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El Rastro

Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
Phone Number: 34-91-5404010
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Ranked #29 of 129 Shopping in Madrid
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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...
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Attraction details
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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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Seattle, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit to the Rastro flea market is you happen to be in Madrid on a Sunday morning. Go early to avoid the crowds and get the best selection. There is such a diverse array of product for sale - everything from clothes to plumbing and electrical goods. Many antique/junk stores open and display along with other vendors who... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

definitely worth visiting on a Sunday morning but sooo many people and watch out for thieves! good option to go buy some souvenirs or cheap clothes

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Blackpool
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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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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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26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Cambridge
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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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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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Brisbane
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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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