shopping is just what you would expect from a sophisticated European capital -
plentiful, entertaining, and varied.
Gran Via near Callao offers many shopping options, with still more in the streets
leading from Callao down toward the Puerto del Sol.
those with a taste for luxury, the Salamanca neighborhood offers many high end
boutiques. The area around Ortega y Gassett and Serrano is jammed with designer
slice of life comes along Fuencarral, which heads north off the Gran Via toward
Glorieta Bilbao. If you consider the Gen X generation hopelessly over the hill,
you might well find what you want along this street or the parallel Hortaleza.
bargain imports from around the world, try the side streets around Lavapies. Immigrants
from around the world tend to set up shops here, selling goods imported their
department store chain El Corte Ingles has stores throughout the city, and can
be counted on to have almost anything you could want, from voltage transformers
to fine wine.
but not least, the legendary Rastro flea market erupts each Sunday, just as it
has for hundreds of years. An entire neighborhood is packed elbow-to-elbow with
shoppers and vendors, selling a lot of clothing but also a bizarre range of products
ranging from plastic hoses to bird cages.