Madrid is known as a stylish city, and there's no shortage of shopping areas. Here you'll learn which areas to head to for which styles, and there are details of how to travel to some of the best shops.
Depending on your style, girls shopping in Madrid is available in a few different places. If you are looking for stylish designer goods, then you should go to the Salamanca barrio (district) in the North East of the city. It'll take you about 10 to 15 minutes from the centre on the metro. You'll find, wall to wall boutiques and designer outlets.
Metro: Either Serrano, Velazquez or Goya (Brown Line, L4)
Alternative, younger and funky hippy styles are found in the barrio of Chueca. The main streets to visit are Fuencarral and Calle Hortaleza. They both start at Gran Via, and head up towards the Tribunal area. The further away from Gran Via you get, the more alternative the styles. Towards Tribunal you'll find more shoe shops too.
Metro: Chueca (Green Line, L5) or Tribunal (Dark Blue Line, L10) or (Light Blue Line, L1)
The centre between Gran Via and Puerta de Sol is bursting with more commercial shops for girls clothes, like Mango, Zara, Pimkie, Bershka, H&M (on Gran Via) and the department store El Corte Ingles. You'll also find Top Shop in the Puerta del Sol. The commercial and better known chain store shops such as these tend to have the cheapest prices.
Also head down the Calle Mayor and Calle Arenal directly off Puerta del Sol, and you'll find several women's shops here. Look for 'Custo Barcelona' - the über trendy store that clothes stars such as Christina Aguilera and Julia Roberts.
Calle Mayor, 37
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2), (Yellow Line, L3), (Light Blue Line, L1)
For top quality shoes spend some time on in barrio Salamanca. The shop, 'Farrutx' is famous in Madrid for its hand-made shoes. It is Spanish in style, elegant, and has prices to match.
Claudio Coello, 22
28001 Madrid, España.
Metro: Serrano (Brown Line, L4)
Calle Augusto Figeroa is where girls shopping takes a turn for the more hip and unusual styles. For the trendiest shoes visit 'Caligae'.
Augusto Figueroa, 20
28004 Madrid, España.
Metro: Chueca (Green Line, L5)
The designer store Carolina Herrera stocks an exclusive selection of bags. It's a girls shopping heaven, and also stocks clothes. (Closed Sunday)
Calle Serrano, 16
28002 Madrid, España.
Metro: Serrano (Brown Line, L4) Plus 1 minute walk.
Chucu-Chu stocks quality handmade clothing for children and teenagers, and maternity clothing.
Príncipe de Vergara, 68
28006 Madrid, España.
Metro: Nunez de Balboa (Geen Line, L5) or (Purple Line, L9)
For more information see our page on Boutiques in Madrid
Girls shopping needn't be expensive. As capital cities go, Madrid is fairly cheap. You can buy a skirt in the centre of Madrid in one of the commercial stores such as Pimkie for around €25.00. In barrio Salamanca on the Calle Serrano, prices will be more like €200.00 for a hand-made designer skirt. Shopping in Chueca isn't the cheapest option, but you will find unique styles.
Girls shopping in Madrid is best enjoyed if you stick to one area. Salamanca, to the north east of the centre caters for the jetset crowd, and has Madrid's equivalent to Bond Street in the form of Calle Serrano. Girls can find alternative styles in Chueca, and some of the best value stores are right in the centre near the Puerta del Sol.