Madrid is a very large city, offering a lot of shopping opportunities, so if you want to go shopping in Madrid, you will have to know where to start and which shopping areas and shopping malls to visit in the city. This is why we will share some of the recommendations related to the shopping in the capital city of Spain, so that you know where to look for specific things and how to organize a shopping spree day.
Staying in an apartment in the center of Madrid is certainly a convenience, as you will be much closer to the main shopping areas in the city, but there are shopping malls, which are not located in the city center, but they are still worth visiting.
SHOPPING AREAS IN MADRID
This avenue is one of the most important tourist attractions in Madrid, not only due to its magnificent architecture and due to its design, but due to the fact, that it is a notable shopping district in Madrid. Therefore, if you want a shopping tour in a wonderful surrounding, you should choose this street. As you go from shop to shop, you will also enjoy artistic facades and ornamental architecture of buildings, theatres and cinemas located in this part of the city.
Some of the shops that can be found in this area include Zara, H&M, Pull and Bear, Stradivarious, as well as El Corte Inglés, well-known Spanish department store. Besides clothing, there are jewelry stores and souvenir shops as well. However, you should have in mind that this part of the city is considered prestigious and it is the reasons why some of the most expensive shops are located precisely here. Two notable streets in this area of Madrid include Preciados Street or Arenal Street, both pedestrian areas, which are perfect for shopping.
Chueca district is next to the Gran Via neighborhood, which is very convenient if you want to extend your shopping tour from Gran Via to the nearby area. This part of the city is the attraction on its own, because of the lovely atmosphere, without significant landmarks and architecture masterpieces.
It is the area with lots of cafes and restaurants, mirroring cosmopolitan spirit and atmosphere along the neighborhood. Besides nice food and wine, you will find a lot of shops, most of which offer the latest fashion and trendy items to complete your clothing collection. Fuencarral Street is considered to be the most diverse one in the area, offering a large variety of products. Additionally, this trendy part of the city is especially suitable if you are on the hunt for a new pair of shoes.
This part of the city is considered to be the wealthy aristocratic area of the city, with exclusive shops to match the style of the neighborhood. Two most prominent streets include Serrano and Ortega y Gasset, two boulevards, which are shopping paradise for all of those interested in elegant fashion and designer clothing, including both domestic and international brands.
However, there are smaller streets in this area, where you can find a lot of small shops that are certainly worth visiting, especially if you are a tourist. In addition, you can find items at more affordable prices than in the main streets of the district.
Here is another bohemian neighborhood in Madrid, which is located next to Chueca. This part of the city is considered the home of alternative style and vintage clothing, which is why you will find such shops in this neighborhood. This is the main reason why the shops are mostly popular among young people. Besides the alternative style, there are also trendy shops and stores promoting elegant and fashionable look.
Shopping malls in Madrid
Jardin de Serrano is the shopping mall located in the center of the city, quite near the Paseo Castellana, a well-know avenue and tourist location in the city. The mall is opened from 9.30 in the morning until 9.30 in the evening, and the nearest metro station is Serrano.
The shopping mall has a lot of fashion and accessories shops, as well as shops where you can buy decorations and everything you need for pets. There are also two snack bars.
Even though it is not particularly large, this shopping mall is located in the city center, like Jardin de Serrano, which is why it is often a stop for tourists interested in shopping. The commercial area of the shopping mall is opened from 10 in the morning until 10 in the evening, except on Sundays and holidays, when the shopping mall opens at 11 am. The area of the shopping mall designed for leisure activities and restaurants is opened until 1 am from Sunday until Thursday, and until 2 am on Fridays, Saturdays and during holidays. The shopping mall is located in Paseo de la Florida, 2, near Ópera metro station.
The shopping mall presents some of the most famous Spanish brands, such as Zara, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Springfield and Sfera, as well as other intentional brands, such as Levi’s, Carpisa and Calzedonia. The restaurants include KFC, McDonalds’, Burger King, Starbuck, and others. Free Wi-Fi and parking are also available inside the shopping mall, as well as tourist information center.
Opened every day from 10 am until 9 pm, this shopping mall is a good choice if you are up for exploring the area outside Madrid central area. In fact, the shopping mall is located in Calle Juan Ramón Jiménez 3, which is a 40-mintue bus ride, if you choose this type of transportation. The buses leave every 20 minutes, so even though the shopping mall is a bit away, it is still easy to get there, even if you are first time visiting Madrid.
This shopping mall is a popular outlet center with a large variety of shops inside the center, featuring internationally famous brands offering discounts for the outlet collections. Las Rozas Village is one of the shopping malls within Chic Outlet Shopping group, with outlet shopping malls around Europe. Some of the brands include Armani Outlet, Calvin Klein, Clarks, Diesel, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.
The shopping mall offers free Wi-Fi and parking, tax-free shopping, play area, gift cards and tourist information center. Exclusive Chic Travel service includes coach ride, chauffeur drive and VIP offers. When it comes to eating in the shopping mall, there are several cafes and restaurants where you can have lunch or coffee when you decide to have a short break from visiting the stores in the village.
This is the biggest and the most extensive shopping mall in Madrid, which is located around 20 kilometers from the city center. Located at Arroyomolinos (Autovía A-5, exit 22), the shopping mall is easily accessible with a car or local buses that run at regular intervals each day. The shopping area of the Madrid Xanadú shopping mall is opened every day from 10 am until 10 pm. The leisure area and the restaurants are opened from 10 am until 1 am from Sunday to Thursday, and from 12 pm until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The shopping mall is known to offer the most impressive amount of shops, specialized in clothing (Blanco, Boston, Massimo Dutti, C&A, Pepe Jeans, Desigual, Primark, etc.), shoes and handbags (Bata, Geox, Paco Martinez, Totto, etc.), jewelry and accessorize (Claire’s, Pandora, Swarovski, etc.), as well as shops where you can buy cosmetics, books, electronics, children clothing, gifts, home decor, etc.
When it comes to leisure activities, this shopping mall has a lot to offer, so it is a perfect location for spending a whole day out with family and friends. Apart from shopping, you can enjoy spending time in a cinema, a bowling alley, playing mini golf or driving karts. You can even ski or snowboard in the artificial snow mountain, with classes and courses available for beginners. These parts of the shopping mall are also suitable for organizing events or birthday celebrations.
Additional services available in the mall include parking, bike parking, luggage storage, renting strollers, renting seats or children wristbands, fast food restaurants, bars and cafes.
Palacio de Hielo is located in the Calle Silvano, 77, in Hortaleza neighborhood, near Chamartin and Salamanca districts. Besides a lot of shops and cinemas, the main feature of this shopping mall, which differentiates it from all others, is the fact that the mall has ice skating ring. Opened during the entire year, this ring is an excellent choice for activities such as hockey and skating. There is also a school if you want to learn how to skate. Additional services include Club Gimnasio, which offers fitness halls with equipment, solarium, group training programs, saunas, dressing rooms, etc., as well as a park for kids, with children playgrounds and toys, offering all sorts of diverse activities for children.
Palacio de Hielo is opened from Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 10 pm. On Sundays and holidays the mall is opened between 12 pm and 8 pm. The nearest metro station is Canillas.
This is a large shopping mall in the northern part of the city, near the Madrid’s Barajas airport. The shopping mall is located in Parque Comercial MegaPark, Plaza del Comercio 11-12, which is a bit away from the city center, but there are busses to the mall from Plaza de Castilla, or you can use the metro, as Reyes Católicos metro station is close to the mall.
The mall offers a great variety of clothing shops for young ones, including Blanco, Celio, Vans, Jack & Jones, H&M, Pepita Perez, etc. Other shops offer a great selection of accessorizes, handbags, shoes, underwear, children clothing, perfumes, etc. The shopping mall also hosts a lot of restaurants and cafes, most of which are located on the A and B floor. In total, shopping mall has 14 cinemas and more than 200 shops. With a central plaza and unique interior design featuring distinctive 35 meters high dome, which is the also the symbol of the mall, this shopping mall is really worth visiting if you are in Madrid.
El Rastro – Madrid’s flea market
The most popular open-air flea market in the Spanish capital is called El Rastro (El Rastro de Madrid) and it is a frequent stop of both the locals and tourists. The flea market is located on the Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. It is opened every Sunday and on public holidays between 9 am and 3 pm, and the nearest metro station is La Latina. It is estimated that there are over 3,000 stalls in the market.
The reason why it is a popular shopping area in Madrid, is that the market unites the influence of Europe and Africa, being a meeting area for people from different countries and cultures. Besides shopping and bargains, the market is a unique opportunity to see the cultures that influence Madrid’s life and its tradition. If you are looking for antiques and rarities, this place is perfect for you, as you will find a lot of interesting things, both new and old, as you explore the stalls in el Rastro market. The market also has specialist stalls, offering a particular type of items, such as paintings, drawings, stamps, cards, old magazines, etc.
In all, shopping in Madrid is certainly a unique experience, regardless if you are looking for elegant attire, causal sports clothing, or perhaps antiques that would be nice decoration for your own apartments. Madrid, being a diverse city, offers plenty of opportunities to shop and it will not disappoint you, regardless how unique your taste is. What is more, shopping spree will quickly turn into a sightseeing tour, during which you will be able to enjoy local architecture and indulge into a variety of flavors offered by domestic Spanish cuisine. All of this will not leave you indifferent to the charms of the cultural diversity and richness of the Spanish capital.