: BEST SPANISH WINES ONLINE
This is an online shop that specializes in selling ONLY Spanish wines and they ship around the world, so if you are a Spanish wine lover and dont want to carry your bottles with you, you can surely get them shipped from - www.vinoole.com
What to buy: Spanish wine , Brandy, cava, liquors. Olive Oil & spanish gourmet foods.Related to:
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Carrefour: Carrefour at Mar the Cristal
The Carrefour shopping mall at Mar the Cristal, offers almost everything from Womens and Men cloths, to stationery, music, food court and groceries.
I went there because of its location.
Its close to the airport. Metro line 4 and 8.
Toilets are provided free of charge.
What to buy: Whatever you like.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy.Related to:
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El Jardin del Convento: Get your sugar fix on
El Jardin del Convento (The Garden of the Convent) sells sweets made by cloistered nuns and priests in monasteries. Hey, they need to do something with those hands that won't send 'em to hell, right?
What to buy: All kinds of baked goods, candy, jams 'n jellies, etc. I bought some chocolate for a friend. They were good. One of my friends bought some turron that more like bark, drizzled with chocolate. She brought it to my surprise birthday party, 3 days after we got home, so I got to taste it too.
I also loved the decor here. It was basic, clean, and highlighted the sweets.
It was really good. : ]Related to:
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Rey Samsa Libreria: Nice second-hand bookstore
Books in Spanish are a rare commodity in Quebec City so shopping for books was pretty high on my list of things to do while in Madrid. Since books are rather expensive in Spain, I was looking for a good second-hand bookstore and I quickly realized that there aren't that many of those in the city. I did however find a nice little one in the Barrio de las Letras. Rey Samsa is a small store, but they've got a good selection of used books that are sold at a very decent price. The owner was muy simpatico, with a real passion for books. I doubt you'll leave this place empty handed!
What to pay: Paperbacks were about 5 Euros each...Related to:
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Vincon: Catalan design in Madrid
The originality of this shop is absolutely remarkable. It is a great exponent of the colorful Catalan style of design, something in which Barcelona clearly advantages Madrid... by far. (snif, snif)
What to buy: Though it is possible to find here furnishing and ornaments for the office or the kitchen, I mainly use this shop whenever I'm in the need of buying some presents. They have some really clever and original ideas here.
What to pay: Just don't take a fancy to the items of this shop. The outrageously high prices could be a severe punishment for your wallet ;-)
Las Bailarinas: let's go dancing!
this small cosy shop is full of shoes, but all the same kind:bailarinas or manoletinas. Nice and original handbags,too.
What to buy: bailarinas.....and bailarinas, different colors for summer for winter, different materials, you can create and personalize your shoes from the different ones they have.
What to pay: 105 euros for one pair.
The greatest shopping quarter: Salmanca quarter
The Salamanca quarter is ,for almost no doubt, the most exclusive part of Madrid to shop at.
If you are coming to Madrid only with the intention to shop, then I believe , after doing it, your store list will be longer and better then that one.
Mercado de San Miguel: Food lovers should not miss it!
Hmmm..... is this a shopping or eating tip? Actually it's both but I put it under shopping because of the variety of vendors at the mercado.
It's a glamorized version of the typical European market. However, you can eat at many of the stalls and have drinks too. It's like Heaven...
What to buy: You can get fresh meat, poultry and fish. You can also buy prepared foods and baked goods. You can also buy crafts. Who doesn't love crafts?Related to:
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Book Fair on La Castellana
We happened upon a book fair on Avenida de la Castellana on our first day in Madrid. Rows of stalls filled with fabulous old books, posters and post-cards lined the boulevard.
BUT not where they would cover any of fountains or other items of beauty. Nice.Related to:
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Calle de Ortega y Gasset (Ortega y Gasset Street)
This street goes from Paseo de La Castellana to Calle de Francisco Silvela, however, the most important shops are between Calle de Serrano and Calle del Príncipe de Vergara, where you can buy from fashion to jewelry or even wine from almost all over the world.
Note: Sometimes some people call this street (myself included), calle de Lista (the former name).
Frañol: ¿Hablas Frañol?
So, what is frañol? it´s the mixture of French (francés) with Spanish (español)....
And so, this shop is dedicated to French (mainly) and Spanish studies. It has a range of books for children and adults - also including some in English - as well as a wide selection of good quality stationary.
Additionally, French tuition is offered here, as well as internet access.
What to pay: reasonable prices for good quality goods.Related to:
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El Rastro (Flea Market)
El Rastro is a popular market in Madrid, where you can buy almost anything, and mostly in the morning of Sundays and other bank holidays.
What to buy: Anything you can imagine.
What to pay: Good prices and many bargains. It is worth it just to have a look although you don't have the intention to buy.
Calle de Serrano: Madrid's "Fifth Avenue"
Calle de Serrano runs through the very posh Salamanca area. It is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Madrid, and it most likely is where your country's embassy is located. The most popular activity in the area is high-end shopping, and you'll find all the big names on Calle de Serrano and its side streets: Prada, Gucci, Dior, Cartier & Co. are all there, along with the very popular Spanish store Zara. Looks like Madrid knows how to live up to its title as one of the world's fashion capitals!
What to buy: I don't know much about fashion but I'm guessing you'll find designer bags, shoes, etc.
What to pay: As much as you can possibly want to spend!Related to:
- Luxury Travel
Calle del Arenal: Plenty of postcards and souvenirs
Calle del Arenal is a large pedestrian street that stretches between Puerta del Sol and the Opera. If you're looking for postcards or that very typical Spanish souvenir, it's a pretty good place to go. I thought it was rather difficult to find a gift that didn't scream "cheesy tourist souvenir", but luckily that's exactly what some of my friends had asked for! Besides all the shops, it's also fun to walk down Calle del Arenal as it's always teeming with people and street performers, especially in the evening.
What to buy: Decorated fans (abanicos) and anything with a bull on it are pretty typical Madrid souvenirs.
What to pay: 5-15 Euros per item
Casa del Libro: Great bookstore in Madrid
I guess the Casa del Libro is the Spanish equivalent of bookstores like Borders and Waterstones. It's fairly big and they've got a great selection, so you'll almost surely find the Spanish book you're looking for, whether it's a classic, a bestseller, a recipe book or a travel guide. There's also a small English books section, where I happened to find a novel edited by my thesis director :o) There are several Casa del Libro stores in Madrid, but perhaps the nicest one is the three-storey store located on Gran Via. Casa del Libro is open Monday to Saturday - 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday - 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
What to pay: In general, books are more expensive in Europe than in America, but you can usually find some paperbacks (bolsillos) that sell at a decent price.Related to:
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