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Shopping overview of Madrid

Madrid is the best city in Spain to go shopping, but as it is a big place, you'll need to know where to look. On this page you'll find details of where to find all the best shopping malls and districts in Madrid.

Madrid's Shopping Districts

    Gran Via & Sol The biggest brands have their biggest stores in this area. Most prominent are the Inditex chains owned by Amancio Ortega Gaona, such as Zara, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius. This behemoth of the Spanish clothing industry is now expanding into other parts of Europe, but their mother ships can be found on or near Gran Via. Be sure to look skyward on Gran Via - many of the buildings are at their most interesting on the roof. This is also where you will find Madrid (and Spain's) biggest cinemas.

    Principe Pio A bus and train hub, there is also a modern shopping mall built above it. The most central large covered shopping mall in Madrid, perfect for when you don't want the rain to spoil your shopping. The quickest way to get to Principe Pio is by the metro shuttle from Opera metro station.

    Ortega y Gasset This is the classy district, where the likes of Victoria Beckham and the other footballers' wives go shopping. Not far away, on c/Serrano you'll find ABC Serrano, a three floor shopping mall with some of Europe's most expensive clothing outlets.

    Fuencarral & Hortaleza Just off Gran Via is the hipster paradise of c/Fuencarral and c/Hortaleza. To the right is Chueca, Madrid's gay district, to the left is Comercial Malasa, the trendiest part of town. In the middle is where they do their shopping. Though many of the trendier stores are being pushed out by the big brands, you can still get some funky and quite individual clothing in the Fuencarral market. Don't be put off if the first thing you see is exorbitantly expensive, there are bargains to be had. Cheap shoes in particular can be found on c/Hortaleza. The nearby streets of Almirante, Piamonte and Argensola. Also, quite a way away but satisfyingly out of place is the hippy market in Plaza Felipe II near Metro Goya.

    Opera The area around the opera house is great for buying musical instruments, especially locally produced guitars.

    Santo Domingo A bit of a ghost town right in the center of downtown Madrid, it's not pretty or exciting, but there are some good record stores.

    Xanadu One of the largest indoor ski resorts in Europe with a healthy shopping mall adjacent to it. Read more on Skiing in Madrid.

    El Corte Inglés Spain's omnipotent and omnipresent chain of department stores - they're so big they count as districts of their own. If you can't get it in one of their many branches, you're unlikely to find it anywhere. Many try to avoid the chain in an attempt to keep alive the smaller stores, but it is often difficult to do so. Nothing beats El Corte Inglés for convenience, no matter how begrudgingly you go.

    Madrid's El Corte Inglés stores can be found at the following metro stops:

    Sol Arguelles - Goya - Nuevos Ministerios

Markets in & Around Madrid

    Rastro The big Sunday morning market found between Tirso de Molina and La Latina metro stations. No longer the bargain hunters' delight it once was, but the Rastro is still a Madrid institution that needs to be seen.

    Rastrillo de Tetuan A mini version of the Rastrio, on c/Marqueses de Viana, near metro Tetuan.

    Bookmarkets - Cuesta de Moyano Book market. You can also find a similar permanent book stall at the Iglesia de San Gines. Don't forget to flick through your new purchase at the Chocolateria de San Gines while chomping on Chocolate con Churros.

    Coins and Stamps at Plaza Mayor on a Sunday morning.

    Chinchon In the Plaza Mayor of this town to the south of Madrid, on Saturday mornings.

    Alcala On c/Mayor, in this town to the east of Madrid, again on Saturday mornings.