Shopping: Princesa-Argüelles

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Make your starting point at the Príncipe Pío transport hub. Here a shopping centre was built next to the commuter train and underground station in the style of the old Estación del Norte, as an alternative to the open-air shopping you can also do in the area. The Príncipe Pío Shopping Mall is a two-storey building featuring hundreds of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It’s open every day, even Sunday and holidays, for long hours. Soon it’ll add the Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío for more entertainment and dining options.

The shopping backbone in the area is Calle de la Princesa. On the corner with Calle de Alberto Aguilera, it’s swarming with shops: department stores like El Corte Inglés; fashion retailers like the Inditex brands or Amichi, Mango, Trucco and Parfois (bags and accessories); sportswear shops such as Decathlon, Reebok, Deportes Princesa, Bikila (running shoes, on Calle de Martín de los Heros) or Doña Zapatilla (footwear; Calle de Fernando el Católico, 82); and men’s stores like Affinity. At Carrefour Market, on Calle de Alberto Aguilera, you’ll find the finest wines and gourmet cheese from Spain to replenish your energy reserves.

In Plaza de los Cubos, just off Plaza de España and Calle de Alberto Aguilera, you’ll find dining options and movie theatres that screen films in their original version. For book lovers, the area offers the iconic bookshop Librería Ocho y Medio and several others: Naos Libros, Librería Rafael Alberti, Visor Libros and Librería Juan Rulfo FCE (these tree in the vicinity of Moncloa Underground Station).

If you’re visiting the Temple of Debod – one of the landmarks in this neighbourhood –, you can shop for food. Cuenllas is one of the best fine grocery stores in the area, while La Gazpachería sells all kinds of Andalusian gazpacho.

On Calle de Martín de los Heros, you can browse the records at Y que viva Joplin!. And on your way to Faro de Moncloa, make a stop at the Argüelles Municipal Market for fresh food and at Los Alpes, on Calle del Arcipreste de Hita, for some of the best ice-creams in town.

For special-size shoes, head for Calle del Marqués de Urquijo, where you’ll find the specialist shoe shop José Luis Deza. Close by there stands the flagship store of the French motorcycle and scooter brand Mash (Calle de Martín de los Heros, 66). And before coming to Parque del Oeste, you’ll bump into Campera Salmantina (Calle de Ferraz, 79), selling riding books and equestrian wear. For stylish clothes, go to Charo Azcona (bridal fashion; Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 76) or to Bat Cave Trip (men’s fashion), just opposite the Italian restaurant Casa Marco in the district of Gaztambide.

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