A Complete Guide to the El Rastro Flea Market in Madrid

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Sundays in Madrid mean one thing: the El Rastro market. Over 100,000 people come to this sprawling open-air market every weekend to treasure hunt their way through more than 700 stalls. The Rastro is a flea market, but it’s so much more than that. It’s true that you can find centuries-old antiques, vintage furniture, war […]

The Complete Guide to Grocery Stores in Madrid

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As the capital of one of the healthiest countries in the world, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to grocery stores in Madrid. There are supermarkets, indoor and outdoor markets, fishmongers, charcuteries, butchers, bakeries, and delis everywhere. You can find everything you want just by stepping outside your front door and going for a […]

Top 6 Madrid Street Markets You Should Check Out

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In Spain, life happens in the street, like a never-ending block party. And nowhere is this more than in Madrid. You can’t visit the Spanish capital and not notice that there’s a buzz in the air—it’s electric! Madrileños fill the streets at all hours of the day: shouting, laughing, drinking, and of course, shopping. On […]

How & Where to Buy Olive Oil in Madrid

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Drizzled over a slice of rustic bread with tomatoes and a dash of sea salt, splashed on a summer salad, or poured over ribbons of cured ham…the ways to love olive oil are endless. Luckily, Spain is the perfect place to celebrate your love for this liquid gold—no matter how you prefer to enjoy it! […]

30 Ideas for Awesome Christmas Gifts from Madrid

Looking for great gifts from Madrid? Here are 30 great ideas!

This blog post was originally posted on November 30, 2014 and was updated on November 3, 2017.  As Christmas draws closer, the shopping season springs to life in the Spanish capital. Madrid is home to its fair share of great Spanish gifts. When it comes to Christmas in Madrid, there is a whole host of amazing […]

9 Essential Madrid Food Markets You Can’t Miss

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If you want to see Madrid’s beauty, wander its narrow streets or explore its sprawling parks. But if you want to know Madrid—its people, its culture, its vibrancy—head to its food markets. Here, the heart and soul of the Spanish capital are on display. Click to expand or embed this image on your site With […]

Where to Buy Authentic Flamenco Souvenirs in Madrid

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If you’ve come to Spain hoping to lose yourself in the rhythm and passion of flamenco, you’re not alone. Luckily, with so many great places to experience authentic flamenco in Madrid, you won’t be disappointed. Then, when you’re ready to head home, take a piece of the story with you. There are wonderful shops all […]

Where to Buy Spanish Leather Goods in Madrid

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Without a doubt, one of the best parts of traveling is picking up the perfect souvenir. And given Spain’s rich, centuries-long history of leather making, it only makes sense to buy leather goods in Madrid! As with many of the best-known Spanish products that are still around today, we have the Moors to thank for […]

Edible Souvenirs! Gourmet Shops in Madrid Worth a Visit

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As the holiday season approaches so do the dinner parties and gift obligations that come along with the festivities. Whether you’re hosting a dinner, attending a party or going home for the holidays, chances are you’ll need to bring a gift. Luckily, Madrid is home to loads of amazing shops, boutiques and galleries. And our favorite […]

Shopping in Madrid: The Complete Guide

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There are countless options for shopping in Madrid, no matter what your style and budget may be. Read on to discover where to find quirky bohemian boutiques, glamorous luxury brands, and everything in between! When you think of fashion capitals, cities such as Milan, Paris, and New York probably come to mind first. But don’t count […]

The El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience in Callao

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One of the top foodie hotspots in Madrid isn’t a trendy tapas bar tucked into the backstreets of Chueca, or a bustling traditional market. It’s a massive food court on top of a department store. The El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience overlooking Plaza Callao is the place to get your fix of food and drink […]

The Best Food Souvenirs from Spain to Buy in Madrid

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This post includes affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something we recommend, we may earn a small commission (which we’ll definitely spend on tapas). Rest assured that we only recommend a place or company if we honestly love it! Many people will pick up a shot glass or a postcard from each city […]