The area around Gran Vía is one of the liveliest areas of the city center and is great for shopping, dining, or bar crawling. The area featured all major Spanish brands, including Zara, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and the wonderful department store El Corte Ingles, situated near the Callao square. El Corte Ingles sell a wide range of products, from computers and phones, to hats and shoes, to gourmet food.
Serrano is one of the trendiest and expensive neighborhoods of Madrid, where travelers will find luxurious shops located in what were once small palaces. Noted for their striking interior design, many are decorated with shimmering chandeliers and high ceilings. Visitors with smaller bank accounts shouldn’t be intimidated, as this area also has many high street brands, including Madrid’s biggest Zara, with three floors dedicated just to women’s wear, as well as separate sections for children and men.
Las Rozas Village
An outlet shopping center situated on the outskirts of Madrid, Las Rozas Village can be reached by bus. Tourists usually flock here to take advantage of the great deals, as do many Spaniards from the surrounding area. The layout is particularly picturesque, with stores laid out in the style of small Mediterranean houses. Brands such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Ray Ban and Dolce & Gabbana are all available at reduced prices.
Fuencarral is one of the streets bordering the quirky Malasaña neighborhood and has great things to do, amazing bars and excellent restaurants. This part of Madrid was previously one of the most run-down areas, but a renovation has turned it into one of the best shopping streets in the city, with both high-end and high-street brands. Levi’s, Brandy Melville, Mac, Lush and Intimissimi are just a few of the shops on Fuencarral.
Close to Gran Vía, this street has some of best cinemas in Madrid, as well as amazing shops. In Princesa there is yet another El Corte Ingles, with spacious parking space for those who choose to go by car. The Spanish department store is surrounded by many other shops, such as the popular Zara, with a glass façade facing the street, or Mango, where you can shop for both clothes and accessories.
By Sonia Cuesta