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Shopping ~ What to Buy in Madrid


Madrid is a destination for shopping and handicrafts. Many of the world’s leading brands, jewelers and antique dealers have shops in Madrid. 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 Districts.

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 as well.

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