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Shopping Route in Madrid
Madrid offers both locals and visitors alike a wider choice of boutiques, on shopping routes that have their own personality. Choose from among international labels, long-established names and famous and up-and-coming designers.
The Golden Mile
The top labels and most prestigious Spanish and international designers exhibit their latest proposals in this area where the Villa Magna is located, consisting of two streets. The first Calle Ortega y Gasset, is where you can find Omega (www.omegawatches.com), Roberto Cavalli (www.robertocavalli.com), Pomellato (www.pomellato.com), Panerai (www.panerai.com), Valentino (www.valentino.com), Blancpain (www.blancpain.com) and many more top designers, while in Calle Serrano are Pedro Muñoz (www.pedro-munoz.es), Prada (www.prada.com), Carrera y Carrera (www.carreraycarrera.com), StellaMccartney (www.stellamccartney.com), Ermenegildo Zegna (www.zegna.com), Wempe (www.wempe.com), Zadig&Voltaire (www.zadig-et-voltaire.com) and Dupont (www.st-dupont.com). For unusual options, you can wander through the street Claudio Coello where you will find Miu Miu (www.miumiu.com) and Lagasca street. Do not forget to visit Etro (www.etro.com), Kadó (Calle Villanueva 19), Tissa Fontaneda (www.tissafontaneda.com) and Audemars Piguet (www.audemarspiguet.com). For original designs, head for the lively narrow streets of Jorge Juan and Puigcerdá.
If you are looking for that special something, you can choose from among the ever tempting choice of top jeweller’s such as Cartier (www.cartier.es), Nicol's (www.nicols.es) and Chopard (www.chopard.es). Do not miss El Jardín de Serrano shopping center (www.jardindeserrano.es) where you can find a variety of brands from the most exclusive until the most unusual.
The Salamanca neighbourhood is also home to the classic style, with shops specialising in hunting and riding, such as Serbal de los Cazadores (Juan Bravo, 9) and Álvarez (Diego de León, 56), while in Depique they make bespoke golf clubs (Lagasca, 128). In Bárcenas you can find beautiful vintage curiosities (Lagasca, 62).
In the Golden Mile you also have an exquisite shopping center, El Corte Inglés, where you can find IWC (www.iwc.com) as well as other brands, which Villa Magna guests can reach directly from the Hotel.
The Salesas Quarter
Between bohemian and trendy is how this exclusive French (and New York) style neighbourhood can be described. A magnet for fashion hunters, this is where the latest fashion and art trends arrive before anywhere else. The main streets on the shopping route are Calle Argensola and Calle Barquillo, where you can find small boutiques and large department stores. Calle Campomanes is where you can find the latest fashion in footwear; in Calle Santa Teresa, fabulous accessories, and Calle Almirante, well-known boutiques such as Cristina Castañer, which sells a wide selection of canvas sandals and Ararat to find the latest in French fashion.
The Rastro Market
Sundays and public holidays are the best days to go shopping in the centre of Madrid: this is when the Plaza de Cascorro and the Ribera de Curtidores are taken over by thousand-plus stalls of the Rastro Market. The streets fill with people in search of bargains and antiques. The haggling reaches a peak at midday and then ends as the time for lunch and tapas in the La Latina neighbourhood nears. During the rest of the week is a good time to browse the antique shops here.
There is no point trying to avoid the inevitable. If you come to Madrid your friends are bound to expect that you take them one of the typical souvenirs from here. Go with the usual but do it with style. Choose a Manila shawl in Gil Sucesor de Antolín (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 2); sweets prepared by nuns in El Jardín del Convento (Cordón, 1); the fan, in Casa Diego (Puerta del Sol, 12), and if you prefer espadrilles, choose from the selection on offer in the Casa Hernanz (Toledo, 18).