12 Best Places for Shopping in Madrid
Madrid is a city defined by its craftsmanship. Sure, there’s no shortage of dime-a-dozen souvenir shops and big-brand stores, as anyone who’s strolled down Gran Vía can attest—but hidden down cobblestone streets and in the back corners of neighborhood mercados, traditional artisans and expert purveyors continue to flaunt their wares. From century-old alpargaterías (espadrille vendors) to boutiques selling locally made ceramics to gourmet emporiums slicing the best jamón you can buy, these are the best places for shopping in Madrid—the spots where you’ll find souvenirs with a sense of place.
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Swinton and Grant, a multidisciplinary space situated in the trendy Embajadores neighborhood, consists of a bookstore, café, and gallery. It’s an essential stop on Madrid’s contemporary art circuit—a place to network with local creatives and get up to speed on the latest A&D trends. Check the online calendar to see what’s currently on view. The café also doubles as an informal co-working space, so feel free to roll up with your laptop and headphones.
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El Corte Inglés, Spain’s most iconic department store, isn’t just a place to shop for the usual designer fashions, kitchen gear, and electronics—zip up to the top floor of the monolithic flagship at Plaza del Callao, and you’ll discover a buzzy indoor-outdoor food court and epicurean grocery where you can track down hard-to-find ingredients for your larder—and grab a bite in the process. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar, too.
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Let’s face it: That Real Madrid T-shirt you bought at the soccer stadium and those “Viva España” shot glasses you snapped up on Gran Vía aren’t made in Spain, let alone in Madrid. But who are we to judge? Locally produced crafts are increasingly hard to track down—unless you know where to look. Enter Cocol, a newly opened boutique in La Latina where you can feel good about your souvenirs. Every item—from heirloom ceramics to esparto baskets to wool blankets—bears the name of an independent Spanish artisan.
Loewe’s iconic Gran Vía outpost just got its very own in-house museum chronicling the brand’s history—starting with leather purses and wallets dating to 1890. Before you snap up your own luxury accessories, get inspired by the alligator handbag once flaunted by Ava Gardner or the first purses bearing the signature Loewe logo, created—as you’ll learn—by none other than Karl Lagerfeld. You’ll also see exquisite leather handbags, silk scarves and handkerchiefs, and sumptuously patterned shawls; but if you just want a trinket, pick up the flashy Puzzle card holder, distinguished by interlocking blue triangles and lined with butter-soft calfskin.
Local celebrities and fashion editors flock to this airy womenswear boutique occupying a defunct carpet factory (yes, those Art Deco columns are original). The type of shop Gwyneth Paltrow would frequent if she lived in Madrid, Pez carries hard-to-find statement pieces with a flowy, effortless aesthetic. Spring for a set of dangly, intentionally asymmetrical earrings by Spanish jewelry designer Beatriz Palacios; all of her pieces are handmade in Madrid.
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For more than 150 years, Antigua Casa Crespo has been shoeing Madrid’s masses with hand-sewn espadrilles, the comfy and colorful sandals that never go out of style with the bohemian set. Unlike the imitations you’ll find in chain stores, these versions are made locally according to a centuries-old technique. You’ll find rope-soled alpargatas in every hue and style—from high-heeled lace-ups to classic canvas-topped flats—plus esparto baskets and other artisan-made crafts. Opt for the mesh wedge-heel sandals with metallic silver straps, which look as stunning paired with a cocktail dress as they do with worn-in jeans.
It’s Madrid Fashion Week year-round at Sportivo, an independently run menswear boutique in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Conde Duque. All those thirst-trap Spanish models you follow on Instagram? Yeah, they shop here, not just because the store carries hard-to-find designer threads but also because the staff has an uncanny knack for figuring out exactly what your wardrobe is lacking. Snap up a classic blue-and-white sailor T-shirt by Armor Lux, the Breton brand famous for its butter-soft cotton apparel inspired by the sea.
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Casa de Diego has been outfitting Madrid’s gentry with umbrellas, canes, combs, shawls, and fans since 1800, when Manuel de Diego opened the corner shop just off the Puerta del Sol. Today, De Diego’s descendants continue to preside over the business, where the hand-painted fans, bearing floral motifs, polka dots, nature scenes, and more, steal the show. Can’t imagine fanning yourself in a bar or on the subway platform? Pick up a fringed, feather-soft shawl that displays the painstaking artistry of traditional Spanish needlework—Casa de Diego uses only the finest silk and still embroiders everything by hand.
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Named for Talavera de la Reina, the Manchegan town synonymous with fine ceramics since the time of Cervantes, this shop, established in 1904, sells cheerily painted plates, tiles, pitchers, and more. The wares are the real deal, made by true craftsmen—not the chintzy, factory-produced stuff sold as souvenirs. The fourth-generation owners are experts in tracking down faithful reproductions of historical pottery, from the iconic blue-and-white Fajalauza carafes emblazoned with pomegranates to the scalloped-edged Talavera dishes bearing painted horsemen.
Wine lovers unite at this two-story vino emporium in Barrio Salamanca, regarded by local somms and wine pros as one of the best wine shops in the country. That albariño you fell in love with at dinner last night? They’ve got it. The cava you could’ve sworn was fine Champagne and can’t stop thinking about? In the back left corner. More than just a place to buy a bottle or two, Lavinia also runs a market-driven tapas restaurant that punches well above its weight. If you can splash out, grab a bottle of Aro by Bodegas Muga, a lusty Graciano-Tempranillo blend by one of Rioja Alta’s most renowned wineries. It’s made with hand-picked grapes from 60-year-old vines and matured in new French oak.
The first step to making real-deal Spanish food in your home kitchen is procuring the proper equipment, and the family-run Alambique, stocked with a variety of Spanish-made cooking utensils and dinnerware, is Madrid’s best one-stop shop for your culinary needs. You’ll find everything you need to throw an epic tapas party: paella pans, olive-wood platters, cocktail napkins printed with fans, and those dainty round earthenware dishes essential for making sizzling garlic shrimp. More ambitious cooks should check out the spherification kits.
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Every Sunday morning since 1740, the sloping Ribera de Curtidores overflows with street vendors hawking everything from old watches to fake Nikes to hand-sewn leather bags and Franco-era paraphernalia. Welcome to El Rastro, one of Europe’s most legendary—and most chaotic—flea markets. There are some 3,000 open-air stalls, so trying to hit them all is a truly Sisyphean task. Strike out from the Plaza de Cascorro, where locals gather for mid-morning vermouths and no-frills tapas, then follow the herd downhill, veering right at the fork to explore the antiques stalls on the Plaza del General Vara del Rey.
Madrid Shopping – Best streets, shops and department stores
The city is packed with small designer boutiques, renowned retailers and large shopping malls. Shopping is never far from reach in Madrid.
The city centre is also full of souvenir shops that sell from figurines to paella dishes and delicious Pata Negra ham.
Best areas for shopping
There is nothing you can’t buy in Madrid! The city has countless shopping areas, and all have a unique touch about them, making it possible to find anything you’re looking for. These are some of the best shopping areas in Madrid:
- Gran Vía: Gran Vía is not only Madrid’s main thoroughfare, it is also packed with popular clothing stores, like Zara, Mango, Loewe, Primark, H&M and more fashionable high street shops. This is a pleasant area to shop because you’ll be surrounded by remarkable historic buildings.
- Calle Fuencarral: Calle Fuencarral is considered by many as Madrid’s hub of modern fashion. It includes well-decorated and modern stores with shops such as Jack Jones, Sfera, Adolfo Dominguez, Adidas and New Balance. Parallel to Fuencarral is Calle Hortaleza. This street is less commercial but also offers very interesting stores.
- Calle Preciados: This pedestrian street starts at Puerta del Sol and is always packed with passers-by. Along with Calle del Carmen and Calle Arenal it makes one of the city’s most important commercial areas. It includes stores like El Corte Inglés, Fnac, Pimkie, Springfield and Zara.
- Calle Serrano: Located in the elegant neighbourhood of Salamanca, the Calle Serrano is flanked by splendid classical buildings. It is a high-end shopping street in Madrid with the most luxurious fashion brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Manolo Blahnik. This street is also called the “Golden Mile” of Madrid, a paradise for those that like high-end jewellery stores.
- El Rastro: The Rastro flea-market is over 400 years old. Every Sunday, numerous stands selling accessories, clothes, souvenirs, bags and many other curious objects come to life in La Latina district. It has become one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions.
Despite the passage of time, Madrid is full of traditional and buzzing food markets where the vendors treat their customers kindly. These are some of the most famous markets in Madrid:
- Mercado de San Miguel (San Miguel Market): Situated in the historic centre, the San Miguel Market is a spectacular, historic covered market. Its numerous traditional stands offer fresh and high-quality products. This market is one of the city’s most popular places to visit, even offering delicious tapas.
- Mercado de la Paz: Located in the neighbourhood of Salamanca, the Mercado de La Paz is a traditional covered market established in 1882. Nowadays, it brings together the most traditional vendors for one of the most select districts in Madrid.
- Mercado de Maravillas: It is one of the largest municipal markets in all of Europe, with over 20,000 square meters. It has over 200 stands packed with fresh products.
- Mercado de San Antón: Established in 1945, the market quickly became a place to meet for tapas, despite it not being a particularly remarkable building. A few years ago, the whole market was renovated and is now a super hip market in Chueca, great for gourmet tapas and cocktails on its nicely decorated roof-top terrace.
- Salesas Village: On the first Saturday of each month, this neighbourhood is packed with stalls selling fashion, art, accessories, gastronomy, and decoration. More than 50 stalls from local artists fill the space between Santa Teresa and Campoamor.
For those that prefer shopping in a shopping centre, these are the best shopping malls in Madrid:
- ABC Serrano: It is located in the heart of the Salamanca and housed in the emblematic nineteenth century ABC building, this elegant mall used to be one of the trendiest in Madrid. Nowadays, it isn’t as popular, but it still has some interesting stores and outlets.
- Madrid Xanadú: Madrid’s most modern and innovative shopping centre has hundreds of stores and restaurants. one of the reasons for its popularity is its indoor ski slope.
- Principe Pío shopping centre: This shopping centre is housed in an elegant neo-classical building where iron and glass elements combine perfectly with Art Decó and classical architecture. The structure was initially built to house the final station of the Madrid-Irún railway line.
- Las Rozas Village: The Rozas Village is an outdoor shopping centre. It is constructed like a small village with individual buildings housing the various stores. The Rozas Villages is an outlet store of high-end boutiques like Armani, Karen Millen, Liu Jo, La Perla and Escada.
- Dreams Palacio de Hielo: This shopping centre offers more than just shopping and good places to eat, as it houses a large ice rink where you can have fun ice-skating.
Tourists from outside the EU can save the sales tax on certain products bought in Madrid. This is known as TAX FREE and can be applied to purchases of any value.
Easy and quick, without lines at the airprot, the B.free! app allows you to do all this from your phone, save the receipts, stamp them as TAX FREE and refund your money. With the link below you’ll enjoy an additional 5% discount in the B.free! shops network.
- Register with B.free!
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Shopping: Asca – Castellana | Tourism Madrid
Considered the financial center of the Spanish capital, the Azca district is home to some of the most important buildings and skyscrapers in Madrid, where professional and commercial activity is concentrated. Restaurants and cafes, clothing and accessories stores, and shopping centers define the life of this huge complex.
Aska shopping district is located in the north of the capital, in the center of the financial and economic business complex Complejo AZCA , which is located between Castellana Boulevard and Orense, Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde and General Peron streets. In 1957, architect Antonio Perpigna, inspired by New York’s Rockefeller Center, created a beautification plan for the area, which was approved in 1964. When work began, the Aska area was outside the city limits.
Some of the main skyscrapers of the capital are located in this complex – in addition to Cuatro Torres Business Center in Chamartin, such as the Picasso tower, the Europa tower , the tower currently occupied by BBVA and the tower Kaleido , which boasts a wide range of fashion and gastronomic offerings in its 16 thousand square meters. In addition to skyscrapers, there are lower levels here, a whole labyrinth of first floors and passages through which thousands of people pass every day, both working here and those who make purchases. In the same area at tower PwC houses a five-star hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower with a spa, massage center and a Mediterranean restaurant on the terrace Volvoreta . Rising alongside these four skyscrapers is a fifth building, Caleido , which began construction in 2017 and is expected to open soon.
Technology, chain stores and Moda Shopping
Since we are talking about the financial district, one of its hallmarks is technology and mobile phone stores although fashion stores are the most popular. By the way, the retail chain El Corte Inglés is represented on Castellana Boulevard by one of its largest shopping centers (exit to the shopping center from the metro station Nuevos Ministerios ) with real galleries where you can find the most famous brands of clothing, accessories and jewelry, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Bvlgari and Michael Kors.
Many of the popular retail chains of clothing, accessories and home goods – such as ZARA, Mango, Promod, H&M, Intimissimi, Hema, Soloio, Springfield and Sfera – are located in the Ourense area, and on General Perón can mostly be found in lesser known fashion stores, such as La Compañía Fantástica. In this part of the city, you can also often find street sales of clothes and accessories from stalls.
Shopping Center Castellana 200 is located on Paseo de la Castellana, with an area of 8500 sq.m., which hosts fashion brands of the first category.
Special mention goes to Moda Shopping, which hosts various exhibitions and free fairs (such as Antique & New Deco which is held twice a year). Here you can find shops for perfumery, jewelry, souvenirs and home goods, as well as boutiques Purificación García, Roberto Verino, Geox, Sebago, Naf Naf, Benetton, Adolfo Domínguez, Bimba&Lola and others.
Review: Hotel Soma, Madrid, Spain
When you arrive at the Soma Hotel Madrid, you are in for a surprise. From the outside, the entrance and lobby look small and dark, but from the inside, the lobby opens up and is decorated in a minimalistic, elegant and modern style. This hotel is not as simple as it might seem at first glance, many residents of this area come here just to eat at the hotel restaurant.
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Soma Hotel has been designed to allow guests to relax and unwind . There is a reading room with a fireplace, a gym and separate saunas for men and women, as well as a massage room.
This hotel boasts a stylish restaurant on the second floor. The interior of the restaurant is just the height of style, there are even designer plates, there are a lot of flowers around, and the design of Mediterranean cuisine dishes is very creative. The chef regularly changes the menu, and the restaurant has many admirers. The restaurant has large Venetian windows overlooking Goya Street, where you can endlessly watch the cream of Madrid society scurry through exclusive boutiques.
There is also a disco “La Boite del Pintor” under the hotel.
For people with disabilities
The hotel has 3 special rooms for the disabled. They have wide doorways and barrier-free showers.
For business people
Hotel Soma Madrid has a total of 12 meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 350 guests.
The hotel offers the services of a secretary, translator, administrator, stenographer, reception, and organizes coffee breaks, business lunches, business lunches and receptions. It is also possible to rent audio-video equipment. You can rent projectors, podiums, TVs, sound systems and computers.
The hotel has 159 rooms in total, plus 8 Superior rooms with terraces, 3 Suites and 7 suites. Each room has a private bathroom with bathtub, air conditioning, telephones, stereo, internet access, satellite TV, minibar, safe, hair dryer, pillow menu, selection of books and music discs, and Play Station.
All rooms are bright and airy with polished parquet floors. Rooms on the outside of the building offer views of Calle Goya.
Hotel Soma Madrid is located in the barrio (district) of Salamanca. This area is famous for its many exclusive boutiques. Calle Serrano, a 5 minute walk from the hotel, is famous for the “Golden Mile”, a line of shops, the equivalent of London’s Bond Street.
The El Corte Ingles department store is very close to the Soma Hotel Madrid.
A minute’s walk from the hotel has everything you need, such as banks. There are summer cafes where you can sit outside in the shade of trees. There are ATMs within walking distance of the hotel, and 100 meters away, on the same street, is the El Corte Ingles department store, which also has a supermarket inside.
You can walk to the Retiro Park in 10 – 15 minutes and the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums in 20 minutes.
How to get to the hotel from Madrid-Barajas airport
Advance booking of transport from the airport via the Internet
For a private transfer, the driver will meet you at the meeting point indicated on the booking voucher. The driver will help you carry your luggage to the car and then take you to your hotel. Private transfers are independent of the public transport system. This means that in the event of a public transport strike, these services will continue to operate.
Private transfer from Madrid airport
Price for private car with driver: €45.00
Click to book private transport from Madrid airport to/from your accommodation.
By Taxi: A taxi ride from the airport will cost between €22.00 – €30.00 (including the airport landing fee) and will take approximately 20 minutes, but this depends on traffic and no extra luggage ( luggage fits in the trunk and in the cabin).
Call Metro: There are several routes to take the metro from the airport to the Goya station, located near the Hotel Soma Madrid. The metro line 8 station is located at the airport, between the buildings of terminals 1 and 2. The most optimal route is shown below:
Metro: Mar de Cristal (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Goya (Brown Line, L4).
Bus: You can take the red EMT bus from the airport to Avenida America. Bus number 115 runs along this route. Further, after the bus, the fastest way to get to the hotel is by metro, since there are only 2 stops to the hotel.
Parking near the Hotel Soma in Madrid
|Parking lot name||Address||Approximate distance to the parking in meters|
|Regina||Calle del General Pardinas, 15||100m|
|Hermosilla – Palacio de los Deportes||Calle de Hermosilla, 82||200m|
|O’Donnell 33||Calle de O’Donnell, 33||500m|
|Nuñez de Balboa 52||Calle de Núñez de Balboa, 52||700m|
|EMT Marques de Salamanca||Plaza Marques de Salamanca||700m|
Soma Madrid is a stylish and well-equipped hotel where you can relax very easily.