As the capital and largest city in Spain, Madrid has plenty to satisfy tourists interested in history, art, and architecture. That doesn’t mean, however, that Madrid has nothing to offer shop-a-holics. Anyone interested in fine, hand-crafted Spanish goods should schedule a few shopping excursions into their Madrid vacation. Whether you’re into modern malls, antique shops, or succulent street food, you should have no issues finding places to shop ‘till you drop in the Spanish capital.
#1 ABC de Serrano
The most popular shopping mall in Madrid is ABC de Serrano at Callee Serrano 61 near the Núñez de Balboa metro stop. This former newspaper headquarters is made up of four floors filled with mostly high-end fashion shops. There’s also a supermarket and a cafeteria area in ABC de Serrano for those in need of a snack break.
#2 Mercado de San Miquel
Opened in 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beloved indoor food markets. With dozens of tapas vendors, Mercado de San Miguel is the best place to pick up delicious snacks, refreshing drinks, and, of course, Spanish sweets. It’s easy for foreigners to find this market since it’s located close to Plaza Mayor.
#3 Casa de Diego
Casa de Diego on Plaza Puerta del Sol 12 has been making some of the finest traditional fans in Spain since 1858. Besides fans, Casa de Diego sells umbrellas, shawls, walking sticks, veils, and other accessories every respectable Spanish gentleman or lady needs. Tourists will be hard-pressed to find more highly respected fan makers in Spain than those who work at Casa de Diego, which is close to the Gran Via metro stop.
Near the Alonso Martínez metro station, Ecoalf is an eco-friendly store that’s been making headlines all over Spain. Not only is Ecoalf well known for making all its goods out of recycled materials, it’s also been getting a lot of buzz because Spanish Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano has been spotted wearing a Ecoalf jacket. Ecoalf is within walking distance of Madrid’s Plaza de Santa Barbara.
#5 Casa Hernanz
Espadrilles, which are a special kind of sandal usually made out of canvas, have been Spain’s most popular form of footwear since at least the 14th century. These shoes were initially worn exclusively by peasants, but over time they became quite fashionable with Spain’s upper classes. The best place to get your hands on some of the best hand-made espadrilles in Madrid is at Casa Hernanz near the La Latina metro stop. This little shop has over 150 years of experience making espadrilles, so it’s safe to say these artisans know what they’re doing!
While it’s important to prioritize iconic sites like Retiro Park, the Royal Palace, and the Prado National Museum, it’s a fun idea to schedule extra time for shopping in Madrid. As you explore Madrid’s impressive shops, markets, and malls, you’ll easily find exceptional souvenirs to remember your vacation by. Shopping in Madrid’s markets will help you better appreciate Spanish culture and the dedication local artisans and farmers continue to put into their livelihoods. Even if you’re just window-shopping, exploring the shops of Madrid is an unforgettable experience.