Madrid is a world design center. You'll have no trouble finding traditional crafts, such as ceramics, woven baskets, guitars, and leather goods, as well as a wealth of contemporary art and fashion pieces. Small, family-run shops and boutiques generally close during lunch hours, on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday.

Madrid has three main shopping areas. The first stretches from Callao to Puerta del Sol (Calle Preciados, Gran Vía on both sides of Callao, and the streets around the Puerta del Sol) and 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 mews), 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, Roberto Verino). Calle Jorge Juan, Calle Lagasca, and Calle Claudio Coello hold the widest selection of smart boutiques from renowned Spanish designers such as Sybilla, DelPozo, and Dolores Promesas.

Finally, for hipper clothes, Chueca, Malasaña, and the streets around the Conde Duque cultural center are your best bets. Calle Fuencarral, between Gran Vía and Tribunal, has the most shops in this area with outposts from Diesel, Adidas, and Footlocker, but also local brands such as El Ganso, 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 around the Conde Duque cultural center.

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  • 1. Ábbatte

    Salamanca | Textiles/Sewing

    Every blanket, tablecloth, throw, and rug sold at this contemporary textile shop is woven by hand using the finest natural fibers in the Cistercian...Read More

  • 2. Antigua Casa Talavera

    Palacio | 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 blue...Read More

  • 3. Casa González

    Barrio de las Letras | Wine/Spirits

    This food store (est. 1931) contains a cozy bar where you can sample most of its fare including canned asparagus, charcuterie, anchovies, and...Read More

  • 4. Cocol

    La Latina | Crafts

    There's no better shop in Madrid for top-quality Spanish artisan wares. The shelves in this tiny independently owned boutique off Plaza de la...Read More

  • 5. El Rastro

    Barrio de las Letras | Market

    On Sunday morning, Calle de Ribera de Curtidores is closed to traffic and jammed with outdoor booths selling everything under the sun—this is...Read More

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  • 6. Lavinia

    Salamanca | Wine/Spirits

    Welcome to one of the largest wine stores in Europe. Beyond the encyclopedic selection of bottles, find books, glasses, and bar accessories...Read More

  • 7. Natalia Lumbreras

    Malasaña | Jewelry & Watches

    Splurge on eye-popping hand-painted (and printed) silk scarves at this appointment-only boutique. Lumbreras's handiwork has been sold as far...Read More

  • 8. Yolanda Andrés

    Lavapiés | Crafts

    These are not your grandma's embroideries: In Yolanda Andrés's thought-provoking pieces, which she describes as "paintings with thread," she...Read More

  • 9. Adolfo Domínguez

    Salamanca | Clothing

    This popular Galician designer creates simple, sober, and elegant lines for both men and women. Of the numerous locations around the city, the...Read More

  • 10. Andrés Gallardo

    Barrio de las Letras | Jewelry & Watches

    Madrid's porcelain whisperer, Gallardo fashions second-hand shards and custom-made porcelain elements into runway-ready jewelry and accessories. ...Read More

  • 11. Capas Seseña

    Sol | Clothing

    Seseña is the oldest cape tailor in the world. Since 1901, this family-run business, now in its fourth generation, has outfitted the likes of...Read More

  • 12. Casa del Libro

    Sol | 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 classics...Read More

  • 13. Coolook

    Salamanca | Jewelry & Watches

    Spanish jeweler Mar Aldeguer sells nature-inspired jewelry made from precious and semiprecious metals and stones at this welcoming boutique...Read More

  • 14. Delpozo

    Salamanca | Clothing

    Jesús del Pozo, the prominent designer behind this renowned fashion house, died in 2011, and it's now Josep Font who extends its creative legacy...Read More

  • 15. Eduardo Rivera

    Barrio de las Letras | Clothing

    A block off Plaza de Santa Ana, this is the flagship store of a young Spanish designer with clothes and accessories for both men and women....Read More

  • 16. Guille García-Hoz

    Chueca | Ceramics/Glassware

    Take home one of this iconic ceramicist's painted plates or gleaming white urns decorated with animal motifs....Read More

  • 17. Intropia

    Salamanca | Clothing

    Intropia's fashion lines are consistently subtle, gossamer, and flowy. (Note that this brand used to be called Hoss.) ...Read More

  • 18. J&J

    Malasaña | Books/Stationery

    A block off San Bernardo, this is a charming café and bookstore with a good selection of used books in English. They sell bagels, too—a rarity...Read More

  • 19. José Ramírez

    Sol | Music

    This company has sold guitars since 1882, and its store includes a museum of antique instruments. Prices for new models run €122–€227 for children...Read More

  • 20. Loewe

    Salamanca | Clothing

    This sumptuous store carries high-quality designer purses, accessories, and clothing made of butter-soft leather in gorgeous jewel tones. The...Read More

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