After a tiring day of sightseeing in the capital, you may want to relax doing some shopping in Madrid: souvenirs for the family, exclusive offers or an original store that you know in Madrid. We tell you in this article where to buy on your school trip to Madrid.
Like any big city, Madrid has a wide range of shops of all kinds. Madrid has large franchises, neighborhood stores, shopping malls, markets, second-hand stores, etc. Here are some of the commercial areas for shopping in Madrid to help you organize your end of the year trip.
Streets and shopping areas where to shop on your school trip to Madrid
Maybe you know that the areas surrounding the Puerta del Sol are the ones with the largest number of stores, having Preciados Street as the main one, which has a gigantic Corte Ingles and all the Inditex family stores, as well as a 5-storey Fnac.
Around it you can find also Calle Arenal, which leads to Ópera, with many shoe stores; the street and Plaza Mayor, with its souvenir stalls; and, of course, Gran Vía with the biggest Primark in Spain, and other huge multinational buildings (Zara, H&M, Stradivarius, etc.).
In these main streets you will find whatever you are looking for; however, if you are looking for something more exclusive and with more glamour, your destination is Serrano street and the whole Goya neighborhood. There you will find all the well-known luxury brands.
On the other hand, if you prefer to stroll through smaller stores, with original and handmade garments or gifts, with personal designs, we recommend you to walk through the streets of Malasaña. You will find all kinds of quirky stores, vintage and second-hand stores.
Another option, especially if it’s cold or if you want to keep your group under control, is to go for a few hours to a shopping center on the outskirts of the city, so that they can do all their shopping in one place, with restaurants. and entertainment area to spend your free time. The most prominent places for shopping in Madrid are:
- Príncipe Pío, in the old station, one metro stop away from Ópera thanks to the metro branch.
- Plenilunio, to the east of the city.
- La Gavia, located in Ensanche de Vallecas, southeast of Madrid.
- Plaza Norte 2, in San Sebastián de los Reyes, to the north.
- Plaza Río, recently opened, is located next to the Manzanares River, opposite the Matadero.
- Isla Azul, on the southern outskirts of the city.
- Xanadú, the only one equipped with an artificial ski and snowboard slope, is located on the outskirts of Madrid, in the southwest.
El Rastro and other flea markets
Also, in the city of Madrid you can find a multitude of flea markets of all themes. If you are lucky in your visit to Madrid, you will surely coincide with one that is held on the weekend.
If you come to Madrid on the weekend, you should reserve Sunday morning, so you can visit the Rastro, a must in the city. Starting from the Plaza de Cascorro, between La Latina and Lavapiés, you will find a long line of stalls (more than 3000) that stretch along Ribera de Curtidores: T-shirts, antiques, furniture, denim, decoration and all kinds of objects and garments of first and second hand. It was born around 1740 as a semi-clandestine flea market selling used objects. A visit to the Rastro is not only commercial, but also a cultural visit to experience the vibe of the city.
Monthly flea markets and pop-up markets
We leave here a list of some of the most important markets held in the city where to buy on your trip to Madrid:
– Mercado del Diseño: it is held once a month at the Matadero, and brings together numerous and varied designers, who create their products from scratch.
– Lost & Market: is a market of second-hand and vintage items that was born with the desire to offer a popular space where to develop a playful and sustainable form of trade based on the direct sale and purchase and the possibility of exchange. It is a free access market where anyone can participate by bringing their personal items such as books, clothes, music, comics, computer products, toys, and much more.
Markets Adelita, Rave Market and Mercado de Motores
– Adelita Market: the philosophy of this market is to promote a rational use of products, giving priority to reuse and waste reduction while serving as an example as a model of sustainable project that can be exported to other cities or neighborhoods. It is held on the third Saturday of each month in Plaza Dos de Mayo.
– Rave Market: it is a flea market in Madrid, with citizen participation, organized by a non-profit association interested in promoting recycling and exchange of second-hand goods and aimed at creating a free market where everyone can contribute their goods and services on a voluntary basis. It is held once a month but during the summer they take a break.
– Mercado de Motores: The Mercado de Motores is a famous monthly flea market that is held during an entire weekend in the old Delicias station, in the Railway Museum. It offers crafts and vintage hipster fashion and, of course, foodtrucks for a gastronomy break between so much shopping.
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