Shopping: Sol-Preciados-Carmen

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In the heart of Madrid’s historic district, next to Puerta del Sol, Calle de Preciados and Calle del Carmen make the largest open-air shopping centre in the Spanish capital. There, you can find the highest concentration of department stores, bookshops, record stores, and fashion boutiques, as well as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. A well-connected 2000m2 area in the most touristy district in town, which can be reached by public means of transport, by car or on foot.

This crowded pedestrian area, bounded by Plaza del Callao and Puerta del Sol (where you can find and Apple Store), is perfect for retail therapy every day of the week.

Preciados and El Carmen run parallel to each other from El Callao to Puerta del Sol, punctuated by three cross streets. Most leading Spanish and international fashion and jewellery brands can be found here: Zara, Bershka, Mango, H&M, Stradivarius, Springfield, Camper, Cortefiel, Desigual, Intimissimi and Pandora, among others. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, head for the largest department store in Spain: El Corte Inglés. They’re likely to have it.

Walking down Calle del Carmen, you’ll find a renowned lottery retailer, Doña Manolita, a toy shop, Imaginarium, a FNAC branch selling books, CDs, DVDs and electronic devices, and also hosting book and album presentations, and a branch of the bookshop La Central.

Just off Plaza de Callao, nostalgic music lovers can stumble upon vinyl gems in the little shops that have mushroomed in the area.

And now that we mention gems… You can’t leave Madrid without your Manila shawl. The finest ones are sold at Borca (Calle del Marqués Viudo de Pontejos, 2), an old, traditional shop selling hand-embroidered pieces made with natural silk.

Other traditional shops in the area are Seseña (Calle de la Cruz, 23), where you can buy classic and modern capes, and Casa de Diego (Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, 12), offering handcrafted hand fans and umbrellas.

For a stop to catch your breath during your shopping spree, there’s an interesting assortment of coffee shops and bakeries to buy traditional confections or have tea as Madrileños do. There’s Antigua Pastelería del Pozo, whose Twelfth Night sweet bread is among the best in town, Casa Mira, selling the most delicious nougat and so a must in Christmas, El Riojano, La Violeta, which is the perfect shop for violet candy and other violet-based sweets, and La Mallorquina. And for the quintessential Madrid tea-time snack – hot chocolate and churros or porras –, guide your steps to Chocolatería San Ginés, just a couple of blocks from Puerta del Sol.

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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