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Madrid , Spain
Street Carrera de San Jerónimo 2
Getting there
metro Sol
Opening hours
9.30am-1.30pm & 4.30-8pm Mon-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

You don’t see them much these days, but the exquisite fringed and embroidered mantones and mantoncillos (traditional Spanish shawls worn by women on grand occasions) and delicate mantillas (Spanish veils) are stunning and uniquely Spanish gifts. Gil also sells abanicos (Spanish fans). Inside this dark shop, dating back to 1880, the sales clerks still wait behind a long counter to attend to you; the service hasn’t changed in years and that’s no bad thing. Our only complaint? Kitsch tourist souvenirs (T-shirts and the like) have made an appearance here.