Hidden Markets in the City

Shopping is one of the favourite activities chosen by tourists when visiting a city. Walking and visiting several important places and buying new things are essential for visitors. Therefore, it is very important that a touristic city can count on different interesting and attractive areas available for all kinds of public.


In that sense, Madrid is a great city for a shopping day. However, it is not necessary to keep only traditional stores or large shopping malls in mind. Throughout the city, there are several markets, some well-known and others perhaps more hidden, that keep their secrets and offer unique experiences. Some of the most important markets located in Madrid will be described and highlighted below.


Design Market

It is the ideal place for fashionistas. It was created in 2013, and it has had great success since then, bringing together all the members in the realm of fashion and design. It is organized by the Design Central unit and it is located mainly in Matadero Madrid, although it may change the location on occasions. It takes place on the first weekend of the month, and the next edition is expected in March. Tickets are two euros, while children under 12 are admitted free of charge.


As expected, in this market there are important emerging and veteran designers, who offer their products to distributors, professionals and the public in general. One of the main ideas is to promote potential entrepreneurship on sustainable fashion, together with the generation of awareness of responsible consumption.

Unique pieces of decoration, jewellery and fashion can be found on more than 150 stands from different designers. Since its first edition, this market has hosted thousands of visitors. In addition to fashion, many other options such as: concerts, a varied gastronomic offer and other recreational activities can be found.


Salesas Village Festival

In Plaza de las Salesas, in the neighbourhood that bears the same name, this event takes place: it is one of the most important street markets in Madrid. The main business industries and establishments in the neighbourhood go out to show and promote their products to all visitors. The next edition will take place in February.

Promoted by ACOTEX merchants association, this festival is part of the “Madrid Capital de Moda” initiative. Campoamor and Santa Teresa streets are transformed during the 9 hours it lasts, with a large diversity of activities and experiences throughout its more than 40 stands, which include: fashion, jewellery and beauty, decoration and art, gastronomy, leisure and recreation.


Motor Market

In the old train station, today the Railway Museum, located in Paseo de las Delicias 61, an interesting market is held. Every second weekend of each month it opens its doors with free admission to all audiences.

In this place you can find a variety of products, which are offered by professional and also private sellers. Some of the objects that can be found include different kinds of furniture with creative or retro-style designs, vinyl discs, original bicycles, second-hand fashion items, among others.

After a long shopping day, people can sit, rest and enjoy a snack at the different food, beverage and coffee shops. It is an ideal place for the family, since it has recreational activities for children, and even a nursery for pets.


Frogs Market

In Barrio de las Letras, there is a market created by the Association of Merchants, which organizes events with different themes, focused on the cultural, commercial and artistic variety of the neighbourhood and designed for audiences of all ages.

The market operates on the first Saturday of each month throughout the year. Admission is free for all visitors. All commercial establishments become part of it, and they seek to offer and highlight the commercial, cultural, gastronomic and cultural characteristics of the neighbourhood. Additionally, hotels join in, by providing special offers, discounts and distinctive menus to visitors.

The event is named after Cantarranas Street, which runs along the entire Las Letras neighbourhood. The Merchants Association initiative to encourage people to visit the area and help the local business is a success. More than 260 establishments take part in the market, along with the support of the hotel sector and the collaboration of Madrid Town Hall.


GastroCat Market

Nowadays, this is one of the most successful and biggest markets in Madrid. It focuses on the world of fashion, and takes place during a weekend per month. The calendar for the first part of 2020 is already set; the next date will take place from March 12th to 15th, repeating in April, May and June.

The venue for the event is the Westin Palace, located in Plaza Cortes, 7, which corresponds to Paseo del Arte touristic area. Admission is free. This market is characterized by its elegance; it has more than 60 stands, which offer unique pieces and products from different areas, such as fashion, cosmetics, accessories, jewellery, crafts, decoration, gourmet, children’s fashion and items for collectors.

Each edition is a unique experience, since the objects and products offered on the stands vary entirely in the following editions of this “pop up” market. In addition to the stands, the place has a gastronomic area, run by the Westin Palace Hotel. It’s called the GastroCat  -GastroGato-, and people can relax after shopping, while enjoying a quick meal and a drink. Additionally, they can buy some exclusive products in this area.

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