Goya & Salamanca area
Zone: Salamanca District
Situated in the select area known as Barrio de Salamanca, Calle Goya is one of Madrid's main shopping streets. This emblematic street is home to literally hundreds of shops and exudes a unique, exclusive ambience, a veritable showcase of luxury for those who can afford it. Boutiques, jewellers and elite shopping centres stand amongst the more commonplace high-
Such features make Calle Goya the perfect middle ground between the exclusiveness of the "Milla de Oro" (Golden Mile), comprised of Calle Ortega, Calle Gasset and Calle Serrano, and the more conventional ambience of such streets as Calle Princesa and Calle Preciados.
We cannot conclude this trip through the principal shopping areas without mentioning the most 'chic' part of Madrid: the Goya-
The majority of the shops concentrated on Serrano Street are situated between Maria de Molino and Puerta de Alcala. Besides boutiques, you can also find large department stores like El Corte Ingles.
Shopping in Madrid has here its own paradise, the most “chic” and elegant area in the Community. The most luxurious boutiques are found in streets such as Serrano, Castelló, Goya, Velázquez, Jorge Juan, Príncipe de Vergara and Ortega y Gasset -
Castellana area: Orense & Azca
It is in the north of the city, next to the Azca complex and close to Paseo de la Castellana, the Palacio de Congresos (Conference Centre) and the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, the street known as Calle Orense lies in the very heart of Madrid's financial and business area.
The street is full of small shops, galleries and businesses, as well as many fast food establishments and cafés where visitors can relax after a busy day's shopping.
This popular street is equally busy at mid-
Argüelles & Princesa
The street known as Calle de la Princesa is one of the best known shopping areas in Madrid, as well as the main thoroughfare of the Argüelles neighbourhood. The street runs from Plaza España to Plaza de la Moncloa and is lined on both sides by a large number of businesses and shops, along with many cafés, ideal for a relaxing break.
Department stores, shoe shops, Spanish fashion outlets and accessory stores are just some of the countless possibilities on offer along this ever-
Apart from shopping, this busy street also gives you the chance to admire some of Madrid's most famous buildings, such as Liria Palace, home to the Duchess of Alba on her visits to the capital, and the Cerralbo Museum, situated in nearby Calle Ventura Rodríguez.
Puerta del Sol -
Zones: Puerta del Sol -
Right in front of the Comunidad de Madrid builring, two pedestrian streets open up. Here most of the Puerta del Sol shops are concentrated. The Calle del Carmen and the Calle Preciados streets (where once you could find the now-
There are also innumerable fashion stores (Benetton, Zara,…) that always seem to be full of people eager to buy. In this area, the crowds never let up during opening hours.
At the end of Preciados, reaching Callao plaza, we find FNAC, one of the biggest music and book stores in the city.
The shopping area that encompasses the streets Calle Preciados (which leads from Calle Callao to Puerta del Sol), Calle Carmen and several smaller, perpendicular streets, is a pedestrian-
We can start our High Street shopping itinerary at Preciados street, where we find the wellknown department store El Corte Inglés, which in the last few years has extended to the buildings close-
We can also enjoy the great fashion franchises so favoured by the young, where shoppers can find the latest fashion at reasonable prices. Benetton, Zara, Springfield, Mango, among others, are outlets that are always full of lively people ready to buy or browse. For as long as shops are open, the area is always crowded with people. At the end of Preciados street, as we reach Plaza de Callao, we find FNAC, one of the largest stores for music and books in the city.
If we continue our tour of the area, we come to the cosmopolitan and always dynamic Gran Vía. This street is worth a visit and a walk as it is one of the main arteries of the city and one of the streets with a huge number of shops and cinemas.
Many shops set up by first-
accessories, all mixed with cinemas, bars and hotels.
If we move slightly away from the area, towards the lower section of Gran Vía street, and after crossing Plaza de España, we reach Princesa street, also crammed with shops along both pavements and with quite a few shopping centres known as “Multicentros” where we can find the latest fashion clothes.
Chueca & Fuencarral
Zones: Chueca Madrid soho & Malasaña
The Chueca district is one of the most genuine and cosmopolitan areas in the city centre.
Within it and coming up to the Almirante area, well-
up of little streets perpendicular to Fuencarral and Hortaleza streets is a shoppers’ paradise.
Shopping in Fuencarral St
Fuencarral, the dividing line between Malasaña and Chueca, is Madrid's hub of modern fashion. We're not talking couture -
The streets off of Fuencarral are also worth exploring, as you'll find a number of hidden gems. Westward in Malasaña are more skate shops, second-
Gran Vía, Madrid's first and most emblematic modern boulevard, is a shopping jackpot. The strip of stores on this street between metro stops Gran Vía and San Bernardo hold fashionable and affordable favorites like Camper, Zara, H&M, Pimki, Blanco and Bershka. It's the perfect place to find men's and women's fashion -
If you're looking for books, La Casa del Libro holds an enormous selection. For books plus a wide variety of CD's, DVD's and technology gadgets, FNAC is the place to go. It's just off Gran Vía, nestled in Plaza de Callao, but you can spot it from Gran Vía.
If you're more of a boutique shopper looking for hipster finds or dying to get some original kicks, head up Calle Fuencarral , which intersects Gran Vía right at the metro station of the same name.
The best example is Fuencarral market, created as an alternative to the traditional and typical department stores. Its interior is colourful and psychedelic, metal combines with soft furry fabrics and the shops form labyrinthine corridors. The market accommodates craftsmen and women, designers and small traders from all over Spain, with such original products that you are not allowed
to take photos.
What makes it really different from the typical department stores is that, for example, there is a DJ that plays music in situ, stores specialized in piercing and tattooing, a surrealist hairdresser’s, shops displaying the latest fashion, gifts, cosmetics. The creative and free atmosphere pervading the market acts as a magnet to attract all kinds of people.
The Fuencarral Market turned out to be so successful that other shops decided to follow suit and open up in the area. Outrageous boutiques, shops selling daring lingerie, shop windows displaying feathers, leathers, sequins. From models to drag-
Zones: Lavapiés & El Rastro
The flea market known as El Rastro can be found in Madrid on Sunday mornings. Starting at the Plaza de Cascorro, the market runs down the section of road known as the 'Ribera de Curtidores'. Here venders set up tables and booths to promote their wares.
While the market is large and packed with people, do not expect to see a market dominated by antiques. Unfortunately, now much of the Rastro's wares are imported items, leather purses, and textiles; used goods are also plentiful.
Take care with your pockets here!