New Bookshop opens in Madrid

Just got an email from some folks who have just set up stall in Madrid and thought I’d post about it. BookWorld España already has stores along the coast where there are many thousands of British tourists but has now decided that it will try it’s luck at selling books in the heart of Spain. […]

December Suggestions from Metrópoli

Metrópoli has a really good guide to what you can do in Madrid this December – it is in Spanish, though. They have come up with 150 suggestions for what you can do in the coming weeks – eat, drink, be merry and much more. Interestingly, they have broken them down into 15 categories – […]

Christmas Programme for Madrid

If you’d like an "exhaustive" programme of activities on in Madrid this Christmas, download [pdf] the esMadrid magazine. Be aware this is quite a "beefy" 8MB pdf!!

J and J Books and Coffee

I haven’t done a visitor recommendation for quite some time now so it was nice to receive an email from someone last week. Here’s what Greg had to say: I recently found your site and saw that the best bookstore in Madrid is actually not listed on your site. It’s a new and used bookstore […]

Buying “Typically Spanish” Products

I just came across an interesting review on the Metrópoli site. In it they review a shop in Madrid’s c/Jorge Juan, which offers a range of products ‘Made in Spain’ that are primarily focused on tourists. Madrid, like any tourist destination, has its fair share of kitsch souvenir shops selling lighters, plastic flamenco dolls and […]

Good Quality Shopping Centres in Madrid

If you enjoy shopping, here are 3 shopping centres that you should think about visiting: the Moda Shopping Centre, the ABC Shopping Centre and the Jardin de Serrano. The Moda Shopping Centre is located near Madrid’s football mecca, Santiago Bernabeu, and has a wide range of shops – from smart designer shops to jewellry shops […]

Bomec – a Tea Salon in Madrid

Coffee is definitely the preferred hot beverage in Madrid (well, throughout Spain) but if you would just prefer a cup of decent tea, you should head over to Bomec – a tea shop which is tucked away just behind the Metro in the Tribunal area. Bomec has on offer over 160 varieties of tea, all […]

Reproductions of Medieval Art in Madrid

I just came across an interesting website for a medieval shop in Madrid. It appears that Arte Medieval creates authentic reproductions of medieval art using the same materials and techniques as employed by craftsmen of medieval times. – most products are done by hand and include  mural paintings, paintings done on stone, wood and stained […]

Flamenco-World.com opens its first shop

For over 8 years Flamenco-World.com has had a web presence and has grown into on of the major flamenco web sites in the world. Now, as a result of demand from its readers/customers, it has opened its first shop in Madrid. The shop is located in Madrid’s well-known c/Huertas and has two rooms which display […]

Real Madrid Shop in centre of Madrid

Walking up the Calle del Carmen, one of the streets off the Puerta del Sol, you will find a shop dedicated to everything related to Real Madrid. You wil find shirts of all the stars (including Beckham, Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo), tracksuits, signed autographs, baby clothes and many other items. With the latest digital editing […]

Booksellers – English Bookshop

Booksellers has been around for at least 10 years and offers a lifeline to those English-speaking people who live in Madrid and want to buy books written in English – I´m sure it is also a great place for those travellers who wish to stock up on books. For those learning English the shop has […]

Craft Fair – Paseo de Recoletos

On the Paseo de Recoletos the annual arts and crafts fair of the “Comunidad de Madrid” is currently being held. There are over 200 stalls, with a wide variety of arts and craft mainly from greater Madrid area. You will find everyting from leather purses, art deco mirrors, a wide range of pottery, wooden clocks […]

Christmas fun at El Corté Inglés

Like every Christmas, the famous department store El Corté Inglés has decorated one side of its store in the Puerta del Sol, for the entertainment of children. You will find a number of different scenes with animated characters, loads of scenery and all accompanied by music. For many Madrileños, this has become an annual ritual, […]

Serrano – Shopping, embassies and architecture

Calle Serrano belongs to one of Madrid’s wealthiest barrios, Salamanca. It is here that you will find all the designer clothes stores, expensive jewellry shops and some of Madrid’s smartest buildings. It is an extremely long street but the part that most interests shoppers starts at Puerta de Alcalá and runs for around 8-10 blocks. […]

El Corté Inglés

Practically every traveller to Madrid has ended up in El Corté Inglés. El Corté Inglés is Spain’s most popular department store. Established in 1935, it can now be found all over Spain, it even has its own brand of out-of-town hyper stores. The store sells a vast array of goods and services, from clothes, houseware […]