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Madrid is a very interesting city for shopping. International brands mix with local shops opened until very late (normally from 10 am to 10 pm), where you can find almost everything: clothing, shoes, food, wines, souvenirs... from very different styles, at very different prices.
Some of the most popular shopping areas in Madrid are:
- SALAMANCA DISTRICT. This is one of the most upscale neighborhoods of the city centers, where you can find cool restaurants, fashion bars and expensive shops. The main avenues are Calle Serrano and Calle Velázquez, but it is recommended that you also explore the small streets of the area, as you can find some surprises in them. Calle Claudio Coello and Calle Lagasca are filled with a wide variety of shops.
Calle Serrano is a very long avenue that almost crosses the central part of the city north to south . However, the good part for shopping on the street is the part that goes from its beginning at Plaza de la Independencia (where the Puerta de Alcalá is) to calle Juan Bravo (where the U.S. embassy is).
Close to the American embassy, you can find the ABC Serrano shopping mall. As has been said before, it is not a big mall, but it is pretty exclusive and upmarket, with tailors, cafés... The building used to be the office of one of the most important and oldest newspapers of Spain, and the outside (especially the facade looking to Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid's largest avenue) is quite impressive.
ABC de Serrano
Calle de Serrano, 61
Another very interesting street in Salamanca district, apart from Serrano and Velázquez, is Calle Jorge Juan (it starts at Colón square) and surrounding streets, with some international brands' boutiques, such as La Martina or Hackett, and some of the most fashionable restaurants at this moment, like Pan de Lujo or Sula. Subway stations: Serrano and Velázquez (line 4) for the beginning of Serrano and Velázquez avenues and also for Jorge Juan st. Rubén Darío (line 5) and Núñez de Balboa (lines 5 & 8) for ABC shopping mall, north part of Serrano ave. and the American embassy.
Calle Goya is filled with shops that are very good and not as expensive as shops on Calle Serrano. The shops are located between Calle Serrano and Calle Alcala. At the beginning of the street there is a small mall with many cafeterias. It is called El Jardin de Serrano.
El Jardin de Serrano
Calle Goya, 6-8
The most expensive street in the Barrio Salamanca is Calle de Jose Ortega y Gasset. This is where one will find many designer shops such as Valentino and Jimmy Choo. This is the Rodeo Drive of Madrid.
- GRAN VÍA. One of Madrid's main avenues, some tourists compare it with Times Square, probably not because of the architecture (very different styles), but due to the fact that many theatres and cinemas are there. Also, you can find shops such as Zara, H&M, El Corte Inglés, Cortefiel, Stradivarius, FNAC... and very renowned (and expensive) jewelery shops. There are some pedestrianized streets starting in Gran Vía that can also be interesting, especially Calle Preciados. Calle Preciados has the highest rents in Spain because this is one of the best locations for stores because of the large number of pedestrians who pass by. Subway stations: Gran Vía (lines 1 & 5), Callao (lines 3 & 5) and Plaza de España (lines 2, 3 and 10).
CHUECA is the gay and most fashionable district of the city. Close to Gran Vía, many people go there to buy casual clothing and to have dinner in an Asian restaurant, for example. Some sport brands, like Adidas or Foot Locker, have shops there. The main and most interesting street of the area is Calle Fuencarral. Subway stations: Gran Vía (lines 1 & 5) or Chueca (line 5).
- EL RASTRO. If you like flea markets, this is the one. While it is not for all people, some Madrileños enjoy going there on Sundays and it is also a tourist attraction. If you like leather or 2nd hand clothes, bargains, flowers, antiques and baubles, you can go. Be careful with pickpockets! Subway: Puerta de Toledo (line 5).
- DEPARTMENT STORES. If you like dept. stores, the most popular one in Spain is El Corte Inglés, a place where you can buy everything you want: clothes, food, cars, electrical appliances... It is more expensive than other places. It has several locations in Madrid. The biggest one in the centre is at Paseo de la Castellana, close to the Real Madrid stadium (subway: Nuevos Ministerios, lines 6, 8 & 10). FNAC is a dept. store that only sells books, movies, discos and technology devices (tvs, dvds, ipods, computers...). It is at Plaza del Callao (Callao, lines 3 & 5).
- SHOPPING MALLS. Apart from the already mentioned ABC Serrano, some of the most popular are:
a) Príncipe Pío. It is not the biggest, but it is in the city centre, located in a former train station of the XIX century. It has shops, restaurants and cinemas. Subway: Príncipe Pío, lines 6, 10 & R, and commuter trains -Cercanías-.
b) Palacio de Hielo. A little bit farther, but still in the city, its main attraction is an ice skating ring opened during all the year. (subway: Canillas, line 4)
c) Madrid Xanadú. 23 km (10 miles) south of the city, this is the biggest, most comprehensive and most impressive shopping mall of Madrid, with lots of things to do: it has lots of shops, cinemas, restaurants, a bowling alley, karts, ski and snowboard in a false mountain with snow artificially maintained at -2ºC all the year, hot air balloon flights, etc. There is no subway, but the following buses depart from Príncipe Pío subway station: 528, 534 and the night bus N45.
d) PLAZA NORTE 2. A huge mall only for shopping (with some cinemas and cafés) north of Madrid, not too far away from the airport of Madrid Barajas (you can see the planes landing and taking off). There is a bus departing from Plaza de Castilla (subway: Plaza Castilla, lines 1, 9 & 10): every 30 min: 156.
- OUTLETS. There are two famous outlets north-west of Madrid, very close one to the other. Las Rozas Village is built imitating a small and ancient town, with many of the most famous brands at great discounts: Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Levi's, Loewe, Adolfo Domínguez, Lottusse, TAG Heuer, Versace, Victorio&Lucchino, Tommy Hilfiger, Dockers, Roberto Verino, Diesel, Pepe Jeans.
The other one is called Factory and it is more informal, for casual clothing and sports, with Nike, Lee, Caramelo, Barrats, Pepe Jeans, Samsonite or Sun Planet.
Close to both of them is L&M, a huge shop for gardening and carpentry; and Heron City, with cinemas and restaurants.
You can go from Moncloa (Moncloa subway station, lines 3 & 6), using the buses 625, 628 y 629, every 10-30 minutes. Also, you can go by Cercanías local trains from Príncipe Pío and get off at Las Rozas station. This option is fastest, but you'll have to walk a little bit (3 minutes to Factory and 15-20 to Las Rozas Village).
a) Objetos de Arte Toledano
Paseo del Prado, 10
b) Arte Stilo
Paseo del Prado, 12
- TEXTILE STORES -
1. Ribes & Casals
Calle Atocha, 26
2. Tejidos Paredes
Calle Atocha, 30
3. Antonio Ubillos
Plaza de Pontejos, 2
This store has the best and least expensive buttons for dresses and coats.
Note: Spanish synthetic textiles are very good and can be machine washed.
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