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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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All reviews flea market el pastor leather goods antique shops for sale huge market cheap souvenirs leather bags stalls sell pick pockets police presence avoid the crowds locals and tourists couple of hours tapas plaza mayor people watch
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was heaving the day we visited, lots of interesting stalls. I bought a couple of scarves to take home, could have happily spent longer browsing. So many people!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NorthernHeatseeker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is plenty to see here as long as you are prepared to face the crowds. It really is bursting at the seams in many places so be warned. The goods we saw varied from clothing to jewellery to tourist tat. We had seen enough...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Graham R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed our visits to El Rastro. There is variety of food, wine and other vendors inside a glass enclosed building. On the inside the building is open, and the various vendors are set up along side each other. There are aisles to wander...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank chameleons_carryons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go early, when its not that crowded. You can find cheap stuff from cool T-shirts, leather bags ( I bough 35 e quite reasonable priced leather daybag from there) to souveniers from there. Its quite common that locals also visit here. This is suiteble also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tommi T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went early morning about 10am. Probably best to come slightly earlier because the place already crowded. A bit stressful to walk here because we have to watch for pickpockets especially if you come with kids. We came from the other end, opposite where the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wiwan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This a huge street market spread over several streets. It's good for cheap clothes but has little in the way of local artisan products. There are boot fair-type antique stalls with proper antique shops off the main market street. It is very crowded. Go early...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Julian H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Those of us who enough to have antique flea market intown & ... like it: we can not miss the opportunity to spend the mid-morning of Sunday at El Rastro. As well known for the songs of Joaquin Sabina as the variety of old &...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank marcelalorenad
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

On sundays 11am to 3pm. An open market with an eclectic number of vendor stands selling new and used clothes, leather goods, knickknacks etc. Will you end up buying something as a North American tourist: I doubt it. But it is interesting to see the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fred G
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Of course, tat is something that many people like, and if it's the sort of thing you like, you'll like this. There's no comparison with the Paris brocante, but if you want old wooden tennis racquets, religious icons, used watches, and sore legs from climbing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Spencerooney
Reviewed November 6, 2018

What's to like: musicians, street performances, tons of stuff, a great variety of stuff, high end to low end goods, antiques both in the market and in the surrounding shops, varying levels of intensity--there's a body to body two way stream of people in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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I believe El Rastro has a market everyday with Sunday being the main day where many streets are closed to traffic. There are many second hand and antique shops located in the streets where the markets take place. I am not... More
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I would go back to Puerta del Sol. Close to it at the corner Carrera de S. Jeronimo and Calle de la Victoria is a "Museo del Jamon" bar/restaurant. The restaurant is at the first floor. There is a lot of spare and many local... More
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alextan
Singapore
Help Planning Day Trips From Madrid!! (5 Replies)
Hi Everyone! I'm a single traveler arriving in Madrid on midnight of 29th Jul 08 on EasyJet. Taking a noon flight on EasyJet to Barcelona on 5th Aug 08. Tentatively, plans now is to spend time in Madrid from 3rd (Sunday) cos of the El Rastro & Bullfights! I'm not too sure how I should plan my itinerary before that. First Question before everything: "Should I spend the night of 29th in the Airport? My flight touches down @ midnight exactly & I'm worried I might miss the...More
June 28, 2008|
Response fromjasoninmadrid|
RE the day trips both Segovia & Toledo are do-able in a day, no need to spend the night there. Both these cities are worth seeing, doing all four may be stretching it a little? I cannot comment on either Avila (I hear it's lovely though) or El Escorial as I've not been to either of them. Have fun.
tengohambre2
NYC, NY
El rastro - what time does it get going? (3 Replies)
We have an early afternoon flight out of Madrid on a Sunday, and would like to visit el rastro before we head to the airport. What time does el rastro open, or get going? Can we see much of it by walking the exterior stalls of the market, rather than walking deep into the market? And can we assume there will be lots of taxis we can grab when we want to head back to the hotel to grab our bags for the airport? Gracias.
December 21, 2012|
Response fromRevulgo|
El Rastro is an open-air flea market which runs on Sunday & Holidays morning from 9-10, rather 11 am to 3 pm. El Rastro means "the trail", literally a bloody trail from the slaughtery and the tanneries that were once located at Ribera de Curtidores St. (Riverside of Tanners).
YuMin66
Jerusalem, Israel
El Rastro on Oct 12 (5 Replies)
Will the Rastro be open on Oct 12? Will it be worthwhile? Thanks!
September 22, 2018|
Response fromlittlerussell|
It's a Sunday market, so no, it won't be open on a Friday. It's worth it if you can go on Sunday and like browsing antiques and bric a brac.