Named for the arrastre (dragging) of animals in and out of the slaughterhouse that once stood here and, specifically, the rastro (blood trail) left behind, this site explodes into a rollicking flea market every Sunday from 9 to 3, with dozens and dozens of street vendors with truly bizarre bric-a-brac ranging from costume earrings to sent postcards to thrown-out love letters. There are also more formal shops where it's easy to turn up treasures such as old
iron grillwork, a marble tabletop, or a gilt picture frame. The shops (not the vendors) are also open during the week, allowing for quieter and more serious bargaining. Even so, people-watching on Sunday is the best part: for serious browsing and bargaining, any other morning is a better time to turn up treasures.
Ribera de los Curtidores s/n, Madrid, 28005, Spain
Oct 29, 2009
What fun! Rastro is no longer, primarily a bird and antique market; rather it's a full fledge flea market with an astounding array of real and imitation items. What your pockets and your little ones; there is constant contact and the crowds seem to move like the tide. Watch for the gypsies too; pan handling can be an art (not necessiarly needing reward) when done right. Good bargains abound; but don't expect high quality, just plenty of fun.