Shopping and Eating in Madrid, Spain
Madrid is one of the largest cities in the country of Spain.
Shopping in Madrid
In Madrid defined by AbbreviationFinder you can find everything possible while on a shopping trip. Madrid offers the most, from the latest in fashion and design to all kinds of antics in the flea markets.
Leather products are clearly cheaper in Madrid than in Norway, and the quality is high. It may be worthwhile to buy products such as shoes, bags and the like. Calle de Serrano is the best street for such products, but also the street Calle de Fuencarral has shops with good selection.
If you are looking for clothes and fashion and looking for “outlets” we recommend Calle de Serrano in the Salamanca area. The real fashion conscious should shop in Calle del Almirante and the surrounding areas.
You will also find a large selection of porcelain products in Madrid, the capital of Spain described on Countryaah. Take a look along Gran Via, especially between Plaza de España and Plaza de Callao.
You will find many antique shops on Calle del Prado. There is much art and galleries in the Salamanca area. This area is also known for shops selling Spanish quality wines and exclusive food.
El Corte Inglés and Zara in Madrid
You will find Spain’s most famous shopping mall chain, El Corte Inglés, among others in the streets of Calle de Preciados and Calle de Serrano. Here the selection is large and the prices low. If you are looking for local Spanish music, try the music department at El Corte Inglés.
Perhaps the most famous Spanish clothing chain in the world is Zara. You will find Zara stores in Gran Via 32 and in Calle de Preciados 20.
Markets in Madrid
You will find markets in several places in Madrid. On Sundays it may seem like half of Madrid is at El Rastro (open 0800-1400). This is a flea market that has stalls from Plaza de Cascorro to Calle de los Embajadores. Here you will find everything possible.
An alternative is the Mercado de Motores. This special market is located in a train museum in the south of Madrid. Here you will find food, clothing, interior and art / antiques and other spin-off prints. The address is Museo del Ferrocarril, Paseo de las Delicias, 61 and opening hours are 1100 – 2200 Saturdays and Sundays.
Mercado de San Micuel
Just as much a tourist attraction as a market is the Mercado de San Micuel. You come here just as much to eat as to shop for food and drink at home.
Eating in Madrid
Food is important for people in Madrid and you should enjoy your food. Breakfast at the hotel is usually served until 10:00. 1100. Both lunch and dinner consist of many dishes. Dinner is eaten from 7 p.m. 2200, and the nightclubs seem like they never close.
Madrid and Spain have great food traditions
Madrid is influenced by other regions’ food traditions, and you get the best the nation has to offer, whether it’s paella, larger fish dishes or the fantastic Spanish hams. In recent years, other nations’ cuisine has also gained a certain degree in Madrid, but we believe that when you are first in Madrid, you should eat Spanish! Spanish food is good and in our circumstances reasonable.
Spanish wine is also good and you get it in all types and price levels. White wine is called vino blanco, and red wine is called vino tinto. At lunch, it is common to buy house wine (vino de la casa), either in liter or semi-liter.
Smaller bars offer tapas (light meals) or bocadillos (spring roll-like dishes with different contents). At small and simple eateries, you can eat well and saturated with larger tapas menus. Such eateries are often called cervezerias, tabernas and bodegas. Restaurants are called restaurantes. If the restaurant specializes in seafood, it can call itself marisqueria.
Restaurants we recommend in Madrid
Popular and reputable restaurant just off Calle de Mayor which dates back to 1860. Opening hours are 1100 – 1530 and 1800 – 2300. Siesta between 1530 and 1800. Here you come for typical Spanish food, eg. tapas dishes or the cold soup gazpacho, bacalao and Ibérico ham. It also serves more traditional food. You get another three course menu, seen with our eyes, at a reasonable price.
Casa Labra was the venue for the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and is widely known for it. The address is Calle Tetuán, 12.
La Paella de la Reina
This is something as extraordinary as a good paella restaurant in Madrid. This typical Valencia dish is probably best made in the city right here at La Paella de le Reina.
If you choose the original, you take the version with rabbit, chicken and beans. The address is Calle Reina, 39. Open for lunch from 1300 – 1600 and dinner from 1930 to 2330 (2400 Fridays / Saturdays).
Corral de la moreria Restaurant
A little special experience is what you get at Corral de la moreria (see photo above). There are flamenco shows every day. And this is not a pure tourist trap, but a place that has quality in both food and dance.
The address of Corral de la moreria is Calle de la Moreria, 17 and opening hours from 1830 to 2400.
This restaurant is an attraction in itself. Casa Lucio is probably the world’s most famous tapas bar. Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity or two among all the residents and tourists. The egg dish huevos rotos is something you just have to test!
The address of Casa Lucio is Calle Cava Baja 35. Opening hours from 1300 – 1600 and 2030 to 2400.
Sometimes you go to tourist traps too…
Mercado de San Micuel
This is probably the largest and most famous “market” in Madrid. The original market here was created back in 1916, but investors who took over in 2003 have completely renovated the market and turned it into a kind of tapas heaven. More than thirty tapas offer you the best of olives, ham, pastries, wine, beer and cava.
The address of the Mercado de San Micuel is of course Plaza San Miguel, within walking distance of the famous Plaza Mayor. The San Miguel Market is open from 1000 until midnight or later.