Madrid shopping



Find the good places to shop in Madrid

Shopping in Madrid is certainly no chore. As the Spanish capital, it also enjoys the privilege of being one of the most fashionable shopping cities in Europe, with plenty of upscale boutiques and stores, and lots of local goodies to take home. When shopping in Madrid, most credit cards are accepted, but store clerks will often ask for identification “D.N.I.” to verify your card before running it.

Madrid doesn’t have any set shopping areas, but rather great stores can be found all over the city. One of the first places that most shop-a-holics head for great Madrid shopping is Gran Vía, the city’s main thoroughfare home to plenty of upscale stores and other great shopping. The district that lies between Sol and Gran Vía, known as Sol-Salamanca, is home to a plethora of top designers like Chanel, Armani and Hermès, and this is the first place that most purse-heavy people go for top end shopping in Madrid.

For more relaxed shopping, head to one of Madrid’s many markets, known in Spanish as mercados. The largest of these is El Rastro, a Sunday flea market held near the La Latina metro station. Here, you can peruse a huge selection of vendors selling all types of trinkets, from fans to baskets, antiques, handmade items and jewelry. Similarly, the Mercado de Fuencarral (Calle Fuencarral 45; +34 91 521 41 52; www.mdf.es), a more modern indoor market, makes for a great place to browse for clothes, shoes, accessories and decorative items, as well as attend one of the many ongoing cultural activities and events that are held here regularly.

One popular Madrid shopping item is a local type of cured ham, and there is no better place to explore the world of Spanish charcuterie than at Museo del Jamón (Gran Vía 72; +34 91 541 20 23; www.museodeljamon.es). This restaurant and museum to all things ham has several locations across the city, with a flagship store located on Gran Vía, right in the heart of the action. Go on a taste testing tour of Spanish ham, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, or simply enjoy the kitschy red décor and hanging hams that make this one of the most unique shops in all of Spain.