SHOPS WITH A SPANISH THEME

1. Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero

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Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world and this representative (see Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero) of a grower’s cooperative knows his business. As with wines, it is possible to distinguish different varieties of oils by colour, flavour and smell, and tastings here are part of the fun.

2. Capas Seseña

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This family-run firm (see Capas Seseña) near Sol has been making traditional full-length Spanish capas (capes) since 1901, hand-tailored from the finest wool. Famous clients over the years have included Rudolph Valentino, Hillary Clinton and Bruce Springsteen, alongside Spanish royalty. Needless to say, a made-to-measure cape of this quality does not come cheap.

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Exterior of Capas Seseña

3. El Ángel

Religion still plays an important role in Spanish life, and Madrid is famous for its characterful shops specializing in devotional objects. Founded in 1867, family-run El Ángel furnishes churches and monasteries across the country. The shop is a veritable museum, with over 1000 sq m (3281 sq ft) of articles, including rosaries, statues, paintings, icons and communion cups.

4. Guitarras Manuel Contreras

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One of Spain’s most respected guitar workshops was founded in 1962. Clients have ranged from the classical virtuoso Andrés Segovia to pop guitarist Mark Knopfler. There’s a small museum of instruments dating back to the 19th century, and it’s fascinating to see the craftsmen at work.

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Manuel González Contreras guitar

5. Flamencoexport

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If you’ve been won over by flamenco during your stay, now is your chance to look the part. This specialist store (see Flamencoexport) has everything – colourful costumes and accessories such as fans, flowers and ornamental combs, as well as guitars, books, sheet music, videos, records and CDs.

6. Antigua Casa Talavera

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Dating back to the early 20th century, Antigua Casa Talavera sells ceramics that are handmade by Spanish potters. Regional styles are represented from all the major centres of ceramics production in Spain, including the famous blue and yellow designs from Talavera de la Reina. Items include decorative tiles, plates, vases, sangria pitchers and reproductions of museum pieces.

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A painted tile

7. Franjul

Designing and crafting handbags and shoes since 1947, Franjul embodies Spanish style with its bespoke accessories. Here, you can choose from a wide selection of styles and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind handbag or a pair of shoes.

8. Casa Mira

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This old-fashioned shop (see Casa Mira) has been producing its famous nougat (turrón) for more than 150 years. Made without artificial colourings or preservatives, it’s the genuine article.

9. Bodegas Mariano Madrueño

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This centenarian liquor shop (see Bodegas Mariano Madrueño) offers an extensive selection of wines, vermouths and brandies. Sometimes, they host wine tasting sessions, and have live music.

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Liquor at Bodegas Mariano Madrueño

10. Ferpal

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This delicatessen (see Ferpal) has a delectable range for top-quality cured meats and cheeses. Spanish cheeses include queso manchego, made from sheep’s milk, and the blue cheese, cabrales. For the finest cured hams, buy jamón Ibérico or Pata Negra – a breed of pigs fed only on acorns. Fresh sandwiches are also prepared with a variety of ingredients.

TOP 10 SPANISH MARKETS

1. Mercado de la Cebada

prac_info Plaza de la Cebada s/n • Open 9am–2pm & 5:30–8:30pm Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm Sat

This food market’s origins date back to 1875 when it was opened by King Alfonso XII (see Mercado de la Cebada).

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Mercado de la Cebada

2. Ferias de Artesanía

Craft fairs are put up between 1–30 December. Try Plaza Mayor.

3. Mercado de Vallehermoso

prac_info Calle de Vallehermoso 36 Open 9am–2:30pm & 5–8pm Mon–Fri, 9am–2:30pm Sat

Housed in a 1930s building, this food market is full of local produce.

4. El Rastro

This famous flea market takes place every Sunday morning (see El Rastro).

5. Mercado de Maravillas

prac_info Calle Bravo Murillo 122 • Metro Alvarado • Open Mon–Fri & Sat am

Fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cured ham and cheese.

6. Mercado de Chamartín

prac_info Calle Bolivia 9 • Metro Colombia • Open Mon–Fri (closed at midday) & Sat am

Fish and gourmet products.

7. Mercado de San Miguel

Delicatessen stalls selling food and drink to enjoy on site (see Mercado de San Miguel).

8. Mercado de la Paz

The main attraction of this small market (see Mercado de la Paz) is the cheese stalls.

9. Mercado de San Antón

prac_info Calle Augusto Figueroa 24 • Open Mon–Sat

Flowers, food and wine (see p121).

10. Librerías de la Cuesta de Moyano

prac_info Calle de Claudio Moyano • Open late May–mid-Jun: Mon–Sun (closed at midday)

Old, new and second-hand books.

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