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 felt bulls! However, Romero Díaz is quite different in that it offers good quality, traditional crafts – pottery, handcrafted tiles, candles, honey, jewellry and hand made fans and shawls.

Their most important products are their handmade mantónes de Manila or embroidered silk shawls, which are made in Andalucía and their Valencian fans. You will also find a good selection of Spanish, olive oil, honey, chocolates and wine. If you do end up going there, I would suggest popping over to the Cervecería Santa Bárbara (on the corner of c/Goya and c/Alcalá) and which serves great beer on tap.

Jorge Juan, 64 (Next to Teatro Alcalá) – Map
Goya or Príncipe de Vergara

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