Madrid is a destination for shopping and
handicrafts. Many of
the world’s leading brands, jewelers and antique dealers have shops
Travelers and holidaymakers are able to find wide variety of products in
excellent quality. There is something for
everyone at affordable prices in Madrid.
Puerta del Sol, Princesa and Goya Streets, Paseo de la Castellana and
all the major shopping malls around the city center and outskirts
are the places with the large department stores and megastores
specialized in CDs, books and videos.
The most popular fashion stores & boutiques, jewellery, clothing and
gift shops can be found in the Salamanca, Salesas and Chueca
The Old Quarter of Madrid and the Plaza Mayor is popular
spot for the traditional items such as espadrilles, rope, hats and
religious objects as well as they can be found in the famous street
markets of Madrid. The Rastro is the popular Sunday morning
open air flea-market worth a visit. It extends from Tirso de Molina,
Cascorro and La Latina down to Embajadores.
Madrid is also a great city to buy
art and antiques. The best art galleries can be
found in the Salamanca District, Calle Barquillo and the
area around the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Also the
modern art supermarkets are very ideal outlets with the works of
young and upcoming artists.
Wide range of best antiques can be found in the
Salamanca District, Puerta de Toledo Market and in any of
the permanent shops in and around the Rastro.
As for the collectables, coin and stamp collections can
be found in the Plaza Mayor.
For the booklovers,
the annual Book Fair in the Retiro Park that is held at the end
of May and early June and the annual Old and second hand Book Fair
in the Paseo de Recoletos that is held at the beginning of May are
the greatest opportunities. There are also great bookshops throughout
the city with where visitors may find the old and antique book dealers