Charming & Traditional Shops in Madrid

Traditional shopping in Madrid

Shopping in Madrid is a delight not a chore. Many stores manage their businesses according to the 'old ways', so quality remains the hallmark of items offered for sale.

Queen Victoria Eugenia favoured the confectioner, La Violeta, for their trademark violet sweets, while Argentina's Eva Perón of Evita fame bought lenguas de gato from the confectioner Santa when in Madrid.

Casa Mira, renowned for its delicious varieties of nougat, is often patronised by the Royal household, as is Frutas Vázquez J.R. with its fabulous jewel-like displays of fruit and vegetables.

Many religious orders supply reasonably priced jams, honey, biscuits, desserts and even liqueurs to appreciative visitors. Outside of Madrid, the Convento de la Inmaculada Concepción in Leches is known for their homemade specialities, while Convento de San Diego in Alcala de Henares creates delectable sugar coated almonds.

Back in the city, those interested in innovative gastronomic delights are assailed with irresistible offerings everywhere in Madrid. Antigua Pastelería del Pozo beckons with pumpkin jam-filled pastries and Caramelos Paco astounds with sugarless sweets. THE place to sample a Madrid must, chocolate con churros, is La Chocolatería de San Ginés.

A sightless alabaster doll presides over La Duquesita, a famous cake shop metres from the Longoria Palace. La Mallorquina offers the crowds irresistible 'eat at the counter' cakes, but its tearoom encourages customers to linger over speciality napolitanas.

Once more out of the capital, in Chinchón, La Segoviana creates decorative breads in intriguing shapes, and Panadería Monegre stocks the famous Chinchón 'Anis', while medieval-style La Chacinería Del Valle offers cured pork meats. In Aranjuez, Sabores de Aranjuez produces conserved foodstuffs, with customers able to observe the production process of many items.

Fresh produce of top quality abounds in the autonomous region of Madrid, and to taste fresh asparagus or strawberries from Aranjuez, delicious olives from Campo Real, tasty melons from Villaconejos, or wines, olive oil, cheeses and meats, you need go no further than the Alimentos de Madrid food shop located in the Puerta de Toledo market.

The delicatessen Lhardy supplies gourmet specialities like sole in champagne and the Mariano Madrueño distillery dates back to 1895, selling Spanish wines, regional liqueurs and house products.

Casa de Diego specialises in Spanish fans, walking sticks, umbrellas, shawls and castanets, while Casa Jiménez supplies stunning traditional Manila shawls and embroidered veils.

The tailor, Seseña, is renowned for elegant hand-made Spanish capes, and Maty is the place to find garments related to Spanish flamenco dancing, gymnastics, regional costumes, fancy costumes and fabrics. Antigua Casa Crespo specialises in handcrafted esparto espadrilles, with over fifty styles available.

Art gallery Arqueomanía in Manzanares el Real has original pieces from ancient cultures to suit every budget. Antigua Casa Talavera offers genuine artworks in handcrafted ceramic, while Sobrinos de Pérez sells wooden sculptures and religious items.

Antique shop Cocheras del Rey in San Lorenzo de El Escorial has a bookshop stocking old works and also sells furniture, tapestries, sculptures and prints. Librería San Ginés offers old, second-hand and bargain books.

Those interested in Madrid's past should visit Casa Postal, where over 250,000 postcards dated 1950 are classified by country, city and topic.

Haberdashery Amparo Mercería stocks sewing-related items and specialises in items difficult to source. The drugstore, Martínez Orué, provides every product imaginable related to DIY and cleaning, but when its time for a cuppa head for Tea Time with nearly a hundred varieties of tea displayed in beautiful tin boxes.

For more information about where to go in Madrid to purchase everything you need, check out our main Madrid Shopping page.