Shopping in Madrid

Aug 18th, 2006, 05:54 PM
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Shopping in Madrid

I will be traveling to Madrid next week . Does anyone know if there are any shops where you can buy bottled water, coffee to go, snacks, etc. I guess I'm thinking of a USA style chain store? Thanks
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Aug 18th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Bottled water is very common and can be found in abundance. Coffee to go! Very American, so look for the nearest Starbucks. Snacks? Spain is the land of snack food, tapas and pintxos. You'll just might have to adjust to the Spanis style of eating, but there is always a Mac Donalds around somewhere.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Oh God, you're in Madrid. Open your mind and experience life!!!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:19 PM
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try Mallorca, they have a couple of them in madrid, the ones I remember are on calle velazquez and calle serrano.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 02:02 AM
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There are Starbucks all over Madrid thanks to travelers who think that coffee should be portable and sweet like ice cream.

Snacks- there are tons of convenience stores (Open Cor is open 18 hrs a day), and most bars have a little stand of potato chips that you can buy any time.

All that said, I think that once you get to Madrid (I get the feeling this is your first time to Spain and possibly out of the US) you will find that since coffee does not come by the gallon, sitting down to drink it is quick and enjoyable. As for the snacks, same thing. Warning: many places in Spain do not allow snacks inside (museums and many stores), so you are best off eating them either in a plaza or sittting down and taking 15 minutes to sate yourself.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 05:41 AM
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No absolutely none. Nowhere to buy food to go.

For Heaven's sake - come on.. what do you think?

What sort of place are you expecting to find? First time to Europe I guess, and Europe for you is obviously a dark and backward place.

There is a great chain of sandwich shops but - hey - what do you know - it might not be a brand name you recognise.

Look - just go find them - it isn't hard.

But if you must have a US style chain - then please stay at home.

Given your question I am finding it hard to know why you are bothering. After all, nowhere could be even as remotely good as the US. Best place in the world? eh.. well you think so ..

I think your country stinks, and from previous posts and yours, I now know that many of its citizens are so ignorant it's frightening.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 05:50 AM
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Fuzzylogic, please try to keep your personal anger out of the conversation, OK?

Daydreamer, you will find various opportunities all over Madrid to buy what you need to include small grocery stores especially for the bottled water and snacks. Coffee shops and other places selling coffee are everywhere to include Starbucks and many other outlets.

All you really need to do is get there and start exploring a'll soon get the hang of things and have an enjoyable trip.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 06:27 AM
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Thanks for all of your helpful comments! This is my first trip to Spain.I've been to Europe before Ireland , England and France but never in summer--I'm concerned about the heat factor while we're exploring Madrid etc.--needing to replenish fluids!
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 06:59 AM
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Madrid 2 mall has a large chain store. I'm pretty certain it's open on the weekend too.

Otherwise, look for Al Campo stores.

The previous posters noted Starbucks, etc. so you really don't have to worry.

Take a look at this site.

I'm sure it will give you a direction to get fed.

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Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Daydreamer -- ignore the agro.

Yes, many options in Madrid as you might imagine. If you are staying near Sol you can always hit the Supermercado in Corte Ingles to stock up a bit. CI also has good free maps of the city. There are little shops all over the place that sell bottled water and such. I second LaClaire's suggestion to sit and sip your cafe con leche: strong and fortifying. Try it with a croissant a la plancha and some peach (melocoton) preserves. Yum! Find Madrid's flow and go with it.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 08:02 AM
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Fuzzylogic does not sound like a very worthwhile person, but I will give it credit for being a genius in selecting its screen name.
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