As the capital, Madrid is an extremely metropolitan city. Everywhere you go you can find something to do, somewhere to go and some things to buy! But, sometimes so many options can leave you with nothing! Where should you shop? What areas and Spanish clothing brands offer the right styles for you? What is even more difficult, is shopping for someone else, which is exactly what you’ll be doing as Christmas gets closer and closer. You’ll find no shortage of inspiration for your Christmas shopping in Madrid, especially in the center of the city. From the hundreds of shops along Gran Via to all the side streets covered in Christmas lights. The Center of Madrid is an incredible source for everyone on your list.
Below, We have highlighted some of the best shopping districts in the city. When you’re done, don’t forget to check out everything else going on during December in Madrid!
Sol & Gran Vía
The very center of Madrid is the best area if you are a fan of one-stop shopping. Get it all done in one day by walking from Sol to Opera, Callao and Gran Vía. Not only are the stores usually bigger (offering you more options), but often there is more than one of each store within a 3 block radius – even more options! Sol offers an array of brand of all different price ranges and merchandise. From shoes and clothes to home decor and appliances, Sol should be your first trip! If you’re not into big crowds however, stay clear from this area! In the evenings the streets are absolutely packed, and even with Gran Vía’s expansion the sea of people is endless!
If you’re on a budget, avoid bulk shopping at any of the shopping malls called Corte Inglés. Because this famous department store is a little pricey. That being said, you can find high quality items from clothing to home appliances and decorations all under one roof! Most Corte Inglés’ have 5 or 6 floors – all of which are dedicated to different items. These are one of the most popular shopping centers in the city and can be found in most neighbourhoods. Not to mention, while shopping you can marvel at the beautiful light displays usually covering the grand entrances of each store.
Barrio Salamanca (Serrano & Velazquez)
Got a Christmas bonus? Did you save a lot of money? Or maybe you don’t mind putting things on the plastic. Either way, Barrio Salamanca is Madrid’s more prestigious and high-end barrio and there is plenty (and I mean plenty) of high end, designer a couture shops to be visited. Even if you only wish to window shop and get inspired, these stores are gorgeous and full of gift ideas. To get a good start, head down Calle Serrano just off Puerta de Alcalá and then head over to Calle Velazquez to continue the spree!
If you haven’t noticed yet, Madrid around Christmas time is pretty amazing – with the beautiful lights, Christmas decorations and adorable little markets that take up every little plaza you can find. If your looking for something more heartfelt, home made and symbolic of the Christmas season. Why not pick up some gifts from these various Christmas markets scattered around the city? Almost every small plaza will be hosting a market, some with food and some with merchandise, so go out and explore! The biggest market in Madrid is the one in Plaza Mayor, go check it out!
Probably the most notorious shopping street in the city center, Fuencarral is dedicated to indulgence. This pedestrian street starts at Gran Vía and extends through Malasaña and Chueca all the way to Metro Quevedo. It’s full of shops and restaurants of different qualities and price ranges as well. Make a day of your trip through Fuencarral – as you pass through so many neighbourhoods, you will really get the feel of Madrid’s culture and unique character.
Las Rozas Village
Yes, this is a little out of the way but when it comes to the Christmas season Las Rozas Village (NOT Las Rosas) is the place to be. You can get to the village by normal public transport, or jump on the Shopping Express bus that will take you straight to the center of the shopping village. If you’re interested, plan your trip to Las Rozas here.