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El Rastro

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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-91-5404010
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the...
Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the smart shopper can find some of the best bargains in the city.
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A neat way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning

We had been told about El Rastro so we decided to get up, have breakfast, and go have a look on our first morning in Madrid . Basically this is a long street market stretching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had been told about El Rastro so we decided to get up, have breakfast, and go have a look on our first morning in Madrid . Basically this is a long street market stretching down the hill with many stalls, some selling imported tat but the odd one with some really nice handcrafted stuff, leather goods and the odd... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My first trip to the Rastro was in the 1970's, and back then there was a wide variety of goods for sale, with interesting things mixed in everywhere. This time it was very different. A large section with street fair type goods such as low priced clothing and other cheaply made and priced items not too much different from a... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Only a Sunday this buy street market is packed with people. We went late afternoon and it wasn't too crowed. It goes on for streets and streets with lots of lovely stalls. Didn't see many food stalls. It was more clothes , jewellery, souvenirs ect

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Wiltshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Basically a street market where absolutely anything can be seen on sale. Some of the narrower streets have the Spanish equivalent to a car boot sale, while in the more open areas there are proper stalls selling clothes, bags, toys and anything else that you might want. Worth walking through on a Sunday.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

All the guidebooks seem to have the El Rastro Sunday market down as a must see and a top pick however unless you really like looking at stall upon stall of people selling cheap knickers and grunge t-shirts then your time could be better spent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This has everything from clothing to antiques. It is held on Sundays in La Latina district. It is very crowded and takes up many streets but is a must see/experience type of event.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Me and my wife, a big fans of traditional art works, visited this huge, multiple streets open market, seeking some unique souvenirs to remind us to our first visit to Madrid and Spain. We liked so much the small old streets of La Latina, surprised as well with vast amount of merchandise for sale. Chances for good bargains were obvious... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There are for sure some authentic products sold here and local artisans, so I don't want to say don't go there at all, but most of the stuff is from China. I'd say 98%. It is really really cheap though - stalls where all the purses are 5 euros, all the scarves 2 euros. Unbelievably cheap. We had read so... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I preferred the smaller markets for food as souvenirs, but this place did have some interesting items on the general "antique" stalls. They were overpriced, but that's what you' expect fom a tourist site; it's worth having a look around anyway. Keep your bags in front of you and zipped up!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

If you have extended stay in Madrid then only visit this market on sunday. It has got tons of things to explore , bargain and purchase. Beware of pickpocketing though. Nice area to explore and with some nice restaurants. One can spend 1 hr to full day and still feel that some shops are not covered

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La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighborhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighborhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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