Shopping Areas, Madrid
A car-free shopping district is one of the city's best shopping area. Calle Preciados begins at Puerta del Sol and ends at Plaza Callao.You'll find from casual to elegant wears for women and men fashions of major brands, department stores to specialty shops. You know where to spend your pocket money:)
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This street, which leads towards the Sol Metro stop in the heart of Centro, offers a great many small and large shops for men, women, and specialty items. There are men's shops to suit almost any taste. A quick stroll through this area will reveal a wide variety of shops worth browsing through.
This is a huge (by Maltese standards) shopping mall with loads of clothes shops, shoe shops, accessories shops etc. Spanish fashion is incredible and since I went during the summer sales, I got really great bargains. There are a few franchise shops, such as Zara, Mango, H&M but there are also loads of other shops selling loads of stuff.
Joy Eslava (Calle del Arenal, 33), with 6 bars distributed across 3 floors, is still the city’s most popular nightspot - on any night of the week it is a favourite queuing venue for both citizens and travellers alike.
Gabana 1800 (Velázquez, 6) is the flagship of the Madrid dulce vida and is a cocktail-sipping hangout for the city’s gorgeous people…and often a few Real Madrid futbolistas.
Ave Nox (Lagasca, 31) has a lively atmosphere and is another prime place-to-be-seen. Teatriz (Hermosilla, 15), set in a charming theatre, is a very popular venue that is worth visiting if only to check out the décor (by Philippe Starck y Mariscal).
Fortuny (Fortuny, 34) is an intriguing ‘disco-restaurant’ in a historic little mansion that has certainly seen the glittering footsteps of more than a few of the city’s brightest stars.
There are many shops around Puerta del Sol, mainly popular fashion houses and loads of THE most famous department store to be found all over Spain - El Corte Ingles... Clothes for all ages can be found here, from the best designer brands to cheap street wear! Excellent value for money!
What to buy: Anthing... from clothes to souvenirs to a yummy takeout sandwich if you're in a hurry!
No, I'm not banishing you to the city of Salamanca! There is a very exclusive district here in Madrid selling designer and luxury products like Chanel, Loewe, DKNY Donna Karan, Gucci, Hermes, Versace amongst others. It is known as SALAMANCA (the district).
What to buy: Luxury/ Branded products. I'll recommend a few of my favorites (read: polite and charming boutique assistants):
Let's start with:
Address: Jose Ortega y Gasset, 14, Madrid 28006 (METRO: Nunez de Bilbao).
I had expected to find really snooty boutique assistants but they were surprisingly very helpful towards me. I use Chanel skin care and make-up and because I bought a few items, they even gave me a few skin care samples. I'll definitely go back to this boutique again.
Address: Velázquez, 28, Madrid 28001 (METRO: Velázquez)
This boutique stocks the cheaper range of Donna Karan's clothings. Very affordable. I even saw some Spanish school girls coming in here to buy a few dresses! Friendly assistants, great variety of outfits to choose from at an affordable price!
Address: Jose Ortega y Gasset, 10, Madrid 28006 (METRO: Nunez de Balboa)
Even if the clothings at Versace is not within your budget, fear not! It's OK to browse through the trendiest Versace collections from casual wear to evening gowns! I stood there - riveted.
Address: Calle Don Ramon de la Cruz, 2, Madrid 28006 (METRO: Serrano)
I am a BIG fan of Gucci... and managed to grab a lovely pair of sandals which was on sale!
It is obvious that with that name, this street should be a shopping one ;-)
This is a off street from Plaza del sol, the parallel street is calle Preciados, also with lots of shops.
But beware of Calle Montera, a few streets further, they sell there other things ;-)
You can enter from Puerta de Alcala or from Colon, a parallel street to Paseo de la Castellana with lots of boutiques, stylish shops (like Chanel, Armani, Loewe...)
Here of course you can find also a Corte Ingles at Colon square.
Or also one of my favourites, ABC Serrano Shopping Center at C/ Serrano 61 or if you enter through Paseo Castellana- P? de la Castellana 34 (for a better pic of the entrance)
This pedestrian street goes from Puerta del Sol to Callao Aquare and is probably the most touristic one in Madrid, apart from Gran Via.
Here you can find El Corte Ingles, FNAC (books and music) and many clothing, shoes... shops.
Even if you don't buy anything is nice to walk around and see people passing by.
Beware of pickpockets!!
A large shopping mall adjacent to the train station of the same name. in fact the mall lies in what was once part of the station.
All the usual chains are here; H&M, Monsoon, Pimkie, Footlocker etc. Great if the outside temp is to high as it's air conditioned and very cool in here.
There are many forms of shopping in Madrid - something for everything. The well known flea market - El Rastro offers some good bargains as well as antiques. The market is held on Sunday mornings. Around the main square and neighboring streets are various gift, craft and souvenir shops for the tourists. Around the Gran Via are some fairly expensive jewelery shops and the Salamanca district is good for boutiques.
If you are going to shop I suggest you use the Peurta Del Sol as your starting point. You can use this location as a meeting point and basically go in all directions. There is shopping everywhere including the El Corte Ingles. There is everything in this area at every price and the atmosphere is great in the area.
It is basically the center of Madrid where everything is happening. As you can see in my other Madrid tips, the center of Spain is actually here in Peurta Del Sol!!!
If you wanna go shopping in Madrid, there are specific areas for:
- Clothes and shoes high quality: Serrano street
- Antiques and second hand items:
"El Rastro" fleamarket on sundays near "La Latina" Metro Station.
- Souvenirs: Puerta del Sol, Gran Via...
- Anything else in one place: El Corte Ingles department stores.
This part of Madrid is popular for antique shopping. You will also find in neighbouring streets, many other stores selling jewellery and craft shops, paintings, furniture and ceramics and even some weapons.
This is a converted rail station I believe, but now it is refurbished into a shopping center. I thought this was a very lovely place, and cool to see all the local people, unlike the tourist areas, even though alot of locals are in the tourist areas as well.
There are a lot of neat things that you can get here, it is mainly like a mall back in the States, but with more class and character.
What to buy: I bought a few shirts for myself.
Also, there was a candy store with milk/dark/white chocolate covered almonds that I just had to have.
What to pay: As much as you let yourself