El Rastro: a must-see

By | 30 July, 2015 | 0 comments

rastro madridThere isn’t a single Sunday that does not see the appearance of this traditional flea market in Madrid, which starts on Plaza Cascorro in the district of La Latina and then carries on Ribera de Curtidores, finishing at Campillo del Nuevo Mundo. This is where book lovers can find their favourite stalls, which were set up there at 5.00am and where they can find books, comic books and old magazines from past times at affordable prices.

Another place to find similar items is Juanito, a bookstore located in the heart of El Rastro, on Plaza General Vara del Rey. This bookshop specialises in second-hand books, among which you can find some new and classic books at excellent prices. Something similar happens at Discos Satélite, although it is with vinyl records instead of books, as they have a large selection of many different music genres. You can find it at Ribera de Curtidores, 8.

El Rastro is much more than just the stalls that sell all kinds of old stuff that appear on Ribera de Curtidores, since it has many stores around it that complete a shopping offer that is growing in quality. Some of these shops are Living Retro or Tila Barrena, which you can find inside Galerías Piquer on number 29 of the aforementioned street. And if you want to check out some more decoration shops, La Europea is a great place to carry on your quest at number 7 of Plaza General Vara del Rey, one of El Rastro’s best shops, selling antique and industrial furniture chosen with excellent criteria. As a curiosity, make sure you do not miss El Transformista, on Calle Mira El Río Baja, 16-18m a shop with plenty of soul where its owners enjoy the prestige of being excellent finders of rare and beautiful items.

They are not all shops, public auctions and stalls in El Rastro because without the bars, like everywhere else in Spain, it wouldn’t be anything. One of the best and most traditional bars is Casa Amadeo, on Plaza del Cascorro, 18, a place where you must try the snails. We recommend that you go there between 11.00am and 12.00pm if you want to find somewhere to sit down. Also prone to queues due to its excellent quality is El Capricho Extremeño (Calle Carlos Arniches, 30), mostly thanks to the quality of its tostas. Try your luck, since one of the charms of El Rastro is that hunting and survival spirit to find the best things. Long may it continue.

Come and see this essential part of the Spanish Capital every Sunday when you stay in our hostel in Madrid. Low prices and an excellent location so you can fully enjoy your stay.

Categories: Madrid Compras, Madrid Cultura

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