Madrid Shopping

Spain has become one of the world's design centers. You'll have no trouble finding traditional crafts, such as ceramics, guitars, and leather goods, albeit not at countryside prices (think Rodeo Drive, not outlet mall). Known for contemporary furniture and decorative items as well as chic clothing, shoes, and jewelry, Spain's capital has become stiff competition for Barcelona. Keep in mind that

many shops, especially those that are small and family-run, close during lunch hours, on Sunday, and on Saturday afternoon. Shops generally accept most major credit cards.

Madrid has three main shopping areas. The first, the area that stretches from Callao to Puerta del Sol (Calle Preciados, Gran Vía on both sides of Callao, and the streets around the Puerta del Sol), includes the major department stores (El Corte Inglés and the French music, book, and electronics chain FNAC) and popular brands such as H&M and Zara.

The second area, far more elegant and expensive, is in the eastern Salamanca district, bounded roughly by Serrano, Juan Bravo, Jorge Juan (and its blind alleys), and Velázquez; the shops on Goya extend as far as Alcalá. The streets just off the Plaza de Colón, particularly Calle Serrano and Calle Ortega y Gasset, have the widest selection of designer goods—think Prada, Loewe, Armani, and Louis Vuitton—as well as other mainstream and popular local designers (Purificación García, Pedro del Hierro, Adolfo Domínguez, or Roberto Verino). Hidden within Calle Jorge Juan, Calle Lagasca, and Calle Claudio Coello is the widest selection of smart boutiques from renowned Spanish designers, such as Sybilla, DelPozo, or Dolores Promesas.

Finally, for hipper clothes, Chueca, Malasaña, and what's now called the Triball (the triangle formed by Fuencarral, Gran Vía, and Corredera Baja, with Calle Ballesta in the middle) are your best bets. Calle Fuencarral, from Gran Vía to Tribunal, is the street with the most shops in this area. On Fuencarral you can find name brands such as Diesel, Gas, and Billabong, but also local brands such as Homeless, Adolfo Domínguez U (selling the Galician designer's younger collection), and Custo, as well as some cosmetics stores (Madame B and M.A.C). Less mainstream and sometimes more exciting is the selection you can find on nearby Calles Hortaleza, Almirante, and Piamonte and in the Triball area.

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Adolfo Domínguez

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This Galician designer creates simple, sober, and elegant lines for both men and women. Of the eight other locations in the city, the...

Alma Aguilar

  • Clothing

Natural and luxe fabrics (silks, cashmere, wool, crepe) make Alma Aguilar's sundresses and feminine coats extra appealing. ...

Antigua Casa Talavera

  • Ceramics/Glassware

This is the best of Madrid's many ceramics shops. Despite the name, the finest wares sold here are from Manises, near Valencia, but the...


  • Books/Stationery

Just across from the Alonso Cano subway exit, Booksellers has a large selection of books in English; there's another branch nearby, at...

Casa del Libro

  • Books/Stationery

At this shop not far from the Puerta del Sol you'll find an impressive collection of English-language books, including translated Spanish...

Centro Comercial ABC

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

Madrid's newest mall is a quadruple-decker: the Centro Comercial ABC, named for the daily newspaper founded on the premises in the 19th...

Cerámica El Alfar

  • Ceramics/Glassware

You'll find pottery from all over Spain here. ...


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Brothers Custodio and David Dalmau are the creative force behind the success of this chain, whose eye-catching T-shirts can be found...


  • Ceramics/Glassware

Shop here for traditional handmade ceramics and pottery. ...


  • Books/Stationery

For travel books, including English-language books about Madrid, seek out Deviaje, just blocks away from the intersection of Calles Goya...