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Top Choice Ceramics in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Antigua Casa Talavera

The extraordinary tiled facade of this wonderful old shop conceals an Aladdin’s cave of ceramics from all over Spain. This is not the mass-produced stuff aimed at a tourist market, but instead comes from the small f…
Top Choice Jewellery in La Latina & Lavapiés

Helena Rohner

One of Europe’s most creative jewellery designers, Helena Rohner has a spacious boutique in La Latina. Working with silver, stone, porcelain, wood and Murano glass, she makes inventive pieces that are a regular feat…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

El Arco Artesanía

This original shop in the southwestern corner of Plaza Mayor sells an outstanding array of homemade designer souvenirs, from stone, ceramic and glass work to jewellery and home fittings. The papier mâché figures are…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Salamanca

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

This boutique has to be seen to be believed, with pinks, yellows and oranges everywhere you turn. It’s fun and exuberant, but not just for kids. It also has serious and highly original fashion. Agatha Ruiz de la Pra…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in La Latina & Lavapiés

Botería Julio Rodríguez

One of the last makers of traditional Spanish wineskins left in Madrid, Botería Julio Rodríguez is like a window on a fast-disappearing world. They make a great gift and, as you'd expect, they're in a different leag…
Flamenco in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Maty

Wandering around central Madrid, it’s easy to imagine that flamenco outfits have been reduced to imitation dresses sold as souvenirs to tourists. That’s why places like Maty matter. Here you’ll find dresses, shoes a…
Food in Salamanca

Oriol Balaguer

Catalan pastry chef Oriol Balaguer has a formidable CV – he's worked in the kitchens of Ferran Adrià in Catalonia, won the prize for the World’s Best Dessert (the ‘Seven Textures of Chocolate’) and his croissants on…
Fashion & Accessories in Malasaña & Chueca

Loewe

Born in 1846 in Madrid, Loewe is arguably Spain’s signature line in high-end fashion and its landmark store on Gran Vía is one of the most famous and elegant stores in the capital. Classy handbags and accessories ar…
Shoes in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Casa Hernanz

Comfy, rope-soled alpargatas (espadrilles), Spain’s traditional summer footwear, are worn by everyone from the king of Spain down. You can buy your own pair at this humble workshop, which has been hand-making the sh…
Food in Malasaña & Chueca

Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero

For picking up some of the country’s olive-oil varieties (Spain is the world’s largest producer), Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero is perfect. With examples of the extra-virgin variety (and nothing else) from all over S…