As the nation's capital, Madrid unsurprisingly offers the best range of expensive shopping outlets in Spain. But these make up just a modest proportion of the city's shopping charms. Madrid's 50000 stores also sell everything from paintings and ceramics to guitars and bullfighters' costumes.
If it's designer labels you are after head for the eastern district of Salamanca. Here you will locate the logos of Prada, Armani, and Louis Vuitton, and all of the others. Much more fascinating are the boutiques of trendy Spanish designers like Sybilla, Amaya Arzuaga, and Victorio & Lucchino.
Fuencarral Market is famous for Castellana luxury shopping in Madrid. Fuencarral Market, is among the coolest places with some of the most cutting edge fashion you'll find in Spain along with accessories, record shops, cafes and brands like gucci, hermes, Armani and saint Lauren Madrid.
When you tire of the brand stores, the area around the Street Fuencarral is certainly a pleasant one to visit. It is home to a crowd of trendy boutiques selling both men´s and women´s clothes. There's also an enclosed market hawking clothing, bags and jewellery. For shoes, go to the Street Augusto Figueroa. It's lined with mostrarios selling designer's shoe samples at half price or less.
Shopping in Spain would be incomplete without visiting one of the street markets. Sunday morning is the time for the El Rastro street market on the Calle de Ribera de Curtidores which is closed to traffic. You can purchase everything from squawking chickens to pirated DVDs to antiques and smutty post cards. But be mindful , pickpockets abound.