Shopping and Nightlife in Madrid
Madrid is a great city for shopping, partying and having drinks in a cool bar. You will not only find shops selling the famous brands of Spain like Camper, Mango, Loewe and Zara but also many hip boutiques and stores with many different brands. You will find everything, clothing, shoes, wines, food and of course souveniers and postcards - whetever you want and whatever your budget is. The diversity of things offered in Madrid is huge. As many shops are open from 10am to 10pm, you don't have to hustle through the city. And after your shopping day, you could enjoy a party or just go to a bar and have a drink - or maybe some more?
To get a brief overview of the city, you could joyn our Madrid by Busvision Tour and explore the city on your own afterwards.
We would like to show you some of the most interesting shopping and nightlife areas in the city.
- El Rastro: You shouldn't wake up to late on Sunday mornings as you would miss the El Rastro, a flea market that takes place every Sunday morning. If you are looking for interesting or funny stuff, clothes, records of flamenco songs, pictures or paintings - whatever comes to your mind, you will find it here. It's possible to find fake brand articles or real antiques. And as it's a crowded place, you should watch your stuff as there are also pickpockets who love this place as much as the locals and tourists do.
- Salamanca District: If your are looking for luxurious things to buy, this is the area, that will mak you happy - you will find exclusive restaurants, expensive shops and many trendy bars. There are two main avenues, the Calle Serrano and the Calle Velázquez, but also the smaller roads house interesting shops. As the Calle Serrano is pretty long, you should focus on the part that is beginning at the Plaza de la Independencia and ends at the Calle Juan Bravo. Close to the embassy of the USA in Calle Juan Bravo you will find an exclusive shopping mall, the ABC Serrano.
- Plaza de Chueca: If you're asking yourself what should be weared in Madrid this season, just go to Chueca as this is the most fashionable district of the city. Chueca is where the Calle Fuencarral goes down from the Gran Via. You will find lots of fashionable and casual clothing and sport brands and also many different bars and clubs.
- Las Salesas: The area behind Calle Barquillo next to Calle Almirante was named after a church. In this area you will find lots of upmarket fashion in little boutiques, as well as cool bars and small and good restaurants You will also find some outlet stores over here selling things like Gucci, Jil Sander, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli.
- Xanadu: This is by far the most impressive and biggest shopping mall of Madrid. It's located about 23km south of the city and has everything you could want to buy or do: The biggest indoor snow hall all over Europe, restaurants, bowling alleys, an indoor go-kart circuit and of course many, many shops. You can go there by bus, that departs from Principe Pio subway station - for people staying there longer, it's also possible to use the night bus.