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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!