Hands Down, Madrid Has Some of the Best Shopping in Europe

A day of shopping inMadridis one of the best experiences the city has to offer.

Madrid enjoys a wide variety of malls, boutiques, shops and markets that cater to shoppers of different ages and different budgets. From centuries-old, traditional shops selling Spanish capes and painted hand fans to ultra-modern boutiques selling the most cutting-edge in clothes, the Spanish capital offers shoppers a wealth of fashions for men, women and children, gifts, specialty foods, antiques and home accessories from which to choose.

Opt for more elegant, upscale fashions with any of the Spanish designers headquartered in the Salamanca district, on luxury-oriented Calle Serrano or else at the sleek ABC Serrano shopping center.

Otherwise, look for more modern and trendy finds along Fuencarral Street with stores like Custo and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, among others. Then go for mid-priced fashions at Spain’s favorite high street chain, Zara, and hunt for bargains and items you won’t find elsewhere at the Sunday-morning El Rastro flea market.

Don’t forget to fuel your shopping spree with some of the best food around at the Mercado de San Miguel, though – an experience in its own right.

It’s no wonder the influential British magazine “The Economist” named Madrid the second best shopping capital in Europe – ahead of Paris!


Calle Preciados

Many locals consider this pedestrian-only strip one the city's best shopping areas. You'll find a little bit of everything here, from high-street women's and men's fashions to various specialty shops. METRO: Sol.

The best in up-market specialty shopping can be found on this popular street. Calle Serrano is home to designer shops, art boutiques, and everything in between. This is the prefect stop to hit when looking for a keepsake of your travels.

La Latina & Lavapiés

El Rastro, which is located between the Plaza de Cascorro and Ronda de Toledo, is reputed to be Madrid's top public market. You can find a little bit of everything, from antiques and furniture to books and clothes. Be ready to haggle a little,...  Read More


The undisputed queen of the high street crop, Zara dominates both Spanish and international markets. Apart from low prices, its success lies in the speed with which it has copies of catwalk fashions on the racks and that fact that new stock...  Read More

Clothes don't get any more bold and colorful than these fun designs from one of Spain's most distinctive and famous designers. Most successful in the children's arena, and more recently, in homeware, this wacky redheaded designer has been going...  Read More

ABC Serrano

Named after its original role as the headquarters of the ABC newspaper, this large and elegant building, set in the chi-chi district of Salamanca, has been converted into a shopping and leisure center with eight floors. Four are dedicated to...  Read More

Alonso Martínez & Bilbao
Patrimonio Comunal Olivero
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This government-run shop doubles as a showroom promoting Spain's excellent olive oil. Stock is presented by region and Patrimonio Comunal Olivero exclusively stocks top quality extra virgin oils. There are bottles and cans of "Spanish gold" in...  Read More

This Galician designer's stores have become ubiquitous in Spain and his beautifully cut clothes are the mainstays of many a forty-something's wardrobe. He is best known for wonderful suits made in classic lines, soft neutral palettes and...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña

One of the major success stories in Spanish fashion, Catalan designer Custodio Dalmau became famous in the late eighties for his bright and funky T-shirts emblazoned with faces, pop art and various textiles. The range has gradually expanded to...  Read More

An historic European market renovated for the contemporary gourmet, foodies may think they have died and gone to heaven. At the Mercado de San Miguel you will find small, lovely shop stalls filled with fresh cheeses, meats, bread, pasta, fruits...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah

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