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Department Stores: El Corte Ingles

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.

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Aug 27, 2011

ABC SERRANO.: Eighty shops in an old palace.

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 ...

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Apr 04, 2011

Department Stores: El corte Ingles

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.

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Feb 05, 2011

Department Stores: El Corte Ingles

This was a very fun place to shop at. It was the Spanish vesion of most likely a Sears.
It was very large, with about 5 floors, and each floor was very large.
One cool feature I thought was that in the basement was a grocery store.

What to buy Anything and everything.
Mostly clothing.

What to pay You can spend as much as you want.

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Mar 01, 2010
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El Corte Inglés: Department Store

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

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Dec 31, 2008

Department Stores: El Corte Ingles

You will find El Corte Ingles stores everywhere you look around in Spain. This is a large department store which sells just about everything from groceries to high end electronics. The prices are a bit steep but during sales and when there's some special offers, you can really get a great bargain.

Aug 08, 2005

Department Stores: El Corte Ingles

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.

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Mar 28, 2005

El Corte Inglés: It's everywhere!!!

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...

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Mar 09, 2005
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Centro Commercial La Vaguada: Main Shopping Centre

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.

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May 27, 2004

El Corte Inglés: Compras baratas

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.

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Apr 24, 2004

El Corte Ingles: It's Springtime in El Corte Ingles

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.

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Mar 15, 2004

Department Stores: Xanadu Shopping Mall

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.

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Dec 09, 2003

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