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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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So so....feels like a flea market of Chinese wares

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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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Berlin, Germany
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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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Milwaukee, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had a blast finding clothes, jewelry, scarves, bags, household decor and more at this local flea market. It's packed with people. There are a lot of restaurants but they will be full. A fun place to see the city. BTW, prices were great but shop around a bit before you buy and near the end of the day they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visited on a Sunday morning ( with the crowd) . the most typical market in the capital on a sunday morning; like portobello market in London but with the Spanish traditions! Recommended the visit. Cheap stuff and friendly people everywhere. Complete your visit with some wines or beers around.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

went there on first trip to Madrid in 2010 and experience, bargains to be had; plenty of street to explore and tapas and cerveza (beer)

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

On Sunday morning we went to visit the market having read about it. I thought that it was extremely busy in places but was still glad we went for a look. The stands didn't really have anything we wanted to buy but it was nice to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Truro, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My wife and I drove out to the market from a hotel near the airport. It was about 15 minute drive very little traffic because its 9am on a Sunday. Found parking all around the Flea market, gypsy market etc. Other reviewers complain because it had cheap, low quality items... Then they should go the malls... For Sunday it is... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

tons of great stuff here and very unique items to find. There are hundreds of local venders and many permanent shops. Great place to come and walk on a Saturday morning.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The market is onl opnSundays. It is located inLa Latina Disric. It is very popular with the locals. It winds up and down several streets. The stalls sell sunglasses, Spns souvenirs, leather goos,soes t shirts, smaltoos, music CDs scarves books etc. Quite an experience just wandering through then area. Was hoping they would sell sme old in t stalls but... More 

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Neighborhood Profile
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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