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El Rastro

Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
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Ranked #25 of 128 Shopping in Madrid
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This street market held on Sundays is very busy so it is advisable to go early and leave as it starts to fill with shoppers. There is a wide variety of goods on sale from pottery to clothing and a lot of stalls selling leather goods. Some of the stalls are really different and sell unusual things. We saw one... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

This is a street market with loads of options for shirts, coats, drawings, jewelry, pins (brooches) and more. This works only on Sunday's and worth a walk by.

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80 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you like street markets or taking in the local culture, you will enjoy El Rastro. This open air market goes on for blocks and blocks. It's not a "flea market." You could walk through it quickly in 30 minutes, or check out all the vendors and spend hours. Vendors here really run the gamut. The day we were there... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I agree with other reviewers who state that this is not a flea market; it isn't! It is an open air market, where you can find a little of everything and peruse without a care in the world. It gets a bit crowded, but it's not unmanageable. There are some great finds, but little room for bargaining. Great way to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This should be billed as a street market, not a flea market. If your looking for cheap clothes, bags ect this may be the market for you. Arrive early as it becomes very busy by midday. Interesting, but not an essential visit.

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Cairo, Egypt
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

El rastro is located in la latina , it is very good market for used stuff and low price products some offer high prices but very crowded , not recomended with children , pay attention to pickpockets .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A little different to many markets. Its a combination of traditional "garbage - imported rubbish", local hand made goods and a flea market. we spent about 4 hours wandering about, having breakfast (try the local bocadillo) in a little bar, then later coffee and churros while listening to a group of young musicians "playing" jazz. A wonderful experience and recommended... More

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Balzan, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

El Rastro the open air flea market in Madrid is listed as one of the top attractions and my wife and I felt in duty bound to pay a visit. Frankly speaking it was nothing much. Could be that where we come from this sort of activity is quite common. Lots and lots of booths selling mainly cheap stuff interspersed... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Take this review for what it is worth, as I am not much of a shopper to begin with. I came here on Sunday because I heard that it was fun. Frankly, other than booths pedaling cheap goods, there wasn't much "fun" to be had here. The area was bustling with activity on Sunday, but I just wasn't that impressed.... More

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Perth, Australia
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I was told that this very popular Sunday market was a "must", though I have been to better markets. It's absolutely huge, covering many streets. By noon, the crush of people was very difficult to negotiate, so it's better to go earlier in the day if you don't like huge crowds. There are over 1000 stalls, selling "antiques," new and... More

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