Madrid is a great shopping destination, home to big brands, designer boutiques and cool vintage stores. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to take home from the Spanish capital, check out this selection of the quirkiest shops the city has to offer.
Unusual souvenir hunters, look no further: Capas Seseña has been making traditional Spanish capes since 1901 and has had customers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Hillary Clinton and Pablo Picasso, who is buried in one of their capes. Each cape is handcrafted, cut and sewn by artisans in the same way they have been made for over 100 years. If you fancy an update on the original, Capas Seseña also partners with modern designers to make more contemporary styles, such as a recent range of bomber capes.
Convento del Corpus Cristi
While not strictly a shop, the Convento del Corpus Cristi, located in Madrid’s oldest district, close to the Plaza Mayor, hides a sweet secret that is definitely worth buying. The convent is home to an order of cloistered nuns, who, because they are not allowed to leave the convent, make their living by baking and selling biscuits in a very unusual way. Buzz on the door and walk round to a rotating round table, where a disembodied voice will ask you what you want. There is a list of biscuits on the wall; order the ones you’d like and the nun on the other side of the wall will spin them around to you. Spin your money back around and you’ve just bought some of Madrid’s most unique biscuits, without seeing a soul.
A great place to find an original gift or souvenir to take home from Madrid, La Intrusa showcases the work of local artists and independent designers in its two Madrid stores. You’ll find handmade jewellery in a range of quirky designs, clothing and accessories as well as books, stationery and homewares.
Flamingos Vintage Kilo
If you’re into vintage shopping, Malasaña is the area for you. Flamingos Vintage Kilo takes a different approach to the area’s other stores, however, and sells its clothes by weight. With clothes spanning the decades, from 60s leather jackets to 80s leg warmers, its a great place to browse for vintage bargains.
View this post on Instagram
Flamingos Vintage Kilo La mejor selección de ropa americana de segunda mano y la primera tienda de ropa y complementos al peso, abierta en el barrio de Malasaña. Al ser ropa al peso no encuentras etiquetas con el precio y la talla. En general no son precios excesivos, sino que al ser todo segunda mano, las prendas son bastantes asequibles. Tiene distribuidores en Estados Unidos, recibiendo semanalmente grandes cantidades de ropa vintage que ponen a disposición del cliente. El proyecto lo inició Daniel Martínez tras visitar Berlín, Nueva York y Los Ángeles, cuando decidió que su carrera profesional girara entorno a la moda vintage y no de cualquier manera, sino en su concepto original: vender diseños clásicos con clara influencia del estilo americano y que el cliente pueda comprar a precios asequibles; moda al peso. Actualmente y en solo 3 años, han abierto 18 tiendas repartidas por todo el país, siendo esta, la primera de todas ellas. Calle del Espíritu Santo, 1, 28004 Madrid #0thfloor
Swinton and Grant
Part gallery, part bookshop, Swinton and Grant, located in the trendy Lavapiés neighbourhood, specialises in all things to do with street art. Its bookshop is full of tomes on graffiti and urban art from Madrid and beyond, as well as comics, graphic novels and magazines in both Spanish and English. Its gallery features both local and international artists, with a focus on modern and experimental art.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.