MADRID Gay Shopping

No trip to Madrid would be complete without a visit to some of its finest stores, markets and independent boutiques.

Madrid Shopping

Madrid has an eclectic range of shops to suit all tastes and budgets, great markets and unique stores offering great dining and shopping combinations.

Madrid Gay Shopping

The Chueca area is home to some of the city’s most authentic and quirky stores. Don’t be afraid to explore!

Most shops in Madrid open between 9.30 and 13.30h in the morning and from 17.00 to 20.00h in the afternoon on weekdays. Many open later during the Summer season. Larger stores are open all day and on the first Sunday of every month.

The Salamanca district borders on Paseo de la Castellana, Alcalá, María de Molina and Francisco Silvela. Shopping in Madrid has here its own paradise, the most “chic” and elegant area in the Community. The most luxurious boutiques are found in streets such as Serrano, Castelló, Goya, Velázquez, Jorge Juan, Príncipe de Vergara and Ortega y Gasset – an area that is a true pleasure to your eyes.

The Chueca district is one of the most genuine and cosmopolitan areas in the city centre. The shop windows in Chueca combine both originality and the avant-garde. Specifically, the section made up of little streets perpendicular to Fuencarral and Hortaleza streets is a shoppers’ paradise.

High street shopping begins at Calle Preciados where you will find Spain’s largest department store chain, El Corte Ingles, together with other famous brands including H&M, Zara and more.

Street markets are also a tradition in Madrid. Every weekday you can find markets somewhere in the region, with lots of stalls selling the most varied things. e street market par excellence in Madrid is the Rastro. Originally medieval, the Rastro is one of the oldest markets in the city but also one of the most modern.

Oomuombo

Oomuombo

Fuencarral, 27 Monday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Every Sunday: 11:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, head to “Oomuombo”, the Swedish brand offering delicious candy. It doesn’t sound very Swedish, does it? It comes from the African pygmies, who are crazy about sweet things. In the shi dialect it means “beehive”, the place where honey is stored… and therefore the name. The store on Fuencarral is all about clean lines, great customer service and a delightful range of delicious sweets.

Visit the Oomouombo website.

Grupo Sportivo

Limón 24;, Malasaña – Conde Duque, Mon-Sat 10-21

Grupo Sportivo is a collection of three stores in Madrid’s trendy Malasaña – Conde Duque barrio. Handsome boys shopping for the latest in fashion is what you will find in these stores. For a younger, more sporty collection, head to its aptly named Sportivo sister store around the corner, and for limited edition footwear, trainer specialist Duke round off this cool trio on the next block.

Visit Grupo Sportivo Online

A collection of three stores in one of Madrid's hippest neighbourhoods.
Gallery Madrid

Gallery Madrid

Jorge Juan 38; 28001 Madrid, Retiro, Mon-Sat 9-20

Tomas Alia, is the design mastermind behind this vast emporium for the fashion-conscious male including wines and delicatessen, accessories, shoes, bags, music, jewellery, books, and of course, clothes, on the chicly lit railings and glass cabinets.

Visit Gallery Madrid’s website.

Isolee

Infantas 19; 28004 Madrid, Chueca, Mon-Thu 10-22. Fri-Sat 10-01. Sun 16-22

Isolee combines shopping and food in a way that will leave you speechless. Their highly polished store in the Chueca district has some of the best coffee in the city, an eclectic mix of items, from clothes to lifestyle items, bagels and Sushi.

Visit Isolee’s website.

Isolee Madrid
Lavinia wine

Lavinia

José Ortega y Gasset 16; 28006 Madrid, Salamanca, Mon-Sat 10-21

Lavinia is home to Europe’s largest wine shop offering more than 4,500 different types of wines. The store is modern, bright and welcoming complete with an upstairs restaurant where you can try out the wines you have purchases along with some appropriate dishes.

Visit the Lavinia website.

El Ganso

Fuencarral 2; 28013 Madrid, Chueca, Mon-Sat 10:30-21. Sun 11-21.

El Ganso is a family owned Spanish brand that is adored by gay hipster boys and fashion conscious city types looking for that dapper look. Their store in Chueca has a great selection of preppy jumpers, leather goods, hats and more.

Visit the El Ganso website.

El Ganso
mercado-san-miguel

Mercado de San Miguel

Plaza San Miguel; 28005 Madrid Daily 10-24 (Thu-Sat until 02)

The Mercado began life in 1916 and after falling into disrepair was given a complete makeover transforming it into one of the most popular markets in the city selling everything from fresh fish, meat, baked goods and more, including high end stalls from brands sucha s Vincon of Barcelona and Laie. The market also boasts some great restaurants and a cervecería for Beer lovers.

Visit the Mercado de San Miguel website.

El Rasto

Ribera de Curtidores; 28005 Madrid, La Latina, Sundays 08-14

El Rasto is the titleholder of EUropes largets market and is home to hundreds of stalls selling antiques and souvenirs. Go with an open mind and a willingness to haggle and search out some truly authentic treasures. A great way to spend a Sunday.

Visit the El Rasto website.

El Rasto
Calle Serrano

Calle Serrano

Salamanca, Madrid

Calle Serrano is home to Madrid’s top-end designer stores. Think Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and more. The Goya-Serrano area is beautiful to browse and window shop as you dodge Ferraris and Porches on its tree lined boulevards. High end Jewellers such as Cartier and Bulgari are also located in this barrio.

Where to stay in MADRID?

Recommended Hotels

Room Mate Oscar

Best in Chueca!

Room Mate Oscar

With sweeping views of the city, the Room Mate Oscar offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Located in Puerta del Sol, this 3-star hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Espanol.

Urban Hotel Madrid

Best Outdoor Pool

Hotel Urban Madrid

This 5-star hotel is located in Centro and has an outdoor pool, air conditioning and a steam bath. It offers uninterrupted views of the city, stylish rooms with mini bars and personalised service.

Hotel Abalu

Great price for the location!

Hotel Abalu

Tiny, with only 15 smallish rooms, this nice little boutique hotel has put a lot of design and comfort into what used to be a humble hostel. Still a little rough around the edges, it isn’t unlike a stylish guesthouse with hotel services.

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