What a madhouse! And these are the people outside the shops at Puerta del Sol. I think part of the reason is that most of the shops, Corte Englis included, are not open most Sunday's. Even with the strong Euro, I did find some deals.
What to buy: Actually, I liked the cafeteria downstairs in Corte Englis.
I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunities to bargain with the street vendors at Puerta del Sol (I found batting my eye lashing and playing with my blonde hair worked every time). They don't start spreading their wares until 11 p.m. or so and they stay out there for hours. I found more than I could rationalize buying.
What to buy: This is a great place to buy random souveniers.
What to pay: Bargain with the best of them. You can talk them down!
Shopping: especially convenient are the pedestrianised streets running off the Plaza Puerta del Sol - Preciados and Carmen, and Gran Via.
And if you don't know where to find something, try El Corte Ingles which is everwhere and appears to stock everything.
These are the 2 parallel streets going up from Plaza del Sol to Callao, there are lots of small shops and also huge El Corte Ingles. They are typical commercial streets closed for the traffic and always full of people.
There are some good shops on c/ Fuencarral going from Gran Via. Amongst them Diesel and many shops with fashion shoes. On the parallel street there are second hand shops with designer stuff, quite expensive.
Like every european capital Madrid has a lots of shops, deparment stores, the sunday flea market. The popular streets for shoppings are Calle Serrano if you´re interested in luxury shops, C/ Preciados, Gran Vía and a lots of shoppings center.
Como cualquier capital europea, Madrid es una excelente ciudad para hacer compras, hay montón de tiendas, grandes almacenes y el popular mercadillo de los domingos. Las calles mas famosas para compras son C/ Serrano, Calle Preciados, zona de Gran Vía y los centros comerciales.
What to buy: I found a cool white lamp as a slowly rotating globe (earth) in an home furnishing shop in Chueca...and as a bonus I got to see famous actress Antonia San Juan (All about my mother) standing at the counter buying something :)
This is a classic chic shopping center on paseo de la Castellana,nearer the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, if looking for a modern place to relax, drink a coffee and do some serious shopping this is it, right off the nuevos ministerios line 8 airport line or Santiago Bernabeu on line 10. Walking is easy from Nuevos Ministerios thus,its what I do.
The shopping center MODA is part of a great complex where you can find shops, and entertainement, business centers, convention center,and cultural activities as well as exposition rooms. It was built by 1988 by the group MAPFRE VIDA ,insurance company.
It is open mondays to fridays from 8h to 22h and weekends from 10h to 22h
What to buy: clothings, but to have a nice relaxing time away from the street noise in a nice cafe inside;like Park Avenue
What to pay: prices for brand name items ok by Paris standards
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!
Licensed seller of the official Real Madrid shirts.
What to buy: A football shirt with the name Real Madrid on.
What to pay: Price 40 euro, and you can choose the number and name.
To me this is like Oxford street in London,has so many shops with afordable prices.
What to buy: everything,clothes,shoes.....est.
What to pay: not much
If you want to watch variety and with a good price in the open air then this is the ideal place to go in one of the streets daily in MADRID
Puerta Del Sol is a major shopping area in Madrid. It is very hip and you'll be sure to find very nice things (especially shoes!!!)
What to buy: Shoes!
Gran Via is one of Madrid's great commercial streets. You might also try C/ Serrano for upscale shops like Gucci and Prado.
Why not take home one (or two) of those marvellous "air-dried" hams?
I didn't take any whole ones as they are quite heavy but some slices only, lol!