Published October 2019
The combination of good prices, a rich cultural scene, and excellent infrastructure to accommodate tourists made the Spanish capital attract over 5 million visitors in 2018 alone. Madrid is a relatively cheap city by European standards, where you can have dinner for a little over €2 at a traditional bar like Sierra, in the neighborhood of Chamberí. And due to its many shopping options, it’s almost impossible to go back home with empty bags.
We’ve created an itinerary with some of the coolest stores in Madrid, which offer everything from luxury to original items in the regions of Malasaña, Chueca, Salamanca, and Lavapiés.
This neighborhood is beloved by Madrid’s modern crowd, with its peculiar shops. The bookstore Tipos Infames sells works by independent writers and has a wine bar to harmonize books and wines. It’s also home to a café.
Tipos Infames: Calle San Joaquín, 3
Some 220 yards [200 m] away you’ll find the traditional Chopper Monster, a shop entirely dedicated to rock ’n’ roll for anyone who wants to buy T-shirts, décor objects, books, and albums of the musical genre.
On the same street is Curiosite, a charming place to look for original souvenirs and fun décor objects. Three minutes away is The Comic Co, a geek temple in Madrid. The staff at this famous comic book store is prepared to give great suggestions.
Chopper Monster: Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 21
Curiosite: Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 28
The Comic Co: Calle del Divino Pastor, 17
An LGBT+ friendly region, Chueca-Justicia has an exciting nightlife and the hippest establishments in Madrid. Start at the concept store Do Design, which offers décor objects, clothes, and works of art with a rustic style, in addition to beautiful kitchen utensils and appliances.
Meanwhile, Jápines – ‘happiness’ with a Spanish accent – combines delicate accessories, fashion jewelry, and beauty products in the same space. If you like hair accessories, for example, their headbands can cost up to €300.
Do Design: Calle de Fernando VI, 13
Jápines: Calle de Fernando VI, 2
Nearby, Ecoalf is famous for its elegant and sustainable clothes, made of such materials as recycled plastic. Even Queen Sofía of Spain has been photographed wearing a coat from the brand.
Patrimonio Olivarero is administered by a foundation of the same name, which was created to promote everything related to olive oil. Their products are diverse and include rare varieties. It’s worth taking home one of the oils produced in the region of Estremadura, in Spain.
Ecoalf: Calle de Hortaleza, 116
Patrimonio Olivarero: Calle de Mejía Lequerica, 1
Salamanca is the richest zone in Madrid, filled with sumptuous buildings, award-winning restaurants, and haute couture window displays. On Calle Serrano, you’ll find the most beautiful building of the El Corte Inglés department store, a true Spanish institution. There, however, they focus on men’s fashion. Renowned chefs David Muñoz, Roberto Ruiz, and Jordi Roca, who, together, have seven Michelin stars, share the popular gastronomic space on the rooftop.
El Corte Inglés: Calle Serrano, 52
Close to Parque de El Retiro, Johnnie Walker Flagship is the first store of the Scottish whisky brand. There, visitors can try drinks and customize bottles.
Still in the alcohol realm, Lavinia is a gastrobar that specializes in wine – from the country and abroad. Take advantage of your stay in Spain to try the local selection.
Johnnie Walker Flagship: Calle Serrano, 2
Lavinia: Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, 16
A trip to Madrid is not complete without a visit to El Rastro, a street market in La Latina held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old furniture pieces – it’s too bad they don’t fit in your bag –, a variety of trinkets, artistic works, and second-hand clothes are scattered across the locale.
Meanwhile, in the region of Plaza Mayor, Casa Hernanz produces the most beloved and most popular espadrilles in the city. A family business founded some 170 years ago, they only sell handmade products. Don’t forget: from Mondays to Fridays, they close from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the siesta – the good old rest after lunch, a typical custom in the country.
El Rastro: Calle Ribera de Curtidores, s/n
Casa Hernanz: Calle Toledo, 18
Now, if you ever thought about having a cape, you’ll find the perfect one in Madrid. The red façade of Capas Seseña offers a hint of what’s inside: well-designed, elegant, and light adornments made of merino cotton. The store was inaugurated in 1901.
In Plaza del Conde de Barajas, you can observe the artisans of Taller Puntera make leather bags and accessories, dyed in bright colors in a natural way – another souvenir to take home and make you remember this can’t-miss destination.
Capas Seseña: Calle de la Cruz, 23
Taller Puntera: Plaza del Conde de Barajas, 4
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