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Madrid: Neighborhood shops and food markets

Specialty boutique in the Salamanca district, Madrid Small local store in the Sol district of Madrid

Madrid is a city with a varied commercial offer. There are many small businesses and local stores spread out over the city, along with a good variety of shopping centers. For those looking for regional products of the Spanish kitchen, the neighborhood food markets are the best option.

Local stores and small businesses

If one’s intention is to pass through the tourism areas and visit small local shops, the best neighborhoods are Sol, Salamanca and Chueca. The Salamanca neighborhood has specialty boutiques and the most exclusive brands of fashion, accessories, decoration and delicatessen. One of the most recommendable streets is Serrano, where the high-end shops in Madrid can be found. In the Sol neighborhood one can find clothing, shoes, and practically anything. In the Preciados and Gran Vía streets there are mostly clothing stores. The Chueca neighborhood is specialized in modernist and current stores. For more information on specific shops in Chueca, visit shop in Chueca.

The store hours for the majority of the small shops in Madrid are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores are closed Sundays.

Neighborhood food markets

Toward the end of the 19th century the open-air markets began to be converted into enclosed markets. The intention was to solve the problems of the filth from the street vendors and the traffic they provoked, as they attracted vendors and sellers to spread out to the nearby streets.

Madrid neighbourhood street food market of San MiguelThe neighborhood markets are an inheritance of the old street markets in which great crowds gathered in the open.

Currently there are few neighborhood food markets in Madrid. The majority of them have been substituted for the “big buildings” or are in the process of renovation. Some of the most interesting neighborhood markets are the Mercado de la Cebada (Plaza de la Cebada 15. Metro La Latina), the Mercado de los Mostenses (Plaza de los Mostenses 7. Metro Plaza de España), the Mercado de San Miguel (Plaza de San Miguel s/n. Metro Sol) and the Mercado de la Paz (Ayala 28. Metro Serrano). Few of these still have the original structure, but the visit is still interesting with the architecture and offered products.

Small local store in Madrid
Preciados Street, one of the main shopping streets in Madrid
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