The area around one of Madrid‘s most famous plazas, la Puerta del Sol, is filled with restaurants, bars, monuments, cafés and best of all, plenty of shopping opportunities. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry or even gourmet foods, you’ll be able to find whatever you need within walking distance from Sol. Here’s a guide to some of the best shops in the area.
Just a short walk from Sol, this funky shop has a charming collection of stationery, jewelry, home decor and gift items. You can find notebooks with mustaches on them or whimsical greeting cards featuring vintage photos, or quirky items like clocks and toys for kids. The owner of The Nest Boutique speaks English and Spanish and knows many of the customers by name, proving this shop is a favorite with Madrid’s local set.
The Nest, Plaza de San Ildefonso, 3, 28004 Madrid +34 915 23 10 61
Herself offers the latest in women’s fashion, all with a hipster, youthful flair. Perusing their maxi dresses, crop-tops and boots, you might think the prices would be high-end boutique level, but the shop is actually very affordable, and you won’t see anyone back home with the same spring jacket or t-shirt, as designs are one-of-a-kind.
Herself, Calle de Fuencarral, 75, 28004 Madrid, +34 915 23 52 37
You can find Mango shops all over Madrid, but there’s only a few hidden outlets around the city. Head to the back of the regular Mango shop on Fuencarral Street and walk downstairs. Surprise! There lies a huge, wide-open outlet, featuring Mango clothes with slashed prices. Find dresses, trousers, tops, accessories and more here. Try not to visit at peak times if you want to avoid the crowds.
Mango Outlet, Calle de Fuencarral, 70, 28004 Madrid, +34 915 23 04 12
La Hija de Caín
For trendy silver jewelry, accessories and that perfect dress to wear for an evening out on the town, step into La Hija de Caín, just short walk away from the Puerta del Sol. The boutique is small but well-curated. The purses and scarves make for great gifts to take home to loved ones.
La Hija de Caín, Calle Mayor, 28, 28013 Madrid, +34 910 84 40 73
El Corte Inglés
The one and only true department store in Madrid, El Corte Inglés has everything under the sun. There’s plenty of branches around Madrid, including a few right near Sol. Whereas this store has many locations and isn’t a boutique in the least, it can really be a lifesaver if you’ve forgotten to pack a pair of gloves and you find yourself touring the city center with cold hands, or you need some sunblock on a particularly hot day. The best part? While may smaller shops are closed on Sundays, you can always count on El Corte Inglés to be open.
El Corte Inglés, Calle de Cuevas, 46, 28039 Madrid, +34 91 379 80 00
Without a doubt, this shop is the best place to buy a gift for that person who’s impossible to buy for. Filled with strange and random items like a basketball hoop wastebasket, weird fridge magnets, a pillow shaped like a leg of ham, and plenty of odd toys and quirky electronics, Curiosite is a lot of fun to browse even if you don’t end up purchasing anything.
Curiosite, Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 28, 28004 Madrid, +34 911 41 33 05
Trendy may not be the right word for Ferpal, but it’s certainly the place to go if you want to purchase some ham or cheese to take home to family and friends (or to munch on during your flight home). You can always buy these items at a grocery store, but visiting this family-owned shop, which dates back to 1971, is like a lesson in Spanish deli foods—the variety of meats and cheeses you’ll discover is astounding.
Ferpal, Calle del Arenal, 7, 28013 Madrid, +34 915 32 38 99
La Cure Gourmande
If you’re looking to buy fancy gourmet products like candy or cookies, this store is the one for you. The shopping experience itself is bright and fun, thanks to the vibrant yellow shop decor and French feel. If you love an artfully decorated box, La Cure Gourmande has you covered. The chocolate olives seem to be a fan favorite here.
La Cure Gourmande Madrid, Calle Postas, 18, 28012 Madrid, +34 913 64 09 02
While this isn’t a specific shop, the Rastro flea market, which takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m, is the place to go to if you’re looking for cheap jewelry, antiques and handmade leather goods. Get there early to avoid the crowds, but make sure to hang on to your valuables here, as pick-pocketing is common.