Huertas, also known as the Barrio de las Letras, is Madrid’s literary neighbourhood and home to some excellent shops. Whether you like vintage finds, cool young designers or just having a browse around some great Spanish independent stores, these are the boutique shops to head for first.
This accessories shop stocks local Spanish designers and specialises in quirky, original pieces, from Twin Peaks-themed wallets to Sonic Youth cushions and a whole range of other clothing, accessories and homeware. The shop also stocks a good range of vinyl, books and fanzines.
This vintage shop is stocked with pieces from throughout the 20th century, many of which come from the United States. If you’re looking for shirts, denim, leather and vintage slogan T-Shirts, you might discover some great finds after a rummage through Alphaville’s rails.
This florist, founded in 1889, sits on the grounds of the old cemetery of the neighbouring San Sebastián Church. The Garden of the Angel, as it is called in English, must have a guardian angel somewhere, because it carried on even through the intense bombing of the Spanish Civil War, which almost destroyed the church next door. The shop is covered in plants and flowers, and also sells homeware and accessories. It’s a little oasis of calm in the busy city centre.
Indigo 50 is a treasure trove of vintage furniture that will make the magpies among us flock to its shiny, quirky wares. It specialises in mid-century Scandinavian furniture, as well as original vintage pieces. Many pieces hail from Denmark and Sweden, but Germany, France, Spain and Italy are also represented here. The shop stocks both designer pieces, from the likes of Ray and Charles Eames and Poul Henningsen, and pieces by as yet unknown designers.
This young Spanish womenswear brand is all about a minimalist aesthetic mixed with dreamy colours and designs. Its main store, on Calle Lope de Vega in the heart of the neighbourhood, stocks a range of elegant women’s clothing with a quirky sartorial edge. Everything is designed and manufactured in Spain, so if you fancy treating yourself to a home-grown designer piece while you’re in Madrid, this is the place to check out.
Beer fans should make sure to pop into this excellent beer shop, which stocks over 500 different cervezas from Spain and around the world. The staff are passionate about beer, and are friendly and knowledgeable – they will happily open up a bottle so you can have a try in the store. It’s a great place to discover some local Spanish craft beers; if beer isn’t your thing, they also sell a good range of spirits and wines.
PeSeta, the brainchild of designer Laura Martínez del Pozo, has been making bags, clothing and a range of accessories featuring cool and quirky fabrics since 2000. Its shop on Calle de las Huertas has everything from dresses, make-up bags and shirts to guitar and camera straps. The brand tries to make every product in Madrid as far as possible, and they guarantee that everything is Spanish-made. It’s a good place to pick up a unique souvenir from Madrid.
La Intrusa sells clothes, jewellery and other pieces by both local Spanish and international designers. It has a great range of unusual jewellery pieces that make excellent and unique gifts, whether you want to treat yourself or someone back home. If you’re looking for a new pair of earrings or a statement necklace, this is the place to look.