The best areas for shopping in Madrid
You already know Madrid. You have spent the last days walking through it streets, visiting the monuments and getting acquainted with its history and culture. You’ve already visited the Royal Palace with a Segway tour, the Plaza Mayor and museums such as El Prado or the Reina Sofía. Now it’s time to go get a souvenir, a physical memory of your trip to Madrid. Or maybe you just want to hit the stores and see with your own eyes the fashion that locals dig.
Join us in this post and we will show you the best places to go shopping in the sunny Spanish capital. Luxury shopping, day-to-day shopping and some peculiar stores, such as the famous Rastro, are the options displayed in this list.
Let’s go and please, don’t forget to grab your wallet. It’s shopping time in Madrid!
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Top areas for shopping in Madrid
La Gran Vía
Gran Vía is one the main streets in Madrid. On your way from Plaza de España to Callao, you can see some of the most international brands on the planet. Shop after shop with the trendiest clothes you can imagine. Luxurious, fashion, trendy, hipster, preppy; It doesn’t matter which fashion-style you follow, in Gran Vía you will find the perfect store for you. Plus, in Gran vía there are the two official stores of the most important teams of the City, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.
Fuencarral is the street that connects Bilbao square with Gran Vía street. All along this street we find major brand clothing stores, cool little stores with unique fashion designs and all kind of hip businesses, in addition to the bars and restaurants. If you are working on your look, you want to really stand out from the rest and find that piece of clothing that really reflects who you are, Fuencarral is your destination for shopping in Madrid. And not only clothes: accessories, tattoo parlors, bookstores, coffee shops and cinema merchandise are some of the things you will find here. If you are looking for something different, something for a younger relative, we recommend you visit this area.
Callao and Preciados
On the other side of Gran Vía there is another important shopping area called Callao and Preciados. Those are the names of the streets that connect the Gran Vía with Plaza del Sol. In the street with the most expensive commercial square meter in Europe, Preciados, we find an enormous FNAC shopping mall in front of the Corte Inglés, another popular Spanish shopping mall. In this area you will find shops of all kinds: phone stores, toy stores and an enormous library called La Central with an amazing collection of books, comic books and novels. Our recommendation is to walk through these streets, visit the shopping malls and end up having a cup of coffee in Plaza del Sol. Remember to visit the adjacent streets to Preciados, there also great stores!
La Milla de Oro
La Milla de Oro (The Golden Mile) is one of the most popular places for shopping in Madrid. It is known to be the mains street of the Salamanca neighborhood, one of the most elegant and exclusive areas in the center of Madrid. It is in the lower part of the Paseo de la Castellana and extends between Calle Serrano, Velázquez and Retiro. A beautiful area where we find both Spanish and international luxury stores, from Loewe, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Dior or Gucci to the most international Spanish brands such as Manolo Blahnik or Balenciaga. There are also old tailor shops, renowned jewelry stores, luxury shoe stores and chic terraces and bars to rest while enjoying the view of La Puerta de Alcalá.
Located in the western part of the city, we find the Príncipe Pio Shopping Center. This shopping mall is built inside the train station and you can see it in their huge halls and shiny floors. Plus, you will hear the trains coming and going. Three floors under a long vault make this shopping mall a remarkable place, both to visit and to shop. Sportswear, women’s fashion or trendy clothing stores like Footlocker are the kind of shops you will get to visit if you come to Príncipe Pío.
Named after Citizen Kane´s mansion in the movie with the same name, Xanadú is one of the biggest shopping malls in Madrid. But Xanadú is more than a shopping center, since it has a very special feature: Ski slopes. This indoor track, ideal for learning and doing tricks with the board, was the excuse for this shopping center to be built. In its halls we find store after store of the best brands in the world. As in most of the shopping malls of this list, you will also find places to eat, snack or dine, parking for consumers and more.
Tired of shopping malls and big brands? Do you want something different? Well, there is no better way to get to know the Madrid spirit than going to El Rastro Flea Market, at the Embajadores metro station. It is a popular flea market that is displayed on Sundays and it has everything. And when we say everything, we mean literally everything: artwork, clothing, football cards, pins, videotapes, cassettes and all kind of stuff that is considered vintage nowadays. Second-hand or new, it doesn’t matter. From 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon, you can get to know the soul of the city and its people through this special market. Especially if after visiting El Rastro you go get some “cañas y tapas” (beers and tapas), shopping in Madrid becomes an incredible experience!