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Mercado Fuencarral is a good place to make your wardrobe more interesting. The centrally located Mercado is a hip alternative mall filled with dozens of clothing shops, some of them from independent designers. The shops tend to carry more unique items than you'd find elsewhere, including a number of stores dedicated to fashion subcultures such as goth, hip-hop and pin-up. A metal staircase connects the three floors of shopping. (I actually bought some of my favorite dresses at the Mercado Fuencarral.) If shopping gets too tiring though, head downstairs for a drink at Bar Sofa Club, where they have free Wi-Fi.
Local Expert tip: It's located on a pedestrian street.
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 and vegetables, cakes and specialty foods for sale. Otherwise, there are plenty of tapas and Spanish wines to be enjoyed at the small tables on the premises. People come as much to ogle the wares as to eat well or buy ingredients for a special dinner.
Local Expert tip: Come with an appetite!
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.
Local Expert tip: You can't get any more central than Calle Preciados.
This pedestrian-only street is one of Madrid's best shopping zones. You'll find shops here that sell ladies' and men's apparel as well as a few specialty shops. METRO: Sol.
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, and you'll find yourself walking away with a pretty good deal. There are also plenty of food stalls should you get hungry while shopping for bargains. METRO: La Latina
Local Expert tip: Get to Madrid's famous flea market early or you'll miss it.
Alcalá is a shopper's paradise that offers a veritable cornucopia of stores. The shops here are all local, or at least European, and offer in-style merchandise. You can expect to find anything from shoes, clothing, and accessories to souvenirs and gifts at Alcalá. METRO: Sol or Sevilla.
This street, which leads towards the Sol Metro stop in the heart of Centro, offers a great many high street chain stores for men, women, along with specialty items. There are men's shops to suit almost any taste. A quick stroll through this area will reveal a wide variety of shops worth browsing through. METRO: Banco España or Gran Vía.
The Calle Princesa is a street lined with shops, making it perfect for window-shopping. Stores vary in price range and specialty, and there is a nice array of men's clothing stores to choose from. Calle Princesa also features several popular shoe shops, to which the locals flock in droves. METRO: Argüelles and Ventura Rodríguez.
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.
Local Expert tip: Good for window shopping or power shopping.