Shopping in Madrid
European stores chains
One of the most known and cheap chains in Europe is Primark. It is originally an English store, but it spread fast in many countries in Europe and became a chain for huge department stores, which are known for their medium-cheap prices. Today you can find Primart stores in England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherland and more.
Another big fashion chain in Europe is C&A, which was founded in the Netherlands at 1841. Today the chain has over 1500 stores all over Europe: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Denmark and more. Around 200 branches are for children only, but most of the branches includes fashion, clothing and accessories for all the family: women's men's, boys and girls.
A "smaller" chain (but everything is
relatively...) is the successful and classic
The chain was founded in France in the 70's, originally
as a boutique that serves women. The boutique turned
into men's and women's clothing in France and from here
to all of Europe. Today in 50 countries in and outside
of Europe, you can find over 1060 stores: France, Italy,
Germany, Belgium, Spain, Romania and even China, USA,
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The stores are
suited mostly for those whom are looking for good
quality in reasonable prices.
For full details about the branches, stores and clothing: Promod.
Another chain which established itself as suited for younger people, students and fans of the elegant sports look. The chain A.P.C was founded in late 80's and today is scattered around many countries in Europe like the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, and Spain and even opened a branch in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
As stated the shop in very popular among students over the world and offers mostly new casual clothing.
Worthwhile shopping in European countries:
Beyond the big European chains, in many countries in Europe you will find unique stores, worthwhile sales, markets and local chains worth visiting.
Shopping in Madrid
Spain's capital is ideal for shopping fans. You will there completely everything- big shopping malls alongside small markets, small local stores together with worldwide chains, worthwhile department stores beside luxurious designer stores.
A much known department stores chain in all of Spain is
El Corte Ingles.
In the huge stores you can find anything you want: men's
and women's clothing, kid’s collections, jewelry,
cosmetics, housewares, furniture and more. In most of
the branches you will find also restaurants and
cafeterias. The chain is very popular in entire Spain
and in Madrid alone you will find tens of branches.
For more details and the full branches list:El Corte Ingles
If you will move a little further away from the city center, you will find a few shopping centers. A big and popular shopping center is Plaza Norte 2. It's a very big shopping center, open every day and you will find in it known stores like ZARA, H&M, Levi’s, C&A and more.
Half an hour away from the city center you can find another shopping center, the big and impressive Factory. In it you will find many known stores like Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Mango, ZARA and more. Most of the stores are outlets therefore the prices are especially worthwhile. The center is open every day in changing hours. For more details about opening hours and and stores details: http://ss-de-los-reyes.thestyleoutlets.es/en
Sport fans would be happy to walk around the big sports store, Decathlon, which is located in bottom floor of the Shopping center Factory.
For those who prefer to stay close to the city center it is recommended to visit in the shopping center Centro Comercial Principe Pio. It is located near the subway station Intercambiador de Principe Pio, a bus and train station, therefore it is very convenient to reach it by public transport. It's a big shopping center and has famous brands like: Imaginarium, H&M, Bershka, Accessorize, Mango, Kiko and more known brands among local stores. You can also find a very worthwhile make up store in the center.
In addition to the big shopping centers, in Madrid many streets have known and less known shops scattered in them. Shopping fans are recommended going in Calle Grand via street. Which is located a short walk from the city center (Puerta del sol). Visitors to this street are also recommended going to the store Sfera. It's a big fashion chain; the store in this street is built from 9 stories high of fashion and more fashion.