We didn't have much of a plan for our trip to Madrid, other than to just walk around and enjoy. As usual, we wrote down the names and addresses of a few places we wanted to visit and popped them onto a paper map after we arrived at our AirBnB. J absolutely won the travel planning award since he noted down many of these cool shops (several others we just stumbled on). It would have taken us months and months to check out all of the fun things that Madrid had to offer, so we'll just have to go back sometime!
Talleres peseta: Peseta is a craft and hobby market selling cool camera straps, bags, shirts, and more. It looked like they also had classes to learn to make things. website
La Mona Checa: Cool vintage with a large men's section. J loved the plaid shirts, and their prices were great. This whole street actually had numerous vintage stores, so if you are in search of vintage head here. Calle Velarde 2. website
J and J Books and Coffee: I want this to be my local cafe / used book shop. They had a huge (I'm talking two floors worth) selection of used books all in English and the guys working were very nice. This seemed like a very typical expat hang out spot and reminded me a lot of Salvador's in Kunming, China. Calle del Espiritu Santo 47 website
La Intrusa: This store was my favorite local shop of the several that we popped into! They sold clothes, jewelry, accessories, and house decorations from local artists. Everything was very unique. FYI the online shop doesn't have as much as the store. Calle Leon 17 website
Miin: At this Korean cosmetics shop expect to find kawaii skin care products and makeup. I picked up a couple of cool face masks for a reasonable price. The staff was also very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Calle Fuencarral 91 website
The Corner: Expensive, but cool clothes in a really cute neighborhood. Our AirBnB was actually just a couple of minutes down the road from here. It was a great neighborhood (near the Anton Martin metro stop) with numerous cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. Calle Orellana 12 and Calle Huertas 17 website
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