Madrid is the perfect place to find a cool second-hand outfit, antique books, vintage home furnishings or retro toys. Here’s a list of the best flea markets, second-hand shops and thrift stores in Madrid where you can hunt for original and unique items.
Mercado de Motores is a flea market that takes place once a month at the Museo del Ferrocarril (The Railway Museum). The market stalls – sandwiched between a display of vintage trains – sell many items including jewellery, vintage cameras, antiques, gourmet food products, furniture and much more. This market should not be missed, as being able to enjoy the train museum (for free), shop for cool items, chow down on food truck cuisine and even listen to live music is a special experience. Open from 11am to 10pm with free entry, the market will be open for business this summer during the following weekends:
This unique vintage shop has a slogan saying ‘Made in the USA’, taking American clothing (second-hand, of course) and selling it by the kilogram. Already a popular concept at thrift stores in Paris, Flamingo Vintage Kilo has several branches around Spain, with many shops in Barcelona and two locations in Madrid’s Malasaña neighbourhood. Simply find your desired item and pay based on the weight.
Flamingo Vintage Kilo, Calle del Espíritu Santo, 1, Madrid, Spain +34 649 87 71 98
The biggest and most popular weekly flea market in Madrid, tourists and locals flock to the vibrant La Latina neighborhood on Sunday mornings to hunt for bargains. In fact, if you veer into the smaller streets off the main drag, you’ll discover a whole new side of the market, where locals set up their own stands or sheets covered with items they no longer want or use. Expect to find everything under the sun here – souvenirs, shoes, tools, electronics, furniture and more. The later you go, the busier the market becomes, so get there early to beat the crowds.
El Rastro, Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 29 82 10
Although it may feel like you’re walking into a circus tent thanks to this shop’s gaudy red and white curtain decor, La Mona Checa doesn’t sell circus items. Instead, you’ll find lots of second-hand denim, sweaters, trousers and skirts, as well as the occasional handbag or vintage jewellery piece too.
La Mona Checa, Calle Velarde, 2, Madrid, Spain +34 915 93 39 97
If you’re hoping to find that perfect vintage 80s t-shirt or a cool 60s handbag, look no further than Magpie Vintage. With an ample selection of accessories and clothing for men and women, it’s likely you’ll find whatever you need and more right here. It’s a great place to pick up a cool Halloween costumes, retro pieces or even just everyday wear.
Magpie Vintage, Calle Velarde, 3, Madrid, Spain +34 914 48 31 04