Shopping: Chueca-Malasaña-Fuencarral

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The districts of Chueca and Malasaña, along with the axis along Fuencarral Street, make a shopping area where you’ll find lots of fashionable brands, emerging designers, tattoo parlours, interior design shops, bookshops to buy comic, art, rare or second-hand books, and vintage objects.

The area bounded by Plaza de Chueca, Calle Fuencarral and Calle Hortaleza is a map of quiet alleyways brimming with shopping activity. A nerve centre of the gay scene, the area has also opened up to other communities and trends, to become a favourite with both locals and out-of-towners.

Hortaleza is the right thoroughfare for members of the LGBTI community, as it houses a high number of fashion boutiques, gyms, sex shops and bookshops specialising in LGBTI issues, like the pioneering Berkana, in comic and illustrated books, like Panta Rhei, or in cookbooks, like A Punto, which also offers cooking classes.

Along and around Calle de Augusto Figueroa, there’s a good number of shops where you’ll find display shoes from past seasons at attractive prices.

In Malasaña, the main shopping street is Fuencarral to the east, bordering on Chueca. This pedestrian thoroughfare is lined with top brand shops selling sportswear – Adidas Originals, Puma, Foot Locker, Quiksilver –, jeans – Levi’s, Diesel Store, Calvin Klein, Pepe Jeans –, and trendy clothes and accessories – Aristocrazy, Victoria’s Secret, Maje, Michael Kors, Adolfo Domínguez, and many others.

Malasaña is one of the districts where alternative cultures thrive in Madrid. You’ll find urban tribe outfits, tattoo parlours, vintage stores to buy 1960s, 1970s and 1980s originals or replicas like El Templo de Susu or Popland… There’s even a vintage fashion boutique for children aged 0 to 6, Mon Petit Retro. In the cosy, narrow alleyways off Plaza del Dos de Mayo, there are several comic bookstores. Among them you can try Generación X, Madrid Comics or Electra Cómic.

In the 1980s, Malasaña was the nerve centre of the so-called ‘movida madrileña’, a cultural revolution involving artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers. The legendary ‘movida’ atmosphere can still be felt in this district, where the sentimental can still spot their favourite leather jacket on display in a shop window…

Traditional shops are well represented by Antigua Casa Crespo, a haven for handmade espadrille seekers (espadrilles are the typical summer footwear in Spain), or by Fernando Solar’s musical instrument workshop.

The area is brimming with street markets as well. Two of the most popular are Adelita Market (second-hand clothes and other items at Calle del Espíritu Santo, 23, once a month) and Ciento y Pico Market (design and crafts at Calle de Velarde, 14).

Not far from Malasaña there’s the so-called Triángulo de Ballesta, aka Triball, bounded by Calle de la Ballesta, Calle de Valverde, Calle del Desengaño, Corredera Baja de San Pablo, Calle del Barco and Plaza de Santa María de Soledad Torres Acosta (aka Plaza de la Luna). This triangular area (hence the name) has become a vibrant cultural and social hub.

Here you can buy clothes and accessories – Dolores Promesas, Deffort Store, Kling, Monkey Garden –, special headwear by Carlos Castro or even made-to-measure bridal fashion by Miguel Crespí.

Culinary shopping

The area is also famous for its food markets, where you can get local produce or go out for tapas. Barceló Market offers outdoor tables for a meal al fresco, while San Ildefonso Market includes several international cuisine stalls. There’s San Antón Market too, and El Huerto de Lucas if you’re looking for organic food.

For visitors with a sweet tooth, we recommend three bakeries: Pomme Sucre, Celicioso (gluten-free treats) and Horno San Onofre (two stores in the area, popular for their Twelfth Night Bread). And if you need a good book to accompany your pastry and coffee with, head for Tipos Infames or Cervantes y Compañía.

DON’T MISS

On your way to the Temple of Debod and Faro de Moncloa, you can stop in this area for a little shopping. There are shops for all budgets and tastes.

A refined environment with exclusive shops, where haute couture and men’s wear are the order of the day.

Independent fashion for every occasion, the latest trends in accessories and delicatessen for the discerning palate.

Flowers, crafts, world cuisine, bookshops and coffee shops, a revamped local market and a street market that is 300 years old.

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