Madrid’s charming maze of streets is perfect for bar-hopping and photo opportunities, and best of all, it’s ideal for shopping. If you’re on the hunt for vintage finds, Malasaña is the place to be, but fancy designer shops can be found on and around Madrid’s Calle de Serrano, famously called the Milla de Oro (“The Golden Mile”) and its surrounding high-end Barrio de Salamanca. Trendy, funkier boutiques can be found in the up-and-coming las Salesas district, sandwiched between Calle de Recoletos, Calle de Colon and Calle de Gran Via. Here’s a list of some of the best designer, one-of-a-kind shops in Madrid.
If you’re on the hunt for something special but you’re not sure exactly what, Isolée’s selection of makeup, hair products, accessories, footwear, gourmet foods and house wares will ensure you find just the right souvenir or gift. A super-curated, mini department store, the brand selection at Isolée is totally on point, and includes items from Comme des Garçons, Herschel, Brabante, Umbra, Sal de Ibiza, Natura Bisse, Moët and many more.
Nac Madrid is a luminous shop that offers several different brands of high-end footwear and clothing – brands that may be a bit hard to come by in Spain, like Stuart Weitzman, Poe, Scotch & Soda, Otto D’ame and Sonia Rykiel. The shopping experience is relaxing, as the stores are airy and bright and perfectly organized. There are a few different locations in Madrid, but the one on Génova is large and well-stocked.
Nac Madrid, Calle de Génova, 18, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 106 050
The 2nd Room
The 2nd Room is the ideal spot to shop when you need that special occasion one-of-a-kind piece, like a dress or coat. While most of the items in the store are second-hand, they’re still good as new – and for a third of the price. Expect to find brands like Balmain, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Armani, Gucci and many more. The shop also carries exclusive pieces from designer F de Frank and – coming soon – their own line of special occasion dresses. Shopping here is a very personalized experience, as the owner, Mariele Isidoro, who has an excellent sense of style, is usually around to help you find the perfect garment.
The 2nd Room, Calle Piamonte, 15, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 869 847
Dolores Promesas started with a young girl in the south of Spain who found herself lost in Madrid. Many years later, after printing her iconic image (a girl’s face with short hair and a flower) on a t-shirt, she now has several shops open in the city. The clothing is whimsical and fun, with prints and florals and trendy items at mid-range prices. Her image is still printed on some of the apparel. Shopping here is fun and exciting, and you’ll arrive back home with a trendy new outfit to boot.
Dolores Promesas, Calle de Claudio Coello, 69, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 350 977
Sita Murt is an iconic Spanish brand which is famous for their knitwear, among other things like cool leather jackets, wide-leg pants and suede booties. The brand, which describes itself as “natural chic,” is just that: clothes that are on trend, but not overdone. There are several shops located in Barcelona and Valencia, and of course, the flagship Madrid store.
Sita Murt, Calle Claudio Coello, 88, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 775 038
Created by twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz, Ailanto actually got its start in Barcelona, but luckily, you can shop here in Madrid. Madrid’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is also the site of the Ailanto runway show twice a year. The brand is known for its patterns and geometric references on their garments. If you’re in the market for a wedding dress, Ailanto is a great place to look for something unique to wear on your special day.
Ailanto, Calle Orellana, 14, Madrid, Spain, +34 917 025 514
Miss García, created by designer Elena García, wanted to make a line of footwear that would create “envyation” – a combination of envy and admiration. Her shop on Calle Serrano sells footwear for not only women, but children as well, making sure your kids will be outfitted with the coolest shoes ever. Although they do offer sensible flats, this is the shop you visit when you need that killer pair of heels.
Miss García, Calle de Serrano, 25, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 35 93 03