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El Rastro

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La Latina
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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-91-5404010
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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I am not a fan of flea markets, especially the chinese ones but this one is a bit different. There is a lot of people of course and it is crowded from 11 AM but there are some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ivan R
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Podgorica, Montenegro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an apartment for 12 days in this vibrant, young La Latina neighborhood. The market is crowded, as other reviewers have noticed, but we went with locals who played and sung New Orleans jazz. Each Sunday features a government-limited number of street-musician performers. We went to two performances and enjoyed the professionalism, stage presence, and the appreciative audiences of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I am not a fan of flea markets, especially the chinese ones but this one is a bit different. There is a lot of people of course and it is crowded from 11 AM but there are some interesting cheap things you can find...there are some clothes, souvenirs, rock and metal tribute things and some other stuff...not bad to spend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I believe the market is only open on Sunday's, but if you are there when it is open and want local flavor and don't mind crowds, this is a must. It is wall to wall people spread Omer many streets. You can find everything you would expect at a flea market - both new and used clothes, electronics, collectibles, etc.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To state my bias I went into this thinking El rastro was some huge gathering of all the Madrid locals, feasting on fresh cooked tapas and pinchos, drinking, spending a Sunday out in the fresh Madrid air. Please don't get your hopes up beyond anything more than a flea market. If you love flea markets go. If you don't love... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like to visit flea markets looking for bargains then this is the place to go. It is absolutely massive and attracts a lot to tourists and locals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rastro market seems to be the heart of Madrid on Sunday mornings. Lots of great people watching and kiosk-browsing. Not much negotiating to be had, but the prices are all very reasonable. Good place to shop for knickknack gifts for people at home.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is a very popular thing to do on a Sunday, here they sell everything and it's a nice thing to go and see! There are people playing music and making party. It's very cool and you find things at good prices!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of course you shouldn't expect solitude in the European  largest flea market! the crowd leaving the metro at La Latina station immediately confirm this. So accept it and just follow the flow... Down through the main street (not really a flea market, but more of a classical clothes, leather, crap, toys, etc... ) then up in one of the parallels... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come to El Rastro for great music, cheap stuff, and soul of Madrid. Big market of absolutely everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love visiting flea markets when visiting cities as one can often see a non touristy side of the town. El rastro does attract a lot of tourists and the crowds are big on the main street where majority of the action takes place, but the side streets offer a more genuine "non touristy" feel. Market is easily accessible by... More 

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Staying in La Latina

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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