Being one of the three largest cities in the European Union, it comes as no surprise that Madrid is a centre for luxury shopping. The route can be divided into two different areas: The Golden Mile found in the Salamanca District, and The Jorge Juan Area, located in the Recoletos District. Shopping times in the two neighbourhoods typically span from 10:00 to 22:00; perfect for a post-spa/meeting/museum spree.
Shopping in the Salamanca district
The Salamanca district is one of the most upscale neighbourhoods of Madrid city centre. It includes the streets Serrano, Ortega y Gasset, Velázquez and Goya. Many of the high-end international brands are situated in this area, chiefly on the main streets, Ortega y Gasset. There you will find Chanel in its two-storey building, Hermès with its superb handcrafted quality, Tod's handmade leather goods, iconic women's wear by Valentino, Jimmy Choo's sumptuous shoes, Bottega Veneta, and many others. The famous Avenida Serrano also hosts many international luxury brands, including the new Louis Vuitton boutique with a floor space covering more than 2,500 square metres, a Gucci shop with men and women's collections, Bvlgari jewellery, Montblanc watches and accessories, as well as high-end pret-a-porter including Zadig et Voltaire and Stella McCartney.
You can also explore the smaller streets of the area, including Calle Claudio Coello and Calle Lagasca, where you will find a wide variety of shops including international labels such as Paul and Joe, Maje, and Miu Miu.
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For a taste of local designers, don't miss these spectacular picks below:
Isolee: A design concept store that combines a deli-bar, delicatessen products, designer artefacts, cosmetics, fashion and decorative products.
Pretty Ballerinas: This Spanish brand, loved by international celebrities, has stores worldwide.
Becara: This is a furnishing store that is very popular amongst the rich and famous; it has recently opened some women's accessories shops in the city.
Suárez: One of Madrid´s most traditional jewellery stores that carries its own designs along with the best national and international brands.
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The Recoletos district
Following Serrano Street Southwards, as you cross Goya Street you will find the Recoletos District, also known as the Jorge Juan area, named after one of its most important streets. In this area you will find the sophisticated fashion of Etro, YSL, Diane von Furstenberg, Aspesi, Oscar de la Renta and Isabel Marrant, along with Spanish luxury brand Loewe and footwear by Louboutin.
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Aside from the must-haves of international brands, you shouldn´t miss these local favourites:
bdba: Spanish brand with romantic and fashionable women's wear.
Delitto e Castigo: Ranked by Vogue U.S.A. as one of the world's top 25 stores, with an exquisite selection of designers and labels for men and women. It includes Galliano, Emilio Pucci, Vivienne Westwood, Balmain, Comme des Garçons and many others.
Ekseption: A luxury multi-brand store with a superb selection of women's wear and accessories: Balenciaga, Givenchy, Lanvin, Fendi...
EKS: The sister store to Ekseption presents the young and hippest women's brands including Golden Goose, Chloé, and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Man: Traditional British-style menswear with a Spanish twist
Just One: An elegant store with superb quality brands and a unique selection for men and woman: Azzedine Alaïa, Etro, Cruciani...
Gallery: A global fashion concept store. In this beautiful 350 square-metre store you can find the latest technology gadgets, ultra cool fashion items, candles and even helmets: Moncler, Y3, Dyptique, Les Atelier Ruby...
If Shoes: Madrid's best women's shoe store carries Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Giuseppe Zanotti, Etro, Nina Ricci and Brian Atwood among many others.ù
If you would like to buy everything in the same place, head to the most luxurious Department Store in Madrid, El Corte Inglés, located on Avenida de La Castellana. There you will find all the national and international brands together: Cartier, Jimmy Choo, Hermès, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Eres, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Panerai, Rolex, Vertu and Jaeger Le-Coultre, to name but a few.
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