Shopping: Lavapiés-Rastro-Embajadores

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Lavapiés

As a reflection of its multicultural nature, Lavapiés offers visitors a wide range of shopping possibilities in its traditional small shops.

African crafts, belly dance supplies, hookahs, Maghreb lamps or bags, electronic and mobile devices… Lavapiés is like a huge bazaar where you can find things from the four corners of the globe in a single block.

In the high part of the neighbourhood, along the streets that run into the colourful Tirso de Molina Square – peppered with flower stalls –, there are clothing and accessories wholesalers (but a few of them are retail suppliers too).

In the vicinity of Lavapiés Square, traditional food stores sell imports from a variety of countries: spices from India or Pakistan, sesame dressings, pita bread, Arabic sweets (Sombrerete and Tribulete Streets), noodles, sake or preserved bamboo shoots from Asia, halal meat for Muslims, and so on.

Independent bookshops and bookshop cafés have also mushroomed in the area: Enclave de Libros, La Malatesta, Bajo el volcán, La Libre, La Fugitiva, El dinosaurio todavía estaba allí. You’ll find all kinds of books, especially if you have a list of alternative readings to tick off…

At Antón Martín Market, you can also find books, flowers, fresh produce and multicultural dishes (Japan, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Taiwan, Spain…). It’s one of the newest establishments joining the city’s trend in gourmet markets.

Embajadores and El Rastro

Have you ever bought books by weight? Some of the stalls at San Fernando Market (Calle de Embajadores, 41) offer this option. You can also buy organic fruit, cheese, an exclusive assortment of preserves, accessories and gifts, crafts, flowers, and more.

In the same area you’ll also find La Cebada Market, one of Madrid’s largest food markets, selling meat, cold cuts, fish, poultry and fruit, as well as perfumes, eyewear, flowers and upholstery fabric. A wide variety, indeed.

The most popular market in the area – and one of Madrid’s greatest tourist attractions – is, however, El Rastro. Open on Sundays and holidays, this flea market along Ribera de Curtidores Street dates back to the Middle Ages. The name is associated with the cows that were carried from the nearby slaughterhouse to the tanneries that lined this steep street, leaving a trail (‘rastro’ in Spanish) of blood behind them.

From Plaza de Cascorro, El Rastro sprawls across Ribera de Curtidores into the adjoining alleyways and small squares, forming a triangle delimited by Calle de Toledo, Calle de Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo. Streets like San Cayetano, Fray Ceferino González, Carlos Arniches or Mira el Río, and squares like General Vara de Rey or Campillo del Mundo Nuevo are packed with shops selling first-hand and second-hand clothes, costume jewellery, trinkets, collectibles, antiques, old records, and many other things.

Renowned antiquarians like Manuel Riestra or Galerías Piquer have their shops here too. And there are also stories specialising in vintage décor, such as Reno, La Brocanterie, Living Retro, La Recova, The Point and Antigüedades Palacios.

When El Rastro is closed, Ribera de Curtidores boasts a high concentration of speciality stores where you can get mountain sports apparel (first-hand and second-hand technical wear at Makalu, Barrabes, OS20 and El Rincón de la Montaña), handcrafted furniture, photo gear (Fotocasión), antiques and art restoration services (two patios on both sides of the street house a good number of shops in this department), books, fabric remnants, small wares and notions, and pets, pet food and accessories.

DON’T MISS

Open-air shopping in the area of Kilometre Zero and Puerta del Sol: An activity to enjoy all year round.

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.

In the midst of skyscrapers and business meetings, the area of AZCA and Castellana offers lots of shops and department stores to meet the needs of fashionistas.

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  • A useful map of the neighbourhood showing its food and clothes shops as well as other services.

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