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El Rastro

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La Latina
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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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+34 915 40 40 10
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the...

Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the smart shopper can find some of the best bargains in the city.

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Sunday with the locals

This is a sprawling over multiple city blocks, in the streets kind of flea market. Amongst junk and touristy things there are interesting items to look at and buy. We had been... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a sprawling over multiple city blocks, in the streets kind of flea market. Amongst junk and touristy things there are interesting items to look at and buy. We had been warned of pickpockets but did not see any suspicious activity (but better safe than sorry). Just fun seeing Madrid's citizens do what they do as families and friends.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Huge place and full of many, many stalls and shops. As stated in other reviews here, there is a lot of junk but you can find some good bargains if you shop around. It rained the whole time we were there but was still fairly crowded. Would love to have a chance to explore in sunshine & warmth! Beware of... More 

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Sauchie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours walking round the market. Many stalls selling absolute rubbish and stuff u would never buy but also loads of fascinating stuff. Lots of hidden gems to be found but get there as early as possible as when it gets busy it's hellish. Lots of small tapas bars all round it to pop into for a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This market is a few hundred meters from Plaza Major and it makes sense to walk through this Sunday market on your way to Plaza Major to visit the tourist spot. There is a variety of leather goods, clothing, jewelry ( high quality silver) and other items. The little restaurants along the sides are really busy so it's best to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an overcrowded flea market full of chinese junk. . nothing spanish to buy. The antique shops that are just next to the main passage extremely expensive in my opinion targeting the tourists. Worth visiting the area just to get the vibe and for a limited amount of time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to pick up some jewellery for friends back home, there are some excellent jewellery stalls, selling the same stuff as the shops at 1/2 the price (silver pendants, earrings, etc). I wish I had known this before I spent a fortune in the shops. Also cheap souvenirs in abundance. Apart from that it is well worth a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We came here a few years ago. Still busy it's vast, still can find different things as as lot of stall holders selling same things, plenty of antique stalls and tatt as well nice for a Sunday morning still in nice weather stroll.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

El Rastro is an open-air market and a must-see if you are in Madrid on Sundays. I love visiting little local markets, but El Rastro is huge and suggested by all the Madrid tourist guides...Was I going to find myself in front of an attraction tailored for tourists? After our visit to El Rastro, I can definitely suggest it to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Not sure if this large flea market is as crowded every Sunday, but on our visit, all the various streets were packed to the rim, with a huge variety of merchandise on show, ranging from replica shirts, hats, leather goods, art pieces, antiques to kids and parents trading playing cards. Although most merchandise, especially the clothing, aren't great quality and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Sundays turn the plaza into a massive flea market, visited by locals and tourist it is extremely congested. Lots of police presence a place to definitely mind your pockets. Resale, vintage, new and antique items abound. I did not find anything I couldn't live with out, but did enjoy the ambiance even in the winters rain.

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La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighbourhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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