Best Shopping, my shopping in Madrid

An often ask question in any city, and one most difficult to answer in my opinion. The choices are endless, and taste varied wildly. However, I will give my choices,hope they help you enjoy your shopping pleasures in Madrid, and maybe exchange some new ones from you.

Madrid is a very compact city, most of the stores are located in the Centro or city center area,and for more upscale by the Salamanca district between Castellana and Principe de Vergara, and from calle Alcala to Calle Maria de Molina. The stores open from 10h to 21h with some open continuosly and others closing from 14h30 to 17h30 everyday, most however close on Sundays. You will see the hours are not all fix nor care for although they have improved over the years Lol! The fashion trend has hit Madrid since Movida days and it continous today with many fashion designers popping up with passarelas a la Paris or Milan.

Some of my all time favorites ,and to bring home even by air ::) are these;

You have the typical chains like FNAC Spain, webpage here http://www.fnac.es/ with the perennial main store at plaza Callao and metro Callao lines 3, 5. and El Corte Inglés or the English cut, a chain store all over Spain,started in Madrid many years ago, and now the emblematic dept store of the city, my favorite is at Paseo de la Castellana,near Nuevos Ministerios where you get off from the airport at Barajas and arrive in the city go out turn right and the store is on your right hand side cant missed it. Web http://www.elcorteingles.es/

Museo del Jamon or ham museum, for that classical jabugo ham of bellota or wild nuts, several in town but the best selections are in Calle Alcala 155 between the Puerta de Alcala and the Monumental bullfight ring at Ventas. My old area indeed, and always there. metro Goya lines 2,4. webpage http://www.museodeljamon.es/ hit ENTRAR for enter.

Casa Mira, for those wonderful Spanish pastries including nougat or turron. Located at Carrera de San Jéronimo, 30 , metro Sevilla line 2.no web, tel +34 914 298 895; open every day from 10h-14h and 17h-21h, Sundays 10h30-14h30 and 17h30-21h.

Mariano Madrueño, the best Spanish wines you can find in Madrid, all prices even from 2€! even liquors. Calle Postigo de San Martin, 3, Metro Callao lines 3,5. web http://www.marianomadrueno.es/ in Spanish of course, just click the picture.

El Flamenco Vive or the flamenco lives, a store for lovers of Flamenco and who is not? wonderful choices to buy everything related to this wonderful art of Spain.  Calle Conde de Lemos,7, Metro Opera lines 2,5. web here  in English ! http://www.elflamencovive.es/quienes.asp

El Arco Artesania, in the Plaza Mayor, several Spanish artists to sell you authentic jewerly, vases, ceramics,lamps,engraving etc; located at Plaza Mayor 9, Metro Sol lines 1,2,3.and Cercanias trains. no web, tel +34 913 652 680. Open every day from 11h-21h.

Casa Hernanz, the best Spanish espadriles sandals (alpargatas) over 150 yrs doing it; located at Calle de Toledo,18. Metro Sol lines 1,2,3. no web, tel +34 913 665 450. open monday to fridays from 9h-13h30 and 16h30-20h, Saturday 10h-14h.

The best public market or flea market is El Rastro, there for years and years around Plaza Cascorro and the Calle Ribera de Curtidores, this is a tradition every Sunday morning until 15h-16h, best way there is metro La Latina line 5, Puerta de Toledo line 5, or just descend from Plaza Mayor;the site in Spanish official  http://www.elrastro.org/ Another popular flea or market I like to go is the one by Anton Martin, this one is every day from 9h-14h except saturdays afternoons and Sundays. It is a covered market of food,fruits,vegetables and very typical Spanish , calle Santa Isabel,5, metro Anton Martin line 1. no web. Another typical market renovated a few years back is the Mercado de San Miguel, located at the Plaza San Miguel ,going to it from the southwest side of the Plaza Mayor, metro Sol lines 1,2,3. webpage here http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/ . Another one and the favorite in Madrid of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is Mercado de Fuencarral in the Calle Fuencarral, open everyday from 1àh-22h, in barrio Chueca, all types of clothing ,shoes,artistic creation all around a metal stairs; here you can continue your shopping around small boutiques of the Calle de la Hortaleza,Pelayo,and plaza de Chueca. metro Chueca line 5, and Tribunal lines 1,10.

Jack Jones, an international outlet for casual clothings great for teens like mines. Best is the store at Calle Carretas,31 ;metro Sol lines 1,2,3. webpage here http://www.jackjones.com/store-locator#

Calzados Victor, Calle Alcala, 278, shoes for the whole family at great prices, a family place, I was bought my first Spanish shoes here at 10, then my kids,and wife, a tradition for us since 1971 when I was living in Madrid,and still to this day. Metro Carmen line 5  just past the Monumental bullfight arena. no web, tel +34 913 262 265.  open 10h-13h30 and 17h-21h.

Milano, mens clothing at its best, the best location is at Plaza Puerta del Sol, 11 metro Sol lines 1,2,3. no web, Tel +34  902 451 545. Other locations in town, indirectly part of grupo Cortefiel of Spain. Also in France.

Zara, the leading Spanish ready to wear chain, also in France, in Madrid it was just a few meters from my piso or apt at Calle Alcala, 376 metro Pueblo Nuevo line 5. The best for woman really, classy look, my mom favorite. webpage  http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home/es/es/zara-sales

Antigua Casa Talavera, its a wonderful place for the lovers of ceramics from all periods of Spanish history. They come from all  corners of Spain from the best masters. located at Calle de Isabel La Catolica 2, metro Santo Domingo line 2. no web, tel +34 915 473 417. open every day except Saturdays afternoons, Sundays ,and holidays, from 10h-13h30 and 17h-20h.

Calzado Los Guerrilleros, a shoe store for all the family there over 50 years at  1971, it was my mom favorite too, and then family worked there in sales, still going strong with a funny commercial “dont buy here its too expensive” hehehehe, the main store of old is still at Calle Montera 25-27; metro Sol lines 1,2,3,  web http://www.losguerrilleros.com/

La Favorita, for hats, even my grandfather purchase here, thats old, and still here. Plaza Mayor, 25, metro Sol lines 1,2,3. Hats and caps of all sorts. A traditional place you will come back for it. web http://www.lafavoritacb.com/

Casa Yustas, Plaza Mayor 30 , metro Sol lines 1,2,3, a tradition of Spanish souvenirs (regalos), hats( sombreria)  and armory( efectos militares)  going back to grandparents in Madrid .webpage http://www.casayustas.com/

Objetos de Arte Toledano, Paseo del Prado, 10-12, right front of museum of Prado, metro Banco de España line 2 or Anton Martin line 1. All about the universe of swords, medals and medieval military artifacts, souvenirs , best of Spain. Web http://www.armasmedievales.com/index.php

Alvarez, for sporting equipement of all sorts, see them ,the best always. you wont be disappointed, they can advise on site. You can buy online or go to stores, the one I frequented is at Calle Capitan Haya, 6,  at about 100 meters from hotel Melia Castilla,metro  between plaza Castilla lines 1,9,10 and Cuzco line 10. Mondays to saturday continuosly  from 10h to 21h. webpage http://www.a-alvarez.com/

For groceries there are several good ones such Hipercor, but I prefer the chain Sanchez Romero my family have enjoyed over the years, and I stock up when in Madrid. Great service and they take your swipe cards too,ask. The one I go is at Paseo de la Castellana,196; metro Plaza de Castilla lines  1,9,10 or Cuzco line 10. From Cuzco stay on the right hand side of Castellana and from Plaza de Castilla cross over to your left side and walk down. Other stores too,and cafeterias, also one at Castellana location, great prices. webpage http://www.sanchez-romero.com/

Bodegas Santa Cecilia for wines, you may have Lavinia, but I had my personal well wishes always at Santa Cecelia better, find the other a bit too commercial, so Santa Cecilia stays for me. You go to store at calle Bravo Murillo,50 metro Rio Rosas line1 or Cuatro Caminos lines 1,2,6. Open Monday from 17h-20h30. Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h-14h and 17h-20h30. webpage in English http://www.santacecilia.es/

Chocolat Factory, calle general Peron, 40, metro Santiago Bernabeu line 10, the best chocolats in Madrid, even if Valor is a national chain, the chocoholics here will be in heavens. open monday thru Saturdays 10h-21h inside the Moda shopping center lower o 0 level. Webpage http://www.chocolatfactory.com/eng/index.htm

Real Madrid main store, of course, my team, the best ever !!! Calle Carmen, 3, metro Sol lines 1,2,3.or the one at the stadium but believe the one at Carmen is more lively more for customers,the other one is more for diehard fans really ::) webpage http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/1193040472509/GenericoContenedor/Tienda.htm

Then you have the shopping centers, great to go for a nice shopping spree in any weather,and see the world go by. My favorites in no particular order are

La Vaguada,avenida Monforte de Lemos,30, metro Barrio del Pilar line 9 or Herrera Oria line 9 ,closest is first one. wonderful shopping center with all you need in one stop shopping plus great movies. webpage http://www.cclavaguada.com/

Plaza Arturo Soria, calle Arturo Soria 126-128, metro best by bus from Plaza de Castilla No 70 or from intercambiador Ave de America bus Nos 122,322. webpage http://www.arturosoriaplaza.es/

Jardin de Serrano, calle Goya 6-8 ,metro Serrano line 4, chic place with brand name, and a beautiful ambiance.  One of my best brand Façonnable is found there, webpage http://www.jardindeserrano.es/ES/index.htm

Plaza Norte 2,Parque Comercial MegaPark, San Sebastian de los Reyes, just north of city limits of Madrid, great huge shopping center, great values and local ambiance, you can get there from plaza de Castilla on bus number 156 or 171. All major stores are there from El Corte Ingles to Haagen Dazs, you will love the mall!!! webpage http://www.plazanorte2.com/

Shopping Center Parque Corredor, another of my favorites outside the city but easy to get there, this one is next to Torrejon de Ardoz, if you want a family shopping experience and see the local way of life then come here. We do it for Toys R Us and Burger King lol!!! kids rule .The place is lovely setup and great shopping at Al Campo (Auchan in France) You go there from intercambiado Avenida de  America, and take bus No 224, to Torrejon de Ardoz, cross street to take bus No 252 to Parque Corredor.  web http://www.parque-corredor.com/portal/index.php/nuestras-tiendas

Coming back to Madrid, there is the Moda Shopping at calle General Peron, 38-40,metro Santiago Bernabeu line 10 just near paseo de la Castellana 95 and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid FC), and right around Torre Picasso skyrise building. Some upscale shops and pubs, in a very busy section of modern Madrid, away from the tourist crowds and shop in a nice ambiance.  web http://www.modashopping.com/es/por-actividades/actividad

ABC Serrano, Calle Serrano,61 metro Ruben Dario line 5 exit paseo de la Castellana,or metro Nunez de Balboa, line 9 or Serrano line 4. upscale oasis in Madrid chic district, very elegant stores, and great for Madrijoyas(2nd level) for gifts given and taking, and La Terraza de ABC a very nice terrace cafe for a city break. webpage  http://www.abcserrano.com/abc-serrano

Las Rozas Village, a shopping outlet type mall, on the outskirst of the city, that is popular with several expats I know, its in the town of Las Rozas, similar to the outlet mall in Disneyland Paris, so major brands catch the good prices and take a leisure ride into other Madrid, for the curious.  From Intercambiador of Moncloa (calle Princesa 96) metro Moncloa lines 3,6 take  bus depot take buses No 625,628,629 to Village . webpage http://www.lasrozasvillage.com/es/inicio/inicio

This is it for me. Hope it makes your shopping pleasure in Madrid a bit better. Of course, its not an exhaustive list nor inclusive of all, but it gives you a good start. If you need specifics I am always around my blog. Cheers!

 

4 Comments to “Best Shopping, my shopping in Madrid”

  1. Awsome post, bookmarked for future referrence, regards Michael..

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  2. thank you ,hope it helps you.

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  3. This blog is paradise for me, i love all these informations, thanks for your work buddy. Waiting for more info

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